Immigration Law

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Immigration Court's Active Backlog Surpasses One Million
Posted on 18 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Sept. 18, 2019 "The Immigration Court's active backlog of cases just passed the million case mark. The latest case-by-case court records through the end of August 2019 show the court's active case backlog was 1,007,155. If the additional... Read More

Border Courts Swamped With New Asylum Cases
Posted on 16 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Andrew R. Calderón, The Marshall Project, Sept. 13, 2019 "Early this year, the Trump administration began forcing thousands of migrants seeking asylum to return to Mexico, to wait there for immigration court hearings that would decide whether... Read More

Public (Including Media) Denied Access to Border Courts
Posted on 11 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Adolfo Flores, BuzzFeed News, Sept. 11, 2019 "Tent border courts for asylum-seekers forced to return to Mexico under a Trump administration policy have opened for hearings Wednesday in Laredo, Texas — but few got to see inside as the public... Read More

Confusion, Delays as Videos Replace Interpreters in Immigration Court
Posted on 5 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tal Kopan, San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 5, 2019 "The Trump administration has been slow to implement its new policy replacing in-person interpreters with informational videos at immigrants’ initial hearings, but the switch is causing delays... Read More

Groups Call for Independent Immigration Court System
Posted on 17 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ernie Smith, Associations Now, July 15, 2019 "Amid a growing crisis, legal associations have called on Congress to pass laws that would remove immigration courts from Justice Department control, emphasizing the inherent conflict of interest. ... Read More

Trump's Immigration Court Efforts Backfire, Backlog Balloons
Posted on 16 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Julia Preston, Andrew R. Calderon, July 16, 2019 - The Marshall Project and Politico Magazine "Frustrated with the slow pace of deportations from the courts, the Trump administration has taken aggressive steps to speed decisions and move people... Read More

EOIR Guidelines Regarding New Asylum IFR (July 16, 2019)
Posted on 16 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, July 15, 2019, PM 19-12 "PURPOSE: Establishes EOIR policy and procedures for adjudication of asylum claims in the context of aliens who enter or attempt to enter the United States across the southern land border after failing to apply for... Read More

Immigration Courts to Scrap Interpreters at First Hearings
Posted on 4 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tal Kopan, SF Chronicle, July 4, 2019 "The Trump administration is preparing to replace in-court interpreters at initial immigration court hearings with videos informing asylum seekers and other immigrants facing deportation of their rights, The... Read More

Mass Video Tent Courts for Detained Border Asylum Applicants?
Posted on 2 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Debbie Nathan, The Intercept, June 28, 2019 "A TRUMP ADMINISTRATION program that banishes asylum-seekers to perilous Mexican border cities could expand exponentially — and disastrously — with a new plan to hold mass video proceedings... Read More

EOIR to Limit Interpretation at MCH?
Posted on 1 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hon. Paul Wickham Schmidt, July 1, 2019 "No, it isn’t as dramatic as pictures of drowned families and caged toddlers. But, the effects of the latest move by those running our U.S. Immigration Courts and their political handlers could turn... Read More

"Churn Them and Burn Them"
Posted on 28 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Manuel Madrid, Miami New Times, June 27, 2019 "Months before President Donald Trump announced plans for massive immigration raids, members of his administration were busy cooking up plans to deport asylum-seeking families released into the United... Read More

Chicago Immigration Court Snapshot
Posted on 27 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

STEPHEN FRANKLIN, CLARISSA DONNELLY-DEROVEN & CAMILLE ERICKSON, Pacific Standard Magazine, June 26, 2019 "Far from the glare and controversy over immigration at the nation's Southern border, the dealings of the Chicago immigration court... Read More

Most Released Families Attend Immigration Court Hearings
Posted on 18 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, June 18, 2019 "The latest case-by-case records from the Immigration Courts indicate that as of the end of May 2019 one or more removal hearings had already been held for nearly 47,000 newly arriving families seeking refuge in this country... Read More

The Attorney General’s Judges: How the U.S. Immigration Courts Became a Deportation Tool
Posted on 13 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

SPLC and Innovation Law Lab, June 12, 2019 "The U.S. immigration court system has failed to fulfill the legal promise of fair and impartial case-by-case review, according to a new report released today by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Innovation... Read More

Presiding Under Pressure
Posted on 21 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Beth Fertig, WNYC, May 21, 2019 "Meet the new judges working in New York City's immigration court under the Trump administration's higher caseload demands and stricter asylum rules." Read More