According to an article on usatoday.com: “The nation’s immigration courts are now so clogged that nearly 90,000 people accused of being in the United States illegally waited at least two years for a judge to decide whether they must leave, one of the last bottlenecks in a push to more strictly enforce immigration laws.”
This relates to the previous post. There are estimated to be as many as 20 million undocumented aliens in the country. If continuous workplace raids of cooks and janitors are what the government chooses to do, of course backlogs will follow. A comprehensive immigration solution that allows undocumented aliens to learn English, pay a fine, pay taxes and go to the back of the green card line in order to legalize their status is worth considering. We tried “deporting all the janitors” and it has not been too effective. The poor economic conditions have probably been far more effective in getting the undocumented to leave the US than the high-profile, costly, inefficient raids have been. In these times, taxpayer funds should not be wasted on raids of low-level factory workers. There are much bigger fish to fry.