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Backlogs in U.S. immigration law courts leave many in limbo

Immigration is a tricky issue. Even when individuals attempt to enter and live in California and other parts of the country through legal means, they can face complications and the possibility of deportation. U.S. immigration law is complex, and the court systems have significant backlogs for a variety of immigration cases, including those who entered the country seeking asylum or for other reasons.

Even as some individuals work to understand these legal proceedings, they may remain uncertain due to possible changes. It seems that the topic of immigration is constantly making headlines, especially in regard to making changes to policies and portions of the legal system that address issues involving individuals coming into the country. Members of the current administration are certainly working to determine how to handle various aspects of immigration reform.

Cases involving immigration issues can take years to complete, and they go far beyond those seeking asylum. Many people may even be looking to obtain the ability to remain in the country legally but cannot receive a decision regarding their efforts for years. As a result, they may build lives and gain employment without knowing whether they will be able to permanently remain.

Many people practically remain in limbo due to court issues and backlogs. Still, individuals in California could benefit from understanding where they stand within the parameters of U.S. immigration law. Consulting with experienced immigration law attorneys could help concerned parties prepare for their court cases, learn how to handle their affairs while waiting for court and other important related issues.

Source: CNN, "Trump calls for sweeping changes to US immigration legal process", Allie Malloy and Tal Kopan, May 24, 2018

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