Immigration Law

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Ex-Judges Tell ICE to Stop Courthouse Arrests
Posted on 12 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Alanna Durkin Richer, Associate Press, Dec. 12, 2018 - "Dozens of retired state and federal judges called Wednesday on U.S. immigration officials to stop making arrests at courthouses of people suspected of being in the country illegally, saying... Read More

FOIA Results: Immigration Judges’ Conference Materials for 2018
Posted on 22 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matthew Hoppock, Aug 21, 2018 - "Every summer the Immigration Judges from around the country meet in suburban Washington D.C. for a training session. The training materials are interesting, because they help us understand the IJs’ thinking... Read More

Findings of Credible Fear Plummet Amid Widely Disparate Outcomes by Location and Immigration Judge: TRAC
Posted on 31 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, July 30, 2019 - "Immigration Court outcomes in credible fear reviews (CFR) have recently undergone a dramatic change. Starting in January 2018, court findings of credible fear began to plummet. By June 2018, only 14.7 percent of the CFR court... Read More

Retired IJs, Former BIA Members Blast Sessions' Meddling in Matter of Castro-Tum Remand
Posted on 2 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

July 30, 2018 open letter - "On Thursday, July 26, 2018, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), in a costly and inefficient use of the agency’s resources, sent an Assistant Chief Immigration Judge to the Philadelphia Immigration... Read More

Former IJ: Sessions Wants to Bribe Immigration Judge to Do His Bidding
Posted on 6 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Bruce J. Einhorn, Apr. 5, 2018 Bruce J. Einhorn, an adjunct professor of immigration, asylum and refugee law at Pepperdine University, served as a U.S. immigration judge from 1990 to 2007. "It’s a principle that has been a hallmark of... Read More

Statement in Response to Sessions' Decision in Matter of A-B- by Retired Immigration Judges and Former Members of the Board of Immigration Appeals
Posted on 12 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

June 11, 2018 - "As former Immigration Judges with decades of experience at the trial and appellate level, we consider the Attorney General’s decision an affront to the rule of law. As former judges, we understand that in order to be fair,... Read More

Asylum Representation Rates Have Fallen Amid Rising Denial Rates
Posted on 29 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Nov. 28, 2017 - "Very recent Immigration Court records reveal that during FY 2017 asylum decisions were up sharply. A total of 30,179 cases were decided by judges last year, a marked increase from 22,312 cases in FY 2016. This is the largest... Read More

Assembly Line Injustice: How the Implementation of Immigration Case Completion Quotas will Eviscerate Due Process - Sophia Genovese
Posted on 9 May 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sophia Genovese, May 7, 2018 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review, under the direction of the Department of Justice, announced last year that it had reopened the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the National Association of Immigration... Read More

Lawsuit Challenges Immigration Judges Who Refuse to Hold Bond Hearings: Palacios v. Sessions
Posted on 18 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AIC, Jan. 17, 2018 - "The government cannot lock people up without giving them access to prompt bond hearings and an opportunity to show that they should be released for the months or years that it takes to adjudicate their removal cases. This... Read More

The Proper Role of Immigration Judges as Asylum Adjudicators - Jeffrey S. Chase
Posted on 5 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeffrey S. Chase, Feb. 4, 2018 - "I would like to expand on the topic raised in my response to the BIA’s recent precedent decision in Matter of W-Y-C- & H-O-B- . In the U.S. system, what tensions exist between an immigration judge’s... Read More

Jeffrey S. Chase on Quotas for Immigration Judges
Posted on 7 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeffrey S. Chase, Apr. 7, 2018 - "Ten years ago, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit decided Hashmi v. Att’y Gen. of the U.S.1 The case involved a request to continue a removal proceeding which the Department of Homeland Security... Read More

Matter of A-B- Amicus Brief Exposes Sessions' Lawlessness
Posted on 8 May 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeffrey S. Chase, May 6, 2018 - "Briefs of the parties and amici have now been filed with the Attorney General in Matter of A-B- . Once again, a group of former immigration judges and BIA members, which this time numbered 16 (including myself) filed... Read More

EOIR Swears in Eight Immigration Judges
Posted on 14 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, Mar. 14, 2015 - "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... Read More

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EOIR Swears In 15 Immigration Judges
Posted on 28 Jun 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, June 27, 2016 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced the investiture of 15 immigration judges. Acting Chief Immigration Judge Michael C. McGoings presided over the investiture during a ceremony held June 17, 2016... Read More

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EOIR Swears in Five Immigration Judges (Aug. 2, 2016)
Posted on 3 Aug 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, Aug. 2, 2016 - "Elisa Castrolugo, Immigration Judge, Houston Immigration Court Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch appointed Elisa Castrolugo to begin hearing cases in August 2016. Judge Castrolugo earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1999... Read More

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