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Ultimately the immigration processing backlog needs to be fixed by government dedicated resources to promote increased capacity and efficiency at the relevant agencies.
Until that time comes, the best solutions for many individuals caught in this mess is through the courts using mandamus lawsuits.
From a systemic perspective, resorting to the courts en masse is a horribly inefficient and costly way to get adjudications done on a timely basis. But for individuals that need relief now, it frequently is their best option and provides a lot of value to their lives. I see that value all the time with my clients.
Hopefully all of this litigation is contributing to some sense of urgency that this processing system needs to be fixed.