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Center for Immigration Studies
December 1, 2016

EOIR Takes a Small Step in the Right Direction to Cut Backlog
By Dan Cadman

It's important to note that the backlog also bled over to the Office of the Principal Legal Adviser in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the division housing the trial attorneys who prosecute removal cases in immigration court. They too were obliged to sit on these cases within their own docket of unresolved matters, not knowing which were slated for approval or denial because all of them were being held "in reserve" by EOIR. The rule change will now permit immigration judges and the BIA to move forward on denials so that at least this portion of the oversubscribed suspension/cancellation cases of aliens seeking relief can be washed out of the system or (in the case of further appeal) at least pushed forward to the next stage. What a breath of fresh air: common sense being applied to help alleviate at least a small portion of the overwhelming backlog confronting EOIR (a backlog, which, as of November 9, exceeded 521,000 cases according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse). It's a small step, but small steps in the right direction count because they can add up.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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