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Arlington, VA Immigration Court Relocates

" The Executive Office for Immigration Review today announced it will close its Arlington Immigration Court at noon on Sept. 12, 2012, to prepare for relocation. The Arlington Immigration Court will recommence hearings at the new location on Sept. 18, 2012. Contact information for the new location...

Two New IJs in Texas for Detained Docket

"Craig A. Harlow, Immigration Judge, Pearsall Immigration Court: Attorney General Eric Holder appointed Judge Harlow in February 2013. Judge Harlow received a bachelor of arts degree in 1989 from Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, Texas, and a juris doctorate in 1992 from St. Mary’s...

Litigation Moves Forward on Media Access to Immigration Court

" On June 4, 2013, Judge Orinda Evans, Northern District Court, Georgia, issued two orders in the cause of government transparency, in particular recognizing the rights of the public and the media to attend immigration hearings. Judge Evans is granting my attorneys' motion to enter an amended...

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...

Immigration Court Docket Backlog Cracks 500,000 Mark

Adolfo Flores, Buzzfeed News, July 20, 2016 - "The backlog of immigration court cases has ballooned to an all-time high of more than 500,000, a number fueled by unaccompanied minors and families from Central America, officials said Wednesday. The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) said...

EOIR OCIJ Memo: Case Processing Priorities (Jan. 31, 2017)

EOIR, Jan. 31, 2017 - "This memorandum serves to rescind the February 3, 2016, memorandum ("Revised Docketing Practices Relating to Certain EOIR Priority Cases") and the March 24, 2015, memorandum ("Docketing Practices Relating to Unaccompanied Children Cases and Adults with Children...

EOIR Posts New Hearing Location Details

EOIR, Mar. 17, 2017 - "As EOIR continues implementation of President Trump’s January 25th Executive Orders, immigration judges will begin to serve details to six locations on March 20th. Immigration judges in these six locations – Dilley, Texas; Jena, La.; Karnes City, Texas; Laredo...

Seattle Non-Profit Sues Feds over 2008 Representation Rules: NWIRP v. Sessions

NWIRP, May 8, 2017 - "Northwest Immigrant Rights Project filed a lawsuit in federal district court challenging an order from the Department of Justice instructing NWIRP to “cease and desist” from assisting unrepresented immigrants in deportation proceedings. The DOJ letter purports to...

FBA Keynote Address by Paul W. Schmidt - "Life at EOIR: Past, Present and Future"

LIFE AT EOIR – PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE By Paul Wickham Schmidt, Retired U.S. Immigration Judge Keynote Address, Federal Bar Association 2017 Immigration Law Conference, Denver, CO, May 12, 2017 "...My speech is entitled: “Life At EOIR, Past Present, and Future.” I will...

The Airport Lawyers Who Stood Up to Trump Are Under Attack

Rachel B. Tiven, The Nation, May 21, 2017 - "While the country has been fixated on President Trump’s firings, leaks, and outbursts involving the Department of Justice, that agency has itself been stealthily attacking our democracy by telling good lawyers to stop representing people. Four weeks...

EOIR Immigration Court Practice Manual Updates (Nov. 2, 2017)

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