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Immigration hearings resume after government shutdown

A crowd lines up to get into the immigration court on Olive Street in downtown Los Angeles in Oct. 2018.
A crowd lines up to get into the immigration court on Olive Street in downtown Los Angeles in Oct. 2018.
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Immigration courts nationwide and in Southern California reopened Monday after a five-week government shutdown, during which tens of thousands of hearings were postponed. 

Immigration judges began hearing cases already scheduled for this week. Individuals who were scheduled for hearings during the shutdown will be given new hearing dates. The immigration courts already face a huge backlog; in L.A. it was more than 76,000 as of last November.