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November 02, 2020
Aaron Lawee

ICE to Implement New Rules to Fast Track Certain Deportations

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has recently begun to expedite the deportations of certain immigrants without providing them a hearing before an immigration judge. This is done through expanded use of a process called “expedited removal,” which allows for...

September 10, 2020
Hon. Robert Vinikoor (Ret.)

The COVID-19 pandemic causes dramatic delays to cases pending before the U.S. Immigration Court

The U.S. Immigration Court is an administrative court operated by the U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") Executive Office for Immigration Review ("EOIR") under the authority of the Attorney General of the United States.  There are currently 58 courts throughout the...

June 11, 2020
Jeffrey Cohn

My Immigration Court Hearing was Postponed due to the Coronavirus. What can I do to Prepare for my Next Court Date?

All non-detained immigration court hearings are currently postponed through, and including, Friday, June 26, 2020. If your immigration court hearing was postponed, you should receive a new Notice of Hearing in the mail with the location, date, and time of...

April 13, 2020
Jeffrey Cohn

Deportation Relief for Detained Immigrants: Withholding of Removal, Stays of Removal, and Bond Hearings

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has brought to light the dire living conditions in many U.S. immigrant detention facilities. Many immigrants are rightfully fearful that remaining in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody could be harmful to their health during the...

Update on Immigration Office Closures as a Result of Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The U.S. federal government has not had a uniform approach to closing its various immigration offices as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19), but each agency has responded in some way in an effort to slow down the spread of...

July 01, 2019
Jeffrey Cohn

Mandatory Detention

A. What is mandatory detention? On September 30, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (“IIRIRA”), which mandated detention, without release, for virtually all foreign nationals who have committed certain crimes. The...

April 25, 2019
Jeffrey Cohn

Consequences of Reentry After a Prior Final Order of Removal (Deportation)

There are serious consequences for foreign nationals reentering or attempting to reenter the U.S. after receiving a prior final order of removal (deportation).  The consequences include ineligibility for immigration benefits and the risk of criminal prosecution for immigration violations. Removal...

July 12, 2018
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Supreme Court Ruling Allows More Immigrants to File for Cancellation of Removal

On June 21, 2018, the Supreme Court ruled in an 8-1 decision that a Notice to Appear (the charging document given to immigrants in removal proceedings) that does not contain a time or place for a removal hearing will not...

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