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EOIR Swears in Five Immigration Judges (Aug. 2, 2016)

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 from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris...

EOIR OPPM: I-589s Can Be Filed at Window or By Mail

EOIR, Sept. 14, 2016 - "Effective immediately, applications for asylum (Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal, Form 1-589) may be filed at the window or by mail. They are no longer required to be filed at a master calendar hearing. This applies to all Form 1-589s, regardless of whether...

EOIR Adds 15 New Immigration Judges

EOIR, Sept. 26, 2016 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced the investiture of 15 new immigration judges. Acting Chief Immigration Judge Michael C. McGoings presided over the investiture during a ceremony held Sept. 23, 2016, in the ceremonial courtroom of the E. Barrett...

EOIR Adds 5 New Immigration Judges

EOIR, Nov. 8, 2016 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced the investiture of five new immigration judges. Chief Immigration Judge MaryBeth Keller presided over the investiture during a ceremony held Nov. 4, 2016, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit...

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

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 230 / Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - "The Department of Justice proposes to amend the regulations of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) governing the annual statutory limitation on cancellation of removal and suspension of deportation decisions. First...

EOIR Adds New OCAHO Judge

EOIR, Dec. 2, 2016 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced the appointment of James McHenry as an administrative law judge (ALJ) in EOIR’s Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO), effective Nov. 14, 2016."

Advance Copy of EOIR Final Rule: Recognition of Organizations and Accreditation of Non-Attorney Representatives

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 12/19/2016 - "This rule amends the regulations governing the requirements and procedures for authorizing representatives of non-profit religious, charitable, social service, or similar organizations to represent persons in proceedings...

EOIR Announces Final Rule on the Recognition of Organizations and Accreditation of Non-Attorney Representatives

EOIR, Dec. 20, 2016 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced a final rule titled, Recognition of Organizations and Accreditation of Non-Attorney Representatives . This new rule, effective Jan. 18, 2017, amends the regulations governing the requirements and procedures...

EOIR Statement on Erroneous Public Release of Immigration Judge Information

EOIR, Jan. 23, 2017 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review is a party to litigation related to the release of information regarding its immigration judge conduct and professionalism program. EOIR is committed to ensuring that any allegation of an immigration judge’s misconduct is investigated...

EOIR OCIJ Memo: Case Processing Priorities (Jan. 31, 2017)

EOIR, Jan. 31, 2017 - "This memorandum serves to rescind the February 3, 2016, memorandum ("Revised Docketing Practices Relating to Certain EOIR Priority Cases") and the March 24, 2015, memorandum ("Docketing Practices Relating to Unaccompanied Children Cases and Adults with Children...

EOIR Adds 12 New Immigration Judges

EOIR, Feb. 6, 2017 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced the investiture of 12 new immigration judges. Chief Immigration Judge MaryBeth Keller presided over the investiture during a ceremony held Feb. 3, 2017, in the ceremonial courtroom of the E. Barrett Prettyman...

SPLC: Atlanta Immigration Court Judges Fail to Uphold Ethical Standards

Mar. 2, 2017 - "Atlanta Immigration Court judges are failing to uphold ethical standards that ensure immigrants receive fair and impartial treatment – failures that warrant an investigation, according to the findings of a project by the Southern Poverty Law Center SPLC and Emory University...

EOIR Posts New Hearing Location Details

EOIR, Mar. 17, 2017 - "As EOIR continues implementation of President Trump’s January 25th Executive Orders, immigration judges will begin to serve details to six locations on March 20th. Immigration judges in these six locations – Dilley, Texas; Jena, La.; Karnes City, Texas; Laredo...

EOIR Cancels Apr. 5, 2017 Stakeholder Meeting

EOIR - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) has cancelled the stakeholder meeting at EOIR Headquarters scheduled for April 5, 2017. The agency intends to distribute responses to questions that would have made up the agenda to all those who RSVPed, and regrets the inconvenience this...

EOIR Adds 14 New Immigration Judges

EOIR, Apr. 10, 2017 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced the investiture of 14 new immigration judges. Chief Immigration Judge MaryBeth Keller presided over the investiture during a ceremony held April 7, 2017, at EOIR headquarters in Falls Church, Va. After a thorough...

EOIR Eliminates Annual Training for Immigration Judge Corps - Paul Wickham Schmidt

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 Judges have been ordered to schedule cases...

Felon Has Federal Approval to Represent Immigrants. Now He's Selling This ID.

Beth Fertig, WNYC, May 8, 2017 - "A Bronx businessman authorized by the federal government to represent immigrants in legal proceedings is selling $200 cards on a false promise that they offer protection against deportation, an investigation by WNYC and Telemundo 47 has found. The man, Carlos Davila...

EOIR Adds 7 New Immigration Judges

EOIR, May 8, 2017 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced the investiture of seven new immigration judges. Chief Immigration Judge MaryBeth Keller presided over the investiture during a ceremony held May 5, 2017, at EOIR headquarters in Falls Church, Va. After a thorough...

Seattle Non-Profit Sues Feds over 2008 Representation Rules: NWIRP v. Sessions

NWIRP, May 8, 2017 - "Northwest Immigrant Rights Project filed a lawsuit in federal district court challenging an order from the Department of Justice instructing NWIRP to “cease and desist” from assisting unrepresented immigrants in deportation proceedings. The DOJ letter purports to...

FBA Keynote Address by Paul W. Schmidt - "Life at EOIR: Past, Present and Future"

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 At EOIR, Past Present, and Future.” I will...

The Airport Lawyers Who Stood Up to Trump Are Under Attack

Rachel B. Tiven, The Nation, May 21, 2017 - "While the country has been fixated on President Trump’s firings, leaks, and outbursts involving the Department of Justice, that agency has itself been stealthily attacking our democracy by telling good lawyers to stop representing people. Four weeks...

New Acting Director at EOIR - James McHenry

EOIR, May 30, 2017 - "Acting Director McHenry has previously served in the Executive Office for Immigration Review; he first joined the agency in 2003 through the Attorney General’s Honors Program and returned to the agency in 2016, when he was appointed as an administrative law judge (ALJ...

GAO Slams Immigration Court Backlog, Management and Operational Challenges

GAO, June 1, 2017 - "GAO's analysis showed that the Executive Office for Immigration Review's (EOIR) case backlog—cases pending from previous years that remain open at the start of a new fiscal year—more than doubled from fiscal years 2006 through 2015 (see figure) primarily...

DOJ OIG Blasts Senior EOIR Executive

DOJ OIG, June 6, 2017 - INVESTIGATIVE SUMMARY - Findings Concerning Improper Hiring Practices, Inappropriate Interactions with Subordinates and a Contractor, and False Statements by a Senior Executive with the Executive Office for Immigration Review "The Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of...

EOIR Adds 11 New Immigration Judges (June 16, 2017)

EOIR, June 16, 2017 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced the investiture of 11 new immigration judges, bringing the agency’s total to 326. Deputy Chief Immigration Judge Print Maggard presided over the investiture during a ceremony held this afternoon at EOIR...