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Shutdown results in hardships for US immigration law cases

The process of entering the United States as an immigrant or dealing with other immigration-related issues is already long and difficult. Unfortunately, many circumstances outside of immigrants' control may only make their journeys an even greater struggle. Numerous individuals in California and across the country are certainly experiencing such issues with U.S. immigration law at the current time.

It was recently reported that the government shutdown currently underway is having a major impact on the immigration system. The shutdown resulted due to the presidential administration trying to obtain $5 billion for a wall along the Mexican border, and claims have been issued that the shutdown will continue until the funds are approved. However, the shutdown has affected approximately 800,000 federal employees, resulting in many working without pay or being furloughed.

In addition to the effects on employees, immigrants with cases underway are facing hardships because immigration judges have been placed on leave during the shutdown. As a result, immigration cases cannot move forward. An immigration attorney in another state indicated that he had a client who was scheduled for a hearing in order to fight a deportation order, but due to the shutdown, the hearing was canceled and will likely not be rescheduled until 2020.

It is an unfortunate reality that circumstances beyond their control can greatly influence individuals' immigration cases. Still, it is important that they continue to understand their legal options and ways in which they can handle their cases. Individuals in California will likely find it useful to speak with their legal counsel regarding how the shutdown and other U.S. immigration law issues may affect their situations.

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