Earliest US immigration court date is Nov. 29, 2019, exceptions made for unaccompanied minors. Immigration courts have backlog of 456,644 cases as of March 2016. Houston court has backlog of over 35,000 cases as of Dec. 2015. New York and LA backlogs are higher than Houston's.
March 22, 2016, "Houston’s Immigration Court Backlog Isn’t Helped by a Judge That Barely Works," HoustonPress.com, Steve Jansen
As a result, President Barack Obama directed the
Executive Office for Immigration Review, which handles immigration court
and asylum proceedings, to prioritize the adjudication of cases for
unaccompanied minors and families in detention. Most other immigration
matters, such as minor criminal offenses and permanent resident cases,
have been reset to November 29, 2019.
“Three years out is too
long,” says Samantha Del Bosque, staff attorney at the Houston-based
Tahirih Justice Center, which provides pro bono services to immigrant
women and children.
“Evidence can go stale and experts who are academics
tend to move around. For us, it creates a lot of hardships. It’s quite a
“I’ve had a client whose asylum case has been reset seven
times,” says Raed Gonzalez of the Houston immigration law firm Gonzalez
Olivieri. According to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records
Access Clearinghouse, the nationwide immigration case pileup stands at
456,644. And counting....
According to December 31, 2015, figures provided to the
Press by the immigration review office, Houston’s immigration judges are
drowning under a glut of 35,340 pending cases. TRAC data shows that
Houston’s bottleneck is the third-highest in the country, two spots
behind New York City and Los Angeles.
“Houston is the largest city
closest to the Mexico border,” says Alexandre Afanassiev of the local
immigration firm Quan Law Group. “There are only six judges, and that’s
not enough.” Houston, like many immigration courts across the country,
has been hampered by attrition and retiring judges, and critics say that
DOJ is dragging its feet with hiring replacements."...