The Wall Street Journal is reporting that non-priority cases in the Immigration Court may be delayed for at least another 5 years.
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, court date, which happens to be Black Friday. The far-off date, especially one when courts typically operate on a bare-bones staff, suggests officials view it as a bureaucratic placeholder.
The full article can be found here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/justice-department-delays-some-immigration-hearings-by-5-years-1422461407