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Pacific Standard
June 5, 2019

ICE Continues to Arrest Immigrants at Their Hearings for Legal Residency Status
By Massoud Hayoun

Experts say that the practice of detaining immigrants at courthouses and appointments with authorities serves to functionally force immigrants into criminality or continual victimization by discouraging them from cooperating with law enforcement. What's more, immigration law experts say that the practice runs afoul of the administration's unfulfilled promises to slash the immigration court backlog, which continues to pressurize an overwrought system. Currently 892,517 people await hearings on their asylum cases, according to Syracuse University non-profit data research center Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. "One way to reduce the backlog in immigration court would be to allow people to seek benefits at USCIS without fear of ICE enforcement as opposed to arresting them and adding to the immigration court's docket individuals like Ms. Calderon who have meritorious cases for remaining in the United States and obtaining status," Reisz says.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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