Former President Barack Obama’s administration claimed that it cared about illegal immigrants and about finding a road map to allow them to pursue citizenship legally. However, data were just released that show exactly how backed-up that process became, and it’s looking like a huge traffic jam.
According to Breitbart, there are currently more than 500,000 pending immigration court cases for illegal aliens. The cases will decide whether the illegal immigrants are eligible to stay in the United States.
The data, from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, were obtained by Fox News to tally the number of pending immigration cases that have yet to be decided by an immigration judge. The final number was 542,111.
Why this number is significant is twofold. First, it gives some idea of the amount of money American taxpayers have to pay for illegal immigrants to be held in detention centers, sometimes for more than a year, before their cases are heard by an immigration court.
States with higher illegal immigrant populations, such as Texas and California, show that the wait can be even longer, often up to three years. In San Francisco alone, a sanctuary city, there are 38,428 pending cases.
The second reason that number is so important is because it shows the gross negligence the Obama administration displayed when it came to dealing with illegal immigration. Obama wanted a pathway for illegal immigrants to stay in this country. It seems as if he found it by stalling cases as much as possible, giving those people plenty of time to live in the United States illegally.
U.S. Immigration Judge Dana Leigh Marks spoke to Fox News about the vast backlog in immigration courts and stated that administration after administration had done virtually nothing to remedy the issue.
“We have been a neglected part of the immigration enforcement world for so long,” Marks said. “There are legitimate concerns about how long cases pend in the immigration court.”
That neglect is looking like it stops with President Donald Trump. He has placed great emphasis on dealing with illegal immigration. For illegal immigrants, the buck — the taxpayer dollar — stops with Trump.
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