Immigration Court Backlog worsened

Federal Officials have begun sending out notices that thousands of immigrants awaiting hearings will have their cases pushed back nearly five years, a fresh sign of the pervasive backlogs and delays in the U.S. immigration court system. The delay makes room for higher-priority cases caused last summer by a surge in unaccompanied minors and families crossing the border with Mexico.

The Justice Department started notifying employees in the immigration court system last week that nonpriority cases were being bumped off the court docket and would get a Nov. 29, 2019, There is no guaranty the these affected will be heard on that day.  

Only fast track asylum cases will be assigned to an early hearing date as the law requires the adjudication process be completed in 180 days after the filing.