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AILA Tracks EOIR’s Historical Operational Status During Coronavirus Pandemic

This page tracks historical updates related to EOIR’s operational status during the coronavirus pandemic. Please note that this page is not updated in real time. For the latest information, AILA recommends that you check with the local AILA Chapter EOIR Liaisons as well as EOIR’s Operational Status page and EOIR’s Twitter account @DOJ_EOIR.

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Overview

Last updated September 14, 2020, at 2:15 pm (ET).

For additional resources, see EOIR’s webpage, EOIR's Twitter account @DOJ_EOIR, and EOIR's Facebook page. Also see EOIR’s Policy Memo 20-13: EOIR Practices Related to the COVID-19 Outbreak (6/11/2020) and information about filing by email with Immigration Courts and with the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Individual Immigration Court Operational Status

Last Updated July 22, 2020, at 2:30 pm (ET)

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Immigration Court EOIR's Reported Historical Operational Status AILA Notes
Arizona
Eloy | Florence | Phoenix | Tucson
Arizona Chapter EOIR Liaison

Eloy Immigration Court (Arizona)
Administrative Control List

Eloy Immigration Court status on EOIR website for July 20, July 21, July 22, July 23, and July 24

  • Open. Hearings Held Remotely Via VTC.

Eloy Immigration Court status on EOIR website for July 13, July 14, July 15, July 16, and July 17.

Eloy Immigration Court status on EOIR website for July 9 and July 10:

Eloy Immigration Court status on EOIR website for July 6, July 7, July 8:

Eloy Immigration Court status on EOIR website for June 25, June 26, June 29, June 30, July 1, July 2:

Tucson.com: 103 coronavirus cases reported among Arizona immigration detention center's employees – (6/22/2020; updated 6/26/2020)
  • “At the Eloy Detention Center, 83 employees of CoreCivic have tested positive for the coronavirus in recent months, according to information provided by the company. Another 20 CoreCivic employees at the La Palma Correctional Center have tested positive.”
The Guardian: A diabetic immigrant in Ice custody sued for her release. Instead, she got Covid-19 – June 16, 2020
  • “Over the past weekend, active Covid-19 cases among Eloy detainees jumped from 21 to 122. At least 60 employees at the facility have tested positive for the virus, according to Ryan Gustin, a spokesman for CoreCivic, and one staff member has died from suspected complications from Covid-19.”
AILA received reports that the Eloy Immigration Court was closed on Friday, June 12, 2020.
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 5, 2020, at 12:18 pm (ET) that, “Due to civil unrest, the Eloy Immigration Court and the San Antonio Immigration Court will close at 2:00 p.m. (local time).”

Florence Immigration Court (Arizona)
Administrative Control List

Florence Immigration Court status on EOIR website for July 14, July 15, July 16, July 17, July 20, July 21, July 22, July 23, and July 24

  • Open

Florence Immigration Court status on EOIR website for July 6, July 7, July 8, July 9, July 10, July 13:

Florence Immigration Court status on EOIR website for June 25, June 26, June 29, June 30, July 1, and July 2:

AILA received reports that the Florence Immigration Court was closed on June 23 and June 24.
Cronkite News: Judges call for all immigration courts to close in wake of coronavirus – April 6, 2020
  • “Three out of four Arizona immigration courts – in Phoenix, Eloy and Tucson– are open. A fourth, in Florence, has been closed.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on April 6, 2020, at 8:10 pm (ET) that “The Florence Immigration Court is closed, but cases will be heard by VTC from the Phoenix Immigration Court. Filings for those cases should be made to the Phoenix Immigration Court. For operational status updates nationwide, visit EOIR’s website.” EOIR linked to its operational status page in the tweet.

Phoenix Immigration Court (Arizona)
Administrative Control List

Phoenix Immigration Court status on EOIR website for July 6, July 7, July 8, July 9, July 10, July 13, July 14, July 15, July 16, July 17, July 20, July 21, July 22, July 23, and July 24

  • Open for filings and for detained hearings only.

Phoenix Immigration Court status on EOIR website for June 25, June 26, June 29, June 30, July 1, and July 2.

EOIR announced via Twitter on June 25, 2020, at 8:07 am (ET) that “The Phoenix Immigration Court will be closed today. Please monitor EOIR’s website for information about the agency’s operations nationwide.”

EOIR’s website indicated the following: “Filings at Las Vegas or by email to Phoenix.Immigration.Court@usdoj.gov.”

EOIR announced via Twitter on May 31, 2020, at 11:58 pm (ET), that “Due to civil unrest, the Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles - N. Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles - Olive Street, Los Angeles - Van Nuys Boulevard, Philadelphia, and Phoenix Immigration Courts will be closed on June 1, 2020.”
WSJ: Immigration Courts Are Closed, but Cases for Children Continue – May 9, 2020
  • This article reports that court hearings continue for the thousands of children in government custody who crossed the border without an adult. “On a recent Friday, an immigration judge ran through the cases of 17 such minors in about two hours. None of the children were with Judge Munish Sharda in Phoenix, however. They participated from government shelters in the area and appeared on a television via webcam—a system instituted in late March for the sake of social distancing.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on April 6, 2020, at 8:10 pm (ET) that "The Florence Immigration Court is closed, but cases will be heard by VTC from the Phoenix Immigration Court. Filings for those cases should be made to the Phoenix Immigration Court. For operational status updates nationwide, visit EOIR’s website.” In the Tweet, EOIR linked to its page, EOIR Operational Status During Coronavirus Pandemic. EOIR also sent this update via email on April 6, 2020, at 8:09 pm (ET).

Tucson Immigration Court (Arizona)
Administrative Control List

Tucson Immigration Court status on EOIR website for July 14, July 15, July 16, July 17, July 20, July 21, July 22, July 23, and July 24

  • Open for filings and for detained hearings only.

Tucson Immigration Court status on EOIR website for July 13:

Tucson Immigration Court status on EOIR website for July 6, July 7, July 8, July 9 and July 10:

Tucson Immigration Court status on EOIR website for June 30, July 1, July 2:

AILA received reports that the Tucson Immigration Court was closed on June 29. It’s notable that EOIR’s website incorrectly stated the following: “Open for filings and for detained hearings only.”

Tucson Immigration Court status on EOIR website for June 26:

EOIR announced via Twitter on June 25, 2020, at 10:20 am (ET) that “The Tucson Immigration Court will be closed today. Please monitor EOIR’s website for information about the agency’s operations nationwide.”

EOIR’s website indicated the following: “Filings at Las Vegas or by email to Tucson.Immigration.Court@usdoj.gov.

Tucson.com: 103 coronavirus cases reported among Arizona immigration detention center's employees – (6/22/2020; Updated 6/26/2020)
  • “At the Eloy Detention Center, 83 employees of CoreCivic have tested positive for the coronavirus in recent months, according to information provided by the company. Another 20 CoreCivic employees at the La Palma Correctional Center have tested positive.”
NBC News: Detained migrants say they were forced to clean COVID-infected ICE facility (6/10/2020)
  • "This is a life or death situation," said a translation of the message from 70 migrants at the La Palma ICE facility in Arizona, obtained by NBC News.
Tucson.com reports that all hearings for individuals detained at La Palma (including bond hearings) were cancelled from June 1 – June 8, 2020. Waivers of personal presence for the hearings not permitted.
See Congressional letter sent to ICE on May 29, 2020, about individuals detained at La Palma:
  • “It is imperative that these hearings continue. We request that you instruct the La Palma staff to allow the detainees to safely move from their pod to the Immigration Judge Hearing Room at La Palma. This can be accomplished while taking the necessary safety precautions to protect detainees and staff. However, if there is any doubt about safely transporting detainees to their hearings, a waiver of personal presence should be immediately granted.”
•AILA received reports that all hearings for individuals detained at La Palma (including bond hearings) were cancelled April 30 - May 12th. AILA received additional reports of this issue during the month of April. Waivers of personal presence for hearings were not permitted.
AZ Mirror: ICE: Detainee at La Palma facility in Eloy tests positive for COVID-19 - April 2, 2020
EOIR announced via Twitter on April 1, 2020, at 10:06 pm (ET) that “Due to a water main break, the Tucson Immigration Court is closed tomorrow, April 2, 2020. Though email or mail filings are preferred, the Phoenix Immigration Court will accept in-person filings." EOIR also sent this update via email on April 1, 2020, at 10:06 pm (ET). On April 1, 2020, ICE announced that the first individual in ICE custody at the La Palma Correctional Center tested positive for COVID-19. The Tucson Immigration Court has administrative control over cases at La Palma.
California
Adelanto | Imperial | Los Angeles - N. Los Angeles St. | Los Angeles - Olive Street | Los Angeles - Van Nuys | Otay Mesa | Sacramento | San Diego | San Francisco
Southern California Chapter EOIR Liaisons
San Diego Chapter EOIR Liaisons
Northern California Chapter EOIR Liaisons

Adelanto (California)
Administrative Control List

EOIR announced via Twitter on June 12, 2020, at 12:55 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the Adelanto Immigration Court will close at 1:00 p.m. today.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 8, 2020, at 1:22 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the Adelanto Immigration Court will close at 12:00 p.m. (PT) and the Newark Immigration Court closed at 1:00 p.m. (ET).”

Imperial (California)
Administrative Control List

KYMA: ICE reports first COVID-19 case at Imperial Detention Center – June 4, 2020

Los Angeles – N. Los Angeles St. (California)
Administrative Control List

EOIR announced via Twitter on June 4, 2020, at 7:03 am (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the Los Angeles –Olive Street, Los Angeles - North Los Angeles Street, and Los Angeles - Van Nuys Boulevard Immigration Courts will be closed today.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 3, 2020, at 7:40 am (ET), that “Due to civil unrest, the Los Angeles – North Los Angeles Street Immigration Court, the Los Angeles – Olive Street Immigration Court, and the Los Angeles – Van Nuys Blvd Immigration Court will be closed today.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on May 31, 2020, at 11:58 pm (ET), that “Due to civil unrest, the Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles - N. Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles - Olive Street, Los Angeles - Van Nuys Boulevard, Philadelphia, and Phoenix Immigration Courts will be closed on June 1, 2020.”
On the evening of March 13, 2020, EOIR released a statement to the media announcing that the Seattle Immigration Court is closed through April 10, 2020. The following courts will remain open, but postpone non-detained master calendar hearings: Boston, Los Angeles (North Los Angeles, Olive, Van Nuys), Newark, New York City (Broadway; Federal Plaza; Varick), Sacramento, and San Francisco.

Los Angeles – Olive Street (California)
Administrative Control List

EOIR announced via Twitter on June 4, 2020, at 7:03 am (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the Los Angeles –Olive Street, Los Angeles - North Los Angeles Street, and Los Angeles - Van Nuys Boulevard Immigration Courts will be closed today.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 3, 2020, at 7:40 am (ET), that “Due to civil unrest, the Los Angeles – North Los Angeles Street Immigration Court, the Los Angeles – Olive Street Immigration Court, and the Los Angeles – Van Nuys Blvd Immigration Court will be closed today.”

EOIR announced via Twitter on June 2, 2020, at 2:22 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the following courts will be closing early today (times local):

The Buffalo Immigration Court will close at 3:00 p.m.

The Los Angeles - Olive Street Immigration Court and the Los Angeles -North Los Angeles Street Immigration Court will close at 12 p.m.

EOIR announced via Twitter on May 31, 2020, at 11:58 pm (ET), that “Due to civil unrest, the Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles - N. Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles - Olive Street, Los Angeles - Van Nuys Boulevard, Philadelphia, and Phoenix Immigration Courts will be closed on June 1, 2020.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on March 24, 2020, at 7:51 pm (ET) that "Effective tomorrow, the below immigration courts reopen for the limited purpose of accepting filings. Parties are encouraged to file documents by mail, and there is no requirement that documents be filed in person. Non-detained hearings are still postponed.”
  • EOIR then replied to the above tweet that “Any filings due during their closures should be filed by March 30. Filing deadlines after March 30 remain in effect subject to the discretion of the immigration judge.”
  • EOIR then replied to the above tweet with the following: “COURT LIST: Atlanta – Peachtree, Houston – Gessner, Los Angeles – Olive, Memphis, New York – Broadway, Sacramento.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on March 17, 2020, at 11:55 pm (ET) that “Effective March 18 all non-detained hearings postponed: these immigration courts closed: ATL Peachtree, Charlotte; HOU Gessner; Louisville; Memphis; NYC, Broadway & Fed Plaza; Newark; Sacramento; LOS – Olive. Check website for updates.” Also see EOIR issued a press statement on March 18, 2020, at 12:30 am (ET).
On the evening of March 13, 2020, EOIR released a statement to the media announcing that the Seattle Immigration Court is closed through April 10, 2020. The following courts will remain open, but postpone non-detained master calendar hearings: Boston, Los Angeles (North Los Angeles, Olive, Van Nuys), Newark, New York City (Broadway; Federal Plaza; Varick), Sacramento, and San Francisco.

Los Angeles – Van Nuys (California)
Administrative Control List

EOIR announced via Twitter on June 4, 2020, at 7:03 am (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the Los Angeles –Olive Street, Los Angeles - North Los Angeles Street, and Los Angeles - Van Nuys Boulevard Immigration Courts will be closed today.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 3, 2020, at 7:40 am (ET), that “Due to civil unrest, the Los Angeles – North Los Angeles Street Immigration Court, the Los Angeles – Olive Street Immigration Court, and the Los Angeles – Van Nuys Blvd Immigration Court will be closed today.”

