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August 24, 2020

COVID-19 Puts More than 1 Million Immigration Cases on Hold
By TCR Staff

The nation’s immigration processing system has slowed to a crawl as a result of COVID-19, with hundreds of thousands of cases delayed “for months and often years to come,” according to figures obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. The number of cases immigration court cases completed monthly plummeted to “historic lows” between April and July, TRAC said. In December, 2019 and January, 2020 total monthly “completions” reported by hearing sites around the country hovered at around 40,000. But the number dropped by nearly half—to 26, 699—in February, just as the outbreak was beginning to affect court operations,. Between March and July, the numbers began to drop “precipitously,” said TRAC.

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