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January 25, 2019

Fact-checking Trump's speech to end the shutdown
By Priscilla Alvarez and Holmes Lybrand

"Our backlog in the immigration courts is now far greater than the 800,000 cases that you've been hearing back over the last couple of years." This is true. The nation's immigration courts have been faced with a massive backlog. The number of pending cases stands at 809,041, according to Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, which tracks immigration court data. The government shutdown has made that worse, as only courts that handle detained dockets (the cases of people who are in immigration detention) were allowed to proceed. A report released by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse earlier this month found that an estimated 42,726 immigration court hearings had been canceled as a result of the shutdown. It's unclear when they'll be rescheduled.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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