Federal Government’s Plan for Reducing Immigration Court Backlog

The American Immigration Council (AIC) recently received the results of its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), which concerned the federal government’s comprehensive plan to reduce the staggering immigration court case backlog. The AIC’s analysis of the government plan, unfortunately, has led it to conclude that rather than increasing the efficiency of the immigration court system, the plan is to fundamentally alter the immigration system.

Pointing to the policies that the Trump administration already has put into place to drastically speed up deportations, the AIC claims that much of the comprehensive plan is designed to achieve the same goal. Some of the examples of the government’s focus on hastening the deportation process include the imposition of annual caseload quotas on immigration judges and the placement of limits on the ability of judges to continue and administratively close cases. The AIC also pointed to various opinions issued by former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and EOIR policy changes that further limit the independence of immigration judges, as well as directives that curb the ability of individuals to seek continuances in order to retain legal counsel.

Federal Government’s Plan for Reducing Immigration Court Backlog

The AIC further pointed out that the federal government partially redacted the version of the plan that it received, even though it is a final agency document signed by the Deputy Attorney General. As these documents normally would be public, the AIC found it curious that the Trump administration would redact any portion of the plan. Whatever your situation may be, you will need skilled legal assistance to work toward a resolution of your immigration law matter. The Texas immigration attorneys of Peek & Toland know how to help you navigate through the maze of immigration forms, regulations, and policies, and get the relief that you need. Take the first step today and secure the future of your family in the U.S. Contact our office today at and set up an evaluation with one of our highly skilled Texas immigration lawyers.

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