An Increase of Cancelled Immigration Court Hearings
Since the first day of the United States federal government shutdown back in December 2018, over 100,000 immigration court cases have been rescheduled and are now pending new court dates. States such as California with 9,424 cancelled cases, New York with 5,320 cancelled cases and Texas with 5,141 cancelled cases have been greatly impacted by the shutdown. The government shutdown has had a devastating effect on the immigration sector of the government to say the least. Due to the shutdown many immigrants are now in limbo not knowing when their immigration court case will be rescheduled. Many immigrants have already been waiting as long as several years for their initial court date. They could initially be waiting for several months or even several years. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is already dealing with a large backlog of immigration cases and now has to add more to their list. As of November 30, 2018, the USCIS reported that their immigration court system already had a backlog of more than 800,000 cases. According to Immigration Attorney, Alan Pollack, “Largely, the individuals in the immigration courts and the ones getting their cases cancelled during the shutdown are on the lower end of the economic spectrum.” At this point the ones largely effected by the increase of cancelled immigration court hearings are those with low income. If you have any questions or concerns pertaining to your immigration court case date feel free to contact on immigration attorney.