Immigration Law

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Immigration Court “Status Docket” – the Secret Almost Alternative to Administrative Closure
Posted on 29 Dec 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matthew Hoppock, Nov. 5, 2019 "We should have seen it coming. In 2018 the Attorney General ended the ability of immigration judges to administratively close cases, concluding they had in fact never had such authority. As shocking as that was... 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

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

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 Posts Stats, Touts Transparency
Posted on 11 May 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, May 9, 2018 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today released immigration court statistics through the first two quarters of Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18). Today’s release of certain immigration court statistics is the first... Read More

FBA Keynote Address by Paul W. Schmidt - "Life at EOIR: Past, Present and Future"
Posted on 14 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

LIFE AT EOIR – PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE By Paul Wickham Schmidt, Retired U.S. Immigration Judge Keynote Address, Federal Bar Association 2017 Immigration Law Conference, Denver, CO, May 12, 2017 "...My speech is entitled: “Life... Read More

NYC Immigration Court Erodes Protections for Kids Without Lawyers
Posted on 17 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

David Brand, CityLimits, Feb. 13, 2018 - "Over the past few months, finding legal representation has become even more challenging for immigrant children in New York City because Manhattan’s federal immigration court has eroded several of the... Read More

Immigration Court Docket Backlog Cracks 500,000 Mark
Posted on 21 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Adolfo Flores, Buzzfeed News, July 20, 2016 - "The backlog of immigration court cases has ballooned to an all-time high of more than 500,000, a number fueled by unaccompanied minors and families from Central America, officials said Wednesday. The... Read More

The Airport Lawyers Who Stood Up to Trump Are Under Attack
Posted on 21 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Rachel B. Tiven, The Nation, May 21, 2017 - "While the country has been fixated on President Trump’s firings, leaks, and outbursts involving the Department of Justice, that agency has itself been stealthily attacking our democracy by telling... Read More

Litigation Moves Forward on Media Access to Immigration Court
Posted on 11 Jun 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" On June 4, 2013, Judge Orinda Evans, Northern District Court, Georgia, issued two orders in the cause of government transparency, in particular recognizing the rights of the public and the media to attend immigration hearings. Judge Evans is granting... Read More

Seattle Non-Profit Sues Feds over 2008 Representation Rules: NWIRP v. Sessions
Posted on 9 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NWIRP, May 8, 2017 - "Northwest Immigrant Rights Project filed a lawsuit in federal district court challenging an order from the Department of Justice instructing NWIRP to “cease and desist” from assisting unrepresented immigrants in... Read More

Two New IJs in Texas for Detained Docket
Posted on 4 Mar 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Craig A. Harlow, Immigration Judge, Pearsall Immigration Court: Attorney General Eric Holder appointed Judge Harlow in February 2013. Judge Harlow received a bachelor of arts degree in 1989 from Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, Texas, and... Read More

EOIR: Put Kids At Top Of Immigration Court Docket
Posted on 9 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As part of the administration’s efforts to deter the current surge of illegal Central American migrants, the nation’s immigration courts will make a major shift in priorities to place unaccompanied minors and families with children first... Read More

EOIR OCIJ Memo: Case Processing Priorities (Jan. 31, 2017)
Posted on 2 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, Jan. 31, 2017 - "This memorandum serves to rescind the February 3, 2016, memorandum ("Revised Docketing Practices Relating to Certain EOIR Priority Cases") and the March 24, 2015, memorandum ("Docketing Practices Relating to... Read More