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Government shutdown brings immigration process to near-halt

President Trump's enthusiasm for a border wall has drawn much attention to Washington, D.C., but along the border itself, other issues also call for attention. The Border Patrol and other agencies that monitor immigration are struggling with outdated facilities that cannot handle the increase in families wishing to enter the U.S. The immigration court system is so clogged with applications that people are waiting years for decisions to resolve their cases.

The current congressional debate seems to concentrate on raw numbers and ignores the reality faced by immigrant families in Southern California and elsewhere. Seldom mentioned is the fact that the backlog in immigration court has more than doubled to 1.1 million cases awaiting decisions. More families and children traveling alone now elect to surrender to border patrol officials and seek asylum, instead of following the much older pattern of entering the country by any means possible.

President Trump has attempted to portray the immigration problem entirely in terms of people attempting to enter the country illegally. In reality, many so-called illegal immigrants are here because they have overstayed their visas. During the recent 12-month period, almost 740,000 people overstayed the allowed time specified in their visas. President Trump has increased the number of immigration judges, but he has not provided enough support staff and facilities to allow the courts to handle the flood of immigrant families.

Anyone caught in the immigration system's malfunctions, or who has one or more loved ones in such a predicament, may wish to seek the advice of an experienced immigration attorney. A knowledgeable attorney can review a case and provide helpful suggestions for resolving the legal issues.

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