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January 9, 2019

Government shutdown stymies immigrants' asylum cases
By Amy Taxin

The shutdown has furloughed hundreds of thousands of government employees and halted services that arenít deemed essential, including, in many instances, the immigration courts overseen by the Justice Department. Hearings involved detained immigrants are still going forward. But untold thousands of other proceedings have been postponed. No one knows for how long; it depends on when employees return to work and hearings can be reset. Immigration experts said cases could be delayed months or years since the courts have more than 800,000 pending cases, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, and many courtrooms are tightly booked.

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