Immigration Law

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CA4 Vacates Castro-Tum
Posted on 29 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Zuniga Romero v. Barr "After an immigration judge (“IJ”) denied Jesus Zuniga Romero’s request for administrative closure of his case—which would have removed it from the IJ’s active docket pending the completion of... Read More

Tags: castro-tum , barr , bia

Did the BIA Edit the Attorney General’s Decision in Matter of Castro-Tum? If So, Does it Matter?
Posted on 2 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matthew Hoppock, Nov. 2, 2018 - "A series of FOIA requests regarding the Attorney General’s decision in Matter of Castro-Tum seem to have revealed something strange about that decision: it was edited after the Attorney General issued it. ... Read More

A.G. Sessions on IJ Authority: Matter of S-O-G- & F-D-B-, 27 I&N Dec. 462 (A.G. 2018)
Posted on 18 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matter of S-O-G- & F-D-B-, 27 I&N Dec. 462 (A.G. 2018) (1) Consistent with Matter of Castro-Tum, 27 I&N Dec. 271 (A.G. 2018), immigration judges have no inherent authority to terminate or dismiss removal proceedings. (2) Immigration judges... Read More

Senators Raise Concerns Over Castro-Tum, Recalendaring
Posted on 18 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Letter, Sept. 13, 2018 - "Dear Secretary Nielsen and Attorney General Sessions: We write today to express our concerns about recent reports that Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) intends to request the recalendaring of thousands of deportation... Read More

NAIJ Files Grievance over Sessions' Meddling in Castro-Tum
Posted on 8 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Judges’ Union Files Grievance Over DOJ’s Interference with Judicial Independence and Violation of the Due Process Rights of Those Appearing before the Immigration Courts; Guatemalan Youth Ordered Deported Despite Philadelphia-based Federal... Read More

Retired IJs, Former BIA Members Blast Sessions' Meddling in Matter of Castro-Tum Remand
Posted on 2 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

July 30, 2018 open letter - "On Thursday, July 26, 2018, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), in a costly and inefficient use of the agency’s resources, sent an Assistant Chief Immigration Judge to the Philadelphia Immigration... Read More

New Resources from CLINIC (May 2018)
Posted on 6 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Practice Pointer: Matter of Castro-Tum, 27 I&N Dec. 271 (A.G. 2018) - "This practice pointer provides practitioners guidance on the Attorney General’s Matter of Castro-Tum decision issued on May 17, 2018. Matter of Castro-Tum revokes immigration... Read More

Groups File Amicus Brief in Matter of Castro-Tum
Posted on 26 Mar 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AILA, the Tahirih Justice Center, the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, Asista Immigration Assistance and the Asian-Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence filed this amicus brief in response to Matter of Castro-Tum, 27 I&N Dec. 187 (A.G.... Read More

Those Who Cannot Remember the Past: How Matter of Castro-Tum Ignores the Lessons of Matter of Avetisyan
Posted on 1 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

David Isaacson, May 22, 2018 - "Attorney General Jefferson B. Sessions III recently ruled in Matter of Castro-Tum, 27 I&N Dec. 271 (A.G. 2018) , that immigration judges cannot under most circumstances “administratively close” cases... Read More