Government shutdown impact immigration courts

Because Arizona is one of the states that shares a border with Mexico, residents in Arizona often feel directly impacted by any government decision or action that impacts immigrants, especially those who come into the United States from Mexico or other Central American countries.

The ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government is the latest action to have a direct impact on people as all immigration courts are closed until the government shutdown ends or some other resolution is achieved. One exception to this is the processing of visas. This will still be allowed as this is a process which generates income and, therefore, it is allowed to continue.

As reported by KGUN9.com, many people in Arizona who were supposed to attend hearings or other court proceedings related to their immigrant status now have to wait. To make matters worse, some could end up facing an even bigger problem than simply having their hearing dates pushed out. This is because a person might today be in the U.S. legally but that status may have an expiration date which may come around before the shutdown ends. 

A person's rights to due process under the law may also end up being violated by the delay caused by the shutdown. In total, more than 67,400 immigration cases have been delayed nationwide as of January 17, 2019. In Arizona alone, nearly 1,000 people have had their immigration hearings postphoned. None of these people have any idea when they will be able to have their cases reviewed or heard.

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