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Feds blame 'minor logistical errors' for immigration court confusion

A line outside the immigration court building in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2018.
A line outside the immigration court building in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2018.
Courtesy of Jean Reisz

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The nation’s immigration courts are already dealing with a serious backlog of more than 760,000 pending cases. But things got even messier this week in Los Angeles and other cities, after people were issued notices to appear in court for a date on which they did not have a scheduled hearing.
  
Homeland Security and the Justice Department say they are working through what they called “minor logistical errors” but did not explain what led to the problem. The agencies did say the issue would be resolved, and the cases properly scheduled.
 
According to media reports, long lines were reported at least 10 immigration courts around the country.