The immigration court system is an integral part of the American justice system. Immigration court is a subset of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), whose primary aim is to decide whether to remove or grant residence to immigrants who are charged by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with violating immigration law. This process needs to be fair, efficient, and effective. We have identified relatively inexpensive ways to improve these courts that will yield millions of dollars in savings while increasing due process protections.
Chicago Appleseed, along with Appleseed, Latham & Watkins LLP, and Akin Gump LLP, spearheaded a comprehensive evaluation of the United States’ Immigration Court System. Most recently the Appleseed Immigration Coalition created and distributed a manual, Getting Off the Assembly Line: Overcoming Immigration Court Obstacles in Individual Cases, on deportation issues for immigration attorneys. The manual was completed in December 2016, and Centers will continue to update the manual as necessary.
This signature effort has also produced two in-depth reports, congressional testimony, and the EOIR’s adoption of crucial reforms. The first report, Assembly Line Injustice, is based on interviews with experts who have actual day-to-day experience in Immigration Courts, setting it apart from previous evaluations. The second report, Reimagining the Immigration Court Assembly Line, scores the Court’s response to recommendations in the first report.