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January 5, 2019

Immigration Judges Among Those Furloughed By Trump Shutdown
By David Boddiger

American Immigration Lawyers Association executive committee member Jeremy McKinney told CNBC that the shutdown “could not have come at a worse time due to this unprecedented backlog” of cases. Before they were furloughed, about 400 immigration judges faced about 800,000 pending cases. While the report noted that immigrants held in detention centers would see their court hearings move forward as planned, all other cases would be rescheduled. The average wait time for immigration court hearings is nearly two years, CNBC said, citing Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. At other courts, the wait is over four years.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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