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Immigration law judges missing from New York

The federal building in New York -- specifically, in Manhattan -- features the busiest immigration court in the United States. Currently, there is a backlog of a whopping 80,000 cases. The recent deployment of immigration law judges to other parts of the country may unfortunately contribute to even more delays in New York cases.

The current presidential administration in the United States has redeployed judges to southern-border detention centers in an effort to get more cases in this part of the country processed more quickly. In fact, at least eight of the 29 immigration judges in New York City have been sent to the southern part of the country since the month of March. There, they have been conducting hearings by video or in person.

There has been disagreement among immigration attorneys regarding whether the extra judges on the southern border of the country are really necessary. In addition, some attorneys are fearful that the loss of these New York judges will only leave the Big Apple in a bind in the days ahead. Right now, the wait to go before a judge presiding over immigration matters is 2.4 years. On the contrary, immigrants might wait just two months for the completion of their deportation cases near the southern border.

With the court system being so busy in New York, it is easy for immigrants who are seeking U.S. citizenship to become lost in the shuffle. Unfortunately, this can place a huge emotional burden on these individuals and on their families. Immigration law attorneys can help these parties to achieve their individual goals as quickly as possible in the currently clogged New York system.

Source: wnyc.org, "Missing: New York Immigration Judges", Beth Fertig, June 6, 2017

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