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Kansas City Star
January 19, 2019

Trump wants border security. But shutdown is keeping illegal immigrants in U.S. longer
By Rick Montgomery


Syracuseís nonpartisan Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) cites a national backlog of 809,041 unresolved immigration cases as of Nov. 30, up from 542,411 cases that were pending in Trumpís first month as president. Should the partial shutdown continue until Feb. 1, temporary cancellations will grow by at least 108,000, TRAC estimates. In the Kansas City courts, which adjudicates cases from across Missouri and Kansas, 557 appearances were canceled in the first three weeks of the shutdown. That number could surpass 1,400 by Feb. 1, TRAC said, with trials rescheduled for months or even years into the future.


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