60K immigration court hearings were delayed during government shutdown

The 35-day partial government shutdown that came to an end late last month reportedly delayed roughly 60,000 immigration court hearings.

Kathryn Mattingly, a spokesperson for the Executive Office for Immigration Review, said the hearings would take place as soon as possible, The Associated Press reported Friday.

Immigration courts overseen by the Department of Justice have more than 800,000 pending cases, with the record-long shutdown delaying thousands of hearings.


One immigration judge reportedly does not have an open date on her calendar until 2022.

Mattingly told the AP that immigrants can file a motion requesting an earlier hearing date if necessary.

Immigrants facing deportation or attempting to seek asylum in the U.S. often times must have an immigration hearing in order to stay.

The partial shutdown that put the immigration hearings in limbo among other things came to an end last month when President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE agreed to a three-week temporary spending measure without money for his proposed border wall.