Immigration Newsletter

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Another Reason to Open an Immigration Court in Manchester, NH

If driving hours just to end up in Boston traffic and paying $35.00 for parking weren't reasons enough to hope for a Northern New England immigration court in Manchester -- here's another reason from the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), which is part of the U.S. Department of Justice. The Boston Immigration court received 8,527 matters in FY 2009 but was only able to complete 7,595 matters. At this rate (about 1,000 per year) they are likely to become hopelessly backlogged in just a very short time.

Northern New England cases account for more than half of that excess (about 650 cases in FY 2009) if cases from Lowell, MA or Lawrence, MA were included on the Manchester docket (as they are just as accessible to Manchester as they are to Boston) that would likely solve the backlog problem.

click the title above to go to the EOIR Statistical Yearbook