More than 42,000 Immigration Hearings Canceled Due to Shutdown

More than 42,000 Immigration Hearings Canceled Due to Shutdown

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More than 40,000 immigration hearings have been canceled because of the partial government shutdown, according to a report released Monday.

Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, which tracks immigration court data, released a report showing that an estimated 42,726 immigration court hearings had been canceled as a result of the shutdown. The estimate is based on the number of hearings that were scheduled, dating to November 30.

“Many of the courts, prior to the shutdown, were scheduling individual merit cases two or three years out,” said Laura Lynch, senior policy counsel at the American Immigration Lawyers Association. “As soon as the court reopens, it won’t be put on the calendar until there’s a date available, likely two to three years.”

Source: CNN Politics