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January 16, 2019

Miami Immigration Courts Are Canceling 1,000 Cases a Week Due to Government Shutdown
By Dylan Jackson


Over 4,000 immigration cases have been canceled in Florida, the overwhelming majority in Miami, in light of the 26-day partial federal government shutdown. If the Dec. 22 shutdown continues through January, an estimated 10,000 cases would be canceled in Florida alone. The data comes from Syracuse Universityís Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), which uses government data and public case records to generate reports. The figures donít include detention centers such as Miamiís Krome Detention Center, which are open despite the shutdown. Miami courts handle 70 percent of Floridaís 70,000 pending immigration cases, according to TRAC, with courts in Orlando handling the majority of the remaining cases. An estimated 13.3 percent of the nationís immigration cases are handled in Florida, according to TRAC.


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