Louise Radnofsky, Wall Street Journal, United States discussed on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
There's new momentum in congress on efforts to help avoid future. Government shutdowns several proposals have been floated as congress deals with the fallout from the longest government shutdown in US history and negotiators face yet. Another funding deadline in two and a half weeks another shutdown looms if lawmakers and President Trump failed to reach agreement on border security funding before the current money. Runs out on February fifteenth Virginia democratic Senator Mark Warner the method running government shutdown Rickman ship must come to an end. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell says he's open to supporting legislation that would prevent future shutdowns as long as it has support from both parties I'd be open to anything that we could agree on a bipartisan basis that would make them. Pretty hard. To occur. Again. None of the proposals are likely to be in place for the current stalemate as seventeen congressional negotiators are preparing to meet for the first time today to discuss border security funding. The immigration court bat. Log grew by at least ten percent during the partial government shutdown as a funding dispute centred on border security left the nation's overloaded immigration system. Digging out of an even deeper hole than before the five week standoff. The court backlog was hurt as court stopped. Hearing most cases and Justice department lawyers were furloughed more from Wall Street Journal reporter Louise Radnofsky who covers immigration policy Lewis. Give us some numbers. Cutdown took a pretty heavy hit on several different components of the immigration system. The most prominent of which was the immigration courts. They had a backlog of more than eight hundred thousand cases, even before the shutdown began and the shutdown by at least one estimate resulted in twenty thousand cases per week. Not being heard which likely added at least eighty thousand probably more like one hundred thousand to that backlog dot even accounting for any new cases that came in during that time boy. So if you're waiting to appear in court in this backup system, where are you are you in a you still on the other side of the border? Are you wandering around the US because you have an appointment are you in in the United States waiting for waiting for your day in court, and that is a matter of concern to people on both sides of the issue. There are people who say that that is not a particularly efficient way of getting out of the country people who shouldn't be here and don't have a claim to be here. And there are people on the other side who would say that it's not really a particularly just either to leave somebody waiting for years to resolve their fate effectively. And that they don't have the best shot at presenting their case in court either after year. Because cases, go stale and guy and various things can happen over a period of time that just isn't isn't helpful for anybody. So this is one of several rarest of agreement people club problem where does e verify fit into this. E-verify is favored by some immigration hardliners, people who favor reduction both legal and illegal immigration as as more effective than a wall. Or physical barriers at the border. They see that is preventing people from working in the United States authorisation, and that is the most effective measure of restricting illegal immigration in particular. They're very very fun to be verified, which is a voluntary system used by the players was shut down during the shutdown and then, but that's not mandatory, right? It's not mandatory. But it is very prolific better word. It's very prolific. Forty million cases were handled by system Cisco year. That's average about seven hundred fifty thousand cases a week. And shutdown went on for five weeks. So that the cases might be dissolved in time, but they weren't resolved for the five weeks to shut down and people can really favor e-verify necessarily have a lot of faith in the wall. Is the best tactic for that particular caused would see this as possibly a trade off? They would not seen happen. We're speaking with Wall Street Journal reporter, Louise Radnofsky, she covers immigration policy. Her piece is called shutdown compounds woes for immigration system. So now with the backlog having grown, what are the ketchup possibilities here? Besides never I guess well people whose hearings were cancelled cont kissed get back on the docket. They may in fact end up going back to the line waiting for their day in court, which again has a mixed bag of consequences for everybody involved. The court system will be gearing back up and trying to dig out in the next couple of weeks ahead of any additional shutdown and there's going to be a little work for them to do as unbelievable. So a phrase that you will never utter. It seems. If you work in that industry is well just waiting for some new paperwork to show up. Right. These folks are facing just years and years of paperwork. It really is a paperwork driven system in many ways as well. And so while more automated system might be able to withstand some of the stress of five week workload piling up. This is really a paper driven one and that stands to be a particular challenge as well. Thanks, Louise, Wall Street Journal reporter Louise Radnofsky who covers immigration policy, fourteen minutes now after the hour on This.