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Austin Immigration Lawyer Blog
February 5, 2019

Longest Government Shutdown in History May Have Delayed Immigration Courts by Years
By Lyttle Law Firm, PLLC

Court finally resumed hearing cases of immigrants who attempted to enter the country, most of whom are seeking asylum or fighting to lawfully stay in the country. While this should come as good news, courts now have to deal with the aftermath of an 86,000-case backlog caused by the shutdown. California had the greatest share of cancellations, followed by Texas and New York, according to estimates by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. They also report that the courts currently face a total backlog of more than 800,000 cases. While this issue is hardly new and something the U.S. immigration court system has been dealing with long before the shutdown, the temporary closure of many immigration courts across the country had obviously exacerbated the problem.

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