First Steps to Fixing The Crisis in United States Immigration Courts

If there was anything that was revealed from the case of a Cameroon mother who wanted to seek asylum in the United States and for her children as well, it was the fact that immigration court system in the United moves at a glacial pace if slower.

Delays were prominent while background checks, it seemed, took forever and if that wasn’t enough, 12 hearings were scheduled in a span of 5 years. Her lawyers fearing that the woman might soon turn suicidal appealed to two United States Senators not to intervene but to actually review the immigration system that is desperately in need of a serious overhaul.

One of the lawyers of the Cameroon mother, Judy London, summed it up in a few words in saying that so many things are wrong that it’s really tough to know where to start. And even though there are steps that are being taken in order to improve training, add judges and reduce the influence of politics, critics say that these reforms are too little and should have been auctioned a long time ago.

Despite the criticism, about 38 judges and 90 clerks have been added to the system who will address the backlog of 268000 cases that have remained from last year apart from placing the emphasis on thorough rulings in the appeals stage as well as an open complaint system.

Even though most people think that this is a first important step to changes in the coming years, a lot of people believe that this is not a priority with Congress.