Immigration Cases Slowed by Government Shutdown

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Immigration Cases Slowed by Government Shutdown

Immigration courts in the United States are a civil institution that rule on immigration cases related to asylum requests and deportation proceedings.  They are notoriously slow and have a backlog of about 1 million cases waiting to be heard by some 400 judges, or about 2,500 cases per judge.  In a typical year, each judge hears fewer than 700 cases.  The backlog has been growing for some time and is about to grow even larger due to the partial United States government shutdown.

The government shutdown began on December 22 and is currently the third-longest shutdown in U.S. history.  The purported reason for the shutdown is over immigration, but has the contradictory effect of making the immigration court backlog worse.  With immigration courts not functioning, not only does the backlog continues to grow, but existing cases must be rescheduled.  Asylum seekers and those with non-removal immigration court dates that have fallen during the shutdown could be forced to wait months, or even years, before a new court date can be scheduled.  The uncertainty of a pending immigration court date can be stressful.

The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth has helped thousands of immigrants to live and work legally in the United States.  If you have are an unrepresented immigrant to the United States who’s court date has been cancelled due to the government shutdown, there is still time to seek the assistance of an immigration lawyer.  People seeking asylum in the United States are about five times more likely to receive approval if they have an attorney.  People facing deportation proceedings are about 25 times more likely to avoid removal from the country if they have an attorney.

It is unknown when the partial government shutdown will end and immigration courts will begin to hear cases again.  And when the courts do reopen, it’s not yet known what will happen to the cases that were supposed to be heard during the shutdown.  With all of the delays, the mission of the immigration attorneys at the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth remains the same.  We’re on your side, all the way.  For expert legal help with your immigration case, call us today at 888-517-9888.

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