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August 13, 2019

Due Process At Risk For Families On Deportation Fast Track
By Nicole Narea

Immigration courts have become overwhelmed, too. When the expedited dockets went into effect, the courts had a backlog of about 768,000 that has since swelled to 945,000 cases as of June, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. In 80% of the family unit cases that have been completed so far, immigration judges ordered immigrants deported when they failed to show up in court, according to the DOJ. That suggests immigrants are not being given sufficient notice of their immigration court hearings, according to Aaron Hall, an attorney at the Joseph Law Firm PC, who noted that the government's "notices to appear" frequently lack the required time and date information for a hearing and are sent to the wrong address.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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