CLINIC Submits Comments in Opposition to Proposed EOIR Fee Rule, Urges the Justice Department to Rescind
CLINIC submitted comments on March 30, 2020, urging the Justice Department to withdraw its proposed fee increases for immigration court and Board of Immigration Appeals, or BIA, filings. CLINIC opposed procedural issues concerning the rulemaking, including the Justice Department’s refusal to extend the 30-day comment deadline in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. CLINIC also argued that the dramatic increases in fees — appeals to the BIA would rise from $110 to $975 — are unreasonable and will prevent people from receiving fair results in their cases. The proposed rule would also impose a fee on asylum applications before the immigration court for the first time ever, potentially preventing those fleeing harm from finding safety in the United States.