The Government Shutdown Halts Most U.S. Immigration Court Hearings!

The federal government shutdown has caused the already congested immigration judicial system to come to a halt with little exception. The shutdown which is principally caused by disagreement over immigration policy, President Trump wants the border wall, the Democrats want a more comprehensive border security plan (no wall).

The Department of Justice, Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) released a judicial notice entitled, “Immigration Court Operating Status During Lapse in Appropriations”. The notice states:

During the current lapse in appropriations, the following operating status is in place for EOIR:

  • Detained docket cases will proceed as scheduled.
  • Non-detained docket cases will be reset for a later date after funding resumes. Immigration courts will issue an updated notice of hearing to respondents or, if applicable, respondents’ representatives of record for each reset hearing.

 

Please review the NPR News Article, “Despite Huge Backlogs, The Government Shutdown Halts Most Immigration Court Hearings” for more details.

 

 

Source of Information:

NPR (NPR.org), 1/2/19, News Article:

Despite Huge Backlogs, The Government Shutdown Halts Most Immigration Court Hearings

 

EOIR, 12/26/18, Notice:

Immigration Court Operating Status During Lapse in Appropriations