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2003

  • NCR, ADC, LAWP, UNITE, and the NYIC Sue DOJ to Challenge State and Local Police Enforcement of Federal Immigration Laws (12/19/2003)
    The National Council of La Raza, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the Latin American Workers Project, UNITE and the New York Immigration Coalition filed suit on 12/17/03 in New York, alleging that the DOJ and FBI unlawfully entered information on civil immigration violations into the National Crime Information Center database.
    AILA Doc. No. 03121940.
  • DOJ IG Reports on INS Expenditures Charged to Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program(1191 KB - 11/26/2003)
    A from the Justice Department’s Inspector General provides the results of an audit performed on the expenditures billed by the former INS to the multi-agency Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program for FYs 1997-2002. (AILA Doc. #03112610).
    AILA Doc. No. 03112610.
  • EOIR Issues Press Release and Fact Sheet on CPC Asylum (10/6/2003)
    On 9/30/03, EOIR sent notification of final asylum eligibility to those who received conditional grants of asylum based on coercive population control (CPC) policies and are now eligible. Those granted conditional asylum on or before 4/19/00, but who have not received a final asylum notice, should contact EOIR as instructed in the press release.
    AILA Doc. No. 03100642.
  • EOIR Announces New Local Operating Procedures for Buffalo & Batavia, NY(26 KB - 7/10/2003)
    The EOIR, on 7/1/03, posted to its website new local operating procedures for the Immigration Courts in Buffalo and Batavia, New York. (AILA Doc. No. 03071046)
    AILA Doc. No. 03071046.
  • Ohio & Kentucky Immigration Court Case Files Moved to New Sites as of 7/1/03 (7/10/2003)
    The EOIR, in a 6/23/03 News Release, announced that the administrative control of Immigration Court case files, including Records of Proceedings, for Ohio and Kentucky was transferred to new locations, effective 7/1/03.
    AILA Doc. No. 03071045.
  • Testimony of DOJ Inspector General on the Detention and Treatment of September 11 Detainees (7/2/2003)
    Testimony of DOJ Inspector General, Glenn A. Fine, before the Senate Judiciary Committee, on June 25, concerning the detention and treatment of September 11 detainees.
    AILA Doc. No. 03070213.
  • DOJ Inspector General Finds Mounting Delays in IDENT/IAFIS Integration Project (7/2/2003)
    A 6/03 report by the DOJ Inspector General found that the project to integrate the former INS’s Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT) and the FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) has fallen far behind schedule and that such delays pose continued risks to national security. (AILA Doc No. 03070211)
    AILA Doc. No. 03070211.
  • BIA Announces Email Notification Service/Telephone Information Line/Citations Guidelines (6/25/2003)
    Means to obtain BIA information include an automatic email notification service for precedent decisions, a telephone information line, and a Citations Guideline.
    AILA Doc. No. 03062540.
  • EOIR News Release Announces New IJ, Ass’t Chief IJs(25 KB - 6/17/2003)
    The EOIR, in a 6/6/03 News Release, announced the recent swearing in of two new Assistant Chief Immigration Judges (IJs), Daniel Echavarren and Anne J. Greer, and one new IJ, former BIA Chairman Paul W. Schmidt. (AILA Doc. No. 03061749)
    AILA Doc. No. 03061749.
  • DOJ Issues Statement on IG Report Detailing Post-9/11 Detentions (6/3/2003)
    The DOJ issued a statement regarding the release of the Inspector General’s report on 9/11 detainees.
    AILA Doc. No. 03060341.
  • AG Applauds Denial Of Certiorari in Closed Hearings Case (5/29/2003)
    Attorney General Ashcroft issued a statement on 5/27/03 lauding the recent refusal by the Supreme Court to hear an appeal of a Third Circuit decision that upheld the constitutionality of closed deportation hearings for detainees who were deemed to be of ‘special interest’ to the government’s investigation of the September 11 attacks.
    AILA Doc. No. 03052943.
  • Justice Department Press Release on District Court Decision in the BIA Reform Case (5/27/2003)
    The Justice Department’s press release reports on the District Court decision rejecting APA challenges to the regulations revising the structure and procedures at the BIA.
    AILA Doc. No. 03052743.
  • Several BIA Members to Begin New Assignments (4/24/2003)
    AILA has learned that the 5 BIA Members who have been asked to find other placements will soon transition to their new positions. The judges in question are Paul Schmidt, Gus Villageliu, Cecelia Espenoza, John Guendelsberger and Noel Brennan.
    AILA Doc. No. 03042443.
  • EOIR Issues News Release and Advisory Statement on Barahona-Gomez Settlement(41 KB - 4/7/2003)
    The EOIR has issued a News Release and Advisory Statement discussing the settlement in Barahona-Gomez v. Ashcroft, the class action lawsuit that challenged directives that prohibited the BIA and IJs from granting suspension of deportation after 2/13/97 because of their interpretation of the 4,000 cap. (AILA Doc. No. 03040741)
    AILA Doc. No. 03040741.
  • Justice Department Announces Another Arrest in Visa Fraud Conspiracy Case (4/1/2003)
    A Justice Department press release announces the arrest of a Mexican national on charges of conspiring to commit visa fraud with former U.S. Consulate employees in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
    AILA Doc. No. 03040144.
  • EOIR’s New Legal Orientation Program Aims to Aid Detainees(23 KB - 3/19/2003)
    An EOIR News Release announces the agency’s new Legal Orientation Program, in which private nonprofit agencies provide individuals detained by the DHS information about court procedures and available options for relief prior to their first court appearance. (AILA Doc. No. 03031928)
    AILA Doc. No. 03031928.
  • DOJ IG Conducts Audit of INS’s Rehiring of Federal Retirees (3/19/2003)
    The DOJ Inspector General has conducted an audit of the rehiring of federal annuitants by the (former) INS. The INS was granted emergency authority to rehire these federal retirees beginning in fiscal year 1996. Among other things, the audit found that the INS had not developed an effective plan to reduce its dependence on rehired annuitants. (AILA Doc. No. 03031926)
    AILA Doc. No. 03031926.
  • DOJ Inspector General Conducts Follow-Up Review of SEVIS Implementation (3/18/2003)
    The DOJ Inspector General has conducted a follow-up review of the INS’s progress in implementing SEVIS, including an assessment of the effect of the INS’s transfer to the DHS on the foreign student program and SEVIS implementation. The review found that while the INS had made “significant progress,” SEVIS is not yet fully implemented as required. (AILA Doc. No. 03031824)
    AILA Doc. No. 03031824.
  • DOJ Inspector General Finds Primary Inspection Process Flawed (3/10/2003)
    An audit of the INS’s primary inspection process at air ports of entry found the process flawed due to: a lack of adequate resources, failure to timely disseminate critical law enforcement information to the POEs, failure by some inspectors to query lookout databases, and a high rate of turnover for inspectors.
    AILA Doc. No. 03031041.
  • DOJ Press Release on Termination of TPS for Angolans (3/4/2003)
    A 2/28/03 Justice Department news release announces the termination of temporary protected status (TPS) for nationals of Angola effective 3/29/03.
    AILA Doc. No. 03030470.
  • BIA to Cut Five Judges (3/4/2003)
    It has been reported that 5 BIA judges have been asked to find other placements. Reportedly, the judges in question are Paul Schmidt, Gus Villageliu, Cecelia Espenoza, John Guendelsberger and Noel Brennan.
    AILA Doc. No. 03030456.
  • DOJ Drafting Proposal to Expand Patriot Act (2/10/2003)

