The United States saw a massive surge in undocumented immigrants from Central America last summer. This has contributed to the backlog in federal immigration courts being even worse. In fact, it is currently at a record high, with over 445,000 cases pending. This figure represents an increase of almost 30 percent from Oct. 1, 2013.
Part of the reason why courts are so backed up is due to over 68,500 unaccompanied Central American children who entered the United States through Mexico. However, these cases received priority, and cases of undocumented minors sped through the system during the immigration surge.