Immigration Law

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TRAC Documents EOIR's Lies re Admin. Closure
Posted on 10 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Sept. 10, 2020 " The Life and Death of Administrative Closure In August 2020, the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) [1] proposed a new rule that would effectively eliminate administrative closure as a docket management tool... Read More

Advance Copy of EOIR Proposed Rule
Posted on 21 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 08/26/2020 "The Department of Justice (“Department”) proposes to amend the regulations of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (“EOIR”) regarding... Read More

OCAHO Settlement Officer Program
Posted on 5 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, Aug. 3, 2020 "This Policy Memorandum (PM) establishes a voluntary process whereby the parties in cases before the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) may use a settlement officer to mediate settlement negotiations as... Read More

Tags: ocaho , eoir

Barr Appoints 46 New Immigration Judges
Posted on 21 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, July 17, 2020 "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announces the investiture of 46 immigration judges, including three assistant chief immigration judges. This class brings the immigration judge corps to 509, which is the highest... Read More

The True Story Behind Matter of Bay Area Legal Services
Posted on 8 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CLINIC Legal, July 7, 2020 "The Recognition & Accreditation, or R&A, program governs how nonprofit organizations provide charitable immigration legal services. Nonprofits that meet certain requirements apply for recognition, and non-attorney... Read More

Barr Taps New Chief IJ: Tracy Short
Posted on 2 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, July 2, 2020 "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced the appointment of Tracy Short as the Chief Immigration Judge of EOIR’s Office of the Chief Immigration Judge. Biographical information follows: Tracy... Read More

Tags: barr , eoir , Tracy Short

EOIR Posts Case Underlying Matter of A-M-R-C-
Posted on 19 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On its "Frequently Requested Agency Records" page, https://www.justice.gov/eoir/frequently-requested-agency-records , EOIR posted two files: https://www.justice.gov/eoir/page/file/1287366/download and https://www.justice.gov/eoir/page... Read More

Barr Refers Matter of A-M-R-C- to Himself: Amicus Brief Invitation
Posted on 17 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matter of A-M-R-C-, 28 I&N Dec. 7 (A.G. 2020) Interim Decision #3986 Matter of A-M-R-C-, Respondent Decided by Attorney General June 17, 2020 U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Attorney General BEFORE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL Pursuant... Read More

EOIR's Disappearing Data: McHenry Stonewalls
Posted on 16 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, June 16, 2020 " EOIR Director McHenry Replies To TRAC's Letters But Ignores Agency's Data Troubles Despite TRAC's appeals to the EOIR, Immigration Court records continue to disappear each month. This is unfortunately still the... Read More

Tags: TRAC , eoir , mchenry

Feds Postpone MPP Hearings Again
Posted on 16 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, June 16, 2020 "The Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security (DHS) remain committed to proceeding with Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) hearings as expeditiously as possible. The Departments have been in ongoing discussions about... Read More

EOIR Policy Memo: Updating Practices Related to the COVID-19 Outbreak
Posted on 12 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, June 11, 2020 "This Policy Memorandum (PM) is effective immediately and supersedes PM 20-10, Immigration Court Practices During the Declared National Emergency Concerning the COVID-19 Outbreak (Mar. 18, 2020) and Addendum to PM 20-10 (Mar... Read More

Feds Propose Massive Changes to Asylum Regulations
Posted on 11 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 115 / Monday, June 15, 2020 "The Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security (collectively, “the Departments”) propose to amend the regulations governing credible fear determinations... Read More

DOJ OIG Audit Slams EOIR
Posted on 10 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ OIG, June 2020 "We found weaknesses in EOIR's budget planning process, and identified three factors that contributed to these weaknesses. First, EOIR leadership failed to coordinate effectively with its budget staff and with the JMD on... Read More

TRAC Sounds the Alarm: EOIR Stats "Too Unreliable to be Meaningful"
Posted on 8 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, June 3, 2020 " EOIR's Data Release on Asylum So Deficient Public Should Not Rely on Accuracy of Court Records TRAC has concluded that the data updated through April 2020 it has just received on asylum and other applications for relief... Read More

Tags: TRAC , eoir