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Garland Vacates Matter of A-C-A-A-
Posted on 26 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matter of A-C-A-A-, 28 I&N Dec. 351 (A.G. 2021) (1) Matter of A-C-A-A-, 28 I&N Dec. 84 (A.G. 2020) (“A-C-A-A- I”), is vacated in its entirety. Immigration judges and the Board should no longer follow A-C-A-A- I in pending or future... Read More

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Garland Appoints 10 New IJs
Posted on 19 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, July 16, 2021 "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced 10 new Immigration Judges (IJs), including one Assistant Chief Immigration Judge (ACIJ). ACIJs are responsible for overseeing the operations of their assigned... Read More

EOIR MPP/MTR Policy Memo (June 24, 2021)
Posted on 25 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, June 24, 2021 - Provides information regarding the adjudication of motions to reopen in Migrant Protection Protocols cases Read More

EOIR PM on Enforcement Priorities (June 11, 2021)
Posted on 11 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, June 11, 2021 "... Immigration judges should be prepared to inquire, on the record, of the parties appearing before them at scheduled hearings as to whether the case remains a removal priority for ICE and whether ICE intends to exercise some... Read More

EOIR "Dedicated Docket" Policy Memo, May 28, 2021
Posted on 1 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, May 28, 2021 "EOIR is initiating a Dedicated Docket to focus on the adjudication of family cases as designated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This docket will run alongside typical court operations in immigration courts in... Read More

DOJ, DHS Announce "Dedicated Docket" for Certain Recently Arrived Families
Posted on 28 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, May 28, 2021 "Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas and Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced a new Dedicated Docket process to more expeditiously and fairly make decisions in immigration cases of families who... Read More

Providers Ask Biden to Bolster LOP
Posted on 27 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Letter, May 25, 2021 Statement from Immigration Legal Services Providers to the Biden Administration: Abandon Harmful Trump Policies and Include Immigrants in DOJ Access to Justice Initiative - 21 Legal Services Contractors Call for Restoration of Legal... Read More

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Former Immigration Judges Ask Garland to Review/Rescind Trump-Era AG Certs
Posted on 25 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Round Table of Former Immigration Judges, May 25, 2021 "We, the Round Table of Former Immigration Judges, are a group of former Immigration Judges and appellate-level judges of the Board of Immigration Appeals. Relying on our combined centuries... Read More

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Advocates: Garland Must Review EOIR Personnel and Install New Leadership
Posted on 20 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Letter dated May 19, 2021 "To Attorney General Garland and Deputy Attorney General Monaco: We, the undersigned immigration, civil rights, human rights, and democracy protection organizations, are deeply concerned that politically motivated personnel... Read More

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EOIR Cancels Trump-Era Policy Memos (May 14, 2021)
Posted on 17 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

PM 21-19 : "As part of EOIR’s ongoing efforts to improve operations and review existing policy memoranda, the following Policy Memoranda (PM) are rescinded: 1. PM 19-02, Guidelines Regarding New Regulations Governing Asylum and Protection Claims... Read More

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17 New Immigration Judges...And Commentary
Posted on 6 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, May 6, 2021 "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced 17 new Immigration Judges (IJs), including one Assistant Chief Immigration Judge (ACIJ) and six Unit Chief Immigration Judges (UCIJs). ACIJs are responsible for... Read More

EOIR and COVID - DOJ OIG Report
Posted on 23 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ OIG, Apr. 2021 Limited-Scope Review of the Executive Office for Immigration Review’s Response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic "EOIR has had to balance difficult, sometimes conflicting challenges presented by the pandemic. We... Read More

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Hon. Paul W. Schmidt on "Day One Stuff" for EOIR, Garland
Posted on 12 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

When it comes to "progress" at EOIR made by the Biden administration, former BIA Chair Paul W. Schmidt pulls no punches . Read More

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Senators Ask Garland for EOIR Reform
Posted on 5 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Seven senators wrote a letter dated Mar. 23, 2021 to Attorney General Garland asking for significant reforms to the Immigration Courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals. Read More

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REVISED CASE FLOW PROCESSING BEFORE THE IMMIGRATION COURTS
Posted on 5 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, Apr. 2, 2021 "On November 30, 2020, EOIR issued Policy Memorandum (“PM”) 21-05, Enhanced Case Flow Processing in Removal Proceedings, implementing a new case flow processing model that generally applies to removal cases involving... Read More