EOIR announced via Twitter on June 2, 2020, at 2:22 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the following courts will be closing early today (times local):

The Buffalo Immigration Court will close at 3:00 p.m.

The Los Angeles - Olive Street Immigration Court and the Los Angeles -North Los Angeles Street Immigration Court will close at 12 p.m.

EOIR announced via Twitter on June 2, 2020, at 2:16 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the following courts closed early today (times local):

The Miami Immigration Court closed at 2:00 p.m. and

The Los Angeles - Van Nuys Blvd Immigration Court closed at 11:00 a.m.”

EOIR announced via Twitter on May 31, 2020, at 11:58 pm (ET), that “Due to civil unrest, the Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles - N. Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles - Olive Street, Los Angeles - Van Nuys Boulevard, Philadelphia, and Phoenix Immigration Courts will be closed on June 1, 2020.”
On the evening of March 13, 2020, EOIR released a statement to the media announcing that the Seattle Immigration Court is closed through April 10, 2020. The following courts will remain open, but postpone non-detained master calendar hearings: Boston, Los Angeles (North Los Angeles, Olive, Van Nuys), Newark, New York City (Broadway; Federal Plaza; Varick), Sacramento, and San Francisco.

Otay Mesa (California)
Administrative Control List

The Otay Mesa (detained) Immigration Court remains “closed” but that only refers to the physical court. Hearings for Otay Mesa are being held by video at the downtown San Diego courthouse. Attorneys can appear either by phone or in-person at the downtown San Diego Immigration Court. (7/13/2020).
The San Diego Union-Tribune: Otay Mesa Immigration Courts Closed, Hearings Postponed as Detention Facility COVID-19 Cases Grow – April 15, 2020
EOIR announced via Twitter on April 13, 2020, at 1:50 pm (ET) that “The Otay Mesa Immigration Court is closed. All filings should be directed to the San Diego Immigration Court. For EOIR's operational status nationwide, please visit the website.” EOIR also linked to its page, EOIR Operational Status During Coronavirus Pandemic in the Tweet. EOIR also sent this update via email on April 13, 2020, at 1:51 pm (ET).
San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Kate Morrissey reported that the immigration courts housed inside the Otay Mesa facility closed on Monday, April 11, and hearings have been postponed.
After news of that a guard that worked at Otay Mesa tested positive for COVID-19, immigration judges were told to evacuate the Otay Mesa immigration court on the afternoon of March 31, 2020. The immigration judges were instructed to continue hearing cases at the downtown San Diego court by video conference.

Sacramento (California)

EOIR announced via Twitter on March 24, 2020, at 7:51 pm (ET) that "Effective tomorrow, the below immigration courts reopen for the limited purpose of accepting filings. Parties are encouraged to file documents by mail, and there is no requirement that documents be filed in person. Non-detained hearings are still postponed.”
  • EOIR then replied to the above tweet that “Any filings due during their closures should be filed by March 30. Filing deadlines after March 30 remain in effect subject to the discretion of the immigration judge.”
  • EOIR then replied to the above tweet with the following: “COURT LIST: Atlanta – Peachtree, Houston – Gessner, Los Angeles – Olive, Memphis, New York – Broadway, Sacramento.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on March 17, 2020, at 11:55 pm (ET) that “Effective March 18 all non-detained hearings postponed: these immigration courts closed: ATL Peachtree, Charlotte; HOU Gessner; Louisville; Memphis; NYC, Broadway & Fed Plaza; Newark; Sacramento; LOS – Olive. Check website for updates.” Also see EOIR issued a press statement on March 18, 2020, at 12:30 am (ET).
On the evening of March 13, 2020, EOIR released a statement to the media announcing that the Seattle Immigration Court is closed through April 10, 2020. The following courts will remain open, but postpone non-detained master calendar hearings: Boston, Los Angeles (North Los Angeles, Olive, Van Nuys), Newark, New York City (Broadway; Federal Plaza; Varick), Sacramento, and San Francisco.

San Diego Immigration Court (California)
Administrative Control List

Non-detained hearings at the San Diego Immigration Court are postponed through, and including, August 7, 2020. (7/20/2020).

AILA received confirmation that non-detained hearings at the San Diego Immigration Court are postponed through, and including, July 31, 2020. (7/13/2020).
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 30, 2020, at 4:19 pm (ET) - “Hearings in non-detained cases at the San Diego Immigration Court are postponed through, and including, July 17, 2020. Visit EOIR’s web page for the latest operational status of courts nationwide.”
On June 23, 2020, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) joined 11 other Senators in sending a letter to EOIR Director McHenry about EOIR’s decision to resume non-detained hearings, its process for making that decision, and its communication of that decision to stakeholders. The San Diego Immigration Court will resume non-detained cases on July 6, 2020.
On June 22, 2020, EOIR announced that the effective date of the relocation of the San Diego Immigration Court is June 29, 2020. The new location at 880 Front Street, Suite 4240, will resume non-detained hearings on July 6, 2020. Notice includes the new location’s address, hours of operation, and telephone number.
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 19, at 7:48 pm (ET) that “The Philadelphia and San Diego Immigration Courts will resume hearings in non-detained cases on Monday, July 6, 2020. Please monitor the court’s web page and public messaging in coming days for additional important information.” EOIR linked to its operational status page in the tweet.
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 1, 2020, at 4:02 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the following courts will be closing early today (times local): The Dallas Immigration Court will close at 3:00 p.m. The San Diego Immigration Court will close at 1:00 p.m. The Seattle Immigration Court will close at 1:00 p.m.”
After news that a guard that worked at Otay Mesa tested positive for COVID-19, immigration judges were told to evacuate the Otay Mesa immigration court on the afternoon of March 31, 2020. The immigration judges were instructed to continue hearing cases at the downtown San Diego court by video conference.

San Francisco (California)
Administrative Control List

San Francisco Court status on EOIR website for July 22, July 23, and July 24:

  • Open for filings and for detained hearings only.

San Francisco Montgomery Street Court status on EOIR website for July 16, July 17, July 20, and July 21.

  • Closed

EOIR tweeted on July 16 at 9:12 am ET: “The Montgomery Street location of the San Francisco Immigration Court will be closed today. Please monitor EOIR’s website for information about the agency’s operations nationwide.”

EOIR announced via Twitter on June 2, 2020, at 5:05 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the San Francisco Immigration Court and the Seattle Immigration Court will close at 3:00 p.m. (local time).”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 1, 2020, at 8:59 am (ET), that “Due to civil unrest, the Cleveland, Portland, and San Francisco Immigration Courts are closed today.”
NAIJ The National Association of Immigration Judges Urgently Calls for Immediate Implementation of Required Health and Safety Measures for the Immigration Courts During the Coronavirus Pandemic (3/30/2020)
  • “From West Coast to East Coast, court after court has had to grapple with incident reports of COVID-19 exposure or positive test results of staff and the public. Examples include the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Aurora (Colorado), Elizabeth (New Jersey), Varick (New York), Krome (South Florida), Seattle, Conroe (Texas), LaSalle (Louisiana), Fishkill (New York), Ulster (New York), Boston, Newark, and San Antonio Immigration Courts.”

On March 27, 2020 at 12:01 (am) ET, NAIJ tweeted – “When will the EOIR train wreck end? Another court closes as San Francisco EOIR employee told by doctor to self-quarantine.

It's long past time for all the immigration courts to close.”

EOIR announced via twitter on March 26, 2020, at 8:40 pm (ET) that "As a precautionary measure, the Bloomington and San Francisco-Montgomery Street courts will be closed tomorrow.” EOIR also sent this update via email on March 26, 2020, at 9:47 pm (ET).
ProPublica’s Dara Lind reported that the San Francisco immigration court sent an email to staff on March 17 – “Hearings were being postponed nationwide for most immigrants, so the court would be closed starting Wednesday.” The article later explains that on March 18 “employees were directed to get onto a conference call…[and] were told the Tuesday night email was wrong. The court wasn’t closed. They would have to come into the office — or use their vacation time to stay home. When staff asked about the shelter-in-place orders, the response was that the Department of Justice, which runs immigration courts, took the position that those were local laws and didn’t apply to federal employees.”
On the evening of March 13, 2020, EOIR released a statement to the media announcing that the Seattle Immigration Court is closed through April 10, 2020. The following courts will remain open, but postpone non-detained master calendar hearings: Boston, Los Angeles (North Los Angeles, Olive, Van Nuys), Newark, New York City (Broadway; Federal Plaza; Varick), Sacramento, and San Francisco.
Colorado
Aurora | Denver
Colorado Chapter EOIR Liaisons

Aurora (Colorado)
Administrative Control List

Denverite: COVID measures have made immigrant detentions longer and more isolated – June 29, 2020
NAIJ The National Association of Immigration Judges Urgently Calls for Immediate Implementation of Required Health and Safety Measures for the Immigration Courts During the Coronavirus Pandemic (3/30/2020)
  • “From West Coast to East Coast, court after court has had to grapple with incident reports of COVID-19 exposure or positive test results of staff and the public. Examples include the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Aurora (Colorado), Elizabeth (New Jersey), Varick (New York), Krome (South Florida), Seattle, Conroe (Texas), LaSalle (Louisiana), Fishkill (New York), Ulster (New York), Boston, Newark, and San Antonio Immigration Courts.”
Westword reporter Conor McCormick-Cavanagh tweeted on March 27, 2020, at 10:14 am (ET) “It’s past 8 a.m. local time in Colorado and the Aurora immigration court is still listed as closed. So it’s safe to say, the court is closed today, for a second day in a row.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on March 25, 2020, at 5:49 pm (ET) that "As a precautionary measure, the Aurora, Baltimore, and La Salle immigration courts will be closed tomorrow."
EOIR announced via Twitter on March 19, 2020, at 2:30 pm (ET) that “Due to inclement weather, the Aurora Immigration Court will be closing four hours early today, March 19.” Westword reporter Conor McCormick-Cavanagh tweeted on March 19, 2020 at 2:32 pm (ET) “Aurora, Colorado immigration court closing for snow. But aside from weather closure, it's remaining open, even though unions representing immigration lawyers, judges, and ICE prosecutors are asking for this court and others to be shut down temporarily to limit spread of COVID-19.”

Denver (Colorado)
Administrative Control List

EOIR announced via Twitter on March 20, 2020, at 10:25 am (ET) - "Clarifying - Due to closure of the building in which it is housed, the Denver Immigration Court is closed. Filing available through ECAS; if not represented, filings will be timely if received on March 23, 2020, when the building is expected to reopen."
EOIR announced via Twitter on March 20, 2020, at 10:12 am (ET) that "The Denver Immigration Court will be closed today, March 20."
EOIR announced via Twitter on March 19, 2020, at 9:18 am (ET) that "Due to GSA building closure, the Denver Immigration Court will be closed today, March 19." See sign posted outside of the building indicating that two employees who work in the federal building have exhibited symptoms similar to COVID-19.
It was reported on March 17, 2020 that an immigration judge in Denver was believed to have contracted COVID-19.
Connecticut
Hartford
Connecticut Chapter EOIR Liaisons

Hartford (Connecticut)
Administrative Control List

AILA has learned that Master Calendar Hearings for non-detained cases are not going forward at this time at the Hartford Immigration Court. (6/30/2020).
On June 24, EOIR confirmed that the Hartford Immigration Court would resume hearings in non-detained cases on Monday, June 29, 2020.
On June 23, 2020, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) joined 11 other Senators in sending a letter to EOIR Director McHenry about EOIR’s decision to resume non-detained hearings, its process for making that decision, and its communication of that decision to stakeholders. The Hartford Immigration Court will resume non-detained cases on June 29, 2020.
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 11, 2020, at 5:25 pm ET, that “The Hartford and New Orleans Immigration Courts will resume hearings in non-detained cases on Monday, June 29, 2020. Please monitor the court’s web page and public messaging in coming days for additional important information.” EOIR linked to its operation status page in the tweet.
Florida
Miami | Miami Krome | Orlando
South Florida Chapter EOIR Liaisons
Central Florida Chapter EOIR Liaisons

Miami (Florida)
Administrative Control List

Miami Immigration Court status on EOIR’s website for July 13:

  • Open for filing and for detained hearings only.

Miami Immigration Court status on EOIR’s website for July 9 and July 10:

  • Closed.
EOIR announced via Twitter on July 8, 2020, at 8:35 am (ET) that “The Miami Immigration Court will be closed today. Please monitor EOIR’s website for information about the agency’s operations nationwide.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 12, 2020, at 2:21 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the Miami Immigration Court closed at 2:00 p.m.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 3, 2020, at 9:36 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the Miami Immigration Court and the Portland Immigration Court will be closed tomorrow.”

EOIR announced via Twitter on June 2, 2020, at 2:16 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the following courts closed early today (times local):

The Miami Immigration Court closed at 2:00 p.m. and The Los Angeles - Van Nuys Blvd Immigration Court closed at 11:00 a.m.”

