(NATIONALREVIEW) — The Department of Justice has begun ushering unaccompanied alien children to the front of the line for immigration court proceedings — but the children still fail to appear in court.
In one day at a Los Angeles immigration court last week, Judge Ashley Tabaddor heard the cases of nearly 40 illegal immigrant minors, but none of the children appeared in court, according to the Los Angeles Times. In each case, the illegal immigrant minor was thought to have settled elsewhere, and the judge reportedly decided not to deport the children in absentia. Instead, Tabaddor — who declined to speak with National Review Online, citing Justice Department policy — reportedly issued change-of-venue orders in each case.
As a response to the large number of change-of-venue orders, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency implemented a new process in June whereby officials wait to file cases on unaccompanied alien children and send all unaccompanied-juvenile case files to a central location, according to an ICE spokesperson.
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