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KVUE Defenders have discovered that immigration courts alter cases and put certain cases on the front line.
AUSTIN, Texas – Immigration courts backed by 1.4 million cases, researchers from Transactional documents access clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University.
It takes years to go through the process. In May 2021, the Ministry of Homeland Security and the Ministry of Justice created a “Dedicated file” process.
“As part of this new process, some recently arrived families may be listed on the dedicated register. Families may be eligible if apprehended between ports of entry on or after Friday May 28, 2021, placed in a removal and listed in alternatives to detention (ATD). DHS, in partnership with the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) of the Department of Justice (DOJ), will provide information services to help families understand the immigration system and refer families to pro bono legal service providers for possible representation, “a DHS and a DOJ joint press release shows.
KVUE advocates have discovered that this could cause other problems.
“This raises questions both about how disruptive it can be for the immigration justice system and for immigration judges. When you move cases, it’s not like you move them in. The void. Other cases have to be moved. So these cases can move faster, but other cases can move more slowly, “said Austin Kocher, PhD, assistant professor of TRAC research.
The goal of the “Dedicated Case” program is to obtain a decision within 300 days of the initial hearing of the main family calendar. TRAC statistics show that the initial hearing could still take months.
“I think there are also legitimate questions as to whether the administration will really be able to deliver on its commitment to due process and fairness. Sometimes when the business is moving fast, if these people don’t get it. lack legal support and advice and do not have access to a lawyer, fast-moving cases can actually create barriers for these people to really have time to build a full case and find a lawyer, ”said Kocher.
“While the goal of this process is to settle cases quickly, fairness will not be compromised,” the press release said.
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