Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Immigration courts remain partly open but political asylum cases delayed

Pam Constable of the Washington Post reports that for tens of thousands of immigrants across the United States with pending immigration cases, the federal government shutdown will put some urgent matters on hold and allow others of less importance to move ahead. Petitions for political asylum and non-emergency deportation cases could be delayed for months if the shutdown lasts more than a few days. Meanwhile, some services for U.S. citizens and legal residents, which are financed by customer fees, will continue to be provided. Court hearings or other procedures for any immigrant who is in federal custody will also continue on schedule, and the Board of Immigration Appeals will hear requests for emergency relief from deportation as well as appeals for detained immigrants.

Nationwide, 16 immigration courts are closed and 42 remain open, 23 of which handle only cases of detained immigrants.


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