Immigration Law

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Matter of Coronado Acevedo, 28 I&N Dec. 648 (A.G. 2022)
Posted on 17 Nov 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matter of Coronado Acevedo, 28 I&N Dec. 648 (A.G. 2022) (1) Matter of S-O-G- & F-D-B-, 27 I&N Dec. 462 (A.G. 2018) , is overruled. (2) Pending the outcome of the rulemaking process, immigration judges and the Board of Immigration of Appeals... Read More

Judge-by-Judge Asylum Decisions in Immigration Courts, FY 2017-2022
Posted on 26 Oct 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Oct. 9, 2022 - Judge-by-Judge Asylum Decisions in Immigration Courts, FY 2017-2022 Read More

EOIR Announces 32 New Immigration Judges
Posted on 26 Oct 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, Oct. 26, 2022 "Attorney General Merrick B. Garland appointed Anna M. Adams, Lydia Nance Adams, Vikram K. Badrinath, Lucy Baez, Scott E. Bratton, Richard B. Cato, Shuting Chen, Howard R. Davis, John E. DeCure, Chloe S. Dillon, Jeffrey S. Frederick... Read More

Immigration Judges Say the FLRA Made Up Rules to Decertify Union
Posted on 10 Sep 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Erich Wagner, Government Executive, Sept. 9, 2022 "A technically defunct union representing federal immigration judges accused the then-Republican majority of the Federal Labor Relations Authority of having planned to decertify the union before... Read More

CA4 on IJ Conduct: Tinoco Acevedo v. Garland
Posted on 12 Aug 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tinoco Acevedo v. Garland "Petitioner Rodolfo Josue Tinoco Acevedo appeals an order of the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) affirming the denial of his application for cancellation of removal. Because the BIA failed to address whether... Read More

EOIR Announces 19 New Immigration Judges
Posted on 5 Aug 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, Aug. 5, 2022 "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced the appointment of 19 immigration judges to courts in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. EOIR continues... Read More

On Choosing the Next Chief Immigration Judge: Hon. Jeffrey S. Chase
Posted on 25 Jul 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hon. Jeffrey S. Chase, July 25, 2022 "On July 21, we were treated to the news that our nation’s immigration courts will no longer be run by a chief judge specifically installed by the prior administration as part of its plan to undermine... Read More

Immigration Judges' Free Speech Lawsuit Reactivated (Law360)
Posted on 9 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Alyssa Aquino, Law360, June 8, 2022 "The Fourth Circuit has revived a challenge by federal immigration judges to a Trump-era policy barring them from speaking up about the immigration courts, after a labor official formally dissolved their union... Read More

EOIR Adds Five New Immigration Judges
Posted on 23 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, May 23, 2022 "Attorney General Merrick B. Garland appointed Romy L. Lerner, William Mabry III, Cynthia M. Nunez, Curtis F. Pierce, and Michael P. Sady to their new positions. Biographical information follows: Romy L. Lerner, Immigration... Read More

ICE Settles SoCal Bond Litigation: Hernandez v. Garland
Posted on 30 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU SoCal, Mar. 30, 2022 "In a major legal victory for immigrants' rights, a federal court has approved a settlement that prohibits U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and immigration judges from setting unreasonable bonds for detained... Read More

Garland Appoints 25 New Immigration Judges
Posted on 25 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, Mar. 25, 2022 "Attorney General Merrick B. Garland appointed Roberto K. Amaya, Matthew S. Bohrer , Illya-Karina J. Bonet, Monique Carreras-Amadeo, Claudia R. Cubas, Kyle A. Dandelet, Ayodele A. Gansallo, Annette Gaul, Iman Ghasri, Matthew... Read More

ILD, NILC and AIC FOIA ACIJ Materials
Posted on 16 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ILD, NILC, AIC, Mar. 14, 2022 "Understanding the Role of Approximately 40 Assistant Chief Immigration Judges (ACIJs) Who Oversee All Immigration Courts. This Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request seeks to uncover information about the hiring... Read More

NAIJ, FLRA Update (Jan. 26, 2022)
Posted on 26 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The union's Jan. 25, 2022 press release is here . An interview with NAIJ President Mimi Tsankov is here . Read More

Immigration Judges Take Free Speech Case to CA4 (NAIJ v. Neal)
Posted on 26 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Erika Williams, CNS, Jan. 25, 2022 "A three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit heard arguments Tuesday over a Trump-era rule that immigration judges say continues to violate their freedom to speak out about government policies on their own time... Read More

FLRA (2-1) Continues Effort to Bust Immigration Judges Union
Posted on 25 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Erich Wagner, GovExec, Jan. 24, 2022 "The Republican majority on the Federal Labor Relations Authority last week issued an “unprecedented” decision to move forward with busting a union of immigration judges, despite the fact that both... Read More