As of July 21, 2016, there are 500,051 cases pending in Immigration Courts across the United States. Since 2011, more than 200,000 cases have been added to the docket and the number will continue to rise until the Court hires more Judges to meet the need.
Congress has not allocated sufficient funding to Immigration Courts and as a result, many Immigration Courts, including the Denver Immigration Court, have cases pending five or more years. In Denver, the average number of days a case is on the docket is 933, the highest in the country. As of July, there are approximately 9,420 cases pending in Denver. That is up from about 7,400 cases in 2013.
According to the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), 34 new judges have been hired since the beginning of 2016. There is a pending budget proposal that would allow more judges to be hired. Currently, there are 277 Immigration Judges hearing cases. An EOIR spokeswoman stated that if the budget proposal is passed, the agency would add as many as 122 more judges.
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Effective March 25, 2020, in response to “Stay at Home” orders Joseph & Hall PC is closed to the public and is now conducting nearly all of its operations remotely during the COVID-19 health crisis through April 18th.
We continue to have a limited number of staff in our office to perform basic operations such as assembling and filing petitions, receiving and distributing mail and issuing checks. We are grateful to be in a business that is conducive to remote work and for all of your patience and support. Our lawyers and paralegals are here to answer the array of questions that continue to arise daily and will keep you informed during these rapidly changing times. We will hold telephonic or video meetings rather than in-person meetings. These meetings can be done by SKYPE or Zoom Conference call so that you can continue to interact with your legal team, face-to-face.
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