Memphis Immigration Court is not an independent, Article III, court of law. Rather,
it is an administrative law court falling under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, a component of the Executive Office forImmigration Review under the Department of Justice. The court in Memphis has
jurisdiction over all non-detained removal proceedings originating in Arkansas,
Tennessee and Northern Mississippi. As we're located in Arkansas, the vast majority of our clients facing removal end up in Memphis. Our cases involving detained immigrants will find themselves before
one of the Louisiana courts and we sometimes have clients who find themselves
before the Dallas or Kansas City immigration courts either because they are
placed there by accident or they live in eastern Oklahoma or southwest
Missouri. Regardless, Memphis is the general rule... 80 Monroe Avenue, Memphis, TNPhoto courtesy of Google
As such, it might be helpful to get to know the Memphis Immigration C…
Like the Memphis Immigration Court, the LaSalle Immigration Court is not an independent arbiter of the law. Instead, it is an administrative law court. It is the sub-agency of another agency tasked with enforcing the laws as that agency sees fit.
Practically speaking, what this means is the immigration judges are not judges at all. Rather, they are attorney employees of the U.S. Department of Justice and they have to do whatever the Attorney General, currently everyone's least-favorite Southern caricature, Jeff Sessions, tells them to do.
Looking specifically at the LaSalle court, this agency's sole purpose is to adjudicate the removal proceedings of detained immigrants. Individuals who have been detained from all over the mid-South, particularly Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tenn…
Normally, this is a blog about removal defense and, more broadly, immigration-related litigation. Even so, I wanted to discuss an issue that's been on my mind a lot the last couple of years using an issue I've been seeing in family-based immigration, not litigation.
Since Trump took office, there have been numerous immigration-related policies and proposals that have taken the news by fire. From the Muslim ban to family separation, there are a ridiculous number of cruel actions that justifiably stir up shock and anger. They have motivated thousands to take to the streets and demand change. They have inspired lawsuits. That's a good thing. We shouldn't be okay with cruelty in any form.
Yet, while attention has been focused on these horrific activities, the administration and its employees in the immigration agencies have also silently been implementing changes, policies, presumptions and attitudes that will and do have devastating effects. Most of these will neve…