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US to expedite immigration cases of families on border

Immigration Fast Track Courts
Posted at 11:05 AM, May 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-28 14:05:18-04

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. officials say they will fast-track the immigration court cases of families arriving on the southwest border. The move comes comes as the Biden administration has eased some asylum restrictions that had expelled many arriving immigrant families from the country.

Under the plan, immigrant families stopped on the border starting Friday could be placed in expedited immigration court dockets in 10 cities. Immigration judges would aim to decide their cases within 300 days of an initial hearing.

The immigration courts are notoriously backlogged and it can take years for immigrants to get a decision on whether they can remain in the country legally.