Immigration Law

Recent Posts

Military Lawyers to be Detailed to Border for Immigration Cases?
Posted on 29 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Washington Post, Apr. 26, 2019 "Senior Defense Department officials have recommended that acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan approve a new request from the Department of Homeland Security to provide military lawyers, cooks and drivers to... Read More

NAIJ Urges Congress to End Government Shutdown
Posted on 14 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On January 9, 2019, the President of the National Association of Immigration Judges, A. Ashley Tabaddor, sent this letter to all U.S. senators and representatives. She stated: "There is currently a backlog of more than 800,000 pending immigration... 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

Immigration Judges Say New Quotas Undermine Independence
Posted on 25 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Associated Press, Sept. 21, 2018 - "The nation's immigration court judges are anxious and stressed by a quota system implemented by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that pushes them to close 700 cases per year as a way to get rid of an immense... 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, - "I have permission Judge Tabaddor to release the text of the following e-mail, dated April 2, 2018, that I received from... Read More

IJ Tabaddor's First Amendment Rights Vindicated, DOJ Capitulates
Posted on 4 Nov 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cooley LLP, Nov. 3, 2015 - "Cooley announced today the resolution of a suit against the Department of Justice ("DOJ") on behalf of sitting Immigration Judge A. Ashley Tabaddor. The lawsuit challenged an order imposed by the DOJ recusing... Read More

Immigration Judge Sues DOJ for Right to Work: Tabaddor v. Holder
Posted on 13 Aug 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Cooley LLP announced today that it filed suit against the Department of Justice ("DOJ") on behalf of sitting Immigration Judge A. Ashley Tabaddor . The lawsuit raises challenges under the First Amendment and Title VII of the Civil Rights... Read More

The Policy Implications Arising From the Blanket Recusal Order of an Immigration Judge
Posted on 9 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The recent lawsuit filed against the Department of Justice by an Iranian American immigration judge, raises interesting questions regarding the use of a blanket recusal order by the Agency in the absence of a fact-specific analysis or showing of... Read More