News Excerpts From The Feb. 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

EOIR Releases Plan to Protect Detainees with Mental Disorders | The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) recently released the first phase of a nationwide plan to provide heightened protections for unrepresented detainees with mental disorders. (The document is reprinted at Appendix A ....

EOIR to Host Stakeholder Meeting on New Country Conditions Resource

"The Executive Office for Immigration Review invites interested parties to participate in a meeting regarding the new Country Pages section of the Virtual Law Library, the agency’s online legal research resource. The new section is an extensive collection of information about the conditions...

EOIR Announces Availability of Country Conditions Resource Information on the Web

"The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced the new Country Pages section of the Virtual Law Library , the agency’s online legal research resource. The new section is an extensive collection of information about the conditions in countries around the world. This unique...

News Excerpts from the March 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Federal Judge Certifies Class Action in Mandatory Detention Lawsuit On February 10, 2014, U.S. District Judge Michael Ponsor certified a class consisting of noncitizens in Massachusetts who are challenging their mandatory detention under Section 236(c) of the INA. The class representative, Mark...

Read What EOIR Reads: Jan. 2014 Immigration Law Advisor

Here's the January 2014 issue of the EOIR Immigration Law Advisor.

Report: Having a Lawyer Makes a Big Difference in Immigration Appeals

"The following evaluation seeks to measure the impact of the Project more than a decade after its inception. Specifically, the evaluation assesses the Project’s success in matching unrepresented respondents with pro bono counsel and whether the involvement of such attorneys and other representatives...

EOIR to Host Stakeholder Meeting on Recognition and Accreditation Program; Mar. 21, 2014

"The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) invites interested parties to participate in a meeting providing a general overview of EOIR's recognition and accreditation program. DATE: Friday, March 21, 2014, at 2 p.m. MEETING LOCATION: 5107 Leesburg Pike, Suite 1800, Falls Church...

EOIR Releases FY2013 Statistics

" The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced that it has released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Statistics Yearbook . As announced on its website on October 1, 2013, EOIR has been working to enhance its external data reporting by changing the way it analyzes and reports its data...

Job Opening at the BIA

"Job Title:Board Member Department:Department Of Justice Agency:Executive Office for Immigration Review Job Announcement Number:EOIR-14-0014 SALARY RANGE: $120,749.00 to $181,500.00 / Per Year OPEN PERIOD: Monday, April 21, 2014 to Wednesday, May 21, 2014 SERIES & GRADE: SL...

Computer Failure Cripples Immigration Courts Nationwide

"Computer glitches are bedeviling federal immigration courts in Georgia and across the nation, a problem that could delay deportation cases, keep people locked up longer and drive up taxpayer costs for their detention, said local immigration attorneys. At issue are problems afflicting the government’s...

EOIR Reports Progress on 'Catastrophic Hardware Failure'

"At midnight on April 12, 2014, the Executive Office for Immigration Review experienced a catastrophic hardware failure that rendered inaccessible many of its applications. Immediately after identifying the problem, our staff began around-the-clock efforts to recover the hardware. We soon began...

Federal Partnership to Provide Lawyers for Unaccompanied Migrant Children

"The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which administers AmeriCorps, and the Department of Justice today announced "justice AmeriCorps," a strategic partnership to increase national service opportunities while enhancing the effective and efficient adjudication of immigration...

EOIR to Host Stakeholder Teleconference and Webinar on Recognition and Accreditation Program

"The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) invites interested parties to participate in a teleconference and Webinar providing a general overview of EOIR's recognition and accreditation program. This event is intended to educate interested parties about the process for obtaining recognition...

News Excerpts From the July 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Supreme Court Decides CSPA Case | On June 9, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Scialabba v. Cuellar de Osorio , 2014 U.S. LEXIS 3991 [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ]. The Court held that the BIA’s textually reasonable construction of the Child Status Protection...

News Excerpts From the July 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Administration Seeks More Special Immigrant Visas for Afghan Nationals | The Obama administration is urging Congress to expand the number of special immigrant visas available to Afghan nationals who assisted the U.S. government and to do so before the end of the summer. Under the Afghan Allies Protection...

EOIR: Put Kids At Top Of Immigration Court Docket

"As part of the administration’s efforts to deter the current surge of illegal Central American migrants, the nation’s immigration courts will make a major shift in priorities to place unaccompanied minors and families with children first in line to go before immigration judges, Justice...

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." ...

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. ... This...

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...

EOIR Announces Change to Immigration Judges Hearing Cases Out of Artesia

"The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced that, effective September 29, 2014, it will assign immigration cases originating at the Artesia, N.M., hearing location to immigration judges at the Denver Immigration Court in Denver rather than immigration judges at the Headquarters...

Advance Copy of EOIR Proposed Rule: Separate Representation for Custody and Bond Proceedings

"This document proposes to amend the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) regulations relating to the representation of aliens in custody and bond proceedings. Specifically, this rulemaking proposes to allow a representative before EOIR to enter an appearance in custody and bond proceedings...

Advance Copy of EOIR Proposed Rule: List of Pro Bono Legal Service Providers

"This rule proposes to amend 8 CFR parts 1003, 1240, and 1241 by changing the name of the “List of Free Legal Services Providers” to the “List of Pro Bono Legal Service Providers.” The rule also would enhance the eligibility requirements for organizations, private attorneys...

EOIR Proposed Rule: Separate Representation for Custody and Bond Proceedings

"This document proposes to amend the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) regulations relating to the representation of aliens in custody and bond proceedings. Specifically, this rulemaking proposes to allow a representative before EOIR to enter an appearance in custody and bond proceedings...

EOIR Proposed Rule: List of Pro Bono Legal Service Providers in Immigration Proceedings

"This rule proposes to amend 8 CFR parts 1003, 1240, and 1241 by changing the name of the ‘‘List of Free Legal Services Providers’’ to the ‘‘List of Pro Bono Legal Service Providers.’’ The rule also would enhance the eligibility requirements for organizations...

News Excerpts From the Oct. 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

California Housing and Employment Department Issues New Guidelines on U Visas | On September 10, 2014, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing issued a directive expanding the grounds for which it will provide certifications to noncitizens seeking U nonimmigrant status. The Department...