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Backlogged Denver Court To Hear Immigration Cases From New Mexico Facility

Immigrant families detained at the facility in Artesia, New Mexico share these bedrooms with twin bunk beds. The families will soon be transferred to detention centers in Texas.
Courtesy Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigrant families detained at the facility in Artesia, New Mexico share these bedrooms with twin bunk beds. The families will soon be transferred to detention centers in Texas.

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Backlogged Denver Court To Hear Immigration Cases From New Mexico Facility

Backlogged Denver Court To Hear Immigration Cases From New Mexico Facility

Courtesy Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Immigrant families are currently housed in these rooms at the detention facility in Artesia, N.M. The facility only admits women and children.

Immigration judges in Denver will hear cases from a detention center in New Mexico starting Sept. 29. The switch will align the court and detainees into the same time zone. 

More than 500 Central American women and children are currently being held at the detention center in Artesia, N.M. The hearings with the Denver judges will be done via video teleconference and include removal proceedings and interviews to determine whether a detainee is eligible for asylum.

U.S. Department of Justice records show Denver immigration courts are already backlogged with individual hearing dates scheduled through 2017. Judges in Virginia are currently hearing the Artesia cases.