Saturday, March 17, 2007
As immigration caseloads mount across the country, the federal government said Friday that Kansas City will get its own immigration court. On the blog, we noted earlier this week that Charlotte, N.C., will also get an immigration court (along with Omaha, Nebraska).
The United States now has 54 immigration courts. The closest to Kansas City are in Dallas, Chicago and Denver. Kansas City should have its immigration court by the end of the year, said Justice Department spokesman Charles Miller.
“It’s the geography, and the need has grown,” Miller said, explaining the reason for adding the courts. “And (we wish) to make this easier for those individuals who have notices to appear before immigration judges” to get to the hearings.
An immigrant ends up in immigration court if the Department of Homeland Security accuses the person of violating immigration law. Click here.