As some South Carolina residents may know, many pending immigration cases on docket for a hearing have been put on hold until 2019. It has been reported that more than 415,000 immigrants have pending cases, in addition to those individuals being detained. According to reports, a large increase in the number of immigration cases has led to the large backlog. Big cities, such as New York and Denver, where a high percentage of these immigrants have located, have been particularly hard hit because families and unaccompanied minors facing deportation have been granted a priority status along with those individuals being held in detention.
The reason for scheduling cases so far into the future is reportedly to keep those cases placed on court dockets due to a shortage of immigration judges due to lack of funding. According to a counsel for the Executive Office for Immigration Review, cases may be rescheduled for a different date as vacancies appear in court dockets.
Although this might be troublesome news for some immigrants, it may be advantageous for others, giving them the opportunity to strengthen their cases. Other immigrants with permission to stay in the country who may be facing deportation for minor legal infractions or who have applied for political asylum may be left in limbo wondering if their cases may be heard in a timely manner.
Individuals facing problems with their residency status may benefit from consulting with an attorney who has experience in immigration and naturalization matters. Such an attorney can advise a client on what documents are necessary to go forward and in meeting requirements to apply.
Source: Huffington Post, "Immigrants Could Wait Until 2019 To Have Cases Resolved", Seth Robbins, Feb. 2, 2015