Florida leads nation in immigration court backlog as cases surge across US

January 30, 2024

Like him, thousands of immigration applications await their day across the country amid a legal backlog of historic proportions. Florida’s backlog of cases is more than 481,000, a massive jump compared to 2012, when there were only 17,000 pending cases. The four states with the next-highest numbers of backlog cases are Texas (458,630), California (348,138), New York (344,505) and Illinois (211,096). The average asylum case takes over four years to complete in immigration court, and often several more, according to him. The Executive Office is the agency responsible for conducting immigration court proceedings.