The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced that it is in the final stages of hiring 36 new immigration judges. The majority of them will be on the bench by October 1, 2010, the government’s new fiscal year. This large increase in judges is necessary due to the record rates of deportation proceedings being brought under the Obama administration. As a result of the continued growth in this sector of the practice, the EOIR has requested funding for an additional 21 new immigration judge positions for the next fiscal year.
We represent foreign nationals in the Immigration Courts in Philadelphia, Newark, New York, Baltimore and Arlington. Dockets in these courts are running between 18 and 24 months. This means that persons placed into removal proceedings are waiting for adjudication of their claims for extremely long periods of time. Long waits for hearings are sometimes welcomed by foreign nationals, but more often than not, clients and their applications are better served by prompt hearings.