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The Wall Street Journal
January 28, 2019

Shutdown Compounds Woes for Immigration System
By Louise Radnofsky

The active-case backlog was 809,041 at the end of November, said the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, which tracks court activity. Between Dec. 21 and Jan. 11, a period that included some days where the courts would have been closed for holidays anyway, 42,726 scheduled hearings had been canceled, TRAC said. TRAC estimated that each subsequent week the courts were closed would result in approximately 20,000 canceled hearings. Susan Long, TRAC's co-director, said it couldn't calculate a total for the backlog now because current Freedom-of-Information requests about the number of cases in the system, including new ones added, went unanswered as the people handling them were furloughed.

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