Miami Krome (Detained) (Florida)
Administrative Control List

7 News Miami: South Florida immigration attorneys say they’re forced risk their health to attend court at Krome – July 21, 2020

Miami Herald: ‘We may die and are afraid’: Federal judge makes public letters sent to him by ICE detainees – June 23, 2020
EOIR announced via Twitter on April 5, 2020, at 9:50 pm (ET) that "The Miami and New Orleans Immigration Courts will be closed tomorrow.” In the Tweet, EOIR linked to its page, EOIR Operational Status During Coronavirus Pandemic. EOIR also sent this update via email on April 5, 2020 at 9:49 pm (ET). Miami Herald immigration reporter Monique Madan tweeted on April 5, 2020 at 10:59 pm ET “I should note, the Krome detained court (inside the detention center) was listed as being open last week for two days, when it was actually very closed. So even if some courts are listed as OK and open, some are really not.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on March 30, 2020, at 7:50 am (ET) that "Immigration court hearings at the Department of Homeland Security’s Krome Service Processing Center are postponed for March 30 and 31." EOIR also sent this update via email on March 30, 2020, at 7:50 am (ET). Miami Herald immigration reporter Monique Madan tweeted on March 31, 2020 at 7:40 pm ET “So the immigration court inside the Krome detention center will stay closed through tomorrow. Seems like it’s a really, really deep cleaning. Government still won’t say why.”
NAIJ The National Association of Immigration Judges Urgently Calls for Immediate Implementation of Required Health and Safety Measures for the Immigration Courts During the Coronavirus Pandemic (3/30/2020)
  • “From West Coast to East Coast, court after court has had to grapple with incident reports of COVID-19 exposure or positive test results of staff and the public. Examples include the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Aurora (Colorado), Elizabeth (New Jersey), Varick (New York), Krome (South Florida), Seattle, Conroe (Texas), LaSalle (Louisiana), Fishkill (New York), Ulster (New York), Boston, Newark, and San Antonio Immigration Courts.”

Orlando (Florida)
Administrative Control List

Georgia
Atlanta - Ted Turner Drive | Atlanta - W. Peachtree Street | Stewart
Georgia/Alabama Chapter EOIR Liaisons

Atlanta - Ted Turner Drive (Georgia)
Administrative Control List

Atlanta- Ted Turner Drive Court status on EOIR website for July 15, July 16, July 17, July 20, July 21, July 22, July 23, and July 24.

  • Open for filings and detained hearings only.

As of July 14, EOIR’s website indicated that the Atlanta – Ted Turner Drive Immigration Court was closed.

EOIR announced via Twitter on July 13, 2020, at 9:44 pm (ET) that, “Due to cleaning by the Federal Protective Service, the Atlanta – Ted Turner Drive Immigration Court will be closed tomorrow. Please monitor EOIR’s website for information about the agency’s operations nationwide.”

EOIR announced via Twitter on June 1, 2020, at 3:06 pm (ET), that “Due to civil unrest, the Atlanta – Ted Turner Drive and Atlanta – W. Peachtree Street Immigration Courts will close at 3:00 p.m. today.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on April 22, 2020, at 7:25 pm (ET) that " The Atlanta - Ted Turner Immigration Court will be closed tomorrow. Please visit EOIR’s website for the most updated information about the agency’s operational status nationwide." EOIR also linked to its page, EOIR Operational Status During Coronavirus Pandemic, in the Tweet.

Atlanta - W. Peachtree Street (Georgia)
Administrative Control List

Atlanta- W. Peachtree Street Court status on EOIR website for July 24:

  • Closed

EOIR tweeted on July 24 at 9:37 am ET: “Due to an electrical outage, the Atlanta – W. Peachtree Street Immigration Court is closed today.”

Atlanta- W. Peachtree Street Court status on EOIR website for July 23:

  • Open

Atlanta- W. Peachtree Street Court status on EOIR website for July 20, July 21, and July 22.

  • Closed.

EOIR tweeted on July 20 at 10:29 am ET: “Due to an electrical outage, the Atlanta – W. Peachtree Street Immigration Court will be closed today.”

Atlanta- W. Peachtree Street Court status on EOIR website for July 17:

  • Open for filings only.

Atlanta – W. Peachtree Street Immigration Court has been Open for Filings Only.

EOIR announced via Twitter on June 1, 2020, at 3:06 pm (ET), that “Due to civil unrest, the Atlanta – Ted Turner Drive and Atlanta – W. Peachtree Street Immigration Courts will close at 3:00 p.m. today.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on March 24, 2020, at 7:51 pm (ET) that "Effective tomorrow, the below immigration courts reopen for the limited purpose of accepting filings. Parties are encouraged to file documents by mail, and there is no requirement that documents be filed in person. Non-detained hearings are still postponed.”
  • EOIR then replied to the above tweet that “Any filings due during their closures should be filed by March 30. Filing deadlines after March 30 remain in effect subject to the discretion of the immigration judge.”
  • EOIR then replied to the above tweet with the following: “COURT LIST: Atlanta – Peachtree, Houston – Gessner, Los Angeles – Olive, Memphis, New York – Broadway, Sacramento.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on March 17, 2020, at 11:55 pm (ET) that “Effective March 18 all non-detained hearings postponed: these immigration courts closed: ATL Peachtree, Charlotte; HOU Gessner; Louisville; Memphis; NYC, Broadway & Fed Plaza; Newark; Sacramento; LOS – Olive. Check website for updates.” Also see EOIR issued a press statement on March 18, 2020, at 12:30 am (ET).

Stewart (Georgia)

Stewart Immigration Court status on EOIR website for July 16, July 17, July 20, July 21, July 22, July 23, and July 24.

  • Open

Stewart Immigration Court status on EOIR website for July 16.

  • Open

Stewart Immigration Court status on EOIR website for July 2, July 6, July 7, July 8, July 9, July 10, July 13, July 14, and July 15.

  • Closed.
EOIR announced via Twitter on July 1, 2020, at 10:58 pm (ET) that “The Stewart Immigration Court will be closed tomorrow. Please monitor EOIR’s website for information about the agency’s operations nationwide.”
Human Rights Watch- Second Covid-19 Death in US Immigration Detention – June 4, 2020
  • “Santiago Baten-Oxlaj, 34, from Guatemala, passed away at the Piedmont Regional Hospital in Georgia on Sunday, May 24. According to ICE, he had been hospitalized since April 17 after being transferred from the Stewart Detention Center.”
Hawaii
Honolulu
Hawaii Chapter EOIR Liaisons

Honolulu Immigration Court (Hawaii)
Administrative Control List

On June 23, 2020, Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) joined 11 other Senators in sending a letter to EOIR Director McHenry about EOIR’s decision to resume non-detained hearings, its process for making that decision, and its communication of that decision to stakeholders. The Honolulu Immigration Court resumed non-detained cases on June 15, 2020, and according to EOIR’s announcement, the agency will “resume individual merits hearings and master calendar dockets involving relatively small numbers of respondents.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 15, 2020, at 10:45 am (ET)
  • (1/3) “As previously announced, the Honolulu Immigration Court resumed non-detained hearings today. The Boston, Buffalo, Dallas, Hartford, Las Vegas, Memphis, and New Orleans Immigration Courts will resume non-detained hearings on June 29.”
  • (2/3) “Hearings in non-detained cases at all other immigration courts are postponed through, and including, Thursday July 2, 2020. All immigration courts will be closed Friday, July 3, 2020, in observance of Independence Day.”
  • (3/3) “Visit EOIR’s web page for the latest operational status of courts nationwide. For case specific information, please have the relevant alien registration number and call 800-898-7180 or visit our website.”

On June 11, 2020, EOIR posted the following announcement:

“On June 15, 2020, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) plans to resume individual (merits) non-detained hearings as scheduled. The agency will also resume master calendar dockets involving relatively small numbers of respondents.”

EOIR announced via Twitter on June 11, 2020, at 8:28 pm (ET) – “Please check the Honolulu Immigration Court's web page for a notice that was posted today regarding the resumption of non-detained hearings at that location.” EOIR linked to the Honolulu Immigration Court page in the tweet.
EOIR announced via Twitter on May 29, 2020, at 3:34 pm (ET), that “The Honolulu Immigration Court will resume hearings in non-detained cases on Monday, June 15, 2020. Hearings in non-detained cases at other immigration courts are postponed through, and including, Friday, June 26, 2020. Please monitor EOIR's web page for additional information.” EOIR sent this update via email on May 29, 2020, at 3:31 pm (ET).
Illinois
Chicago
Chicago Chapter EOIR Liaisons

Chicago (Illinois)
Administrative Control List

AILA has learned that Master Calendar Hearings for non-detained cases are not going forward at this time at the Chicago Immigration Court. (7/2/2020).
On July 1, 2020, EOIR confirmed that the Chicago Immigration Court would resume “non-detained individual (merits) hearings and master calendar dockets involving relatively small numbers of respondents” on July 6, 2020.
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 18, 2020, at 5:34 pm (ET) that “The Chicago and Saipan Immigration Courts will resume hearings in non-detained cases on Monday, July 6, 2020. Please monitor the court’s web page and public messaging in coming days for additional important information.” EOIR linked to its operational status page in the tweet.
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 2, 2020, at 11:06 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the Chicago Immigration Court and the Portland Immigration Court will be closed tomorrow.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 1, 2020, at 5:58 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the Chicago Immigration Court and the Philadelphia Immigration Court will be closed tomorrow.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on May 31, 2020, at 11:58 pm (ET), that “Due to civil unrest, the Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles - N. Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles - Olive Street, Los Angeles - Van Nuys Boulevard, Philadelphia, and Phoenix Immigration Courts will be closed on June 1, 2020.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on April 15, 2020, at 11:14 pm (ET) that “The Chicago Immigration Court will be closed tomorrow, April 16.” EOIR also sent this update via email on April 15, 2020, at 11:15 pm (ET).
EOIR announced via Twitter on April 8, 2020, at 10:01 am (ET) that “The Chicago Immigration Court remains open for detained hearings, but all filings should be temporarily be directed to the satellite location at 536 S. Clark St., Room 340. Please check EOIR’s website for operational status updates.” EOIR also linked to its page, EOIR Operational Status During Coronavirus Pandemic in the Tweet. EOIR also sent this update via email on April 8, 2020, at 10:02 am (ET).
Kentucky
Louisville
Mid-South Chapter EOIR Liaisons

Louisville (Kentucky)
Administrative Control List

The Louisville Court is closed indefinitely for reasons unrelated to COVID-19. All Filings should be made at the Memphis Immigration Court. (7/8/2020)
Louisiana
LaSalle | New Orleans | Oakdale
Mid-South Chapter EOIR Liaisons

LaSalle (Louisiana)
Administrative Control List

EOIR announced via Twitter on April 30, 2020, at 10:00 pm (ET) that “The LaSalle Immigration Court will be closed tomorrow. Please visit EOIR's website for the most updated information about the agency's operational status nationwide.” In the tweet, EOIR linked to its page, EOIR Operational Status During Coronavirus Pandemic – which did not reflect this update. EOIR sent this update via email on April 30, 2020 at 9:59 pm (ET).
EOIR announced via Twitter on April 13, 2020, at 3:25 pm (ET) that “Due to inclement weather, the LaSalle Immigration Court closed at 2:00pm CT today.” EOIR also sent this update via email on April 13, 2020, at 3:26 pm (ET).
NAIJ The National Association of Immigration Judges Urgently Calls for Immediate Implementation of Required Health and Safety Measures for the Immigration Courts During the Coronavirus Pandemic (3/30/2020)
  • “From West Coast to East Coast, court after court has had to grapple with incident reports of COVID-19 exposure or positive test results of staff and the public. Examples include the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Aurora (Colorado), Elizabeth (New Jersey), Varick (New York), Krome (South Florida), Seattle, Conroe (Texas), LaSalle (Louisiana), Fishkill (New York), Ulster (New York), Boston, Newark, and San Antonio Immigration Courts.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on March 25, 2020, at 5:49 pm (ET) that "As a precautionary measure, the Aurora, Baltimore, and La Salle immigration courts will be closed tomorrow."

New Orleans (Louisiana)
Administrative Control List

AILA has learned that Master Calendar Hearings for non-detained cases are not going forward at this time at the New Orleans Immigration Court. (6/30/2020).
On June 24, EOIR confirmed that the New Orleans Immigration Court would resume hearings in non-detained cases on Monday, June 29, 2020.
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 11, 2020, at 5:25 pm (ET), that “The Hartford and New Orleans Immigration Courts will resume hearings in non-detained cases on Monday, June 29, 2020. Please monitor the court’s web page and public messaging in coming days for additional important information.” EOIR linked to its operation status page in the tweet.
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 7, 2020, at 10:19 pm (ET) that “Due to Tropical Storm Cristobal, the LaSalle Immigration Court and the New Orleans Immigration Court will be closed tomorrow.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on April 5, 2020, at 9:50 pm (ET) that "The Miami and New Orleans Immigration Courts will be closed tomorrow.” In the Tweet, EOIR linked to its page, EOIR Operational Status During Coronavirus Pandemic. EOIR also sent this update via email on April 5, 2020 at 9:49 pm (ET).

EOIR announced via Twitter on April 2, 2020, at 8:13 pm (ET) that “The New Orleans Immigration Court will be closed tomorrow, April 3, 2020."

EOIR also sent this update via email on April 2, 2020, at 8:10 pm (ET).

EOIR announced via Twitter on April 1, 2020, at 11:51 pm (ET) that "Due to a report of the presence of an individual with a test-confirmed coronavirus diagnosis, the New Orleans Immigration Court will be closed tomorrow. While filing by email or mail is preferred, the Oakdale Immigration Court will accept filings." EOIR also sent this update via email on April 1, 2020, at 11:52 pm (ET).

Oakdale (Louisiana)
Administrative Control List

On April 7, 2020, NAIJ issued a issued a press statement revealing the following: “In Oakdale, Louisiana, the U.S. immigration court is still hearing cases from a nearby detention facility where five prisoners have died; an attorney and staff member have tested positive for COVID-19.”
Maryland
Baltimore
Washington, DC, EOIR Liaisons

Baltimore (Maryland)
Administrative Control List

EOIR confirmed that the Baltimore Immigration Court would resume non-detained individual merits hearings and master calendar dockets involving relatively small numbers of cases on Monday, July 13, 2020.

