Friday, March 16, 2007
The U.S. Department of Justice will open an immigration court in Charlotte by the end of the year, according to Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.). The DOJ is scouting a location for the court, Myrick's office says.
Immigration courts adjudicate cases involving detained immigrants as well as those seeking asylum.
"An immigration court will speed up illegal alien deportations," Myrick says. "It will also help legal immigrants playing by the rules because they will no longer have to travel to Atlanta to deal with immigration matters." An Atlanta court handles immigration law cases from the Carolinas, Alabama and Georgia.
According to Myrick's office, North Carolina ranks eighth in the nation for undocumented immigrants, with between 300,000 and 600,000. Click here.