El Paso Immigration Court Overview
The El Paso Immigration Court, which is located in El Paso, specializes in resolving deportation cases for people in West Texas. The State of Texas has 12 immigration courts and the El Paso Court has 7 judges.
The court hears many cases in person. In addition to that, the judges hear many cases from people at jails in El Paso and other nearby counties including:
- El Paso Juvenile Detained Center
- Reeves County Law Enforcement Center
In this guide, you can find out everything you need to know about the El Paso, Texas Immigration Court including how to contact the court, the judges, its location, processing time, and other important information.
El Paso Immigration Court Contact Information
The court is located at:
700 E. San Antonio Avenue, Suite 750
El Paso, TX 79901
This number can be used to contact the court clerks in addition to the legal assistants for the immigration judges.
If you need more information about how to check your immigration court date or check the status of your immigration case, click here.
The court is open from 7:30 am to 3pm. The Window Filing Hours are from 7:30 am to 12 pm and 12:30 pm to 3 pm. The courts phones work until 4 pm.
Getting to the El Paso Immigration Court
The Immigration Court in El Paso is near Downtown EL Paso in Richard C. White Federal Building . It is surrounded by El Paso Police Department and El Paso Municipal Court. It is easy to get there, just take the CanAm Highway, then the St Vrain Street, and you will be in E San Antonio Ave where the court is located.
What the court looks like
From the front, the court looks like this:
The back of the court building looks like this:
Immigration Judges in El Paso
There are 7 judges in The El Paso Immigration Court and El Paso SPC with Judge Daniel J. Daugherty acting as the Assistant Chief Immigration Judge.
Here is a full list of immigration judges:
- Judith F. Bonilla
- Nathan L. Herbert
- James J. Miller Jr
- Abbott, William L
- Pleters, Michael S
- Ruhle, Stephen
- Tuckman, Dean S
Of these judges, Judge Abbott has the highest asylum denial rate (92.2%), and Judge Ruhle has the second highest denial rate (76.8%). Also, Judge Abbott has the lowest grant rate (7.8%) and Judge Ruhle has the highest grant rate (23.2%).
Getting a Bond at the El Paso Immigration Court
The El Paso Immigration Court does not have an immigration bond form available online.
The El Paso, Texas Immigration Court and the El Paso – EPD have heard 21,518 bond cases since 2000. 12,556 of these cases were granted while 8,962 were denied. In other words, the court has denied about 58% of the cases heard.
Mexican Nationals come in the first place regarding the bond hearings with total cases of 7,788. 4,677 of these cases were granted while 3,111 were not.
In addition, Nationals of El Salvador comes in the second place with total cases of 2,458. 1,450 of these cases were granted while 1,008 were not.
Asylum Decisions in El Paso
Asylum Denial Rates in El Paso
The court has considered 2,952 asylum cases since 2000. 1,767 cases were represented while 1,185 were not presented.
1,529 of the represented cases were denied while only 238 cases were granted. This means that about 85% of asylum cased heard by the court were denied over the past 21 years.
This percentage is so high. Compared to other immigration courts such as the Immigration Court in New York and the Immigration Court in Los Angeles, the Immigration Court in El Paso has a lower approval rate.
Mexico comes in first place of asylum seekers before the court. Since 2000, it has heard 783 asylum cases from Mexicans.
Moreover, El Salvador comes in second place. Since 2000, it has heard 302 asylum cases from Salvadorean cases.
Furthermore, Guatemala comes in third place. Since 2000, it has heard 270 asylum cases from Guatemalan cases.
Backlog and Wait Time in El Paso
There are 15,974 pending cases in front of the Immigration Court in El Paso, which is a moderate backlog if compared to other immigration courts in Texas and other states.
The average waiting time to resolve an immigration case is 567 days, which is faster than immigration courts in Texas. For example, The Houston Immigration Court takes an average of 1,205 days to resolve a case while the San Antonio Immigration Court takes about 1,006 days.
Free Lawyers for the El Paso Immigration Court
There are many organizations that provide free services to people at the Immigration Court in El Paso. Using a free lawyer has its benefits, but also downsides. If you are interested in getting legal help with your immigration case, visit our Immigration Court Page.
Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services
Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services, Inc. (DMRS) is a full-service immigration legal aid clinic. It serves refugees and low-income immigrants in El Paso and other areas in the southwestern US.
2400A E. Yandell
El Paso, TX 79903
Phone: (915) 532-3975
Fax: (915) 532-4071
New Mexico Immigrant Law Center
The New Mexico Immigrant Law Center provides legal assistance and resources fir immigrant communities across Texas and other states.
625 Silver Ave SW, Suite 410
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Tel: (505) 247-1023