The option to file by email will end on September 13, 2020.

EOIR announced via Twitter on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 5:39 pm (ET) that “The Baltimore and Detroit Immigration Courts will resume hearings in non-detained cases on Monday, July 13, 2020. Please monitor the court’s web page and public messaging in coming days for additional important information.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 7, 2020, at 4:48 pm (ET), that “Due to civil unrest, the Baltimore Immigration Court will be closed tomorrow.”

EOIR announced via Twitter on June 1, 2020, at 12:06 pm (ET), that “Due to civil unrest, the following courts will be closing early today (times local):

The Newark Immigration Court will close at noon.
The Baltimore Immigration Court will close at 1 p.m.
The Buffalo Immigration Court will close at 2 p.m.

EOIR announced via Twitter on March 25, 2020, at 5:49 pm (ET) that "As a precautionary measure, the Aurora, Baltimore, and La Salle immigration courts will be closed tomorrow."
Massachusetts
Boston
New England EOIR Liaisons
Boston (Massachusetts)
Administrative Control List
WBUR News - After Increasing Its Caseload, Attorneys Say Boston's Immigration Court Is In 'Disarray' – July 24, 2020

Boston Immigration Court Status on EOIR’s website for July 23 and July 24

  • Open

Boston Immigration Court Status on EOIR’s website for July 22:

  • Closed.

EOIR tweeted on July 21 at 5:47 pm ET: “The Boston Immigration Court will be closed tomorrow. Please monitor EOIR’s website for information about the agency’s operations nationwide.”

AILA has received reports that the Boston Immigration Court is closed on 7/22 due to cleaning. (7/22/2020).

The Boston Immigration Court has resumed individual merits hearings on the non-detained docket for both represented and pro se respondents. The Judges are going in on a rotating basis. The electronic filing email box will be discontinued on August 26, 2020 - filing by mail is preferred by the court. The Court is accepting in-person window filings. (7/16/2020).

See Standing Order:

Boston Immigration Court Status on EOIR’s website for July 6, July 7, July 8, July 9, July 10, July 13, July 14, July 15, July 16, July 17, July 20, and July 21.

  • Open

Boston Immigration Court Status on EOIR’s website for July 2:

  • Closed
EOIR announced via Twitter on July 1, 2020, at 5:55 pm (ET) that “The Boston Immigration Court will be closed July 2, 2020. Please monitor EOIR’s website for information about the agency’s operations nationwide.” AILA has received reports that the Boston Immigration Court is closed due to cleaning. (7/1/2020).
WBUR: Boston's Immigration Court Set To Reopen. Critics Say It's Too Soon - June 26, 2020
  • “Nader said EOIR has informed attorneys that master calendar hearings — days on which hundreds of people show up waiting for their case to be called — continue to be postponed in an effort to avoid drawing large crowds to the courtrooms. But she also said the government hasn't offered any insight into the criteria for opening some courts and not others."
On June 24, EOIR confirmed that the Boston Immigration Court would resume hearings in non-detained cases on Monday, June 29, 2020.
On June 23, 2020, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) led her colleagues in a letter about EOIR’s decision to resume non-detained hearings, its process for making that decision, and its communication of that decision to stakeholders. Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) also signed the letter. The Boston Immigration Court is scheduled to resume non-detained hearings on Monday, June 29, 2020.
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 5, 2020, at 6:11 pm (ET) that “The Boston, Dallas, and Las Vegas Immigration Courts will resume hearings in non-detained cases on Monday, June 29, 2020. Please monitor the court’s web page and public messaging in coming days for additional important information.” EOIR linked to its operational status page in the tweet.
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 3, 2020, at 2:58 pm (ET) that, “Due to civil unrest, the Boston Immigration Court will close at 3:00 p.m.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on May 31, 2020, at 11:58 pm (ET), that “Due to civil unrest, the Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles - N. Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles - Olive Street, Los Angeles - Van Nuys Boulevard, Philadelphia, and Phoenix Immigration Courts will be closed on June 1, 2020.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 5, 2020, at 6:11 pm (ET) that " The Boston, Dallas, and Las Vegas Immigration Courts will resume hearings in non-detained cases on Monday, June 29, 2020. Please monitor the court’s web page and public messaging in coming days for additional important information.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 3, 2020, at 2:58 pm ET that “Due to civil unrest, the Boston Immigration Court will close at 3:00 p.m.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on May 31, 2020, at 11:58 pm (ET) that "Due to civil unrest, the Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles - N. Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles - Olive Street, Los Angeles - Van Nuys Boulevard, Philadelphia, and Phoenix Immigration Courts will be closed on June 1, 2020.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on April 2, 2020, at 8:27 pm (ET) that "The Boston Immigration Court will be closed tomorrow, April 3, 2020." EOIR also sent this update via email on April 2, 2020, at 8:26 pm (ET). WBUR: Boston Immigration Court Closes For 1st Time During Crisis After Attorney Reports COVID-19 Contact – April 3, 2020
On March 20, 2020, at 9:41 pm (ET), NAIJ tweeted at photo from the Boston Immigration Court with individuals in hazmat suits. Along with the photo, NAIJ shared the following text: “Welcome to the Boston Immigration Court. We are Open for Business.”

NAIJ later tweeted that the photo was taken on 3/19/20 at the Boston Immigration Court.
Reporter at Common Wealth Magazine, Sarah Betancourt, tweeted on March 19, 2020, at 3:08 pm (ET) that “Attorneys who work at Boston’s immigration court say an individual who appeared in the courtroom this week tested presumptive positive for COVID-19, although there has been no official announcement. #mapoli A few more things clarified in this story: https://commonwealthmagazine.org/immigration/covid-19-report-at-immigration-court/
WBUR reporter, Shannon Dooling, reported that Immigration Judge Jennifer Mulcahy closed her courtroom on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. An immigration attorney shared, "I was walking towards the waiting room and one of the judges popped out of the courtroom and loudly announced, 'My courtroom is now closed because yesterday there was someone in the courtroom who is presumed positive [for COVID-19].'”
On the evening of March 13, 2020, EOIR released a statement to the media announcing that the Seattle Immigration Court is closed through April 10, 2020. The following courts will remain open, but postpone non-detained master calendar hearings: Boston, Los Angeles (North Los Angeles, Olive, Van Nuys), Newark, New York City (Broadway; Federal Plaza; Varick), Sacramento, and San Francisco.

Also see Associated Press: AP Exclusive: Immigration hearings delayed, 1 court shut – March 13, 2020
Michigan
Detroit
Michigan EOIR Liaison
Detroit (Michigan)
Administrative Control List

Detroit Immigration Court Status on EOIR’s website for July 22, July 23 and July 24:

  • Open

Detroit Immigration Court Status on EOIR’s website for July 21 at 5:15pm ET:

  • Closed

EOIR tweeted on July 21 at 12:07 pm ET: “The Detroit Immigration Court will be closed today. Please monitor EOIR’s website for information about the agency’s operations nationwide.”

EOIR confirmed that the Detroit Immigration Court would resume non-detained individual merits hearings and master calendar dockets involving relatively small numbers of cases on Monday, July 13, 2020.

The option to file by email will end on September 13, 2020.

EOIR announced via Twitter on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 5:39 pm (ET) that “The Baltimore and Detroit Immigration Courts will resume hearings in non-detained cases on Monday, July 13, 2020. Please monitor the court’s web page and public messaging in coming days for additional important information.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 3, 2020, at 1:27 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the Philadelphia Immigration Court closed at 12:30 p.m. Today, the San Antonio Immigration Court will close at 2:00 p.m. (CT), and the Detroit Immigration Court will close at 3:00 p.m. (ET).”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 2, 2020, at 3:50 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the following courts closed early today (local times): The Detroit Immigration Court closed at 3:00 p.m. The San Antonio Immigration Court closed at 2:40 p.m.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on April 8, 2020, at 6:57 pm (ET) that “The Detroit Immigration Court will be closed tomorrow, April 9, 2020, due to a cleaning by the General Services Administration. For information about EOIR’s operational status nationwide, please visit our website.” EOIR also linked to its page, EOIR Operational Status During Coronavirus Pandemic in the Tweet. EOIR also sent this update via email on April 8, 2020, at 6:56 pm (ET).
EOIR announced via Twitter on March 25, 2020, at 5:49 pm (ET) that "As a precautionary measure, the Aurora, Baltimore, and La Salle immigration courts will be closed tomorrow."
EOIR announced via Twitter on March 3, 2020, at 1:27 pm (ET) that “There will be no hearings this afternoon at the Detroit Immigration Court.” See photo taken on March 3, 2020, of the sign outside of the Detroit Immigration Court.
Minnesota
Fort Snelling
Minnesota/Dakotas EOIR Liaisons
Fort Snelling (Formerly Known as the Bloomington Immigration Court) (Minnesota)
Administrative Control List

Fort Snelling Immigration Court Status on EOIR’s website for July 23 and July 24

  • Closed

EOIR tweeted on July 23 at 9:57 am ET: “The Fort Snelling Immigration Court will be closed today. Please monitor EOIR’s website for information about the agency’s operations nationwide.”

On June 23, 2020, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) joined 11 other Senators in sending a letter to EOIR Director McHenry about EOIR’s decision to resume non-detained hearings, its process for making that decision, and its communication of that decision to stakeholders.
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 8, 2020, at 12:00 pm ET that “Due to building maintenance issues, the Fort Snelling Immigration Court will be closed for the remainder of today.”
EOIR announced via twitter on March 26, 2020, at 8:40 pm (ET) that "As a precautionary measure, the Bloomington and San Francisco-Montgomery Street courts will be closed tomorrow.” EOIR also sent this update via email on March 26, 2020 at 9:47 pm (ET).
Missouri
Kansas City
Missouri-Kansas EOIR Liaisons
Kansas City (Missouri)
Administrative Control List
KCUR: Judges and Attorneys Alarmed as Kansas City Immigration Court Remains Open During Outbreak – March 19, 2020
Nebraska
Omaha
Iowa/Nebraska EOIR Liaisons
Omaha (Nebraska)
Administrative Control List

Omaha Immigration Court status on EOIR website for July 20:

  • Open for filings and for detained hearings only.
  • Resuming Non-Detained Hearings on August 10, 2020

EOIR announced on July 20, 2020, at 4:03 pm ET, “The Omaha Immigration Court will resume hearings in non-detained cases on Monday, August 10, 2020. Please monitor the court’s webpage and public messaging in coming days for additional important information.”

Nevada
Las Vegas
Nevada EOIR Liaisons
Las Vegas (Nevada)
Administrative Control List
AILA has learned that Master Calendar Hearings for non-detained cases are not going forward at this time at the Las Vegas Immigration Court. (6/30/2020)
On June 24, EOIR confirmed that the Last Vegas Immigration Court would resume hearings in non-detained cases on Monday, June 29, 2020.
On June 23, 2020, Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined 10 other Senators in sending a letter to EOIR Director McHenry about EOIR’s decision to resume non-detained hearings, its process for making that decision, and its communication of that decision to stakeholders. The Las Vegas Immigration Court is scheduled to resume non-detained cases on June 29, 2020.
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 5, 2020 at 6:11 pm (ET) that “The Boston, Dallas, and Las Vegas Immigration Courts will resume hearings in non-detained cases on Monday, June 29, 2020. Please monitor the court’s web page and public messaging in coming days for additional important information.” EOIR linked to its operational status page in the tweet.
New Jersey
Elizabeth | Newark
New Jersey Local AILA EOIR Liaisons
Elizabeth (New Jersey)
Administrative Control List
On Friday, April 10, EOIR updated its page, EOIR Operational Status During Coronavirus Pandemic. This page states that the Elizabeth Immigration Court is “open” today. EOIR did not provide any public announcement related to the change in operational status for the Elizabeth Immigration Court. AILA National noticed this update to EOIR’s website at 11:05 am (ET) on Friday, April 10.
On Thursday, April 9 at 10:35pm (ET) Documented reporter, Mazin Sidahmed, Tweeted - “Sources say the court will be reopening again tomorrow. No comment or announcement from EOIR.”
On Wednesday, April 8 at 5:15 pm (ET), Documented reporter, Mazin Sidahmed, Tweeted - “DOJ closes the Elizabeth immigration court again after reopening it a week ago. The same day that ICE announced that seven detainees in the Elizabeth Detention Center tested positive for COVID-19.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on April 8, 2020, at 10:02 am (ET) that “The Elizabeth Immigration Court is closed today, April 8, 2020. Please check EOIR’s website for operational status updates.“ EOIR also linked to its page, EOIR Operational Status During Coronavirus Pandemic in the Tweet. EOIR also sent this update via email on April 8, 2020, at 9:09 am (ET).
Mazin Sidahmed from Documented reported on April 2, 2020, at 10:09 pm ET that the Elizabeth Immigration Court will be reopened on Friday, April 3, according to multiple sources. See New Jersey Immigration Court Reopened After Unexplained Closure During Coronavirus Pandemic
ICE announced via Twitter on April 1, 2020, am (ET) that “CORRECTION: The Elizabeth Detention Center in NJ is not closed. The facility has been open during the pandemic. @DOJ_EOIR has closed Elizabeth immigration courts until further notice. For more information about the agency’s response visit: https://www.ice.gov/coronavirus
EOIR announced via Twitter on March 30, 2020, at 10:08 am (ET) that "Due to the closure of the Department of Homeland Security's Elizabeth Detention Center, the Elizabeth Immigration Court is closed. Visit EOIR’s website for the latest operational status of courts nationwide." EOIR also sent this update via email on March 30, 2020, at 10:04 am (ET).
NAIJ tweeted on March 25, 2020 at 4:11 pm ET, “Court employees informed that contract interpreter who recently worked at Elizabeth Immigration Court in Elizabeth, NJ has tested positive for COVID-19.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on March 24, 2020, at 2:36 pm (ET) that "Due to a report of the presence of an individual with a test-confirmed coronavirus diagnosis, the Elizabeth Immigration Court will be closed for the rest of the day." Despite EOIR’s tweet, NAIJ’s president reported to Law360 that the court never closed on March 24, 2020. See Law360, Chaos, Confusion Reign As Immigration Courts Stay Open

The Marshall Project Reporter Emily Kassie tweeted on March 24, 2020 at 5:04 pm ET, “I asked DOJ EOIR yesterday to confirm the report of a DHS Trial Attorney at Elizabeth immigration court testing positive for COVID-19. They told me I had to talk to DHS. DHS told me to talk to EOIR. I looped them together on an email and asked for an answer. NOTHING. Then today.”
The New Jersey State Bar Association sent a letter on 3/26/2020 to Governor Murphy requesting that the Newark and Elizabeth Immigration Courts be closed immediately. Letter reveals that on March 13, 2020, a medical staff person who works in the detention center was presumed to have been exposed to COVID-19; this diagnosis was later confirmed.
Newark (New Jersey)
Administrative Control List

AILA has learned that for the foreseeable future, no master calendar hearings are going forward at this time at the Newark Immigration Court. Individual merits cases that had already been scheduled for July 13 or later will be going forward as scheduled, unless attorneys and/or respondents have been notified otherwise. Hearings that had been postponed due to COVID-19 will be rescheduled, and hearing notices are being sent out.

