A slew of immigrants seeking legalization through the U.S. court system are living in limbo after their hearings were pushed back or canceled altogether.
Officials say tens of thousands fighting for citizenship have had their hearings pushed back to November 2019 or had them canceled completely.
Immigration attorney Patrick Young says the rescheduling is the result of the Obama administration’s decision last summer to give priority to cases of unaccompanied minors, families and other urgent cases.
Young says the judges are “essentially babysitting” because almost none of the children actually have counsel. Many of the judges are going to refuse to continue with the case until the child gets counsel. “It’s a no-win for the immigrants,” Young says.
An official with the Executive Office for Immigration Review says the hearings are all being rescheduled for Nov. 29, 2019 as a way to keep cases on the docket.
However, the official says most cases are likely to receive other dates, either earlier or later, as docket times become available.
[Through out the video you will see Carlos Reyes, a Long Island organizer and an active member from Make the Road New York. Both speak about the importance of the hearing being delayed or canceled.]
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