LUMPKIN, Ga. (AP) — The nation’s immigration court system is shouldering crushing caseloads, chaos and confusion. Dysfunctional for years, the system has grown worse following a surge in asylum seekers and the Trump administration’s crackdown on the southwest border and illegal immigration.
The AP visited immigration courts in 11 cities during a 10-day period in the fall, observing how massive caseloads and shifting policies have increased the turmoil.
There are now 1 million people with immigration court cases, with some fast-tracked through the system and others waiting years for hearings. Some will win asylum or legal residence, while many will be deported.