Any party wishing to appear telephonically must file a motion to appear telephonically in accordance with the standing order issued on 6/19/2020. (7/16/2020).

Standing Orders:

EOIR confirmed that the Newark Immigration Court would resume non-detained individual merits hearings and master calendar dockets involving relatively small numbers of cases on Monday, July 13, 2020.

The option to file by email will end on September 13, 2020.

On July 6, AILA’s New Jersey Chapter submitted a letter to Chief Immigration Judge Tracy Short - Prioritizing Safety at EOIR Newark from COVID-19.

On June 23, 2020, Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) joined 10 other Senators in sending a letter to EOIR Director McHenry about EOIR’s decision to resume non-detained hearings, its process for making that decision, and its communication of that decision to stakeholders. The Newark Immigration Court is scheduled to resume non-detained cases on July 13, 2020.
EOIR announced via Twitter on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 12:06pm (ET) that “The Newark Immigration Court will resume hearings in non-detained cases on Monday, July 13, 2020. Please monitor the court’s web page and public messaging in coming days for additional important information.” In the tweet, EOIR linked to the Newark Immigration Court page.
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 8, 2020, at 1:22 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the Adelanto Immigration Court will close at 12:00 p.m. (PT) and the Newark Immigration Court closed at 1:00 p.m. (ET).”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 1, 2020, at 12:06 pm (ET), that “Due to civil unrest, the following courts will be closing early today (times local):
The Newark Immigration Court will close at noon.
The Baltimore Immigration Court will close at 1 p.m.
The Buffalo Immigration Court will close at 2 p.m.
EOIR announced via Twitter on March 25, 2020, at 9:23 pm (ET) that "The Newark and Seattle immigration courts reopen tomorrow. Filings due during the closure are due March 30, 2020.” On March 25, 2020, EOIR updated its page -EOIR Operational Status During Coronavirus Pandemic – to reflect the following: “OPEN FOR FILINGS ONLY.”
On March 20, 2020, at 1:22 pm ET NAIJ tweeted, “Immigration Judges in Newark informed that ICE prosecutor there has COVID…”
EOIR announced via Twitter on March 17, 2020, at 11:55 pm (ET) that “Effective March 18 all non-detained hearings postponed: these immigration courts closed: ATL Peachtree, Charlotte; HOU Gessner; Louisville; Memphis; NYC, Broadway & Fed Plaza; Newark; Sacramento; LOS – Olive. Check website for updates.” Also see EOIR issued a press statement on March 18, 2020, at 12:30 am (ET).
On the evening of March 13, 2020, EOIR released a statement to the media announcing that the Seattle Immigration Court is closed through April 10, 2020. The following courts will remain open, but postpone non-detained master calendar hearings: Boston, Los Angeles (North Los Angeles, Olive, Van Nuys), Newark, New York City (Broadway; Federal Plaza; Varick), Sacramento, and San Francisco.

See Associated Press, AP Exclusive: Immigration hearings delayed, 1 court shut (3/13/2020)
On March 26, 2020, the New Jersey State Bar Association sent a letter to Governor Murphy requesting that the Newark and Elizabeth Immigration Courts be closed immediately.
  • On March 6, 2020, the Newark Immigration Court, located on the 12th floor of the Rodino Building, 970 Broad Street, Newark, NJ, was temporarily closed for the afternoon because an attorney who had been exposed to COVID-19 and who was experiencing symptoms was present in court.
  • On March 9, 2020, the Newark Immigration Court reopened, and remained open until March 18, 2020. A second private attorney and an interpreter tested positive for COVID-19 after being in court on March 11, 2020. Approximately 70 other cases were heard that morning before the same Immigration Judge, who had to self-quarantine.
  • An attorney from the DHS Office of Chief Counsel, who was present in Court on March 13, has not only tested positive for COVID-19 but was in a medically induced coma in ICU fighting for his life. The entire staff of the Office of Chief Counsel, which is primarily located on the 13th Floor of the Rodino Building, was placed under required quarantine for a period of two weeks.
New Mexico
Otero
Texas/New Mexico EOIR Liaisons

Otero (New Mexico)
Administrative Control List

El Paso Times, Despite COVID-19 cases inside, immigration court continues in detention centers (5/1/2020)
  • “There are eight confirmed cases of COVID-19 among detainees inside the El Paso Processing Center, according to ICE; one ICE employee at the detention center has tested positive. Three other detainees have contracted the novel coronavirus at Otero County Processing Center.”
New York
Batavia | Buffalo | Fishkill | New York - Broadway | New York - Federal Plaza | Ulster | New York - Varick
Upstate New York EOIR Liaisons
New York EOIR Liaisons

Batavia (New York)
Administrative Control List

The Batavian: While most courts scale back operations because of coronavirus, immigration court in Batavia continues with full docket – March 25, 2020

Buffalo (New York)
Administrative Control List

AILA has learned that Master Calendar Hearings for non-detained cases are not going forward at this time at the Buffalo Immigration Court. (6/30/2020).
On June 24, EOIR confirmed that the Buffalo Immigration Court would resume hearings in non-detained cases on Monday, June 29, 2020.
On June 23, 2020, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) joined 11 other Senators in sending a letter to EOIR Director McHenry about EOIR’s decision to resume non-detained hearings, its process for making that decision, and its communication of that decision to stakeholders. The Buffalo Immigration Court is scheduled to resume non-detained cases on June 29, 2020.
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 8, 2020, at 5:10 pm (ET) that “The Buffalo and Memphis Immigration Courts will resume hearings in non-detained cases on Monday, June 29, 2020. Please monitor the court’s web page and public messaging in coming days for additional important information.” EOIR linked to its operational status page in the tweet.
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 5, 2020 at 12:10 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the Buffalo Immigration Court closed at 12:00 p.m.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 2, 2020, at 2:22 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the following courts will be closing early today (times local): The Buffalo Immigration Court will close at 3:00 p.m. The Los Angeles - Olive Street Immigration Court and the Los Angeles -North Los Angeles Street Immigration Court will close at 12 p.m.
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 1, 2020, at 12:06 pm (ET), that “Due to civil unrest, the following courts will be closing early today (times local): The Newark Immigration Court will close at noon. The Baltimore Immigration Court will close at 1 p.m. The Buffalo Immigration Court will close at 2 p.m.

Fishkill (New York)
Administrative Control List

On April 7, 2020, NAIJ issued a issued a press statement revealing the following: “In Fishkill and Ulster, New York, there are at least nine confirmed COVID-19 cases among correctional officers who transport detainees back and forth to court. The immigration court is temporarily closed.”

New York – Broadway (New York)

EOIR announced via Twitter on June 4, 2020, at 11:56 am (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the New York - Broadway Immigration Court and the New York – Federal Plaza Immigration Court will be closing at 12:00 p.m. today.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 4, 2020, at 11:56 am (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the New York - Broadway Immigration Court and the New York – Federal Plaza Immigration Court will be closing at 12:00 p.m. today.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 2, 2020, at 1:24 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the New York - Broadway Immigration Court and the New York - Federal Plaza Immigration Court will be closing at 1:30 p.m. today.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on March 24, 2020, at 7:51 pm (ET) that "Effective tomorrow, the below immigration courts reopen for the limited purpose of accepting filings. Parties are encouraged to file documents by mail, and there is no requirement that documents be filed in person. Non-detained hearings are still postponed.”
  • EOIR then replied to the above tweet that “Any filings due during their closures should be filed by March 30. Filing deadlines after March 30 remain in effect subject to the discretion of the immigration judge.”
  • EOIR then replied to the above tweet with the following: “COURT LIST: Atlanta – Peachtree, Houston – Gessner, Los Angeles – Olive, Memphis, New York – Broadway, Sacramento.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on March 17, 2020, at 11:55 pm (ET) that “Effective March 18 all non-detained hearings postponed: these immigration courts closed: ATL Peachtree, Charlotte; HOU Gessner; Louisville; Memphis; NYC, Broadway & Fed Plaza; Newark; Sacramento; LOS – Olive. Check website for updates.” Also see EOIR issued a press statement on March 18, 2020, at 12:30 am (ET).
On the evening of March 13, 2020, EOIR released a statement to the media announcing that the Seattle Immigration Court is closed through April 10, 2020. The following courts will remain open, but postpone non-detained master calendar hearings: Boston, Los Angeles (North Los Angeles, Olive, Van Nuys), Newark, New York City (Broadway; Federal Plaza; Varick), Sacramento, and San Francisco.
See Associated Press:AP Exclusive: Immigration hearings delayed, 1 court shut – March 13, 2020

New York – Federal Plaza (New York)
Administrative Control List

EOIR announced via Twitter on June 2, 2020, at 1:24 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the New York - Broadway Immigration Court and the New York - Federal Plaza Immigration Court will be closing at 1:30 p.m. today.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on May 22, 2020, at 12:45 pm (ET), that “The New York – Federal Plaza Immigration Court is closing at 12:45 p.m. today.”
EOIR issued a press statement on March 18, 2020, at 12:30 am (ET).
EOIR announced via Twitter on March 17, 2020, at 11:55 pm (ET) that “Effective March 18 all non-detained hearings postponed: these immigration courts closed: ATL Peachtree, Charlotte; HOU Gessner; Louisville; Memphis; NYC, Broadway & Fed Plaza; Newark; Sacramento; LOS – Olive. Check website for updates.”
On the evening of March 13, 2020, EOIR released a statement to the media announcing that the Seattle Immigration Court is closed through April 10, 2020. The following courts will remain open, but postpone non-detained master calendar hearings: Boston, Los Angeles (North Los Angeles, Olive, Van Nuys), Newark, New York City (Broadway; Federal Plaza; Varick), Sacramento, and San Francisco.
See Associated Press:AP Exclusive: Immigration hearings delayed, 1 court shut – March 13, 2020

Ulster (New York)
Administrative Control List

On April 7, 2020, NAIJ issued a issued a press statement revealing the following: “In Fishkill and Ulster, New York, there are at least nine confirmed COVID-19 cases among correctional officers who transport detainees back and forth to court. The immigration court is temporarily closed.”

