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Nationwide Preliminary Injunction Blocks DOJ from Enforcing 'Cease and Desist' Letter Against NWIRP

NWIRP v. Sessions, July 27, 2017 - "1. Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction (Dkt. 37) is GRANTED. 2. Defendants Jefferson B. Sessions III, the United States Department of Justice, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Juan Osuna, and Jennifer Barnes, and all of their officers...

New EOIR OPPM on Continuances (July 31, 2017)

EOIR, July 31, 2017 - "This Operating Policies and Procedures Memorandum (OPPM) supplements and amends OPPM 13-01. It is intended to provide guidance to assist Immigration Judges with fair and efficient docket management relating to the use of continuances."

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...

In Memoriam: Juan P. Osuna

Paul W. Schmidt, Aug. 16, 2017 - "I have just learned that my friend and former colleague Juan P. Osuna tragically died suddenly of a heart attack last night. Until May of this year, Juan was the Director of EOIR. But, he was much more than that to those of us in the immigration world. I first...

Keeping Up With EOIR's Immigration Law Advisor

Here are links to all issues, going back to 2007. And here is a link to the Aug/Sept 2017 issue.

EOIR GenCou Legal Opinion, Unaccompanied Alien Child, TVPRA (Sept. 19, 2017)

Sept. 19, 2017, EOIR General Counsel - "You have asked the Office of General Counsel ("OGC") for a legal opinion addressing two issues: (I) whether the Department of Homeland Security's ("DHS") determination regarding an alien's status as an unaccompanied alien child...

EOIR Amicus Invitation: Exception to One-Year Asylum Bar (Due Nov. 16, 2017)

EOIR, Oct. 17 2017 - "The Board of Immigration Appeals welcomes interested members of the public to file amicus curiae briefs discussing the below issue: Whether respondents who file an asylum application based on religion and coercive population control grounds more than 1 year after their arrival...

EOIR Immigration Court Practice Manual Updates (Nov. 2, 2017)

Click here to see all 2017 updates.

Jeffrey Chase on IJs, Tiered Review, and Completion Quotas (Nov. 9, 2017)

Jeffrey Chase, Nov. 9, 2017 - "EOIR recently announced its intent to subject immigration judges to tiered performance reviews. Most notably, EOIR plans to impose case completion quotas on the individual judges. The American Bar Association, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the...

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...

Advance Copy of EOIR Final Rule: Procedures Further Implementing the Annual Limitation on Suspension of Deportation and Cancellation of Removal

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 12/05/2017 - "The Department of Justice is amending the Executive Office for Immigration Review (“EOIR”) regulations governing the annual limitation on cancellation of removal and suspension of deportation decisions...

EOIR Final Rule: Procedures Further Implementing the Annual Limitation on Suspension of Deportation and Cancellation of Removal

Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 232 / Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - "The Department of Justice is amending the Executive Office for Immigration Review (‘‘EOIR’’) regulations governing the annual limitation on cancellation of removal and suspension of deportation decisions....

Attorney General Sessions Pushes for 'Timely and Efficient' Immigration Courts

DOJ Press Release, Dec. 6, 2017 - Attorney General Sessions Issues Memo Outlining Principles to Ensure That the Adjudication of Immigration Cases Serves the National Interest Memo - Renewing our Commitment to the Timely and Efficient Adjudication of Immigration Cases to Serve the National Interest...

EOIR Posts OPPMs (Dec. 20, 2017)

Chief Immigration Judge MaryBeth Keller released two OPPMs on Dec. 20, 2017 - OPPM 17-03 Guidelines for Immigration Court Cases Involving Juveniles, Including Unaccompanied Alien Children OPPM 17-04 Applications for Cancellation of Removal or Suspension of Deportation that are Subject to the Cap

Complaint Filed Against Chief Immigration Judge

Bryan S. Johnson, Dec. 22, 2017 - "The following complaint was filed today against Chief Immigration Judge, MaryBeth Keller for ordering immigration judges to disregard special legal protections for unaccompanied children as mandated by 8 USC 1232(e)."

Lawyer Files Disciplinary Complaint Against Chief Immigration Judge

Jeffrey S. Chase, Dec. 28, 2017 - "On December 22, New York attorney Bryan S. Johnson filed a complaint with the Assistant Chief Immigration Judge for Conduct and Professionalism against Chief Immigration Judge MaryBeth Keller. The basis for the complaint was the Chief Judge’s issuance of...

EOIR Posts OPPM 18-01 re Change of Venue (Jan. 17, 2018)

OPPM 18-01 - "Changes of Venue (COV) create problems in caseload management and operational inefficiencies in our courts. This Operating Policies and Procedures Memorandum (OPPM) sets forth guidance to mitigate these challenges. These policies and procedures, however, require that every Immigration...

EOIR Memo: Case Priorities and Immigration Court Performance Measures (Jan. 17, 2018)

EOIR, James R. McHenry III, Jan. 17, 2018 - "This memorandum is effective immediately, applies prospectively to all new cases filed and to all immigration court cases reopened, recalendared, or remanded, and serves to rescind the January 31, 2017, memorandum entitled -Case Processing Priorities"...

Winter 2017-2018 Immigration Law Advisor (EOIR)

Winter 2017-2018 Immigration Law Advisor (EOIR)

NYC Immigration Court Erodes Protections for Kids Without Lawyers

David Brand, CityLimits, Feb. 13, 2018 - "Over the past few months, finding legal representation has become even more challenging for immigrant children in New York City because Manhattan’s federal immigration court has eroded several of the practices and provisions designed to help children...

Matter of J-C-H-F-: An Interesting Omission - Jeffrey S. Chase

Jeffrey S. Chase, Mar. 2, 2018 - "In its decisions involving claims for protection under Article III of the U.N. Convention Against Torture, the BIA defines “government acquiescence” to include “willful blindness” by government officials. In its recent...

SIFI Files Complaint Regarding EOIR Practices at Irwin County Detention Center

SPLC SIFI, Mar. 7, 2018 - "We write now to lodge a complaint based on observations of Atlanta Immigration Court hearings for persons detained at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC), a privately-operated facility where at any given time, nearly 700 men and women are confined in the custody of...

Sessions: 'No Pause' in LOP During Review

A.G. Sessions, Apr. 25, 2018 - "...Mr. Chairman, I’d like to address one matter that I know is important to the Committee: the Legal Orientation Program. I have expressed some concerns about the program, and the Executive Office for Immigration Review has expressed its intent to pause two...

EOIR Posts Stats, Touts Transparency

EOIR, May 9, 2018 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today released immigration court statistics through the first two quarters of Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18). Today’s release of certain immigration court statistics is the first step in an effort to increase transparency into...