New Immigration Court Statistics Released

On May 9, 2018, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), the Department of Justice (DOJ) component responsible for the immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) released updated court statistics, and announced that it intended to implement a “transparency initiative”. The court statistics included statistics for the first two quarters of FY 2018. Among the key takeaways: The total number of pending cases continues to rise. As of the date those statistics were released, there were 697,777 cases pending before the approximately 334 immigration judges in the…

Strengthening and Reforming America’s Immigration Court System

Testimony of Andrew R. Arthur Resident Fellow in Law and Policy Center for Immigration Studies To the Subcommittee on Border and Immigration United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary For A Hearing Titled: “Strengthening and Reforming America’s Immigration Court System” April 18, 2018 2:30 p.m. Room 226, Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Chairman Cornyn, Ranking Member Durbin, and members of the subcommittee, I thank you for inviting me here today to discuss this issue, which is not only critical to our national security, but also to our system…

Court: Trump administration can’t block immigrant teens from obtaining abortions

The court issued an order Friday evening barring the government from “interfering with or obstructing” pregnant immigrant children in federal custody from accessing abortion. | John Shinkle/POLITICO By ASSOCIATED PRESS 03/30/2018 09:39 PM EDT A federal court in Washington told the Trump administration Friday the government can’t interfere with the ability of pregnant teens in the country illegally and being held in federal custody to obtain abortions. The court issued an order Friday evening barring the government from “interfering with or obstructing” pregnant immigrant children in federal custody from accessing…

Attorney General Takes on Immigration Court Continuances, Again

Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) last week to refer Matter of L-A-B-R- to him for review. This represents another attempt by the attorney general to address delays and backlogs in the immigration courts. In my March 6, 2018, post “An Unusual Amicus Argument”, I discussed in great detail the attorney general’s authority to review BIA decisions, which is also called “certification”. As Professor Joseph Landau of Fordham Law School stated in “DOMA and Presidential Discretion: Interpreting and Enforcing Federal Law”: “This certification power, though…

Judge orders compensation, reclassification for immigration court interpreters

Many interpreters, including Rivadeneira, balked and instead organized to negotiate a higher rate. They were ultimately successful, securing rates of $225 for a half-day and $425 for a full day, plus additional compensation for travel cases. But the company later refused to renew their contracts, an action that formed the basis of charges they filed with the labor board. Source link

Maryland District Court Judge Bucks the DACA Trend

In a decision issued on March 5, 2018, Judge Roger W. Titus of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland issued an opinion denying a complaint filed by Casa de Maryland and other plaintiffs to enjoin rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Specifically, the plaintiffs in that case contended that the rescission of DACA by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was unlawful under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), both because it was an arbitrary and capricious decision, and because of the government’s…

Panel Video: Immigration Court Backlog

Panel Summary Media Press ReleaseTranscriptReport Date: August 22, 2017, at 9:30am Location: National Press Club, 529 14th St, NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C. Nine new immigration judges were appointed in an effort to address the 600,000-plus backlog of cases in the nation’s immigration courts. The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) hosted a panel discussion on Tuesday, August 22, on this issue, focusing on a recently published CIS analysis on the management of the immigration court system. Former immigration judge Andrew Arthur, now a CIS fellow, discussed his paper, “The Massive Increase…

Panel Transcript: Immigration Court Backlog

Panel Summary Media Press ReleaseVideoReport Date: August 22, 2017, at 9:30am Location: National Press Club, 529 14th St, NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C. Nine new immigration judges were appointed in an effort to address the 600,000-plus backlog of cases in the nation’s immigration courts. The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) hosted a panel discussion on Tuesday, August 22, on this issue, focusing on a recently published CIS analysis on the management of the immigration court system. Former immigration judge Andrew Arthur, now a CIS fellow, discussed his paper, “The Massive Increase in the…

Panel: Immigration Court Backlog | Center for Immigration Studies

Nine new immigration judges were appointed in an effort to address the 600,000-plus backlog of cases in the nation’s immigration courts. The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) hosted a panel discussion on Tuesday, August 22, on this issue, focusing on a recently published CIS analysis on the management of the immigration court system. Video: https://cis.org/Video/Panel-Video-Immigration-Court-Backlog Transcript: https://cis.org/Transcript/Panel-Transcript-Immigration-Court-Backlog Report: https://cis.org/Report/Massive-Increase-Immigration-Court-Backlog-Its-C… Former immigration judge Andrew Arthur, now a CIS fellow, discussed this paper, “The Massive Increase in the Immigration Court Backlog, Its Causes, and Solutions”. The key finding is that the doubling of the…