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February 22, 2014

AP Exclusive: Shutdown hurt 37,000 immigrant cases
By Amy Taxin

Immigration judges can grant asylum, green cards or other forms of relief -- or order someone deported for breaking the country's immigration laws. About half of immigrants were given deportation orders in immigration court rulings handed down since October, according to a report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. The courts overseen by the Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review nearly always have long wait times for hearings. As of January, more than 360,000 immigration court cases were pending for an average of 573 days, according to TRAC.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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