Immigration Law

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AILA Files Lawsuit Against DHS and CBP to Compel Disclosure of Records Requested Under FOIA Relating to the ORT
Posted on 21 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AILA, Dec. 19, 2016 - "Today, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), represented by the American Immigration Council and Foley & Lardner LLP, filed a lawsuit to compel U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) compliance with... Read More

Tags: ort , cpb , FOIA , aila , lawsuit , DHS

AILA Nabs Some Immigration Judges' Names In FOIA Fight (Law360)
Posted on 21 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

David Simpson, Law360, Nov. 20, 2017 - "A D.C. federal judge ruled Friday that the names of 14 immigration judges who’ve been subject to numerous complaints should be unredacted by the Executive Office for Immigration Review, granting a partial... Read More

Identities of Immigration Judges Shielded in FOIA Litigation: AILA v. EOIR
Posted on 30 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The conduct of the nation’s immigration judges has been the focus of considerable public concern in recent years. Seeking to shed additional light on this important issue, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) filed... Read More

Tags: judges , FOIA , eoir , aila , identities

FOIA Lawsuit Seeks Immigration Court Information
Posted on 30 Jul 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

In FOIA Litigation, DOJ Calls Immigration Judges "Low-Level Employees"
Posted on 19 Feb 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Josh Gerstein, Politico, Feb. 18, 2016 - "A federal appeals court is wrestling with the question of whether the government should be forced to make public the names of immigration judges accused of misconduct either on or off the job. A three-judge... Read More

Immigration Attys Say DOJ Isn't Complying With FOIA Request
Posted on 3 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The American Immigration Lawyers Association on Thursday urged a D.C. federal court to enforce an order that the Executive Office for Immigration Review must turn over documents related to AILA’s request for information on complaints against... Read More

Tags: FOIA , eoir , aila

FOIA Victory Against EOIR: AILA v. EOIR
Posted on 30 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AILA v. EOIR, July 29, 2016 - "Immigration judges are employees of the Department of Justice. The American Immigration Lawyers Association submitted a request to the Department under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seeking disclosure of records... Read More

Tags: FOIA , eoir , aila

AILA Prevails in H-1B FOIA Litigation
Posted on 23 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The reliability and fairness of our immigration system can be evaluated only if the government’s procedures and activities are transparent. The LAC regularly uses the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to increase transparency and promote... Read More

Tags: Fraud , H-1B , FOIA , Litigation , aila

From AILA: USCIS Provides I-601 and I-601A Statistics for FY2010 - FY2015
Posted on 4 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"USCIS provided statistics on approval rate, denial rate, and RFE rate for Forms I-601 and Forms I-601A, for FY2010 through FY2015. Information was provided in response to an AILA FOIA. The highlights: Since FY2010 thru January of FY2015... Read More

Tags: FOIA , i-601 , aila , i-601a

AILA FOIA Litigation Spurs Issuance of Guidance re Definition of 'Record'
Posted on 11 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ OIP, Jan. 11, 2017 - "OIP ISSUES NEW GUIDANCE ON THE DEFINITION OF A RECORD AND THE PROCESSING OF RECORDS RESPONSIVE TO A REQUEST One of the first questions that an agency must answer as it begins to process a FOIA request is: “What... Read More

Tags: guidance , FOIA , aila , record