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Scholars Ask Garland to Remove Non-Priority Cases from the Active Docket of the Nation’s Immigration Courts

May 04, 2021 (1 min read)

Letter dated Apr. 30, 2021

"As immigration law teachers and scholars, we write to express our opinion on the scope of
executive branch legal authority for the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) to utilize
well-established administrative tools to address the historic backlog of cases pending in
immigration courts. Each case in the backlog involves an immigrant, many waiting for years to
have a “day in court” to defend against charges of removability or to have an application for relief
adjudicated. The Attorney General, through EOIR, has the authority to address the immigration
court backlog by rapidly and systemically removing nonpriority cases from the active docket."