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Mother Jones
January 15, 2019

The Shutdown Is Forcing Immigrants to Wait Years for a Court Hearing
By Noah Lanard

An analysis of government data released Monday by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a research institute at Syracuse University, estimates that more than 40,000 cases have already been canceled because of the shutdown. The number of canceled cases will surpass 67,000 if the shutdown continues through the week. TRAC made the estimates using immigration court data obtained through public records requests. There is a backlog of more than 800,000 cases in immigration court, and immigrants wait nearly two years on average to appear before a judge, according to TRAC. Some immigration judges’ dockets are booked through 2022.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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