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DOJ provides backgrounder on EOIR’s strategic caseload reduction plan

  1. Original Date Announced

    December 5, 2017

    DOJ Public Affairs issues a "backgrounder" on EOIR’s strategic caseload reduction plan. It credits the increase in the immigration court caseload to (i) "numerous policy changes in recent years [that] have slowed down the adjudication of existing cases and incentivized further illegal immigration," (ii) "representatives of illegal aliens [who] have purposefully used tactics designed to delay adjudication of their clients' cases," and (iii) a reported 31% decrease in IJ productivity.

    To reduce EOIR's pending caseload, the backgrounder declares that EOIR must increase its adjudicatory capacity, increase IJ productivity, and manage incoming case receipts from DHS. Among the measures EOIR will be taking: (i) increasing the number of IJs, (ii) streamlining the hiring of IJs, (iii) piloting VTC immigration adjudications centers, (iv) "realigning the agency towards completing cases," (v) giving IJs clear guidance about timely adjudication, and (vi) strengthening EOIR's relationship with DHS to improve docket efficiency and IJ productivity.

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    EOIR Caseload Reduction Backgrounder
  2. Effective Date

    December 5, 2017

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Hearings and Adjudications
Agencies Affected: EOIR

Pre Trump-Era Policies


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