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November 11, 2021

New fast-track docket for migrants faces familiar challenges
By Claudia Torrens, Philip Marcelo and Elliot Spagat

The expedited docket also faces some of the same challenges and complaints as similar efforts under Bidenís two predecessors. Critics say it rushes the complex work of building asylum cases, making it nearly impossible for migrants to have a fair shot, especially if they canít secure an attorney in time. Judges follow the same procedures applied in other immigration cases but on a shorter timeline. During the Obama and Trump administrations, most families that went through similar fast-track dockets lacked legal representation and were ultimately ordered removed from the country, according to the Migration Policy Institute, a D.C. think tank. ADVERTISEMENT Prieto, the New York judge, is among those handling the most cases under the new docket, with more than 1,600 assigned to him by the end of August, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, at Syracuse University.

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