New York – Varick (New York)
Administrative Control List

On April 7, 2020, NAIJ issued a issued a press statement revealing the following: “At Varick Immigration Court, in New York City, several court personnel and counsel appearing before the court have tested positive and are experiencing severe symptoms. The court where all those affected work has closed temporarily, but is scheduled to re-open next week.”
On March 27, 2020, Mazin Sidahmed from Documented NY reported that The Varick St. Immigration Court Has Moved All of Its Hearings to Fort Worth. EOIR said that lawyers may appear in person at Varick St. in front of judges who will be video teleconferenced in, or travel to Texas
EOIR announced via Twitter on March 23, 2020, at 10:50 pm (ET) that "Following notice of a person with a confirmed case of coronavirus in EOIR space, the New York - Varick Immigration Court is closed tomorrow."
On March 23, 2020 at 12:51 pm ET, NAIJ tweeted – “Immigration Judge at NY Varick court has pneumonia, tested for COVID. Court remains open.”
On the evening of March 13, 2020, EOIR released a statement to the media announcing that the Seattle Immigration Court is closed through April 10, 2020. The following courts will remain open, but postpone non-detained master calendar hearings: Boston, Los Angeles (North Los Angeles, Olive, Van Nuys), Newark, New York City (Broadway; Federal Plaza; Varick), Sacramento, and San Francisco.
See Associated Press: AP Exclusive: Immigration hearings delayed, 1 court shut – March 13, 2020
North Carolina
Charlotte
Carolinas EOIR Liaisons

Charlotte Immigration Court (North Carolina)
Administrative Control List

EOIR announced via twitter on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 10:38 am (ET) that “The Charlotte Immigration Court will reopen on Monday only for filings and for any bond hearings.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on March 17, 2020, at 11:55 pm (ET) that “Effective March 18 all non-detained hearings postponed: these immigration courts closed: ATL Peachtree, Charlotte; HOU Gessner; Louisville; Memphis; NYC, Broadway & Fed Plaza; Newark; Sacramento; LOS – Olive. Check website for updates.” Also see EOIR issued a press statement on March 18, 2020, at 12:30 am (ET).
Northern Mariana Islands
Saipan

Saipan Immigration Court
Administrative Control List

On July 1, 2020, EOIR confirmed that the Saipan Immigration Court would resume “non-detained individual (merits) hearings and master calendar dockets involving relatively small numbers of respondents” on July 6, 2020.
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 18, 2020 at 5:34 pm (ET) that “The Chicago and Saipan Immigration Courts will resume hearings in non-detained cases on Monday, July 6, 2020. Please monitor the court’s web page and public messaging in coming days for additional important information.” EOIR linked to its operational status page in the tweet.
Ohio
Cleveland
Ohio EOIR Liaisons

Cleveland Immigration Court (Ohio)
Administrative Control List

AILA has learned that Master Calendar Hearings for non-detained cases are not going forward at this time at the Cleveland Immigration Court. Individual hearings will mostly only be in Spanish and English. Be sure to check the latest standing order containing new substantive requirements (7/7/2020).
On July 1, 2020, EOIR confirmed that the Cleveland Immigration Court would resume “non-detained individual (merits) hearings and master calendar dockets involving relatively small numbers of respondents” on July 6, 2020.
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 15, 2020, at 6:13 pm (ET) that “The Cleveland Immigration Court will resume hearings in non-detained cases on Monday, July 6, 2020. Please monitor the court’s web page and public messaging in coming days for additional important information.” EOIR linked to its operational status page in the tweet.
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 1, 2020, at 8:59 am (ET), that “Due to civil unrest, the Cleveland, Portland, and San Francisco Immigration Courts are closed today.”
Immigration courts, including one in Cleveland, postpone many hearings due to coronavirus – March 16, 2020
Oregon
Portland
Oregon EOIR Liaisons

Portland (Oregon)
Administrative Control List

Portland Immigration Court Status on EOIR’s website for July 22, July 23 and July 24:

  • Closed

EOIR tweeted on July 22 at 9:51 am ET: “Due to civil unrest, the Portland Immigration Court will be closed today.”

EOIR announced via Twitter on June 4, 2020, at 8:36 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the Dallas Immigration Court and the Portland Immigration Court will be closed tomorrow.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 3, 2020, at 9:36 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the Miami Immigration Court and the Portland Immigration Court will be closed tomorrow.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 2, 2020, at 11:06 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the Chicago Immigration Court and the Portland Immigration Court will be closed tomorrow.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 2, 2020, at 8:24 am (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the Portland Immigration Court will be closed today.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 1, 2020, at 8:59 am (ET), that “Due to civil unrest, the Cleveland, Portland, and San Francisco Immigration Courts are closed today.”
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia | York
Philadelphia EOIR Liaisons

Philadelphia (Pennsylvania)
Administrative Control List

AILA has learned that Master Calendar Hearings for non-detained cases are not going forward at this time at the Philadelphia Immigration Court. (7/7/2020).
On July 1, 2020, EOIR confirmed that the Philadelphia Immigration Court would resume “non-detained individual (merits) hearings and master calendar dockets involving relatively small numbers of respondents” on July 6, 2020.
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 19, at 7:48 pm (ET) that “The Philadelphia and San Diego Immigration Courts will resume hearings in non-detained cases on Monday, July 6, 2020. Please monitor the court’s web page and public messaging in coming days for additional important information.” EOIR linked to its operational status page in the tweet.
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 5, 2020 at 1:01 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the Philadelphia Immigration Court closed at 1:00 p.m. (ET).”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 4, 2020, at 12:36 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the Philadelphia Immigration Court will close at 1:00 p.m. today.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 3, 2020, at 1:27 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the Philadelphia Immigration Court closed at 12:30 p.m. Today, the San Antonio Immigration Court will close at 2:00 p.m. (CT), and the Detroit Immigration Court will close at 3:00 p.m. (ET).”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 1, 2020 at 5:58 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the Chicago Immigration Court and the Philadelphia Immigration Court will be closed tomorrow.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on May 31, 2020, at 11:58 pm (ET), that “Due to civil unrest, the Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles - N. Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles - Olive Street, Los Angeles - Van Nuys Boulevard, Philadelphia, and Phoenix Immigration Courts will be closed on June 1, 2020.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on April 20, 2020, at 5:48 pm (ET) that “Due to the closure of the Robert Nix Federal Building and Courthouse, the Philadelphia Immigration Court is closed tomorrow. For updates related to EOIR’s operations nationwide, please visit the agency’s website.” EOIR also linked to its page, EOIR Operational Status During Coronavirus Pandemic, in the Tweet. EOIR also sent this update via email on April 20, 2020, at 5:47 pm (ET).
The Philadelphia Inquirer: Immigration courts are still operating despite the spread of coronavirus: ‘It is indefensible’ - March 16, 2020

York (Pennsylvania)
Administrative Control List

Puerto Rico
Guaynabo
Puerto Rico EOIR Liaison

Guaynabo (San Juan)
Administrative Control List

EOIR announced via Twitter on April 3, 2020, at 6:53 pm (ET) that "The San Juan Immigration Court is closed on Monday, April 6, 2020." EOIR also sent this update via email on April 3, 2020, at 6:53 pm (ET).
Tennessee
Memphis
Mid-South EOIR Liaisons

Memphis (Tennessee)
Administrative Control List

Non-detained hearings at the Memphis Immigration Court are postponed through, and including, August 7, 2020. (7/20/2020).

AILA received confirmation that non-detained hearings at the Memphis Immigration Court are postponed through, and including, July 31, 2020. (7/16/2020).

AILA received confirmation that non-detained hearings at the Memphis Immigration Court are postponed through, and including, July 24, 2020. (7/7/2020).
Commercial Appeal: Memphis Immigration Court set to reopen July 20, but fear, uncertainty remain - July 3, 2020
AILA received confirmation that non-detained hearings will resume on July 20, 2020. (6/29/2020).
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 23, 2020, at 7:37 am (ET) - “Hearings in non-detained cases at the Memphis Immigration Court are postponed through, and including, July 10, 2020.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 8, 2020, at 5:10 pm (ET) that “The Buffalo and Memphis Immigration Courts will resume hearings in non-detained cases on Monday, June 29, 2020. Please monitor the court’s web page and public messaging in coming days for additional important information.” EOIR linked to its operational status page in the tweet.
EOIR announced via Twitter on March 24, 2020, at 7:51 pm (ET) that "Effective tomorrow, the below immigration courts reopen for the limited purpose of accepting filings. Parties are encouraged to file documents by mail, and there is no requirement that documents be filed in person. Non-detained hearings are still postponed.”
  • EOIR then replied to the above tweet that “Any filings due during their closures should be filed by March 30. Filing deadlines after March 30 remain in effect subject to the discretion of the immigration judge.”
  • EOIR then replied to the above tweet with the following: “COURT LIST: Atlanta – Peachtree, Houston – Gessner, Los Angeles – Olive, Memphis, New York – Broadway, Sacramento.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on March 17, 2020, at 11:55 pm (ET) that “Effective March 18 all non-detained hearings postponed: these immigration courts closed: ATL Peachtree, Charlotte; HOU Gessner; Louisville; Memphis; NYC, Broadway & Fed Plaza; Newark; Sacramento; LOS – Olive. Check website for updates.” EOIR issued a press statement on March 18, 2020, at 12:30 am (ET).
Texas
Conroe | Dallas | El Paso | Ft. Worth | Harlingen | Houston | Houston - S. Gessner Road | Pearsall | Port Isabel | San Antonio
Texas EOIR Liaisons

Conroe (Texas)

Texas Monthly: Children Grappling With Remote Asylum Hearings? With COVID-19, That’s Now the Norm. – April 21, 2020
  • “Conroe’s immigration court allows only attorneys to appear telephonically so immigrants are still expected to appear in person.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on April 2, 2020, at 8:22 pm (ET) that "The Conroe Immigration Court will be closed on April 3, 2020." EOIR also sent this update via email on April 2, 2020, at 8:19 pm (ET). Houston Public Media: Families Fear For Their Loved Ones in ICE Lockup, As Guards Test Positive For COVID-19 – April 2, 2020
  • At least three ICE employees have tested positive for COVID-19 at two different Houston-area immigrant detention centers. Health experts and advocates say it’s just a matter of time until this becomes a full-fledged outbreak in facilities known for their substandard health care.
EOIR announced via Twitter on April 1, 2020, at 10:10 pm (ET) that “Due to a report of secondhand exposure to coronavirus, the Conroe Immigration Court is closed tomorrow, April 2, 2020. Though email or mail filings are preferred, a hearing location in Houston will accept in-person filings.” EOIR also provided a link to the Houston Service Processing Center in the tweet. EOIR also sent this update via email on April 1, 2020, at 10:09 pm (ET).
NAIJ tweeted on March 25, 2020 at 3:56 pm (ET) that “Guard at immigration detention facility in Conroe, Texas was self-quarantining since March 18 and tested positive for COVID March 23. No one told immigration court staff at the facility until March 24. CLOSE THE IMMIGRATION COURTS.”

Dallas (Texas)
Administrative Control List

Non-detained hearings at the Dallas Immigration Court are postponed through, and including, August 7, 2020. (7/20/2020).

AILA received confirmation that non-detained hearings at the Dallas Immigration Court are postponed through, and including, July 31, 2020. (7/16/2020).

EOIR announced via Twitter on July 2, 2020, at 4:20 pm (ET) that “Hearings in non-detained cases at the Dallas Immigration Court are postponed through, and including, July 17, 2020. Visit EOIR’s web page for the latest operational status of courts nationwide.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 12, 2020, at 11:42 am (ET) that “The Dallas Immigration Court is closed today, June 12, 2020. Please visit EOIR’s website for the most updated information about the agency’s operational status nationwide.” EOIR linked to its operational status page in the tweet. AILA received reports that the Dallas Immigration Court was closed from Friday, June 12th through Wednesday, June 17th due to a COVID-19 report.
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 5, 2020 at 6:11 pm (ET) that “The Boston, Dallas, and Las Vegas Immigration Courts will resume hearings in non-detained cases on Monday, June 29, 2020. Please monitor the court’s web page and public messaging in coming days for additional important information.” EOIR linked to its operational status page in the tweet.
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 4, 2020, at 8:36 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the Dallas Immigration Court and the Portland Immigration Court will be closed tomorrow.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 4, 2020, at 2:01 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the Dallas Immigration Court will close at 3:00 p.m. (CT) today.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 3, 2020, at 4:03 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the Dallas Immigration Court and the Ft. Worth Immigration Adjudication Center closed at 3:00 p.m. (CT). The Seattle Immigration Court closed at 1:00 p.m. (PT).”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 2, 2020, at 3:21 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the Dallas Immigration Court will be closing at 3:00 p.m. (local time).”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 1, 2020, at 4:02pm ET that “Due to civil unrest, the following courts will be closing early today (times local): The Dallas Immigration Court will close at 3:00 p.m. The San Diego Immigration Court will close at 1:00 p.m. The Seattle Immigration Court will close at 1:00 p.m.”
On April 7, 2020, NAIJ revealing the following: “In Dallas, the court remains open despite a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the adjoining office on the same floor of the federal building.”

El Paso SPC (Texas)
Administrative Control List

KTEP: Women make frantic calls from inside ICE detention center in El Paso amid COVID-19 outbreak – June 24, 2020
AILA received reports in June that some hearings had been cancelled due to COVID-19 outbreaks. See tweet from June 16, 2020.
Attorney Taylor Levy tweeted on June 16, 2020, that immigration court at the El Paso Detention Center was cancelled all week due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

Ft. Worth Immigration Adjudication Center

According to EOIR’s website, the Fort Worth Immigration Adjudication Center was closed on June 25, June 26, June 29, June 30, July 1, July 2, and July 6.
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 24, 2020 at 1:11 pm (ET) that “The Fort Worth Immigration Adjudication Center closed at 11:00 a.m. Please monitor EOIR’s website for information about the agency’s operations nationwide.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 5, 2020 at 2:19 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the Fort Worth Immigration Adjudication Center will close at 2:00 p.m.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 3, 2020, at 4:03 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the Dallas Immigration Court and the Ft. Worth Immigration Adjudication Center closed at 3:00 p.m. (CT). The Seattle Immigration Court closed at 1:00 p.m. (PT).”
On March 27, 2020, Mazin Sidahmed from Documented NY reported that The Varick St. Immigration Court Has Moved All of Its Hearings to Fort Worth. EOIR said that lawyers may appear in person at Varick St. in front of judges who will be video teleconferenced in, or travel to Texas.

