Immigration Law

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EOIR on Use of Electronics in 'EOIR Space'
Posted on 23 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, Mar. 20, 2019 "... Attorneys or representatives of record and attorneys from the Department of Homeland Security representing the government in proceedings before EOIR will be permitted to use electronic devices in EOIR courtrooms for the... Read More

31 New Immigration Judges (EOIR, Mar. 18, 2019)
Posted on 23 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, Mar. 18, 2019 "The Executive Office for Immigration Review today announced the investiture of 31 new immigration judges." Read More

Newly Arriving Families Not Main Reason for Immigration Court's Growing Backlog: TRAC
Posted on 21 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Mar. 18, 2019 "The Immigration Court backlog continues to rise. As of February 28, 2019, the number of pending cases on the court's active docket topped eight hundred and fifty-five thousand (855,807) cases. This is an increase of over... Read More

Lawsuit: Standards for Avoiding Deportation Cannot Be Shrouded in Secrecy
Posted on 2 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AIC, Feb. 28, 2019 "In July and November of 2018, the American Immigration Council, along with the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic at the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, filed two requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA... Read More

New Guidance to IJs and AOs pursuant to Grace v. Whitaker
Posted on 14 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Karen Musalo , Bank of America Foundation Chair in International Law and Professor & Director, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies at U.C. Hastings College of the Law writes: "Following up on U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan’s... Read More

Mission Creep: EOIR Sets Quotas for OCAHO
Posted on 27 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, Dec. 21, 2018 "1. Ninety percent (90%) of worksite enforcement/employer sanctions cases under INA §274A should be completed within 430 days of filing. 2. Ninety percent (90%) of immigration-refated unfair employment practice cases under... Read More

EOIR Creates More Obstacles for Families
Posted on 14 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeffrey S. Chase, Dec. 13, 2018 - "In a November 16 memo to immigration judges, EOIR’s Director, James McHenry, announced that after a nearly two-year reprieve, “Family Unit” cases are again being prioritized, under conditions designed... Read More

EOIR Memo: Tracking and Expedition of "Family Unit" Cases (Nov. 16, 2018)
Posted on 16 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, Nov. 16, 2018 "Clarifies the agency's tracking and expedition of "family unit" cases, as identified by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at the time of filing with the Immigration Court." Read More

The Supreme Court, EOIR and a Little Thing Called ISS - Matthew Hoppock
Posted on 22 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matthew Hoppock, Sept. 20, 2018 - Post-Pereira, the DOJ Chooses Harsh IJ Performance Metrics Over Compliance With Supreme Court Mandate "It is starting to appear the Department of Justice has chosen not to comply with the Supreme Court’s... Read More

FOIA Results: Immigration Judges’ Conference Materials for 2018
Posted on 22 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matthew Hoppock, Aug 21, 2018 - "Every summer the Immigration Judges from around the country meet in suburban Washington D.C. for a training session. The training materials are interesting, because they help us understand the IJs’ thinking... Read More

Jeffrey S. Chase: Matter of A-B- Being Misapplied by EOIR, DHS
Posted on 14 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeffrey S. Chase, July 13, 2018 - "One month after Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued his cruel, misguided decision in Matter of A-B- , we are seeing the first signs of how the decision is being implemented by the BIA, USCIS, and ICE. ... Read More

Criminal Trial Date Set for Immigration Attorney Charged With Using Electronic Device in Court: USA v. Rebecca Moriello
Posted on 24 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Official EOIR policy permits attorneys to use their electronics in court: "Attorneys or representatives of record, active members of a State Bar, and attorneys from the Department of Homeland Security representing the government in proceedings... Read More

EOIR Electronic Filing Pilot Program
Posted on 23 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 122 / Monday, June 25, 2018 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is creating a voluntary pilot program to test an expansion of electronic filing for cases filed with the immigration courts and the... Read More

Advance Copy of EOIR Electronic Filing Pilot Program
Posted on 22 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 06/25/2018 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is creating a voluntary pilot program to test an expansion of electronic filing for cases filed with the immigration... Read More