Immigration Court Opens

Immigration Court Opens

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah's first immigration court is now open for business.

The court allows undocumented workers a chance to plead their case to a judge in person instead of through a telephone or video conference.

Senator Orrin Hatch said the court will allow immigration officials to address the increasing caseload.

Hatch said immigration cases in Utah have skyrocketed in recent years, reaching more than eight-hundred cases this year compared to three-hundred in 2000.

Hatch also said the personal contact with the judge is good for everybody and it would save money over time.

The court is located at 5272 South College Drive in Murray.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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