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The impact of the government shutdown was felt almost immediately Oct. 1 by many people who are working their way through immigration courts.

People denied entry to immigration hearings, waiting outside 26 Federal Plaza Tuesday. Photo: Maria Zhynovitch

On Tuesday morning, many were turned away from 26 Federal Plaza, unaware that hearings and other proceedings involving non-detainees have been put on hold pending the breaking of a stalemate over the budget on Capitol Hill. Immigration lawyers say some of those turned away were on the brink of winning cancellation of removal from the United States.

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