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Pacific Standard
January 30, 2019

How the Shutdown Actually Kept Thousands of Undocumented Immigrants in the U.S.
By Massoud Hayoun

More than 80,000 immigration court hearings were postponed during the shutdown that began in late December, according to estimates by the Syracuse University non-profit data research center, Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. Immigration court hearings are frequently booked years in advance. With a growing backlog, preceding the shutdown, of over 800,000 cases, court staff cannot simply reschedule all the missed cases for the week after the shutdown; many defendants will have to wait months if not years until a judge takes up their case. It appears that in his all-consuming push to construct a border wall that many analysts say will do little to keep undocumented migrants out of the United States, Trump actually kept tens of thousands of them in the country, awaiting trial.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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