Backlogged immigration courts face new deluge

A man walks along the border fence between the U.S. and Mexico. (Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/12 8:56 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The country's backlogged immigration courts are bracing for a deluge of cases after tens of thousands of Central American children began arriving on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Lauren Alder Reid, counsel for legislative and public affairs at the U.S. Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review, says the courts have temporarily reassigned judges to hear cases in southern Texas and at a New Mexico detention facility via teleconferencing since the influx.

She could not say how many cases have been postponed, but she expects the surge in immigration will have a significant impact on other immigrants' cases.

The immigration courts are backlogged with more than 375,000 cases and it can take months or years for immigrants not in detention facilities to get a hearing, let alone a resolution.

 

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