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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...

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...