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On September 16, 2015, EOIR also released two final regulations relating to R&A. The first rule changed the regulation relating to appearances before the agency to allow for separate appearances in bond proceedings and other proceedings conducted by EOIR.

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) has proposed significant changes in the standards and procedure for obtaining agency recognition and staff accreditation (R&A) from the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).


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 (September 25, 2015) – Today, Pope Francis blessed migrants and refugees at Our Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem, New York in an act of solidarity with at-risk newcomers.  Located in a section of Harlem called “El Barrio,” Our Lady Queen of Angels School is a resource to 295 students, 70% of whom are Hispanic.

I had the opportunity to volunteer for a week with the CARA Pro Bono Project which provides legal assistance to women and children detained in the South Texas Family Detention Center. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) erected this facility last year in the desolate town of Dilley (population 3,674). It is managed and operated by a for-profit entity called Corrections Corporation of America.

On September 17, the the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced a new, proposed rule governing recognition and accreditation. When finalized, date yet unknown, the new rule will have a significant impact on the charitable immigration legal field. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the future of your profession and learn how to become involved in CLINIC’s advocacy efforts to make recognition and accreditation benefit low-income immigrants seeking your services.