EOIR has reordered its priorities in the immigration courts to address the current border situation.
The Department of Justice recently announced new priorities in light of the ongoing migrant children crisis along the southern border. The Executive Office of Immigration Review (“EOIR”), which includes the immigration courts and Board of Immigration Appeals, has reordered its priorities in the immigration courts. EOIR has set as its top priority the adjudication of cases that fall into the following four groups:
- unaccompanied children
- adults with children in detention
- adults with children released on “alternatives to detention”
- other individuals in detention.
As EOIR prioritizes these cases of individuals who recently crossed the border, and continues to hear cases of those who are detained, the cases of individuals that do not fall into those priority categories may take longer to resolve. This could involve continued immigration proceedings for many aliens currently in immigration court.
Additional information is available in the DOJ press release and the fact-sheet.