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Posted by: Brittany Sims on Jul 18, 2014

The country’s already backlogged immigration courts have seen a deluge of tens of thousands of Central American children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months, WSMV reports. The court system is so overwhelmed that it can currently take three years to get a hearing. The courts have more than 375,000 cases being handled by just 243 judges, according to the Department of Justice. The Obama administration has said it will move quickly to process the thousands of immigrant children and families and has asked Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funding to cope with the crisis, including hiring more judges.