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March 9, 2020

Immigration judges want to know how to handle coronavirus
By Priscilla Alvarez

Last year's US government shutdown, which resulted in some cases being postponed, exacerbated the long-standing issue and added to the backlog. There are more than 1 million pending cases before the immigration courts, according to Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse or TRAC, which tracks immigration court data -- resulting in cases being scheduled out years in advance. TRAC estimated last year that between 80,000 and 94,000 immigration court hearings may have been canceled as a result of last year's government shutdown. The only cases that moved forward during that time were those of immigrants in detention.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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