    Draft legislation from the Department of Justice would expand the USA Patriot Act to expand government powers. Document obtained by the Center for Public Integrity.


    AILA Doc. No. 03021042.
  • BIA Chairman Responds to LA Times Editorial (1/17/2003)
    In a 1/9/03 Letter to the Editor of the Los Angeles Times, BIA Chairman Lori Scialabba takes issue with a recent Times article and editorial that criticized the dramatic increase in the Board’s summary dismissals following promulgation of the final BIA streamlining regulations that took effect on 9/25/02.
    AILA Doc. No. 03011740.
  • DOJ Inspector General Identifies Weaknesses in the INS’s Collection of Fees at Air Ports of Entry (1/13/2003)
    The Justice Department’s Inspector General has released a report on its investigation of the INS’s collection of fees at air ports of entry. The report identifies various weaknesses in the fee collection process and makes recommendations to improve fee collection safeguards.
    AILA Doc. No. 03011340.
  • DOJ Inspector General Investigates Travel Reimbursements in Connection with Operation Safeguard (1/10/2003)
    The Justice Department’s Inspector General has released a report on its investigation of travel reimbursement fraud in connection with the lodging of Border Patrol Agents deployed as part of the INS’s ‘Operation Safeguard.’
    AILA Doc. No. 03011042.