CLINIC Template Comment on EOIR Proposed Rule

Last Updated

September 3, 2020

The Department of Justice has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would greatly limit the rights of noncitizens before the Board of Immigration Appeals, or BIA, and immigration court judges. The proposed rule would prevent the BIA or immigration judges from administratively closing cases; prevent them from reopening cases sua sponte (in the interest of justice); and would limit the BIA's ability to extend briefing deadlines. CLINIC is concerned that the proposed rules would speed up adjudications at the expense of ensuring that noncitizens receive a fair day in court. CLINIC urges advocates to submit a comment before the Sept. 25, 2020, deadline and has created a template to assist in doing so.