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Bender’s Immigration Bulletin – January 15, 2011

Juan Osuna Appointed Acting Director for EOIR Attorney General Eric Holder announced the appointment of Juan Osuna as Acting Director for the Executive Office for Immigration Review. The announcement was made on December 23. “Juan has been with the department for more than a decade and...

Bender’s Immigration Bulletin – April 15, 2011

DHS Launches E-Verify Self Check Job seekers can now verify their own employment eligibility before applying for a job in five states and the District of Columbia through the newly launched E-Verify Self Check program. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and USCIS Director Alejandro...

EOIR swears in 3 new IJs

"The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced the investiture of three new immigration judges who will join the immigration judge corps in East Mesa, Calif., Lumpkin, Ga., and Dallas, Texas." - EOIR, Nov. 21, 2011 .

Excerpts From the April 1, 2013, Bender's Immigration Bulletin

H1-B Filings: USCIS Anticipates Use of Lottery; Temporary Modification of Premium Processing U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on March 15, 2013, that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2014 cap on Monday, April 1, 2013. Cases will be considered accepted on...

The State of Immigration Courts: A View from the Inside

"The problems plaguing the Immigration Court system have been documented for years. ln 1983, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) was created to provide independence and insulation for the immigration courts from the enforcement functions of the Immigration and Naturalization Service...

FOIA Lawsuit Seeks Immigration Court Information

"Last month, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) , represented by Public Citizen and the American Immigration Council , filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against EOIR and the Department of Justice , where EOIR is housed [ complaint ]. Under FOIA, AILA had requested...

Nearly Half Immigration Judges Eligible to Retire

"The nation's already backlogged immigration courts might soon be thrown into more havoc as roughly half of their 220 judges will be eligible for retirement next year. The Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees the nation's 59 immigration courts, says the court already...

Immigration Reform a Moral, Economic Issue, Must Be Top Priority: SecComm Pritzker

"For the second time in a week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker publicly expressed her support for immigration reform. "Put simply, this must be at the top of our to-do list," Pritzker said Thursday at an event for the Los Angeles World Affairs Council that was attended by consuls...

Let Immigration Judges Be Judges

"Immigration courts must be restructured as real courts under Article I of the Constitution, similar to Tax and Bankruptcy Courts, so we can maintain administrative independence and ensure total transparency in our proceedings. This would free them from any control or influence by the Attorney General...

Advance Copy of EOIR Interim Rule: Designation of Temporary Immigration Judges

"This rule amends the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) regulations relating to the organization of the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge (OCIJ) to allow the Director of EOIR to designate or select, with the approval of the Attorney General, temporary immigration judges." ...

Immigration Judges Want to Break Free from the Justice Department

"This summer’s influx of Central American children across the U.S. Southwest border has not only created a record backlog in immigration courts, it has thrown into relief a need to sever those courts from supervision by the Justice and Homeland Security departments. That’s the view of...