An immigrant from Mexico, working and living in Ohio was deported yesterday. She will be forced to leave her livelihood and four children behind. Her case took ten years to resolve.
President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security want to increase deportation, but are not increasing resources. There are over 572,608 pending cases in the United States now. There are not enough judges, courts, or legal employees to process these cases. This is why cases can take ten years or longer to come to a decision.
Long waits in the legal process are dangerous as immigrants may have difficulty-seeking asylum during this often-extended period. Emotional stress due to lack of certainty is not uncommon. Individuals are often separated from their family members. It is hard to find legal service for such a long time. It is especially difficult to find service that is free or affordable.
Our verdict: Inefficient court systems with long waits violate the right to due process, or being treated equally in the legal system.