Immigration Law

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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

Barr Appoints Four New ACIJs; Two Have No Experience
Posted on 26 May 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

[NOTE: Two of the four new ACIJs have no immigration law experience, yet they will hear cases.] EOIR, May 22, 2020 "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced four new assistant chief immigration judges (ACIJs). ACIJs... Read More

MPP Hearings Rescheduled Again
Posted on 1 May 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR/DHS, May 1, 2020 "The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security have extended the temporary postponement of Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). Hearings scheduled through, and including, June 1, 2020, will be rescheduled. As the Departments... Read More

TRO Requested Against EOIR, ICE
Posted on 8 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIPNLG, Apr. 8, 2020 " Temporary Restraining Order Requested to Stop Dangerous EOIR and ICE Policies During the COVID-19 Pandemic Immigration groups today moved for an emergency temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Executive Office for... Read More

EOIR Policy Memo: Filings and Signatures (Apr. 3, 2020)
Posted on 6 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, Apr. 3, 2020 "This Policy Memorandum (PM) updates EOIR's policies regarding permissible signatures on documents filed with the immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals. As of March 31, 2020, EOIR has begun accepting digital... Read More

EOIR Launches Temporary Filing by Email for Immigration Courts
Posted on 1 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, Mar. 31, 2020 "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) has established temporary email accounts for immigration courts nationwide to facilitate electronic filing for all parties while the rollout of the EOIR Court and Appeals System... Read More

Letter Charges EOIR With 'Criminal Recklessness' for Keeping Immigration Courts Open
Posted on 25 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Read this letter dated Mar. 23, 2020 from the Association of Deportation Defense Attorneys to EOIR administrators in New York City. Read More

UPDATED EOIR COVID-19 Policy Memo
Posted on 19 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, Mar. 18, 2020 Immigration Court Practices During the Declared National Emergency Concerning the COVID-19 Outbreak Mar. 19, 2020 UPDATE "At the time of the issuance of the Policy Memorandum (PM) 20-10, Immigration Court Practices During... Read More

EOIR Postpones All Non-Detained Immigration Court Hearings
Posted on 18 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR Facebook, Mar. 18, 2020 "Due to EOIR’s continuing evaluation of information from local, regional, state, and federal officials regarding the coronavirus pandemic, the agency is postponing non-detained hearings nationwide. As a result... Read More

Immigration Judges, Prosecutors and Attorneys Call for the Nationwide Closure of All Immigration Courts
Posted on 16 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NAIJ, AFGE Local 511, AILA, Mar. 15, 2020 "The National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ), the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 511 (the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Professionals Union), and the American... Read More

EOIR Postpones Non-Detained Master Calendar Hearings
Posted on 16 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Posted to the EOIR Twitter account, @DOJ_EOIR Sunday evening, Mar. 15, 2020 : "All non-detained aliens' master calendar hearings scheduled 03/16-04/10 are postponed. Usual operations for filings except Seattle. All other hearings proceeding... Read More

NAIJ Asks EOIR to Suspend Non-Detained MCHs
Posted on 13 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NAIJ, Mar. 12, 2020 "... we call on you to suspend all non-detained master calendar dockets for the duration of this public health crisis. Immigration Judges can use cancelled master calendar time to hear individual cases (including addressing... Read More

104 NY Legal Service Providers Ask EOIR for Immigration Court Relief
Posted on 12 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Mar. 12, 2020 letter from 104 NY legal service providers to EOIR Director McHenry: "On behalf of the 104 undersigned legal service providers representing immigrants in New York State, we are writing to express our extreme concern at the lack of... Read More

Retired IJ: BIA a "Politburo-Like Rubber Stamp"
Posted on 5 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Philadelphia Inquirer, Mar. 2, 2020 "Philadelphia immigration Judge Charles Honeyman had intended to work a few more years after turning 70, but grew disappointed with what he saw as Trump administration pressures on the courts. Among his concerns... Read More

Two New EOIR Policy Memos (Feb. 13, 2020)
Posted on 14 Feb 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

PM 20-08 Definitions and Use of Adjournment, Call-Up and Case Identification Codes PM 20-09 The Immigration Court Practice Manual and Orders Read More