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In immigration news: Court hearings delayed for years, talk of another executive action lawsuit, more



A judge hears the cases of immigrant teens in Los Angeles. The federal Justice Department has reportedly been notifying thousands of immigrants that their cases are being delayed by five years; priority has been given to the cases of children and teens who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border last year from Central America, prompting delays with other cases.
A judge hears the cases of immigrant teens in Los Angeles. The federal Justice Department has reportedly been notifying thousands of immigrants that their cases are being delayed by five years; priority has been given to the cases of children and teens who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border last year from Central America, prompting delays with other cases.
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U.S. Delays Thousands of Immigration Hearings by Nearly 5 Years - Wall Street Journal The federal Justice Department is reportedly sending notices to thousands of immigrants that their cases are being delayed for years, as backlogs in the courts continue. From the story: "The delay makes room for higher-priority cases caused last summer by a surge in unaccompanied minors and families crossing the border with Mexico. The Justice Department began notifying employees in the immigration court system last week that nonpriority cases were being bumped off the court docket and would get a Nov. 29, 2019, court date."

Boehner opens door to Obama immigration lawsuit - CNN House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has reportedly announced plans to challenge President Obama's executive immigration order in court. From the story: "Boehner told Republican House members at Tuesday morning's meeting he plans to take steps to file a lawsuit. 'We are finalizing a plan to authorize litigation on this issue -- one we believe gives us the best chance of success,' Boehner said, according to a source in the room."

California man pleads guilty to smuggling dying immigrants in trunk - Reuters U.S. citizen Nicholas George Zakov "admitted that he acted with 'extreme disregard' for the lives of the two Mexican citizens he was being paid to smuggle into the United States, court documents showed." The Los Angeles-area man pleaded guilty to felony smuggling charges on Tuesday. He was arrested at the San Ysidro border crossing in August; one of the two men found in the trunk of his car "had stopped breathing and the other was near-death."

Loretta Lynch, in Confirmation Hearing, Defends Legality of Obama Immigration Action - New York Times On Wednesday Loretta E. Lynch, nominated to become attorney general, defended President Obama's executive immigration order at the start of a confirmation hearing. From the story: "Ms. Lynch said she had read the Justice Department’s legal opinions and added, 'I don’t see any reason to doubt the reasonableness of those views.'”