Immigration Law

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Former BIA Chairman Paul W. Schmidt Excoriates IJs, BIA and CA11 Panel in Salvadoran Asylum Case
Posted on 24 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Paul W. Schmidt, Apr. 22, 2019 In re Diaz-Rivas v. U.S. Att’y Gen., 11th Cir., 04-18-19, unpublished , Jordan, Circuit Judge, concurring and dissenting. "In truth, this well-documented family-based persecution case should have been granted... Read More

Hon. Paul W. Schmidt on Winning Asylum and Saving Lives in the Era of A-B-; Seven Steps to Success
Posted on 10 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hon. Paul W. Schmidt, Dec. 10, 2018 "NEW YORK CITY BAR, DECEMBER 4, 2018 Good evening, and thanks so much for inviting me. In the “old days,” I would have started with my comprehensive disclaimer. But, now that I’m retired,... Read More

A 'New and Dark Era' for Immigration Judges: Quotas and a 'Performance Dashboard'
Posted on 3 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

October 3, 2018 - If you are not yet a daily reader of Ret. Hon. Paul W. Schmidt 's blog, " Immigration Courtside ," get on board! Today's blockbuster post includes a memo from The Honorable A. Ashley Tabaddor, President, National Association... Read More

NAIJ and Hon. Paul W. Schmidt Respond to 'QuotaGate'
Posted on 4 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This just in from the Apr. 4, 2018 issue of former BIA Chairman Paul W. Schmidt's blog, www.immigrationcourtside.com - "I have permission Judge Tabaddor to release the text of the following e-mail, dated April 2, 2018, that I received from... Read More

What Does Sessions' E-F-H-L- Order Mean?
Posted on 6 Mar 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Paul W. Schmidt, Mar. 6, 2018 - SESSIONS “GOES DEEP” TO UNDERMINE DUE PROCESS! — Matter of E-F-H-L-, 27 I&N Dec. 226 (A.G. 2018)! "Here is the AG decision: E-F-H-L-AG And here’s the original BIA precedent he vacated... Read More

Paul Schmidt's Speech to the ABA Commission on Immigration (May 4, 2018)
Posted on 5 May 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Paul W. Schmidt, May 4, 2018 - "CARICATURE OF JUSTICE: Stop The Attack On Due Process, Fundamental Fairness, and Human Decency In Our Captive, Dysfunctional U.S. Immigration Courts ABA COMMISSION ON IMMIGRATION, WASHINGTON, D.C., MAY 4, 2018 ... Read More

BREAKING: Sessions Imposes Quotas on Immigration Judges
Posted on 3 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Laura Meckler, Wall Street Journal, Apr. 2, 2018 - "The Justice Department has notified immigration judges [ here and here ] that it will begin evaluating their job performance based on how quickly they close cases, aiming to speed deportation decisions... Read More

FBA Keynote Address by Paul W. Schmidt - "Life at EOIR: Past, Present and Future"
Posted on 14 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

LIFE AT EOIR – PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE By Paul Wickham Schmidt, Retired U.S. Immigration Judge Keynote Address, Federal Bar Association 2017 Immigration Law Conference, Denver, CO, May 12, 2017 "...My speech is entitled: “Life... Read More

Former BIA Chairman Paul W. Schmidt on His Career, the Board, and the Purge (Part I)
Posted on 29 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jason Dzubow, Sept. 28, 2016 - "Paul Wickham Schmidt served as Chairman of the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) from 1995 to 2001. He was a Board Member of the BIA from 2001 to 2003, and served as an Immigration Judge in Arlington... Read More

Tags: schmidt , bia , purge , Ashcroft

Saving Child Migrants While Saving Ourselves - Hon. Paul Wickham Schmidt (Ret.)
Posted on 18 Oct 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Paul Wickham Schmidt, Oct. 12, 2016 - "They cross deserts, rivers, and territories controlled by corrupt governments, violent gangs, and drug cartels. They pass through borders, foreign countries, different languages and dialects, and changing cultures... Read More

Former BIA Chairman Paul W. Schmidt on His Career, the Board, and the Purge (Part II)
Posted on 6 Oct 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jason Dzubow, The Asylumist, Oct. 5, 2016 - "And now, part 2 of my interview with Paul Wickham Schmidt (if you missed part 1, it is here ): ASYLUMIST: Your Chairmanship ended in April 2001, a few months into the George W. Bush Administration.... Read More

Tags: schmidt , bia , purge

EOIR Eliminates Annual Training for Immigration Judge Corps - Paul Wickham Schmidt
Posted on 14 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More

Asylum Victory in Arlington: El Salvador, MS-13, Social Group
Posted on 3 Sep 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Attorney Jean C. Han writes: "Attached please find a redacted opinion by Judge Schmidt in Arlington in a gang-related asylum case from June 12, 2012. He found that my client would more likely than not be persecuted on account of MS-13 if she were... Read More

Paul Wickham Schmidt Takes to the Web! - www.immigrationcourtside.com
Posted on 27 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

immigrationcourtside.com Musings on Events in U.S. Immigration Court, Immigration Law, Sports, and Other Random Topics by Retired United States Immigration Judge (Arlington, Virginia) and former Chairman of the Board of Immigration Appeals Paul Wickham... Read More