Denver judges consider border immigration cases

Two immigration judges in Denver are hearing the asylum cases of mothers and children being held at a remote New Mexico deportation center.

The hearings on Monday and Tuesday are being held by video from Artesia, New Mexico.

They’re taking over the cases from judges in Arlington, Virginia because officials say it makes more sense to hold the hearings in the same time zone as the detention center.

A surge of immigrants from Central America has backed up federal courts and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The change in venue comes after immigration lawyers filed a lawsuit seeking to block deportations from Artesia, saying immigrants there don’t have proper access to lawyers and are being forced to clean restrooms and retell stories of violence and rape in front of children.

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