The ongoing shutdown of government by the Trump administration has led to the straining of the country’s immigration system and thus the cancellation of more than 40,000 immigration court hearing. Meanwhile, the Pentagon is pumping out funds to extend military troops to the US-Mexico border. The troops are being extended because of the partial shutdown of the US government, which is actually the longest so far. President Trump and Congress have not successfully come to an agreement on the spending deal for the government as the President had demanded the sum of $5.7billion to fund the border wall construction. From when the shutdown started, Immigration court hearings have been put on hold, and the courts have been frozen. Exceptions are however made for immigrants who are in detention centers. In a report from Syracuse University, precisely 42,726 court hearings on immigration have been canceled as recorded on the 11th of January. It is estimated that this number would rise above 100,000 by the end of this month if the shutdown is not lifted, and by March, the number of hearings that would be cancelled would have hit 200,000. Immigration courts have a backlog of about 800,000 cases to be handled. The Lawyers are of the opinion that this could mean rescheduling the hearings to 2020. Based on the "Catch and Release" policy, the affected immigrants are permitted to remain in the country until their hearing dates. The shutdown has basically given those immigrants who should have been deported more time to stay in the country until their new court dates are reached.
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