Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee will hold an oversight hearing on the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) where Acting Director James McHenry will testify.
EOIR is an office within the Department of Justice that is tasked with adjudicating immigration cases by interpreting and administering the United States’ immigration laws. Under its authority, EOIR conducts immigration court proceedings, appellate reviews, and administrative hearings. EOIR has long been plagued with operational and management challenges. A recent Government Accountability Office report found that the immigration court’s backlog has doubled over the past decade, posing challenges for EOIR in meeting its mission to expeditiously resolve immigration cases. At the hearing, members will examine recent mandates prioritizing certain cases and the actions being taken by EOIR to address the backlog and management issues.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Chairman Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) issued the statements below in advance of this hearing.
Chairman Goodlatte: “The Executive Office for Immigration Review has the critical responsibility to ensure our nation’s immigration laws are administered fairly and expeditiously. Unfortunately, the backlog of immigration cases continues to grow, with some cases pending for years before they are ever heard in court. As the Trump Administration moves to correct the disastrous immigration policies of the Obama Administration, it must also address the backlog of removal proceedings. At this week’s hearing, members of the Immigration Subcommittee will examine EOIR’s processes and procedures and what resources are needed to provide for more expedient adjudications.”
Subcommittee Chairman Labrador: “The American people are demanding that Congress and the administration work together to fix our broken immigration system. Immigration reform was one of the main reasons President Trump was elected last year, and it’s been one of my top priorities in Congress. During the previous administration, EOIR was plagued by operational and management challenges. I look forward to hearing how the Trump Administration is working to overcome those challenges and what Congress can do to bring this key component of our immigration system into the twenty-first century.”
This hearing will take place in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building and will be webcast live at judiciary.house.gov. Camera crews wishing to cover must be congressionally credentialed and RSVP with the House Radio-TV Gallery at (202) 225-5214.