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January 3, 2019

What do experts predict will be the immigration law battles in 2019?
By Lorelei Laird

And thatís another prediction Schmidt has for 2019: The immigration court backlog will worsen. As of the end of November, Syracuse Universityís Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse put the backlog at 809,401 pending cases, a 49 percent increase over January of 2017. Schmidt believes itíll get worse, thanks to decisions by the Trump administration that limit immigration judgesí ability to close cases without a decision or continue cases, and encourage the Department of Homeland Security to reopen old cases that were closed without a decision. And Schmidt says the courts could be further tied up by the U.S. Supreme Courtís decision in Pereira v. Sessions, which gave certain immigrants another shot at proving their cases to stay here because of defects in the governmentís notices to appear in court.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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