Immigration cases stalled due to government shutdown

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by Mayra Moreno / KENS 5

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Posted on October 2, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 2 at 8:47 PM

According to the Washington Post, sixteen immigration courts have shut their doors because of the shutdown. Forty-two remain open,  twenty-three of which handle cases solely of the detained immigrants.

"The stand-still is affecting everybody," said Raquel Rodriguez.

Rodriguez knows it's not a permanent stand-still in Washington but knowing her friend faces deportation, once the nation's immigration courts reopen, is a fear.

"I have a lot of concern," said Duna Morales in Spanish.

Morales is worried about her immigration case. She drove from Buda with her friend Raquel to the U.S. Immigration office in San Antonio.

She said she needed to get paperwork stamped to stay here legally for another six months. Morales doesn't know when her case will go before a judge.

"Their lives are in limbo," said David Armendariz, San Antonio immigration lawyer.

Armendariz said many immigrants nationwide face a similar situation with the recent government shutdown.

"On the non-detained side all those hearings have been  canceled," said Armendariz.

Armendariz said those who are detained and waiting to be deported are the only cases moving forward. Everyone else has taken a backseat until further notice.

"It could mean we don't come back until next year or in a year," said the lawyer.

"Everything is closed locked up you can't get anybody to help really," said Rodriguez.

After nearly two hours, Morales was lucky enough to get what she needed. She has peace of mind, at least for the time being.
 

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