Immigration Law

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Over 63,000 DHS Cases Thrown Out of Immigration Court This Year Because No NTA Was Filed
Posted on 17 Oct 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Oct. 17, 2022 "As of the end of September 2022, Immigration Court judges dismissed a total of 63,586 cases because Department of Homeland Security officials, chiefly Border Patrol agents, are not filing the actual “Notice to Appear”... Read More

EOIR to Open Sterling, VA Immigration Court
Posted on 2 Sep 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, Sept. 2, 2022 "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced it will open a new immigration court in Sterling, Virginia, on Oct. 3, 2022. The Sterling Immigration Court will include 19 immigration judges. It will be the... Read More

Immigration Court Case Backlog Nears Two Million!
Posted on 16 Jul 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, July 15, 2022 "Pace of Immigration Court Processing Increases While Backlog Continues to Climb (15 Jul 2022) The latest case-by-case records show that the Immigration Court backlog reached 1,821,440 at the end of June 2022. This is up 25... Read More

DOJ OIG on Video Immigration Hearings
Posted on 22 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Limited-Scope Inspection and Review of Video Teleconference Use for Immigration Hearings "Results in Brief: We found that, while EOIR has generally improved and expanded its virtual hearing technology and capabilities, there continue to be important... Read More

ABA Video: Mechanics of Immigration Court Part 1: The Master Calendar Hearing & Filing Applications for Relief
Posted on 15 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ABA, Feb. 10, 2022 "Join the ABA Commission on Immigration for a 3-part series on the Mechanics of Immigration Court. This series covers the nuts and bolts of how to practice in immigration court. Part I takes an in depth look at the Master Calendar... Read More

EOIR Amends Filing Deadline Memo
Posted on 17 Dec 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, Dec. 16, 2021 "... EOIR has determined that the longstanding fifteen-day default filing deadline in cases involving non-detained respondents is appropriate. Accordingly, EOIR is amending PM 21-18 to state that amendments to applications,... Read More

Immigration Court Backlog Nears 1.5 Million Cases: TRAC
Posted on 15 Nov 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Nov. 15, 2021 "Including nearly 50,000 new deportation cases filed in Immigration Court in just October 2021, the total pending cases in the Immigration Courts now reaches 1,486,495 according to TRAC's updated Quick Facts tools . Immigration... Read More

Courtside Exclusive: PWS on the "Dedicated Asylum Docket"
Posted on 22 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hon. Paul W. Schmidt, Aug. 20, 2021 "TRAC IMMIGRATION just released the first statistical profile of the “Dedicated Asylum Docket” created by AG Garland and his subordinates without any coherent public explanation or plan in mind. Here... Read More

TRAC on the "Dedicated Docket"
Posted on 17 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Aug. 17, 2021 5,000 Immigrants Assigned to Biden Administration's New "Dedicated Docket" for Asylum Seeking Families On May 28, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice announced that the... Read More

Immigration Court Cases Jump in June 2021; Delays Double This Year
Posted on 28 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, July 28, 2021 "The number of new deportation cases filed by the Biden administration is on the rise. Deportation orders sought by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jumped by nearly 50 percent in June, compared with the number filed... Read More

Will There Be Justice For Zee?
Posted on 16 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Randy Evans, June 16, 2021 "Zalmay Niazy, now in his 30s, is not just another of the countless foreign-born people who dream of living, working and raising families in the United States. He is a native of Afghanistan and served our nation during... Read More

DOJ, DHS Announce "Dedicated Docket" for Certain Recently Arrived Families
Posted on 28 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, May 28, 2021 "Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas and Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced a new Dedicated Docket process to more expeditiously and fairly make decisions in immigration cases of families who... Read More

Expert: Supreme Court Decision Tightens Burden of Proof in Immigration Court
Posted on 5 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nina Totenberg, NPR, Mar. 4, 2021 "The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday [ Pereida v. Wilkinson ] made it more difficult for undocumented immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for a long time to fight deportation. ... By putting the burden on Pereida... Read More

Trump Leaves Biden 1.3 Million Case Backlog in Immigration Courts: TRAC
Posted on 21 Jan 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Jan. 19, 2021 "This report provides an overview of the magnitude and composition of the current active court case backlog. The portrait provides a baseline against which the impact on the backlog of future changes in the Biden Administration's... Read More

Rep. Pressley Demands Answers on Immigration Court Scheduling Orders Targeting Immigrant Children and Unaccompanied Minors
Posted on 9 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Dec. 8, 2020 "“It seems the Immigration Court could be ordering children removed from the United States for failure to comply with orders that are unjustifiable and, in many cases, inapplicable to the... Read More