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January 14, 2019

Government Shutdown Leads To A Spike In Canceled Immigration Hearings
By Richard Gonzales

Almost 43,000 immigration court hearings have been canceled as a result of the partial government shutdown, freezing an already heavily backlogged system, according to a report by researchers tracking immigration data. Another 20,000 hearings will be canceled for every additional week the government is not operating. The report by the Transactional Records Access Clearing House at Syracuse University concludes that as many as 100,000 individuals will have had their hearings postponed if the shutdown continues through the end of January. Between Dec. 24 and Jan. 11, 42,726 scheduled cases were not heard. "Individuals impacted by these cancellations may have already being waiting two, three, or even four years for their day in court," the report says.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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