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March 31, 2021

Cornyn: Here’s how we can end ‘catch and release’ on the border
By Karen Townsend

A proposal for judges to hear their cases before being released from custody to U.S. communities would require a longer time frame at this time than what Flores allows. Immigration courts have a current backlog of 1.3 million cases, and Texas has more than 200,000 cases, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse that tracks immigration data. “I’m working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to come up with policies that will give people an opportunity to have their hearing in front of an immigration judge while they’re still being processed” by immigration authorities, said Cornyn, rather than release them with a notice to appear as it is now.

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