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Dems Raise Concerns About Reopening Immigration Cases

Law360 (September 17, 2018, 6:39 PM EDT) -- Senate Democrats penned a letter to the Trump administration Thursday voicing concern over reports that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will reopen thousands of deportation cases previously closed by immigration judges.

The lawmakers said that reopening the cases would further bloat the immigration court backlog, which stands at almost 750,000 as of July, according to figures provided by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. They argued that the cases need not be reopened because they involve individuals who have pending applications for relief before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and also vulnerable immigrant populations, including trafficking victims and abused or...

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