Immigration Courts

The Justice Department Is Halting Its Legal Advice Program for Detained Immigrants

The Justice Department Is Halting Its Legal Advice Program for Detained Immigrants

In its latest attack on due process and access to counsel in the immigration court system, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) has decided to suspend its Legal Orientation Program (LOP) despite its demonstrated ability to increase efficiencies in the nation’s horribly backlogged immigration courts. According to the Washington Post, EOIR (the Department of […]

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Immigration Judge Quotas Could Result in Assembly Line Justice

Immigration Judge Quotas Could Result in Assembly Line Justice

In a controversial move, the Department of Justice recently announced new case completion quotas for immigration judges. These new quotas will result in time constraints and pressure for judges to reach decisions quickly, impacting individuals’ ability to have a fair day in court. The Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), the DOJ component that runs […]

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Supreme Court Finds No Right to a Bond Hearing Under Immigration Law

Supreme Court Finds No Right to a Bond Hearing Under Immigration Law

Indefinitely detained immigrants facing possible deportation lost ground in their fight for the right to a bond hearing following a Supreme Court decision on Tuesday. Their sole remaining weapon is the U.S. Constitution. The ruling by Justice Samuel Alito in Jennings v. Rodriguez reverses a decision that had required the government to give certain immigrants […]

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Trump’s Budget Proposal Would Increase Harsh Immigration Enforcement

Trump’s Budget Proposal Would Increase Harsh Immigration Enforcement

President Trump released his formal budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, which doubles down on his aggressive immigration enforcement agenda. The proposed budget seeks to fund the border wall, as well as increase funding for immigration enforcement, detention, and deportations. Much of it mirrors the yet-to-be-passed FY 2018 funding request, which has […]

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Government Shuts Down While Negotiations Continue on Dream Act, but Most Immigration Functions Continue

Written by on January 20, 2018 in DACA/DAPA, Enforcement, Immigration Courts, Legislation with 0 Comments
Government Shuts Down While Negotiations Continue on Dream Act, but Most Immigration Functions Continue

With the national conversation focused squarely on Dreamers, Congress was unable to find common ground on a budget deal and has shut down the U.S. Government. Congressional leadership decided not to bring a vote on bipartisan Dream Act legislation. Instead, this was the fourth time in as many months that Congress looked to fund the […]

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Lawsuit Filed Against DOJ and Judges in North Carolina Who Refuse to Hold Bond Hearings

Lawsuit Filed Against DOJ and Judges in North Carolina Who Refuse to Hold Bond Hearings

In a sharp departure from the practice of immigration courts around the country, immigration judges in North Carolina are refusing to conduct bond hearings for detained immigrants who come before the Charlotte Immigration Court. This unlawful, alarming, and unconscionable practice deprives noncitizens of their basic due process rights.

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Already Facing a Backlog, Sessions Aims to Add 350,000 Cases to Immigration Courts

Already Facing a Backlog, Sessions Aims to Add 350,000 Cases to Immigration Courts

In a rare move, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently referred an immigration case to himself, invoking a federal statute that allows attorneys general to reconsider cases decided by the Board of Immigration Appeals, which hears appeals from immigration courts nationwide. Sessions referred the case to himself after an immigration judge recently closed the administrative proceedings […]

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Court Rules Detained Iraqis Are Entitled to Bond Hearings

Court Rules Detained Iraqis Are Entitled to Bond Hearings

In another victory for over 300 Iraqis whose deportation was halted last July, a Michigan district court ruled that they must be permitted to seek bond while their immigration cases are pending. Many of the Iraqis were swept up in a massive enforcement action in June 2017 and have remained in detention since that time. […]

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Mexican Nationals and Detained Individuals Are Uniquely Disadvantaged in Immigration Court, Data Finds

Mexican Nationals and Detained Individuals Are Uniquely Disadvantaged in Immigration Court, Data Finds

Immigrants facing deportation fare far better if they have a competent attorney representing them. For example, studies show that for asylum seekers, representation generally doubles the likelihood of being granted asylum. For many, the ability to secure competent representation in immigration court is truly a matter of life and death.  Yet more than 80 percent […]

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DOJ Threatens to Turn Immigration Judges Into ‘Assembly-Line Workers’

DOJ Threatens to Turn Immigration Judges Into ‘Assembly-Line Workers’

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is reportedly intending to implement numerical quotas on Immigration Judges as a way of evaluating their performance. This move would undermine judicial independence, threaten the integrity of the immigration court system, and cause massive due process violations. As it currently stands, Immigration Judges are not rated based on the number […]

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