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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...

Emory University Law Students Issue Damning Report about Behavior of Atlanta Immigration Judges

Atlanta Loop, May 3, 2017 - "Emory University Laws School students observed the Atlanta Immigration Court over a seven week period in 2016 to find out why the court has a reputation of being hostile toward immigrants. The behavior they claim they observed in the courtroom appears to support the...

EOIR Adds 7 New Immigration Judges

EOIR, May 8, 2017 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced the investiture of seven new immigration judges. Chief Immigration Judge MaryBeth Keller presided over the investiture during a ceremony held May 5, 2017, at EOIR headquarters in Falls Church, Va. After a thorough...

Detailed IJs Sink into the Black Hole of LaSalle

Oliver Laughland, The Guardian, June 7, 2017 - "Behind two rows of high fencing and winding coils of razor wire, and surrounded by thick forest in central Louisiana, hundreds of miles from the nearest major city, stands a newly created court the Trump administration hopes will fast-track the removal...

EOIR Adds 11 New Immigration Judges (June 16, 2017)

EOIR, June 16, 2017 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced the investiture of 11 new immigration judges, bringing the agency’s total to 326. Deputy Chief Immigration Judge Print Maggard presided over the investiture during a ceremony held this afternoon at EOIR...

Even More Immigration Judges are Reassigned in Trump's Border Crackdown

Beth Fertig, WNYC, July 20, 2017 - "In its crackdown on illegal immigration, the Trump administration is moving an increasing number of immigration judges closer to the border with Mexico. The practice is so widespread that half of New York City's 30 immigration judges have been temporarily...

Immigration Court Practitioner’s Guide: Responding To Inappropriate Immigration Judge Conduct

CLINIC Legal, July 2017 - "As more noncitizens are targeted for the initiation of removal proceedings under the Trump administration’s broadened enforcement priorities, immigration court dockets will likely become even more backlogged. Given these strains and the reality of human fallibility...

EOIR Adds 9 New Immigration Judges (Aug. 14, 2017)

EOIR, Aug. 14, 2017 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) has invested nine immigration judges to fill positions in Bloomington, Minn.; Boston; Cleveland; Harlingen, Texas; New York; San Antonio; and San Francisco. ... Last Friday’s investiture brings the size of the immigration...

DOJ Wants to Judge Immigration Judges by Production Quotas

Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, Oct. 12, 2017 - "The Trump administration is taking steps to impose “numeric performance standards” on federal immigration judges, drawing a sharp rebuke from judges who say production quotas or similar measures will threaten judicial independence, as...

Immigration Judge Quotas a 'Death Knell' for Due Process, Judicial Independence - NAIJ

NAIJ HAS GRAVE CONCERNS REGARDING IMPLEMENTATION OF QUOTAS ON IMMIGRATION JUDGE PERFORMANCE REVIEWS, October 18, 2017 Threat to Due Process and Judicial Independence Caused by Performance Quotas on Immigration Judges, October 1, 2017

Latest Asylum Denial Rates for Each Immigration Court Judge - TRAC

TRAC, Nov. 15, 2017 - "TRAC has just published the tenth in its long running series of reports covering each Immigration Judge's decisions on asylum cases. The latest report series consists of 293 separate reports and includes each Immigration Judge who decided at least 100 asylum cases at their...

AILA Nabs Some Immigration Judges' Names In FOIA Fight (Law360)

David Simpson, Law360, Nov. 20, 2017 - "A D.C. federal judge ruled Friday that the names of 14 immigration judges who’ve been subject to numerous complaints should be unredacted by the Executive Office for Immigration Review, granting a partial win to the American Immigration Lawyers Association...

Asylum Decisions Depend on Judge Assigned - San Francisco and Newark Have Worst Records

TRAC, Nov. 20, 2017 - "Very recent data from the Immigration Courts, current through September 2017, reveals that the outcome for asylum seekers continues to depend on the identity of the immigration judge assigned to hear the case. In the San Francisco as well as the Newark Immigration Courts,...

Expert: Immigration Judge Quotas May Violate Due Process

Dianne Solis, Dallas Morning News, Apr. 10, 2018 - "A case takes nearly 900 days to make its way through the backlogged immigration courts of Texas. The national average is about 700 days in a system sagging with nearly 700,000 cases. A new edict from President Donald Trump's administration...

"I’m an Immigration Judge. Case Completion Quotas Are a Really Bad Idea." - Hon. Dana Leigh Marks

Hon. Dana Leigh Marks, Apr. 9, 2018 - "Immigration judges are the trial-level judges who make the life-changing decisions of whether or not non-citizens are allowed to remain in the United States. They are facing a virtual mountain of cases: almost 700,000 for about 335 judges in the United States...

Take it From a Former Immigration Judge: Quotas Are a Bad Idea - Hon. Robert Vinikoor (Ret.)

Hon. Robert Vinikoor (Ret.), Apr. 11, 2018 - "On March 30th, the U.S. Department of Justice and Attorney General Sessions announced that Immigration Judges will now be subject to case completion quotas. This unprecedented change will be effective October 1, 2018, and starting then, immigration judges...

Is DOJ Blocking Immigration Judges Based on Prohibited Political Considerations?

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Apr. 17, 2018 - "Today, Reps. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Joaquin Castro (D-TX), and Don Beyer (D-VA) sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions seeking information about allegations that the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the...