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January 22, 2019

Valley Immigration Cases In Limbo Due To Government Shutdown
By Monica Velez

Missing out on a court date can be detrimental to someone’s immigration status. Fresno attorney Nathan Brown says if someone doesn’t show up to their scheduled hearing in immigration court the “judge is obligated by law to deport them.” “So of course we tell our clients, assume the hearing is going to go forward, be prepared, ask for time off work if you need to, make arrangements, get your travel all prepared,” Brown says. But predicting when the longest government shutdown in history is going to end is impossible. “We have to prepare and do the work like the hearings are going to happen,” Brown says. “We have to assume the hearings [are] going forward. So, we absolutely do all the briefings, do all the research, prepare everything, mail it out before the deadline.” So far, more than 40,000 immigration cases in the nation have been canceled because of the shutdown, according to data from the nonprofit Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.

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