Immigration Court Postpones Thousands of Immigration Hearings for About 5 years
The Executive Office of Immigration Review has began to issued new court dates for individuals with cases and immigration hearings in removal proceedings. This date is approximately 5 years, beginning the day after Thanksgiving 2019. This new protocol was caused by a severe backlog of the extremely large volume of cases in the immigration court system.
The Justice Department released information to its staff indicating that non-priority cases would be rescheduled off-docket to accommodate for higher priority cases. Non-priority cases includes those which are non-detained cases and do not have a immediate issue that needs to be addressed by the court. Although it is not clear exactly how many individuals would be issued a new court date, it is safe to say that the number could easily reach the thousands.
The Justice Department body that oversees the nation’s immigration courts, could not say precisely how many hearings had been canceled. But it said more than 415,000 immigrants who are not in detention have cases pending. Lauren Alder Reid, a spokeswoman for the Executive Office for Immigration Review at the Justice Department, said the rescheduling of cases was the clear outcome of the Obama administration’s decision last summer to give priority to cases of unaccompanied minors, families and other urgent cases.
It is important to keep in mind that not all cases will be postponed until 2019 as many cases will receive a rescheduled court date notice with a date before 2019 as higher priority cases are cleared from court dockets. Always inform the immigration court of any change in address and keep up with your court date by contacting the immigration court for any rescheduled dates.
To obtain the necessary information regarding a court date or rescheduled immigration hearing contact the experienced immigration attorneys at Benavides & Serrano, PLLC. Remember, it is the respondent’s responsibility to informed of the a court date and a failure to to appear in court as scheduled could result in a removal order in absentia.