Immigration Attorney in Orlando Says Real Crisis is Court Backlog
Orlando immigration attorney Frank Symphorien-Saavedra says the real immigration crisis stems not from caravans at the border, but deliberate policy changes designed to bring the legal process to a virtual standstill.
“The administration’s stance on immigration can make the path to legal status very complicated,” Symphorien-Saavedra said. “In this difficult atmosphere, it’s crucial to obtain expert legal advice.”
More than 800,000 non-citizens in America are waiting for their cases to be heard in US immigration courts. Most of these cases involve people who either entered the country illegally, overstayed their visas or are seeking asylum. While there has been an immigration court backlog for many years, the current level represents an increase of 50% since Donald Trump took office.
Immigration Attorney says Legal Immigration System in Crisis
According to a new report from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has substantially slowed the processes of legal immigration. “Case processing times increased substantially in FY 2018 even as case receipt volume appeared to markedly decrease,” the report noted. “Viewed as a whole, USCIS’s national average processing time data reveals a legal immigration system in a tailspin.”
For example, nearly 9,000 cases are pending in Orlando immigration courts. The average wait for a hearing or decision is nearly two years. There a number of factors fueling the crisis, aside from a surge in asylum seekers. The Trump administration has designed policies to discourage would-be immigrants. In addition to child-separation policies, limits at points of entry, and crackdowns on undocumented workers, Trump has worked to slow the bureaucracy for would-be citizens and temporary workers. As a result, a bad situation for immigrants is getting worse.
There are only about 400 immigration judges to handle nearly a million pending cases (if old closed cases are reinstated.) Last year, immigration lawyers filed between 20,000 and 25,000 new cases per month. According to TRAC, Syracuse Univerity’s immigration information clearinghouse, the recent government shutdown made the situation much worse. “Unless there was a dramatic drop in arrests and removal actions initiated by immigration authorities during the shutdown period,” the report stated. “Apparently, the court’s workload doesn’t yet reflect a sizable number of new filings.”
#USCIS processing delays are having serious effects on immigrant families, survivors of domestic violence, and U.S. businesses. Watch this #AILAQuickTake and read our policy brief to learn more: https://t.co/PUo4LNRGCn pic.twitter.com/6iAIll8aql
— AILA (@AILANational) January 30, 2019
An Orlando Immigration Attorney Can Help With the Process
The current social and political situation can be difficult for non-citizens seeking permanent residence in the United States. Consequently, it’s important to get advice and counsel from the best immigration lawyer you can get. If you live in Central Florida and need expert advice on immigration issues, consider the Orlando immigration law team at Martinez Manglardi PA.
Managing Attorney for Immigration Frank Symphorien-Saavedrap is a Board Certified Expert in Immigration and Nationality Law. He is AV-rated “Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell and Super Lawyers Magazine names him as a Rising Star.
Call 866-349-3623 for an appointment. Convenient locations throughout Central Florida.