Harlingen (Texas)
Administrative Control List

Houston (Texas)
Administrative Control List

EOIR announced via Twitter on June 1, 2020 at 5:58 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the Cleveland Immigration Court and Houston – Smith Street Immigration Court and Annex will be closed tomorrow.”
The Hill: Close the immigration courts — protect immigrant children – April 1, 2020

Houston – S. Gessner Road (Texas)

EOIR announced via Twitter on March 24, 2020, at 7:51 pm (ET) that "Effective tomorrow, the below immigration courts reopen for the limited purpose of accepting filings. Parties are encouraged to file documents by mail, and there is no requirement that documents be filed in person. Non-detained hearings are still postponed.”
  • EOIR then replied to the above tweet that “Any filings due during their closures should be filed by March 30. Filing deadlines after March 30 remain in effect subject to the discretion of the immigration judge.”
  • EOIR then replied to the above tweet with the following: “COURT LIST: Atlanta – Peachtree, Houston – Gessner, Los Angeles – Olive, Memphis, New York – Broadway, Sacramento.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on March 17, 2020, at 11:55 pm (ET) that “Effective March 18 all non-detained hearings postponed: these immigration courts closed: ATL Peachtree, Charlotte; HOU Gessner; Louisville; Memphis; NYC, Broadway & Fed Plaza; Newark; Sacramento; LOS – Olive. Check website for updates.” EOIR issued a press statement on March 18, 2020, at 12:30 am (ET).

Pearsall (Texas)
Administrative Control List

Port Isabel (Texas)
Administrative Control List

San Antonio (Texas)
Administrative Control List

EOIR announced via Twitter on June 5, 2020 at 12:18 pm (ET) that, “Due to civil unrest, the Eloy Immigration Court and the San Antonio Immigration Court will close at 2:00 p.m. (local time).”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 4, 2020, at 2:00 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the San Antonio Immigration Court will close at 2:00 p.m. (CT) today.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 3, 2020, at 1:27 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the Philadelphia Immigration Court closed at 12:30 p.m. Today, the San Antonio Immigration Court will close at 2:00 p.m. (CT), and the Detroit Immigration Court will close at 3:00 p.m. (ET).”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 2, 2020, at 3:50 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the following courts closed early today (local times): The Detroit Immigration Court closed at 3:00 p.m. The San Antonio Immigration Court closed at 2:40 p.m.”
San Antonio Express-News, Immigrants languish in detention as immigration courts close from coronavirus fears (5/16/2020)
  • Article reveals that without any notice, the courts on St. Mary’s street that hold hearings for detained immigrants were shut down indefinitely on May 1st due to a case of coronavirus at the facility. An outdated sign to at the St. Mary’s court building said that “the court will be closed until May 11.”
NAIJ The National Association of Immigration Judges Urgently Calls for Immediate Implementation of Required Health and Safety Measures for the Immigration Courts During the Coronavirus Pandemic (3/30/2020)
  • “From West Coast to East Coast, court after court has had to grapple with incident reports of COVID-19 exposure or positive test results of staff and the public. Examples include the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Aurora (Colorado), Elizabeth (New Jersey), Varick (New York), Krome (South Florida), Seattle, Conroe (Texas), LaSalle (Louisiana), Fishkill (New York), Ulster (New York), Boston, Newark, and San Antonio Immigration Courts.”
Utah
Salt Lake City
Utah EOIR Liaisons

Salt Lake City (Utah)
Administrative Control List

EOIR announced via Twitter on March 18, 2020 at 10:10 am (ET) that “The Salt Lake City Immigration Court will be on a delayed opening this morning due to the earthquake. It will open at 10:00 a.m.”
Virginia
Arlington | Falls Church
Washington, DC, EOIR Liaisons

Arlington (Virginia)
Administrative Control List

On July 16, EOIR confirmed that the Arlington Immigration Court would resume hearings in non-detained cases on July 20, 2020.

The Arlington Immigration Court will resume non-detained individual hearings on July 20, 2020. There will be a limited docket during that time and each judge will only hear two individuals a day. The times may change to stagger the hearing times. (7/8/2020).

See Standing Orders:

EOIR announced via Twitter on June 29, 2020, at 11:26 pm (ET) that “The Arlington Immigration Court will resume hearings in non-detained cases on Monday, July 20, 2020. Please monitor the court’s web page and public messaging in coming days for additional important information.”

Falls Church Immigration Adjudication Center (Virginia)

Washington
Seattle | Tacoma
Washington EOIR Chapter Liaison

Seattle (Washington)
Administrative Control List

EOIR announced via Twitter on June 3, 2020, at 4:03 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the Dallas Immigration Court and the Ft. Worth Immigration Adjudication Center closed at 3:00 p.m. (CT). The Seattle Immigration Court closed at 1:00 p.m. (PT).”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 2, 2020, at 5:05 pm (ET) that “Due to civil unrest, the San Francisco Immigration Court and the Seattle Immigration Court will close at 3:00 p.m. (local time).”
EOIR announced via Twitter on June 1, 2020, at 4:02pm ET that “Due to civil unrest, the following courts will be closing early today (times local): The Dallas Immigration Court will close at 3:00 p.m. The San Diego Immigration Court will close at 1:00 p.m. The Seattle Immigration Court will close at 1:00 p.m.”
EOIR announced via Twitter on March 25, 2020, at 9:23 pm (ET) that "The Newark and Seattle immigration courts reopen tomorrow. Filings due during the closure are due March 30, 2020.” On March 25, 2020, EOIR updated its EOIR Operational Status During Coronavirus Pandemic to the following: “OPEN FOR FILINGS AND FOR DETAINED HEARINGS ONLY”
EOIR announced via Twitter on March 15, 2020, at 10:49 pm (ET) that “all non-detained aliens' master calendar hearings scheduled 03/16-04/10 are postponed. Usual operations for filings except Seattle. All other hearings proceeding.”
On the evening of March 13, 2020, EOIR released a statement to the media announcing that the Seattle Immigration Court is closed through April 10, 2020. The following courts will remain open, but postpone non-detained master calendar hearings: Boston, Los Angeles (North Los Angeles, Olive, Van Nuys), Newark, New York City (Broadway; Federal Plaza; Varick), Sacramento, and San Francisco.

See Associated Press: AP Exclusive: Immigration hearings delayed, 1 court shut - March 13, 2020

On March 12, 2020, at 5:29 pm (ET), EOIR tweeted that “The Seattle Immigration Court will be closed tomorrow, March 13, 2020. Filings due during this closure will be considered timely filed if received on the court’s next business day. Emergency filings may be filed with the Tacoma Immigration Court during the Seattle closure.”
On March 11, 2020, at 8:59 pm (ET), EOIR tweeted that “The Seattle Immigration Court will be closed tomorrow, March 12, 2020. Filings due during this closure will be considered timely filed if received on the court’s next business day. Emergency filings may be filed with the Tacoma Immigration Court during the Seattle closure.”
On March 10, 2020, at 11:46 pm ET, EOIR tweeted that “Due to a reported second-hand exposure to coronavirus, the Seattle Immigration Court is closed tomorrow, March 11, 2020. Follow this feed for updates.”

Tacoma (Washington)
Administrative Control List

Migrant Protection Protocols

For more information, see AILA’s Practice Alert on the DHS/DOJ Joint Statement Rescheduling MPP Hearings.

July 17, 2020

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June 16, 2020

DHS and EOIR issued a joint statement postponing MPP hearings and in-person document service through, and including, July 17, 2020. DHS and EOIR anticipate the resumption of hearings on July 20, 2020. Also see EOIR’s tweet.

May 15, 2020

Law360, Trump Admin Tries To Clarify Muddled 'Remain In Mexico' Plan

“According to the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security confirmed the correct directions. The confusion arose after DHS issued a public statement May 10 saying that individuals with hearings dates up to June 22 should arrive a month later to receive new dates, only to have a DHS official tell a human rights nonprofit days later that migrants with some June dates should stick to their original dates.”

May 10, 2020

DHS and EOIR issued a joint statement noting the following adjustments to the temporary postponement of Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) hearings:

  • Beginning May 10, in-person document service will be suspended immediately until June 8.
  • All MPP hearings will remain postponed through, and including June 19. Individuals with a hearing date prior to June 22 should present themselves at the port of entry identified on their tear sheet one month later than the date indicated on their most recently noticed date.
  • For individuals with a hearing date of June 22 or after, there is no change in procedures and individuals should report as instructed on their tear sheets.

April 30, 2020

Joint DHS/EOIR Statement on MPP Rescheduling

  • DOJ and DHS have extended the temporary postponement of Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). Hearings scheduled through, and including, June 1, 2020, will be rescheduled. As the departments continue to review conditions related to COVID-19, they will make further determinations as necessary in order to ensure that all MPP hearings can proceed as expeditiously as possible.
  • Through Monday, June 1, 2020, all individuals with MPP hearings should present themselves at port of entry indicated on their most recently noticed date to receive tear sheets and new hearing notices containing the dates of their rescheduled hearings.

April 28, 2020

The National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ) announced via Twitter on April 28, 2020, that “NAIJ has learned that MPP dockets will be suspended until at least May 15, 2020. No public announcement by EOIR.”

April 1, 2020

EOIR announced via Twitter on April 1, 2020, at 11:01 am (ET) that “Due to the pandemic and new CDC guidelines, MPP hearings scheduled through May 1, 2020, have been postponed. Individuals should present themselves on previously scheduled date to receive tear sheets and hearing notices with new hearing dates.” EOIR also linked to EOIR’s Operational Status page in the Tweet.

DHS and EOIR Postpone MPP Hearings Scheduled Through May 1, 2020

Due to continued circumstances related to COVID-19 and newly-issued guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security have determined to extend the temporary postponement of Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) hearings scheduled through Friday, May 1, 2020. All presently scheduled hearings will be rescheduled. The Departments will continually review conditions related to COVID-19 and will make further determinations as necessary in order to ensure that all MPP hearings can proceed as expeditiously as possible when appropriate.

Any individual with an MPP hearing date through Friday, May 1, 2020 should present themselves at their designated port of entry on their previously scheduled date to receive a tear sheet and hearing notice containing their new hearing dates.

March 23, 2020

Joint DHS/EOIR Statement on MPP Rescheduling:

Due to circumstances resulting from COVID-19, all Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) master calendar and merit hearings presently scheduled through April 22 will be rescheduled. Neither the MPP program nor any hearings will be cancelled.

Any individual with an MPP hearing date through April 22 should present themselves at their designated port of entry on their previously scheduled date to receive a tear sheet and hearing notice containing their new hearing dates. DHS and EOIR are deeply committed to ensuring that individuals ‘have their day in court’ while also ensuring the health and safety of aliens, our frontline officers, immigration court professionals, and our citizens.

March 23, 2020

San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Kate Morrissey shared that CBP San Diego stated on a press call that there is a 48 hour suspension of MPP returnees crossing for court hearings that started the morning of March 23, 2020.

March 15, 2020

EOIR announced via Twitter on March 15, 2020, at 10:49 pm (ET) that “all non-detained aliens' master calendar hearings scheduled 03/16-04/10 are postponed. Usual operations for filings except Seattle. All other hearings proceeding.” After EOIR’s announcement, NAIJ tweeted “We have been told MPP is going forward.”

Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Operational Status

August 21, 2020

The Board of Immigration of Appeals is expected to disable its temporary email addresses for filings on September 18, 2020, based on the Arlington Immigration Court resuming non-detained court hearings on July 20, 2020. Pursuant to EOIR’s Policy Memo 20-13: EOIR Practices Related to the COVID-19 Outbreak, email addresses for filings with the BIA and OCAHO will be deactivated within 60 days of the resumption of non-detained hearings by the Arlington Immigration Court.

June 11, 2020

See EOIR policy memo 20-13: EOIR Practices Related to the COVID-19 Outbreak, “The Board and OCAHO will deactivate their respective email filing systems developed during the COVID-19 outbreak within 60 days of the resumption of non-detained hearings by the Arlington Immigration Court.”

April 7, 2020

EOIR announced via Twitter on April 7, 2020, at 12:02 pm (ET) that “The BIA is now accepting certain filings by email. For guidelines and more information, please visit EOIR’s website.” EOIR also linked to a new page, Filing by Email – Board of Immigration Appeals in the Tweet. EOIR also sent this update via email on April 7, 2020, at 12:01 pm (ET).

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September 4, 2020

EOIR announced via Twitter on September 4, 2020, at 9:04 am (ET):

  • (1/2) “As previously announced, certain immigration courts have resumed non-detained hearings. Hearings in non-detained cases at courts without an announced date are postponed through, and including, Sept. 25, 2020.”
  • (2/2) “Visit EOIR’s webpage for the latest operational status of courts nationwide. For case specific information, please have the relevant alien registration number and call 800-898-7180 or visit our website. https://portal.eoir.justice.gov/InfoSystem/
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August 31, 2020

EOIR announced via Twitter on August 31, 2020, at 1:34 pm (ET):

  • (1/2) “As previously announced, certain immigration courts have resumed non-detained hearings. Hearings in non-detained cases at courts without an announced date are postponed through, and including, Sept. 18, 2020."
  • (2/2) “Visit EOIR’s web page for the latest operational status of courts nationwide. For case specific information, please have the relevant alien registration number and call 800-898-7180 or visit our website. https://portal.eoir.justice.gov/InfoSystem/

August 24, 2020

EOIR announced via Twitter on August 24, 2020, at 11:45 am (ET):

  • (1/2) “As previously announced, certain immigration courts have resumed non-detained hearings. Hearings in non-detained cases at courts without an announced date are postponed through, and including, Sept. 11, 2020."
  • (2/2) “Visit EOIR’s web page for the latest operational status of courts nationwide. For case specific information, please have the relevant alien registration number and call 800-898-7180 or visit our website. https://portal.eoir.justice.gov/InfoSystem/

August 17, 2020

EOIR announced via Twitter on August 17, 2020, at 2:16 pm (ET):

  • (1/2) “As previously announced, certain immigration courts have resumed non-detained hearings. Hearings in non-detained cases at courts without an announced date are postponed through, and including, Sept. 4, 2020.”
  • (2/2) “Visit EOIR’s website for the latest operational status of courts nationwide. For case specific information, please have the relevant alien registration number and call 800-898-7180 or visit our website. https://portal.eoir.justice.gov/InfoSystem/

August 10, 2020

EOIR announced via Twitter on August 10, 2020, at 12:14 pm (ET):

  • (1/2) “As previously announced, certain immigration courts have resumed non-detained hearings. Hearings in non-detained cases at courts without an announced date are postponed through, and including, Aug. 21, 2020.”
  • (2/2) “Visit EOIR’s website for the latest operational status of courts nationwide. For case specific information, please have the relevant alien registration number and call 800-898-7180 or visit our website. https://portal.eoir.justice.gov/InfoSystem/.”

