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The Colorado Independent
May 29, 2015

Immigrants wait on backlogged courts for citizenship
By Nancy Loftholm


The two Denver immigration judges who have been assigned to hear priority cases in other states via video for the past eight months, are being allowed by the Justice Departmentís Executive Office for Immigration Review to take up their dockets in Denver again. That will begin June 1. But Judges Donn Livingston and Eileen Trujillo wonít be back on the Denver bench full-time for a while. They are also helping part-time Judge John W. Davis and Judge Mimi Tsankov to whittle the pile-up of cases at the Aurora Detention Center where wait times that are not supposed to exceed 60 days have stretched to six months. Syracuse Universityís Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, which tracks immigration court statistics, currently reports 256 cases pending at that facility with an average wait time of 113 days. In the downtown Denver court, the clearinghouse lists the average wait time at 811 days compared to a national average for the 56 U.S. Immigration courts at 598 days.


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