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September 4, 2014

Judge sets next hearing for illegal immigrant minors for FOUR years from now
By Francesca Chambers

Immigration dockets are so backlogged, a Virginia judge is setting court dates for illegal children for four years from now. CNS News reports that Arlington, Virginia, Judge John M. Bryant told at least three minors appearing before his court on Tuesday morning that their next hearing would be June 11, 2018. 'Are you available that day?' Bryant reportedly asked one of the immigrant's lawyers as a joke. 'I donít have my 2018 calendar in front of me, but yes, I believe so,' the lawyer told him. 'Okay, good. Have a good school year,' Bryant told the minor, a 17-year-old boy named Christian. 'Iíll see you in a few years, okay?' With 375,000 immigration cases stuck on judges' dockets, illegal immigrants of all ages are routinely made to wait years for a full hearing. The average processing time for a case now stands at 520 days, according to Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.

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