Nation's Immigration Courts Severely Backlogged, Processing Could Take Years

Attorneys say it could take years for the nation's immigration courts to deal with the delays caused by the five-week shutdown.

Posted: Jan. 29, 2019 3:49 AM

NEW YORK (AP) - The nation's immigration courts were severely backlogged even before the government shutdown.

Now attorneys say it could take years just to deal with the delays caused by the five-week standoff.

With the shutdown finally over, the courts reopened Monday morning to immigrants seeking asylum or otherwise trying to stave off deportation, and hearings were held for the first time since late December.

Court clerks scrambled to deal with boxes and boxes of legal filings.

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