BuzzFeed reported today that the Trump Administration is moving to restart more than 18,000 deportation cases. The majority of these cases were “administratively closed” (which means indefinitely continued) so the overwhelmed immigration courts could focus on high priority cases. The Trump administration’s decision to recalendar the old cases will contribute to historic backlogs in the immigration courts by requiring immigration judges to consider cases that were previously considered less serious than others.
In our office, we have convinced immigration judges to deny the government’s motions to reschedule cases when our client has DACA status or has a pending application for a provisional waiver. In other cases, clients have benefited from the Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in Pereira v. Sessions and now qualify to apply for cancellation of removal. In short, if the government files a motion for a hearing before an immigration judge, it does not mean that a deportation order is forthcoming. However, it does require a consultation with a qualified immigration attorney.
DMCA has seven attorneys certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Immigration and Nationality Law. If you or someone you know has a hearing before the immigration court, call us to discuss your options: (866)690-1844.