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.
Troops at the Border Wall
The Pentagon has announced that those 5900 troops sent to the border in November 2018 would continue staying there up to September 2019.
The troops were deployed there following an order from the President because of the expected arrival of an immigrant caravan which was coming from Central America. The original date the troops were meant to return from the border was on the 15th of December last year. However, the date was extended to January, and then it was extended again.
Initially, a financial cost of $72 million was estimated by the Pentagon to cater for all the 5,900 troops. After the extensions were made, the amount has remained uncertain till date. According to a spokesperson from the Department of Defense, the composition and force size of the troops have not yet been determined.
The Pentagon plans to protect the walls with concertina wires installed by the troops. Aviation surveillance and mobile cameras would also be employed. The President is however optimistic about this plans as he tweeted that only a wall and not drones can put an end to illegal immigration.
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