August 3, 2020

EOIR announced via Twitter on August 3, 2020, at 1:47 pm (ET):

  • (1/2) “As previously announced, certain immigration courts have resumed non-detained hearings. Hearings in non-detained cases at courts without an announced date are postponed through, and including, Aug. 21, 2020.”
  • (2/2) “Visit EOIR’s website for the latest operational status of courts nationwide. For case specific information, please have the relevant alien registration number and call 800-898-7180 or visit our website. https://portal.eoir.justice.gov/InfoSystem/.”

July 27, 2020

EOIR announced via Twitter on July 27, 2020, at 12:23 pm (ET):

  • (1/2) “As previously announced, certain immigration courts have resumed non-detained hearings. Hearings in non-detained cases at courts without an announced date are postponed through, and including, August 14, 2020.”
  • (2/2) “Visit EOIR’s website for the latest operational status of courts nationwide. For case specific information, please have the relevant alien registration number and call 800-898-7180 or visit our website. https://portal.eoir.justice.gov/InfoSystem/.”

July 20, 2020

EOIR announced via Twitter on July 20, 2020, at 12:51 pm (ET):

  • (1/2) “As previously announced, certain immigration courts have resumed non-detained hearings. Hearings in non-detained cases at courts without an announced date are postponed through, and including, August 7, 2020.”
  • (2/2) “Visit EOIR’s website for the latest operational status of courts nationwide. For case specific information, please have the relevant alien registration number and call 800-898-7180 or visit our website.”

July 6, 2020

EOIR announced via Twitter on July 6, 2020, at 11:27 am (ET):

  • (1/2) “As previously announced, certain immigration courts have resumed non-detained hearings. Hearings in non-detained cases at courts without an announced date are postponed through, and including, July 24, 2020.”
  • (2/2) “Visit EOIR’s web page for the latest operational status of courts nationwide. For case specific information, please have the relevant alien registration number and call 800-898-7180 or visit our website. https://www.justice.gov/eoir/eoir-operational-status-during-coronavirus-pandemic."

June 29, 2020

EOIR announced via Twitter on June 29, 2020, at 11:56 am (ET):

  • (1/2) “As previously announced, certain immigration courts have resumed non-detained hearings. Hearings in non-detained cases at courts without an announced date are postponed through, and including, July 17, 2020.”
  • (2/2) “Visit EOIR’s web page for the latest operational status of courts nationwide. For case specific information, please have the relevant alien registration number and call 800-898-7180 or visit our website. https://portal.eoir.justice.gov/InfoSystem/.”

June 15, 2020

EOIR announced via Twitter on June 15, 2020, at 10:45 am (ET):

  • (1/3) “As previously announced, the Honolulu Immigration Court resumed non-detained hearings today. The Boston, Buffalo, Dallas, Hartford, Las Vegas, Memphis, and New Orleans Immigration Courts will resume non-detained hearings on June 29.”
  • (2/3) “Hearings in non-detained cases at all other immigration courts are postponed through, and including, Thursday July 2, 2020. All immigration courts will be closed Friday, July 3, 2020, in observance of Independence Day.”
  • (3/3) “Visit EOIR’s web page for the latest operational status of courts nationwide. For case specific information, please have the relevant alien registration number and call 800-898-7180 or visit our website.”

June 11, 2020

EOIR issued new policy memo 20-13: EOIR Practices Related to the COVID-19 Outbreak - June 11, 2020

June 9, 2020

On June 9, 2020, DOJ’s Justice Management Division (JMD) published the following memo on its website dated May 15, 2020: Department Framework for Returning to Normal Operations Status. This memo provides information about the phased reopening of immigration courts.

May 15, 2020

EOIR announced via Twitter on May 15, 2020, at 1:30 pm (ET), that “All hearings in non-detained cases are postponed through, and including, Friday June 12, 2020. Visit EOIR’s website for the latest operational status of courts nationwide." In the tweet, EOIR linked to its page, EOIR Operational Status During Coronavirus Pandemic. EOIR sent this update via email on May 15, 2020, at 1:13 pm (ET).

May 4, 2020

EOIR announced via Twitter on May 4, 2020, at 2:23 pm (ET) that “Hearings in non-detained cases are postponed through May 29, 2020. For the operational status of EOIR operations nationwide, please visit the EOIR website.” In the tweet, EOIR linked to its page, EOIR Operational Status During Coronavirus Pandemic. EOIR sent this update via email on May 4, 2020 at 2:22pm (ET).

April 21, 2020

EOIR announced via Twitter on April 21, 2020, at 8:30 am (ET) that "Hearings in non-detained cases are postponed through May 15, 2020." EOIR also sent this update via email on April 21, 2020, at 8:31 am (ET).

April 15, 2020

CNN: Justice Department employees told to wear face coverings in Common Areas – April 15, 2020

  • On April 15, 2020, Buzzfeed News reporter, Hamed Aleaziz, Tweeted the following: “James McHenry, the head of the country's immigration courts, told staffers today in an email that they should wear facemasks in DOJ facilities and that the agency was ordering ‘masks for employees who are continuing to report to the office, which should be available next week.’”

April 3, 2020

EOIR published a new policy memo on April 3, 2020, PM 20-11, containing updated policies for signatures on documents filed with the immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals.

March 31, 2020

EOIR announced via Twitter on March 31, 2020, at 6:28 pm (ET) that “EOIR has established temporary email accounts for immigration courts nationwide to facilitate electronic filing for all parties while the rollout of the EOIR Court & Appeals System (ECAS) is delayed due to COVID-19.” The tweet linked to EOIR’s new page, Filing by Email.

  • EOIR replied to the above Tweet with the following: “Those who have already opted-in to ECAS should continue to use ECAS where it is available. Others who wish to utilize electronic filing may file through email as instructed below.”
  • EOIR replied to the above Tweet with the following: “Please note EOIR cannot provide technical support or confirm receipt of filings at this time.”
  • EOIR also sent this update via email on March 31, 2020, at 6:10 pm (ET).

March 30, 2020

The NAIJ Urgently Calls for Immediate Implementation of Required Health and Safety Measures for the Immigration Courts During the Coronavirus Pandemic – March 30, 2020

March 30, 2020

EOIR announced via Twitter on March 30, 2020, at 7:36 pm (ET) that “Hearings in non-detained cases are postponed through May 1, 2020." The Tweet linked to EOIR’s operational page. EOIR also sent this update via email on March 30, 2020 at 7:35 pm (ET).

March 26, 2020

EOIR Email Sent to Stakeholders Announcing New Listserv and the Latest Information on Current EOIR Operations (Sent on March 26, 2020, at 9:15 pm (ET)). See EOIR Statement on Current Operations (Sent on March 26, 2020 at 9:10pm ET).

March 24, 2020

EOIR announced via Twitter on March 24, 2020, at 7:51 pm (ET) that "Effective tomorrow, the below immigration courts reopen for the limited purpose of accepting filings. Parties are encouraged to file documents by mail, and there is no requirement that documents be filed in person. Non-detained hearings are still postponed.”

  • EOIR then replied to the above tweet that “Any filings due during their closures should be filed by March 30. Filing deadlines after March 30 remain in effect subject to the discretion of the immigration judge.”
  • EOIR then replied to the above tweet with the following: “COURT LIST: Atlanta – Peachtree, Houston – Gessner, Los Angeles – Olive, Memphis, New York – Broadway, Sacramento.”

Deleted EOIR Tweet: EOIR initially announced via Twitter on March 24, 2020, at 6:12 pm (ET) that “Effective tomorrow, the below immigration courts reopen for the limited purpose of accepting filings. All filings due during the closures and today are now due. Due dates for future filings remain. Non-detained hearings are still being postponed.” See Law360 article, Chaos, Confusion Reign As Immigration Courts Stay Open.

March 22, 2020

On March 22, 2020 at 6:20 pm (ET), ICE communicated to AILA that, generally, only those conducting in-person contact visits need personal protective equipment (PPE) (UNLESS a particular facility has more restrictive rules), but that AILA members should still check with the facility on their individual policy.

March 21, 2020

ICE added language to its COVID-19 guidance stating that “ICE/ERO now requires all legal visitors, CODELs, and STAFFDELs to provide and wear personal protective equipment (PPE) (disposable vinyl gloves, N-95 or surgical masks, and eye protection) while visiting any detention facility.” Local ICE offices have reached out to some chapters directly with similar guidance and have stated that visitors will have to provide the PPE themselves. It appears that this requirement will apply to courts operated by DHS and located in detention centers. There is no indication at this time that this requirement would apply to courts operated by EOIR and outside of detention centers.

March 19, 2020

The National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ) shared a letter from EOIR on Twitter that provided the following guidance:

  • At the time of the issuance of the Policy Memorandum (PM) 20-10, Immigration Court Practices During the Declared National Emergency Concerning the COVID-19 Outbreak, the Department of State (DOS) was applying their risk indicators, including health, to all countries on an individual basis. At that time, the DOS also had in place a Global Health Advisory related to the pandemic outbreak of COVID-19. As the DOS has now abandoned the individualized evaluation of the risk indicators in recognition of the global nature of a pandemic, the travel advisories referenced in PM 20-10 are no longer applicable to analysis as to whether an individual is permitted in EOIR space.
  • At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still provide a country-specific analysis regarding level of risk. That list of CDC Level 3 countries is still applicable to PM 20-10.

March 18, 2020

EOIR issued a memo (PM-20-10, Immigration Court Practices During the Declared National Emergency Concerning the COVID-19 Outbreak) with guidance on immigration court practices during the COVID-19 outbreak, including a note that effective 3/18/20, EOIR deferred hearings for all non-detained cases until 4/10/20. On March 19, 2020, EOIR issued an addendum to PM-2010.

March 18, 2020

EOIR announced via Twitter on March 18, 2020, at 4:42 pm (ET) that “Emergency filing locations for the closed immigration courts are for emergencies only. Filings due during the closures will be considered timely filed if received on the courts next business day. Deadlines for open courts remain.”

March 17, 2020

EOIR announced via Twitter on March 17, 2020, at 11:55 pm (ET) that “Effective March 18 all non-detained hearings postponed: these immigration courts closed: ATL Peachtree, Charlotte; HOU Gessner; Louisville; Memphis; NYC, Broadway & Fed Plaza; Newark; Sacramento; LOS – Olive. Check website for updates.” Also see EOIR issued a statement released on March 18, 2020, at 12:30 am (ET).

March 17, 2020

EOIR announced via Twitter on March 17, 2020, at 11:52 pm (ET) that “The case info hotline and online application may not be updated for cases postponed due to operational changes during the pandemic. Information will be updated upon issuance of a new hearing notice. Court documents remain the official source of info.”

March 15, 2020

EOIR announced via Twitter on March 15, 2020, at 10:49 pm (ET) that “all non-detained aliens' master calendar hearings scheduled 03/16-04/10 are postponed. Usual operations for filings except Seattle. All other hearings proceeding.” After EOIR’s announcement, NAIJ tweeted “We have been told MPP is going forward.”

March 13, 2020

Yahoo News reporter Caitlin Dickson shared a statement from an EOIR spokesperson on EOIR’s response to COVID-19.

EOIR Comment – March 13, 2020

March 12, 2020

EOIR Director James McHenry sent AILA's EOIR Liaison Committee the following statement:

The Department of Justice continues to work closely with the Vice President's Task Force, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and State and Local Government leaders regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Attorneys with cases in immigration court have longstanding information readily available to them about the filing of motions to continue, which immigration judges will adjudicate based on the unique facts of each case and relevant situation to include active illnesses of all varieties. Although the operational situation may change as new information is received, immigration courts will continue to address cases, including any motions to continue, in accordance with the applicable law. Any changes to the operating status of a court will be communicated to staff, respondents, and the public.

March 12, 2020

National Association of Immigration Judges Asks EOIR to Suspend Non-Detained Master Calendar Dockets in Light of COVID-19

March 10, 2020

On March 10, 2020, at 1:47 pm (ET), NAIJ tweeted that “The posters are going up! Thank you everyone who retweeted and commented. This is just one example of why the immigration court should be independent from @TheJusticeDept. We need #JudicialIndependence to #ProtectDueProcess. Please follow us on Twitter.”

For more information see CNN article, Justice Department backtracks on removing CDC coronavirus posters from courtrooms

March 9, 2020

On March 9, 2020, at 7:01 pm (ET), NAIJ tweeted that “EOIR has ordered immigration court staff to remove CDC posters designed to slow spread of coronavirus. No, this is not a parody account.”

March 9, 2020

National Association of Immigration Judges Provides Guidance to Judges on COVID-19 and the Immigration Courts

National Association of Immigration Judges Correspondence to EOIR Regarding Coronavirus

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