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FOIA Lawsuit Seeks Immigration Court Information

"Last month, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) , represented by Public Citizen and the American Immigration Council , filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against EOIR and the Department of Justice , where EOIR is housed [ complaint ]. Under FOIA, AILA had requested...

Nearly Half Immigration Judges Eligible to Retire

"The nation's already backlogged immigration courts might soon be thrown into more havoc as roughly half of their 220 judges will be eligible for retirement next year. The Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees the nation's 59 immigration courts, says the court already...

Immigration Reform a Moral, Economic Issue, Must Be Top Priority: SecComm Pritzker

"For the second time in a week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker publicly expressed her support for immigration reform. "Put simply, this must be at the top of our to-do list," Pritzker said Thursday at an event for the Los Angeles World Affairs Council that was attended by consuls...

Let Immigration Judges Be Judges

"Immigration courts must be restructured as real courts under Article I of the Constitution, similar to Tax and Bankruptcy Courts, so we can maintain administrative independence and ensure total transparency in our proceedings. This would free them from any control or influence by the Attorney General...

Advance Copy of EOIR Interim Rule: Designation of Temporary Immigration Judges

"This rule amends the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) regulations relating to the organization of the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge (OCIJ) to allow the Director of EOIR to designate or select, with the approval of the Attorney General, temporary immigration judges." ...

Immigration Judges Want to Break Free from the Justice Department

"This summer’s influx of Central American children across the U.S. Southwest border has not only created a record backlog in immigration courts, it has thrown into relief a need to sever those courts from supervision by the Justice and Homeland Security departments. That’s the view of...

Details Revealed On 18 New Immigration Judges - Law360

Law360, July 7, 2015 - " Eighteen judges have started new jobs in immigration courts around the U.S., and while their paths have intersected at the bench, documents provided to Law360 on Tuesday show they took distinct routes to get to this point. The Executive Office for Immigration Review , a...

Immigration Court Staffing Crisis: Overwhelmed Judges Retire

"Immigration Judge Eliza Klein had more than 20 years' experience hearing cases in Boston, Miami and most recently Chicago when a surge of Central American immigrants arrived last summer. In addition to the backlog of cases she already faced, Klein started seeing more Central American youths...

Geoffrey Hoffman: EOIR Needs Better Immigration Judges

Prof. Geoffrey Hoffman , Nov. 24, 2015 - "It is important, I think, to note the import but also the paradox behind the BIA's latest precedent decision, Matter of Y-S-L-C-, 26 I&N Dec. 688 (BIA 2015) that admonishes IJ's not to bully minors. In the decision, the Board discusses conduct...

News Excerpts From the Feb. 15, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

DHS Receives Three-Month Extension on OPT Ruling On January 23, 2016, a federal district judge extended by three months the deadline for the Department of Homeland Security to promulgate a replacement regulation authorizing an extension of the maximum Optional Practical Training period from twelve...

In FOIA Litigation, DOJ Calls Immigration Judges "Low-Level Employees"

Josh Gerstein, Politico, Feb. 18, 2016 - "A federal appeals court is wrestling with the question of whether the government should be forced to make public the names of immigration judges accused of misconduct either on or off the job. A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit heard arguments for nearly...

Immigration Judges Are Not 'Low-Level' DOJ Employees - NAIJ Position Statement

NAIJ, March 2016 - "In oral arguments before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on February 16, 2016, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) argued that Immigration Judges are” low-level employees” similar to FBI agents, or so-called “line” Assistant U.S. Attorneys...

EOIR Swears in Eight Immigration Judges

EOIR, Mar. 14, 2016 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced the investiture of eight immigration judges. Acting Chief Immigration Judge Print Maggard presided over the investiture during a ceremony held March 11, 2016, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces...

Former judges challenge official who said 3-year-olds can represent selves in immigration court

Jerry Markon, Washington Post, Mar. 15, 2016 - "Three former federal immigration judges are publicly challenging a senior Justice Department official who argued that 3- and 4-year-olds can learn immigration law well enough to represent themselves in court. “A typical three-year-old cannot...

EOIR Swears in Two Immigration Judges

EOIR, Apr. 22, 2016 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced the investiture of two immigration judges. Acting Chief Immigration Judge Michael C. McGoings presided over the investiture during a ceremony held April 21, 2016, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed...

EOIR Adds 15 New Immigration Judges

EOIR, Sept. 26, 2016 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced the investiture of 15 new immigration judges. Acting Chief Immigration Judge Michael C. McGoings presided over the investiture during a ceremony held Sept. 23, 2016, in the ceremonial courtroom of the E. Barrett...

How U.S. Immigration Judges Battle Their Own Prejudice

Caitlin Dickerson, New York Times, Oct. 5, 2016 - "One of the immigrants appearing before Judge Dana Marks in a crowded court here was a boat worker from the former Soviet Union who stared in silence as a prosecutor asked about his criminal history. Another was a mother who started praying after...

Former BIA Members and IJs Blast Refugee Detention Regime

In a 4-page letter dated October 31, 2016 to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, twelve former BIA members and Immigration Judges made the case for due process for asylum applicants, and criticized the current detention regime.

EOIR Adds 5 New Immigration Judges

EOIR, Nov. 8, 2016 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced the investiture of five new immigration judges. Chief Immigration Judge MaryBeth Keller presided over the investiture during a ceremony held Nov. 4, 2016, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit...

Immigration Judge Complaints - Key to Judge IDs Posted

Bryan Johnson, Jan. 16, 2017 - "The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has aggressively concealed the identities of Immigration Judges in connection with complaints of misconduct made against them for several years. Until today. In response to a FOIA from the American Immigration Lawyers...

EOIR Statement on Erroneous Public Release of Immigration Judge Information

EOIR, Jan. 23, 2017 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review is a party to litigation related to the release of information regarding its immigration judge conduct and professionalism program. EOIR is committed to ensuring that any allegation of an immigration judge’s misconduct is investigated...

EOIR Adds 12 New Immigration Judges

EOIR, Feb. 6, 2017 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced the investiture of 12 new immigration judges. Chief Immigration Judge MaryBeth Keller presided over the investiture during a ceremony held Feb. 3, 2017, in the ceremonial courtroom of the E. Barrett Prettyman...

DOJ to Surge Immigration Judges to Detention Courts in Double Shifts

Julia Edwards Ainsley, Reuters, Mar. 9, 2017 - "The Department of Justice is deploying 50 judges to immigration detention facilities across the United States, according to two sources and a letter seen by Reuters and sent to judges on Thursday. The department is also considering asking judges to...

EOIR Adds 14 New Immigration Judges

EOIR, Apr. 10, 2017 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced the investiture of 14 new immigration judges. Chief Immigration Judge MaryBeth Keller presided over the investiture during a ceremony held April 7, 2017, at EOIR headquarters in Falls Church, Va. After a thorough...

EOIR Eliminates Annual Training for Immigration Judge Corps - Paul Wickham Schmidt

Paul Wickham Schmidt, Apr. 13, 2017 - "Reliable sources have now confirmed what I reported in this blog earlier this week ( http://wp.me/p8eeJm-Ge ): the DOJ has eliminated the U.S. Immigration Court’s only formal annual training. U.S. Immigration Judges have been ordered to schedule cases...