The government shutdown is having a 'devastating impact' on an already backlogged immigration system

Posted On: Jan 15, 2019   |   Posted By: Business Insider

The government shutdown is having a 'devastating impact' on an already backlogged immigration system

The ongoing government shutdown has had a "devastating impact" on the immigration system, resulting in more than 42,000 court hearings being cancelled over the last four weeks.
Federal judges say these canceled hearing will take years to reschedule - America's asylum system is already backlogged by more than 800,000 cases.
If the shutdown continues through the end of January, more than 100,000 cases will have to be rescheduled, according to Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.
The government shutdown sparked by a dispute over border-wall funding reached its 25th day on Tuesday, leaving a massive and rapidly growing backlog in the court system that determines whether immigrants can stay in the United States or face deportation.
An estimated 380,000 federal employees are currently furloughed , meaning they are barred from going to work and not receiving paychecks during the shutdown. The furloughed employees include the roughly 400 immigration judges across the country who are only...

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