Immigration Law

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Public (Including Media) Denied Access to Border Courts
Posted on 11 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Adolfo Flores, BuzzFeed News, Sept. 11, 2019 "Tent border courts for asylum-seekers forced to return to Mexico under a Trump administration policy have opened for hearings Wednesday in Laredo, Texas — but few got to see inside as the public... Read More

EOIR Interim Rule (Aug. 26, 2019)
Posted on 25 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 165 / Monday, August 26, 2019 "This interim rule amends the regulations related to the internal organization of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (‘‘EOIR’’). This interim rule reflects... Read More

Major Changes at EOIR Spark Strong Reactions
Posted on 23 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR will publish an Interim Rule on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. An advance copy is posted here . The National Association of Immigration Judges posted its reaction here . Former BIA Chairman and Immigration Judge Paul W. Schmidt posted his reaction here... Read More

Tags: barr , bia , eoir

A.G. Barr Adds Six New BIA Members
Posted on 23 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, Aug. 23, 2019 "The Executive Office for Immigration Review today announced the investiture of six new Board members. Board of Immigration Appeals Chairman David L. Neal presided over the investiture during a ceremony held Aug. 23, 2019, at... Read More

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Advance Copy of EOIR Interim Rule
Posted on 23 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 08/26/2019. "This interim rule amends the regulations related to the internal organization of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (“EOIR”). This interim rule... Read More

DOJ Error Sends Anti-Semitic, White Nationalist 'News' to EOIR Staff, Judges
Posted on 22 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hamed Aleaziz, BuzzFeed News, Aug. 22, 2019 "An email sent from the Justice Department to all immigration court employees this week included a link to an article posted on a white nationalist website that “ directly attacks sitting immigration... Read More

Recent EOIR Policy Memos
Posted on 19 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

1. July 15, 2019, Guidelines Regarding New Regulations Governing Asylum and Protection Claims 2. Aug. 16, 2019, Use of Status Dockets 3. Aug. 16, 2019, Allegations of Misconduct by EOIR Adjudicators and Ex Parte Communications Read More

Tags: policy memo , eoir

EOIR's Troubling New Regulations - Jeffrey S. Chase
Posted on 9 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeffrey S. Chase, July 5, 2019 "On July 2, the Department of Justice published final regulations impacting how decisions of immigration judges will be reviewed, both on appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals and by certification to the Attorney... Read More

EOIR to Limit Interpretation at MCH?
Posted on 1 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hon. Paul Wickham Schmidt, July 1, 2019 "No, it isn’t as dramatic as pictures of drowned families and caged toddlers. But, the effects of the latest move by those running our U.S. Immigration Courts and their political handlers could turn... Read More

EOIR Final Rule - Board of Immigration Appeals: Affirmance Without Opinion, Referral for Panel Review, and Publication of Decisions as Precedents
Posted on 1 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 127 / Tuesday, July 2, 2019 "The Department of Justice (Department) is publishing this final rule (“final rule” or “rule”) to amend the regulations regarding the administrative review procedures... Read More

Tags: bia , eoir , final rule

NAIJ Nails EOIR: Facts vs. Fiction
Posted on 14 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NAIJ, May 13, 2019 "National Assn. of Immigration Judges Say DOJ’s “Myths v. Facts” Filled with Errors and Misinformation DOJ Document Demonstrates the Need for an Independent Immigration Court Say Judges This month the Department... Read More

Rejection and Pushback for EOIR "Fact" Sheet
Posted on 13 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

In May 2019 EOIR posted this " MYTHS vs FACTS ABOUT IMMIGRATION PROCEEDINGS ." On May 13, 2019 a "Round Table" of former Immigration Judges and BIA members posted this reaction against EOIR "propaganda." Also on May 13... Read More

TRAC: Feds 'Flying Blind' on Asylum...And Blinding the Watchers
Posted on 24 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Apr. 23, 2019 "... It appears that the government itself does not actually know what happens to those it arrests at the border. It admits it lacks the ability to reliably follow cases when they pass from one agency of DHS to another - such... Read More

A.G. Barr Seeks to Push BIA Final Rule over Finish Line
Posted on 12 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tal Kopan, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Bureau, Apr. 12, 2019 "Attorney General William Barr is making his first major moves on immigration policy since his confirmation, setting up big changes for the courts that decide whether immigrants... Read More

Tags: Regulation , barr , bia , eoir , USCIS

Is Breitbart Running EOIR's News Feed?
Posted on 5 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matthew Hoppock, Apr. 5, 2019 "Starting in September, 2018 the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) started producing this publication called the “EOIR Morning Briefing.” They’re not quite daily and they look like a... Read More