EOIR Issues Memo on Its Strategic Caseload Reduction Plan

On December 13, 2017, AILA and the American Immigration Council filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Among other requests, the FOIA specifically asked for the EOIR Strategic Caseload Reduction Plan as referenced in the Backgrounder on EOIR Strategic Caseload Reduction Plan that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) published on December 6, 2017.

On December 19, 2018, AILA and the American Immigration Council obtained a partially redacted memorandum entitled the Executive Office for Immigration Review's Strategic Caseload Reduction Plan which was dated October 23, 2017, approved by the Deputy Attorney General for the DOJ on October 31, 2017.

READ more in AILA's Policy Brief: FOIA Reveals EOIR's Failed Plan for Fixing the Immigration Court Backlog

Policies analyzed in the brief include:

  • Administrative closure
  • Imposition of quotas and deadlines on immigration judges
  • Use of continuances
  • Use of video teleconferencing
  • Immigration judge hiring, and
  • Telephonic interpreters

Also, see the Los Angeles Times front page news story published on February 22, 2019: Immigration caseload soars despite push to reduce backlog.

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Cite as AILA Doc. No. 19021932.

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