The immigration cause de jour is reform at the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). The Attorney General is preparing regulations intended to expedite cases handled by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and reduce the backlog. According to the press release the regulations will provide for screening of cases by individual members. As Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee noted in her statement at the recent oversight hearing "The Operations of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)," "[t]his single judge can arbitrarily deny an appeal. Having a single appellate judge serve as screener will effectively remove the ability of a panel to correct an aberrant judge." The concern about the fairness of proceedings within the EOIR comes from within as well as without as the union representing the Immigration Judges is seeking to have them removed entirely from the Department of Justice to a separate agency under the executive branch. Attorney General Ashcroft remarked that "Justice delayed is justice denied. When it takes several years to render a decision, justice is not only denied, it is also derailed." Fair and impartial hearings sacrificed for the sake of speed and efficiency is also justice derailed.
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In Your Face With the Regs - 245(i), Where Art Thou?
Jose Latour writes about the difference between an amnesty and 245(i), and why it is important to revive the later.
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Deportable Status No Basis for Shorter Sentence
In US v. Vasquez, No. 01-1695 (1st Cir. Feb. 6, 2002), the court held that in the case of defendants sentenced for illegal reentry after deportation, "a district court may not depart downward from the sentencing guidelines on the basis that deportable status ostensibly carries with it certain adverse collateral penal consequences."
INS Monthly Statistical Report
The INS monthly statistical report for the first quarter of FY 2002 ending December 2001 includes numbers for Inspections, Southwest Border Apprehensions, Immigration Benefits, Naturalization Benefits, Removals, Investigations, Asylum.
Attorney General to Issue Regs to Expedite BIA Cases
Attorney General Ashcroft plans to issue new regulations that will expedite the review of cases before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), eliminate the backlog of more than 56,000 immigration cases pending before the BIA, remove unwarranted delays, and utilize the resources of the BIA more efficiently.
Comment on FAX for Confirmation of Status
The INS seeks comments on the "Fax Request Form from Benefit Agency to INS for Confirmation of Status of I-130 and Fax Request Form from Benefit Agency to EOIR for Confirmation of Status."
East Timor Scholarship Program
The Office of Academic Exchange Programs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for the United States--East Timor J-1 Scholarship Program (formerly the East Timor Scholarship Program).
Central and East Europe Exchange Programs
The Office of Citizen Exchanges of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for Central and East European J-1 Exchanges and Training Programs.
J-1 Programs to Promote Women's Leadership
The Office of Citizen Exchanges of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces a Small Grants Competition for J-1 programs designed to promote Women's Political Leadership, Girls' Education, Disability Issues, and Women-Led Small Business Development.
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Immigration in the Press
Ashcroft Steps Up Deportation of Illegal Aliens
Newsmax.com writes about the Attorney General's efforts to speed up the handling of cases at the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).
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TRAINING ON REPRESENTING IMMIGRANT CHILDREN AND CHALLENGING UNLAWFUL ARRESTS
Representing Immigrant Children and Challenging Unlawful Arrests, El Paso, Texas-Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, February 20-22, 2002. Sponsored by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of Texas, and the University of Texas, El Paso, Center for Law and Border Studies. Register early and save money. $200 for full three day conference if registration is received by January 30, 2002.
To register by phone or for more information, contact the University of Texas, El Paso, Center for Law and Border Studies: Phone(915)747-8866 Fax: (915) 747-5538. The full conference agenda and registration information available on-line at: www.utep.edu/law/pages/immigrant.html. Texas and New Mexico CLE for attorneys available 0.6 CEU credits for social workers and counselors. Limited scholarship money available. For more information on scholarships, contact Sofia Munoz at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights: email@example.com, (915) 532-3370. Of particular importance post 9/11, this conference will address the issues related to immigration stops, arrests, suppression and detention, with the focus on children. For additional information: In El Paso, UTEP: 915-747-8866 Sofia Munoz, Lawyers Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org (915) 532-3370. In Dallas: Natalia Walter email@example.com, (214)559-4130.
2002 NORTHWEST REGIONAL IMMIGRATION CONFERENCE
Immigration...The Times They Are A Changin' February 28, March 1 2002, SeaTac DoubleTree Hotel, 18740 Pacific Hwy. So., Seattle. This year's expanded seminar has been revamped to maximize information sharing with government speakers and experienced practitioners. More government speakers, larger facilities, and exciting new roundtable discussions will educate and challenge attendees of all experience levels. Attendees new to immigration will receive a comprehensive, practical and clear overview in virtually all areas of immigration law. Advanced attendees will learn how to incorporate the new laws and procedures into their daily practice. In addition, all attendees will learn to resolve complex matters so unique that they cannot be researched in traditional periodicals. To Register or view the full program brochure click here. For questions or more information call Denise at: (206) 340-2578.
CONFERENCE ON IMMIGRATION LAW
The second annual New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) Seminar that will be run in conjunction with AILA on Tuesday March 20, 2001, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Gateway Hilton in Newark, New Jersey. Speakers include:
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