According to the Los Angeles Times Immigration Judges are asking Congress to remove the Immigration Courts from the control of the Department of Justice (DOJ). The Immigration Courts currently are part of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). The EOIR was created in 1983 through an internal DOJ reorganization which combined the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) with the Immigration Judge function previously performed by the INS. One purpose of the reorganization to make the Immigration Courts independent of INS, but both remain part of the DOJ.
The paper cites a report prepared by the union representing the judges as saying the "judges are particularly concerned about complaints that America's 'core legal values' have been compromised since the September 11 terrorist attacks." Since the attacks Attorney General Ashcroft has limited the authority of Immigration Judges by requiring that certain immigration proceedings be conducted in secret, and by allowing for an automatic stay of a Judge's decision on setting bail if the INS objects. At this time of increased sensitivity to the erosion of civil rights it is important to enhance the appearance that hearings are fair and impartial. Having both the Immigration Courts and the INS responsible to the same authority seems to be another example of putting a fox in charge of the hen house.
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Admission under Oath of Conviction Sufficient for Removal
In Fequierre v. INS, No. 98-3048 (11th Cir. Jan. 25, 2002), the court found that admission under oath of a prior conviction for an aggravated felony was sufficient to establish that Petitioner was removeable.
T Visa Regs
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Extension of Comment Period for G-884, G-1046
The INS is extending for 30 days the comment period on the G-884, Request for the Return of Original Document(s), and G-1046, Concerning Project Speak Out!
Competition for J-1 Sports programs
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Immigration in the Press
Immigration Judges Call for Independent Court
According to the Los Angeles Times the nation's immigration judges are asking Congress to remove their courts from the control of the Justice Department.
Hundreds of Hispanics Protest Sheriff's Request for INS Data
The Florida Times-Union reports that Hispanic migrant workers, fearing they could get swept up in the state's anti-terrorism fight, are protesting the Collier County sheriff's effort to get access to the federal government's database of illegal aliens.
INS to Implement Tracking of Foreign Student Enrollment
According to the Daily Californian University of California administrators are meeting with the INS to install a new computer system for tracking foreign students allowed into the country to attend school which the INS hopes to have available for campuses to use as soon as June, though many universities are not expected to implement it until the fall.
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This Day in Immigration
From February 1, 2001
"No Equitable Tolling With Actual Knowledge
The court in Jobe v. INS, No. 99-1064 (1st Cir. Jan. 30, 2001), found that a Petitioner who had been ordered deported in absentia was not entitled to equitable tolling of the 180 day period in which to file a motion to reopen where the facts he presented showed he had actual notice of the order within one month of its being issued."
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