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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 then 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. Louise, give us some numbers for the shutdown took a pretty heavy hit on several different components of the immigration system. The most prominent of which '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 a hundred thousand to that backlog. Not even accounting for any new cases that came in during that time boy. So if you're waiting to appear in court in this backed up system, where are you are you in a are you still on the other side of the border? Are you wandering around the US because you have an appointment are you in one of these 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 up 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 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 years because cases, go stale and witnesses 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 rare. Agreement. People don't see the backlog is a problem where does e-verify fit into this e-verify is favored by some immigration hardliners people who who favor reduction both legal and illegal immigration as as more effective than a wall. Or physical barriers the border. They see that as preventing people from working in the United States. They have authorization, and that is the most effective measure of restricting illegal immigration in particular. So they're very very fun to be verified, which is a voluntary system used by employers was shut down during the shutdown and then. But that's not mandatory, right? It's not mandatory. But it is very prolific. For one of the better word. Stay prolific. Forty million cases were handled by system sickly. Yeah. That's a average about seven hundred fifty thousand cases a week. And shutdown went on for five weeks. So that the cases that might be resolved in time. But they certainly weren't result for the five weeks to shut down and people can really favor e-verify, you don't necessarily have a lot of faith Milwall is the best tactic for their particular causes would see this as possibly a trade off. They would rather 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 Kant just get back on the docket. They may in fact end up going to the back of the line waiting for their day in court, which again has a mixed bag of consequences for everybody involved. The court system will be a gearing backed up and trying to. Gig out six in the next couple of weeks ahead of any additional shutdown, and there's gonna be a little work to do. It's 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 that these folks are facing just years and years of paperwork. And it it really is a paperwork driven system in many ways as well. And so while I more automated system might be able to withstand some of the stress of 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 Morning, America's first news..