Immigration Law

Recent Posts

EOIR on Administrative Closure
Posted on 23 Nov 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, Nov. 22, 2021 "On July 15, 2021, the Attorney General issued a precedential decision in Matter of Cruz-Valdez, 28 I&N Dec. 326 (A.G. 2021). In that decision, the Attorney General restored the authority of immigration judges and the Board... Read More

Rubber Stamps, Eliminating Master Calendar Hearings...How Low Can EOIR Go?
Posted on 15 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Oct. 15, 2021 - FOIA Sensei Matthew Hoppock blows the lid off this story. How will EOIR respond? Will litigation ensue? Will the MSM dig deeper? Please read the whole thing, and stay tuned! EOIR Headquarters Using Rubber Signature Stamps to Make Orders... Read More

Hispanic Federation Launches ‘Caminos De Esperanza’ Initiative To Help Tackle Immigration Case Backlog
Posted on 17 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matthew Peddie, WMFE, Sept. 17, 2021 "The Hispanic Federation says it will help fund organizations across the country which are working on a backlog of immigration cases. Eleven organizations will each receive a $100,000 grant through the federation’s... Read More

Cook County PDs to Provide Representation in Immigration Court
Posted on 16 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Mauricio Peña, Block Club Chicago, Sept. 15, 2021 "The Cook County Public Defender’s Office soon can represent non-citizens in court regardless of immigration status, a victory for advocates who have fought for more legal representation... Read More

Immigration Courts Struggle to Manage Expanding Family Asylum Dedicated Docket: TRAC
Posted on 13 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Sept. 13, 2021 "During the month of August, the Biden administration stepped up the assignment of asylum-seeking families arriving at the border to the Immigration Court's new "Dedicated Docket" program. As of August 31, 2021... Read More

GAO Critiques EOIR
Posted on 31 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAO, Aug. 31, 2021 - COVID-19: Improvements Needed in Guidance and Stakeholder Engagement for Immigration Courts "The Department of Justice's (DOJ) Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) took steps to modify immigration court operations... Read More

Immigration Court Operations FAQ (July 30, 2021)
Posted on 3 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, July 30, 2021 "Consistent with public health officials’ guidance, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) has implemented practices to help to protect all people working in and visiting EOIR spaces throughout the country... Read More

The Sinking Immigration Court: Change Course, Save the Ship
Posted on 3 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dean Stacy Caplow, Aug. 1, 2021 "Immigration Court, where hundreds of judges daily preside over wrenching decisions, including matters of family separation, detention, and even life and death, is structurally and functionally unsound. Closures... Read More

Remembering Judge Robert Katzmann, a Pioneer in Providing Legal Counsel for Immigrants
Posted on 27 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Camille Mackler, Documented, July 27, 2021 "Judge Robert Katzmann was struck the same way we all are by the fundamental lack of fairness in immigration proceedings. It started in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the late 2000s. Judge Katzmann... Read More

The Future of the Immigration Courts (Video)
Posted on 26 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Link to recording of video from July 23, 2021 featuring Immigration Judge Amiena Khan, President of the National Association of Immigration Judges , and Julia Preston, Contributing Writer at The Marshall Project . Judge Khan is the President of NAIJ... Read More

The Future of the Immigration Courts: Free Webinar, July 23, 2021
Posted on 19 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Documented Talks: The Future of the Immigration Courts "The immigration courts were completely upended by the Trump administration, but what awaits them under this new administration? Join Immigration Judge Amiena Khan, President of the National... Read More

How Many Pending Removal Cases are There in Your State? TRAC's Updated Mapping Tool Has the Answer
Posted on 29 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, June 28, 2021 "According to Immigration Court data obtained by TRAC, the total immigration court backlog is currently 1,337,372 pending cases. However, those cases are not distributed evenly across the country and representation rates —... Read More

EOIR "Dedicated Docket" Policy Memo, May 28, 2021
Posted on 1 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, May 28, 2021 "EOIR is initiating a Dedicated Docket to focus on the adjudication of family cases as designated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This docket will run alongside typical court operations in immigration courts in... Read More

Scholars Ask Garland to Remove Non-Priority Cases from the Active Docket of the Nation’s Immigration Courts
Posted on 4 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Letter dated Apr. 30, 2021 "As immigration law teachers and scholars, we write to express our opinion on the scope of executive branch legal authority for the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) to utilize well-established administrative... Read More

FDR's Unfounded "Fifth Column" WWII Fears Created Today's Immigration Court Mess
Posted on 28 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Isabela Dias, Mother Jones, Apr. 28, 2021 "During the Trump administration, Alison Peck started to see more of her cases have an outcome she describes as “a door just slammed” in the clients’ faces. A law professor and co-director... Read More