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Homeland Security called hundreds of immigrants to court hearings that didn't exist

LOS ANGELES - The line outside the Los Angeles Immigration Court Thursday morning snaked around the side of the building, doubled back to the South Olive Street sidewalk and nearly reached the next block.

Some of those in line had scheduled hearings in court. Others simply thought they did.

In a statement, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials attributed the overflow crowds to administrative processing delays caused by the recent federal government shutdown. "All appropriate parties are working together to resolve this issue going forward," the statement read.

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