Due to the partial government shutdown, an estimated 42,726 immigration court hearings have been canceled. Which has lasted for more than three weeks, according to a new report.
An institution that tracks immigration data, Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, On Monday in a report released found that canceled hearings will likely grow by around 20,000 during each week that the shutdown continues.
Many immigration courts were closed due to the ongoing shutdown, and immigration judges are only hearing cases of detained immigrants.
Judge Ashley Tabaddor, the president of the National said, “We do think everyday cases are being canceled,” Association of Immigration Judges, told CNN. “We’re looking at several thousand a day … [the Clearinghouse data is] consistent with our estimates. I don’t know the exact number but it’s definitely in the ballpark.”
The reports are based on an estimated analysis of court records.
The report states that “Since few cases are being resolved during the shutdown, each week the shutdown continues the practical effect is to add thousands of cases back onto the active case backlog which had already topped eight-hundred thousand (809,041) as of the end of last September.”
The highest rate of cancellations has been seen by immigration courts in California, followed by New York and Texas. According to CNN, This shutdown was certain to worsen the already-hefty immigration court backlog
This government shutdown has been recorded as the longest in U.S. history. Also, hit its 24th day on Monday.