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

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

Justice For Sale? DOJ Offered Buyouts to Pre-Trump BIA Members
Posted on 28 May 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tanvi Misra, Roll Call, May 27, 2020 "The Justice Department offered buyouts to pre-Trump administration career members on its influential immigration appeals board as part of an ongoing effort to restructure the immigration court system with new... 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

Joint EOIR/DHS Statement on MPP (May 10, 2020)
Posted on 11 May 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR/DHS, May 10, 2020 "The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security continue to take necessary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by limiting in-person interaction. To this end, the Departments have made the following adjustments to... 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

Immigration Judges Call for 'Safe and Fair' Hearings During Pandemic
Posted on 31 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NAIJ, Mar. 30, 2020 "During this historic and unprecedented pandemic, the immigration courts are in the midst of a crisis created by EOIR. One current immigration judge who is a U.S. military veteran summarized the state of affairs: " I... Read More

Barr Adds Two Members to BIA: Advance Copy
Posted on 31 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 04/01/2020 "This rule amends the Department of Justice regulations relating to the organization of the Board of Immigration Appeals (“Board”) by adding two Board... Read More

Tags: barr , bia , eoir

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

Joint DHS/EOIR Statement on MPP Rescheduling
Posted on 24 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Mar. 23, 2020 "Due to circumstances resulting from COVID-19, all Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) master calendar and merit hearings presently scheduled through April 22 will be rescheduled. Neither the MPP program nor any hearings will be... Read More