Immigration courts across the country are confronting an unexpected surge of children who traveled here without parents and were caught as they tried to cross illegally into the United States.
For the next six weeks in Denver, prosecutors will review all 7,800 cases in Denver Immigration Court, to determine which immigrants pose a threat or security risk and which ones do not.
As unexpectedly as it was put on, Matias Ramos’ electronic monitoring ankle bracelet came off. Matias, an undocumented DREAM Act leader has been granted a 6-month stay to his deportation.
A former gang member is given the opportunity to stay in the United States. His alcoholic father was deported earlier. Now Obed Silva is trying to untangle his father's story and make art from it.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has made a pragmatic and long-needed change in immigration policy - it will review the deportation orders for thousands of immigrants who are in the country without the proper documents but who are not convicted of serious crimes.
Immigration courts approve most asylum claims, despite evidence of widespread fraud. Why is that?
Jeysson Minota, a permanent legal resident, faced deportation over a vandalism charge due to graffiti. After four years in and out of detention, he was able to beat the deportation order and stay with his family in the US.
Do you need “evidence” as to how out-of-whack our nation’s immigration policy has become? I see those reports coming out recently about how Latinos comprise nearly half the number of people prosecuted by the federal government and sent to prison as the ultimate evidence.
Our nation’s immigration courts are backlogged. Historically backlogged. At the end of last year, more than 260,000 cases remained pending before immigration judges and across the country, the average wait was nearly sixteen months.
Every morning, they don their black robes, take their seats and listen to the pleas of a long line of immigrants desperate to stay in America. The pace is fast, the pressure intense, the stories sometimes haunting. The work, these judges say, is exhausting: "The volume is constant and unrelenting.' ... `There is not enough time to think.' ... `Nobody gives a damn about us!' ... `I know I couldn't do this job if I were not on medication for depression or did not have access to competent psychological care myself.' ... `I cannot take this place anymore. What a dismal job this is!'"