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EOIR responds to Sacramento Bee article
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The Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Department of Justice has criticized the article published by Sacramento Bee, a daily newspaper based at Sacramento, CA. In a letter written to the Editor of the daily, EOIR observes that the article has created erroneous conclusion.

In its article published in September, 2004, the Sacramento daily had commented that “because of changes in the way the U.S. Department of Justice handles immigration cases, federal circuit courts are being buried under a 600 percent increase in deportation and asylum appeals, leading some judges to worry whether they can deliver justice”.

Responding to the article, in its letter dated September 21, 2004 addressed to the City Editor of the daily, the Counsel for Legislative and Public affairs, Executive Office for Immigration Review has stated that “Your recent article ("Immigration Appeals Swamp Federal Courts," Sept. 5) unfortunately failed to accurately descibe our agency's successful implementation of an initiative that is reducing the pending caseload of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). The selective use of information, including discredited analysis from another newspaper, has created an erroneous conclusion that streamlining of the BIA's procedures are shortchanging those who appeal their cases, which is simply not accurate.”

The letter further observes that streamlining of the BIA's procedures began in 1999 under the former Attorney General and was expanded and refined by Attorney General John Ashcroft in 2002. Since then, the pending caseload has been steadily reduced from 56,000 to approximately 32,000 at present, and greatly reduces the time that a respondent must wait for a decision, including those who merit relief from deportation.

The letter ends with the observation that the “BIA Members and attorney staff are dedicated professionals who take their jobs very seriously and recognize the personal implications of the work of the BIA, which is often the last recourse before an individual faces removal”.

To read the complete contents of the letter, please click here.

The EOIR website also provides link to the article published in The Sacramento Bee. To view the article, please click here.

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