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Arizona Republic
August 27, 2018

Supreme Court ruling could upend thousands of deportation cases, sowing chaos in court
By Daniel Gonzalez

At first glance, the Supreme Court's ruling appears to affect only a small number of immigrants who may now qualify for cancellation of removal and a green card because the stop-time rule hadn't kicked in since they, too, were issued notices to appear that lacked a time or date, and therefore are invalid. However, the ruling could also affect a much broader group of immigrants, essentially every immigrant in deportation proceedings issued notices to appear in court that lacked a time or date, said Sarah Pierce, a Migration Policy Institute policy analyst. That number could be staggering because, as the Supreme Court pointed out, the Department of Homeland Security in "almost 100 percent" of all deportation cases in recent years issued notices to appear that lacked specific times and dates for initial hearings. As of June, more than 733,000 cases were pending in immigration courts nationwide, government data collected by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse show.

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