90+ Organizations Join in Requesting 60-Day Comment Period to Respond to EOIR Fee Increases
On March 5, 2020, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., joined by 90 agencies and organizations, delivered a letter to the Executive Office for Immigration Review, or EOIR, Office of Policy Assistant Director Lauren Alder Reid and Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Acting Administrator Paul Ray, urgently requesting a 60-day comment period for the public to respond to EOIR’s proposal to change its fee schedule. EOIR, published its proposed fee schedule on Feb. 28, 2020. The notice outlines the administration’s plan to significantly increase fees associated with filings for appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals, or BIA, applications for suspension of deportation or cancellation of removal, and motions to reopen or reconsider before the immigration courts or the BIA. EOIR has provided a 30-day public comment period ending on March 30, 2020. Advocates are urging EOIR to provide a longer period of time for review and meaningful public feedback on the proposal.