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August 4, 2014

New Orleans immigration court handling more than 1,200 cases of unaccompanied minors fleeing Central America
By Charles Maldonado

Gov. Bobby Jindal chided President Barack Obama last week for not informing him that more than 1,000 unaccompanied minors, mostly Central American children fleeing violence in their home countries, are now in Louisiana. Among his questions: “In which parishes are these children now living?” Odds are, they’re in and around New Orleans. By the end of June, 1,216 cases involving children were pending in immigration courts in Louisiana, according to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, which tracks federal immigration enforcement. They’re all in New Orleans Immigration Court, which already had a massive backlog.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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