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Changes to U.S. immigration law put judges on edge

As summer ends and the weather cools down across the state of New York, the controversy surrounding immigration is still heating up. U.S. immigration law is ever-changing, and even the courts are having trouble staying on pace. Recently, judges have begun to speak out about discouraging new procedures that have left them feeling overwhelmed. In most areas of law, judges are able to use their discretion to determine a timetable to best handle each individual case.

Due to a hefty backlog of immigration cases, judges have been asked to limit the time each case will take. Previously, a judge was allowed to postpone a hearing if a party or their legal representation requested more time to prepare. Especially in cases involving deportation, the federal government has become impatient, citing scenarios in which an undocumented immigrant facing deportation may be allowed to remain in the United States as he or she awaits the closure of a court case. Beginning Oct. 1, 2018, judges will now have to provide a specific reason for why a case may be delayed. 

Many judges feel as if their decision-making process is being rushed. They are concerned that they will not have time to consider all aspects of a particular case before making a judgement. Additionally, judges adjudicating U.S. immigration law cases have a quota of cases to meet annually, no matter the details of each specific case. 

If a New York resident is concerned about an upcoming court date regarding immigration law, he or she may want to consider contacting an experienced attorney. An attorney may be up-to-date on the latest U.S. immigration law and may be able to help a defendants make sure he or she is prepared for his or her day in court. Having an attorney on the team can make immigrants feel as if they have someone to put their best interests first and ensure their voices are heard in court. 

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