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Denver immigration court picked for program to shrink backlog

"With more than 7,500 cases pending and an average waiting time in immigration court of 529 days, Colorado immigration attorneys are pleased that the Denver court has been chosen as a national pilot for weeding out low-priority cases and speeding up the system. Immigration courts in Denver...

Prosecutorial review puts immigration cases in holding pattern, infuses a sense of hope

"Until recently, Lizeth Amateco had never heard the term "prosecutorial discretion." Now, her future depends on it." - Denver Post, Dec. 21, 2011 .

16% of Denver immigration court cases to be offered prosecutorial discretion

DENVER — "A review ordered by the Obama administration of virtually all 7,900 deportation cases before the immigration court here has identified about 1,300 foreigners — 16 percent — who pose no security risk and will be allowed to remain in the United States, although with...

Denver Paving Company Forfeits $185K in Criminal Immigration Case

"A Denver-based paving corporation was sentenced Tuesday to pay nearly $185,000 in forfeiture of criminal proceeds for its criminal practice of hiring illegal aliens. The forfeited money will go to the Department of Transportation federal highway fund. ... Premier Paving Inc. (PPI) was charged by...

Denver Lawyers Sue for Immigration Court Access

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, DHS agents (the Federal Protective Service) denied entry to the federal building in Denver housing the Immigration Court unless attorneys and their clients showed government-issued ID and submitted to an NCIC (National Crime Information Center) background check. Rather...

DHS Cowed, Settles Denver Immigration Court Access Lawsuit

"The Federal Protective Service has a heavy responsibility. Their mission is to keep federal properties safe and secure for employees, officials and visitors, alike. One such property is the newly renovated Byron G. Rodgers Federal Building in downtown Denver. Among other tenants in this otherwise...

Denver Joins Growing List of Colorado Counties Rejecting ICE Holds

"Denver will no longer hold inmates for federal immigration authorities solely on the basis of immigration status, Sheriff Gary Wilson said Wednesday. The move to refuse federal immigration holds follows federal court rulings in other states that a county sheriff's department is potentially...

EOIR Announces Change to Immigration Judges Hearing Cases Out of Artesia

"The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced that, effective September 29, 2014, it will assign immigration cases originating at the Artesia, N.M., hearing location to immigration judges at the Denver Immigration Court in Denver rather than immigration judges at the Headquarters...

Denver Judges Will Hear Immigration Cases From New Mexico

"Immigration judges in Denver will hear hundreds of cases via closed-circuit TV, the federal government has determined. Judges will review the cases of approximately 600 women and children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala who are being held in a facility in Artesia, N.M. The additional cases...

A Framework for Judicial Review and Remand in Immigration Law

Collin D Schueler, University of Kentucky College of Law, 2015, Denver University Law Review, Forthcoming : "This Article breaks new ground at the intersection of administrative law and immigration law. One of the more important questions in both fields is whether a reviewing court should resolve...

Immigration Judge Hears Bond Pleas By Video, 1,700 Miles Away

"Immigration Judge Quynh Bain keeps having to interrupt the witness to ask her to slow down her account of the night that some Mara-18 gang members ran her off the road in her hometown in El Salvador. “Please remember,’’ the judge tells her through an interpreter, “that one...

Denver Law School Lab Addresses Refugee Crisis

"Ays is one of two law students currently taking part in an unusual class at the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law. The Artesia Lab was fast-tracked by university officials this fall, in a partnership with the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network, to help with the crisis created...

Dilley Cases Move from Denver to Miami

"the EOIR has announced that immigration cases arising out of the Dilley, Texas, immigration detention facility will no longer be heard by judges from the Denver Immigration Court. Rather, from here on out, Dilley cases will be reassigned to the Miami Immigration Court. What's the effect of...

Slave Labor Suit Against GEO Advances in Denver: Menocal v. Geo Group

Law360, July 8, 2015 - " A federal judge has ruled the owner of a private detention center in Colorado must face a potential class action alleging it violated federal law by forcing immigrant detainees to work for little or no pay. U.S. District Judge John L. Kane in Denver on Monday denied The...

Crimmigration Law Lecture Series in Denver

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, Feb. 23, 2016 - "Along with my colleague at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law Christopher Lasch , I am thrilled to announce the inaugural Crimmigration Law Lecture Series . The lecture series is dedicated to understanding...

An Afternoon with José Padilla and Friends

Dan Kowalski, Mar. 4, 2016 - " It's not often one has the opportunity to shake hands with the victor of a Supreme Court case. Yesterday, many of us did just that. José Padilla, of Padilla v. Kentucky , 130 S.Ct. 1473 (2010) , spoke to students, faculty and guests at the Crimmigration...

Money & Politics in Immigration Detention

Institute for Justice & Journalism, Sept. 12-13, 2016, Denver - "Detaining immigrants is big business. The Department of Homeland Security has an annual budget for immigration detention of at least $2 billion and locks up more than 400,000 people each year – double the number from 10 years...

Judge Marks Live Stream Today, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 at 5:30 pm Mountain Time

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, Sept. 12, 2016 - "Should Congress move the immigration courts out of the Justice Department and create independent courts under Article I of the U.S. Constitution? The National Association of Immigration Judges thinks so. As the union...

Denver Sheriff Dept. Settles I-9 Citizenship Discrimination Complaints with DOJ

DOJ, Nov. 21, 2016 - "The Justice Department reached a settlement today resolving claims that the Denver Sheriff Department discriminated against work-authorized immigrants in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The Denver Sheriff Department is the largest sheriff department...

Denver Woman Denied Stay by ICE, Takes Sanctuary in Church

Erica Melzer, Denverite, Feb. 15, 2017 - "Jeanette Vizguerra, an undocumented immigrant who has been living in the Denver area for nearly two decades, was denied her stay from deportation from the United States Wednesday morning because she did not attend her scheduled check-in with immigration...