Lomi Kriel, Houston Chronicle, Mar. 15, 2016 - "The backlog in Houston's overwhelmed downtown immigration court grew more than 460 percent between 2010 and 2016, swelling from about 6,400 to 36,100 pending cases, according to a new analysis released Tuesday. With only six immigration judges on the bench, Houston's court could see its case load double again in three years if no more are added, found the report by Human Rights First, a national nonprofit. In six years, the number of pending cases across the country could reach more than 1 million, twice as much as it is now."
USCIS will host a webinar on March 16, 2016, to discuss T and U visas and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), immigration relief for victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and other serious crimes. Representatives from USCIS's Office of Policy and Strategy and the Vermont Service Center (VSC) will provide an overview of T and U visa eligibility requirements, law enforcement certification, and VAWA eligibility requirements. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation.