The administration changed priorities for deporting illegal immigrants a year ago.
So how is that working out?
According to the latest statistics, not all that well.
The theory was, send back the worst offenders first.
It was a sort of triage.
Send back the ones with criminal offenses first, and then those who have simply entered the country illegally.
It seemed logical, in theory.
But according to the Texas Tribune, the reality is clogged courts and long waits for a decision.
The latest statistics show the new priority program is resolving 314,000 cases annually, which is a 5.6% increase over the year before.
But, in Texas, we have the third highest number of unresolved cases, and the backlog is growing.
The immigrants age, education, relationship to a US citizen or service in the military are supposed to factor in.
But attorneys say, those factors aren’t being considered yet.
Lawyers say, the new rules aren’t necessarily ill advised, they just aren’t being followed.
And that costs more time and more money.