MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Memphis' immigration court has such a heavy caseload that immigrants requesting hearings now are being scheduled to appear in 2011.

The Tennessean reports the court - which handles most immigration matters in Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky and the northern half of Mississippi - had only two judges to handle about 3,500 cases in 2008, the most recent year for which data are available.

Things went from bad to worse about four weeks ago when the court lost one of those judges. Now it is forced to rely on a rotating cast of judges from around the country who hear cases by video conference.

Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper have all asked the Justice Department to create a new immigration court in Nashville to help alleviate the problem.

 

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Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

 

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