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5 Strategic Goal Five: Fairly and Effectively Administer the Immigration and Naturalization Laws of the United States

Strategic Objective & Annual Goal 5.7: Adjudication
Adjudicate all immigration cases promptly and impartially in accordance with due process

5.7A Adjudicate Immigration Cases in a Fair and Timely Manner

The mission of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is to provide separate and independent fora for the objective, unbiased adjudication of disputes between the Department of Homeland Security and aliens or other individuals regarding immigration status, removal, or the availability of relief under the law. In the conduct of this mission, EOIR and its components (the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Immigration Courts, and the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer) seek to render fair and proper decisions in a timely and efficient manner. EOIR’s ability to meet its goal of fair and timely adjudication of immigration cases is critical to: the guarantee of justice and due process; the timely grant of relief from removal in meritorious cases; the timely removal of criminal and other inadmissible aliens; and the effective utilization of limited detention resources. EOIR has identified adjudication priorities and set specific time frames for each. These priorities include court cases involving criminal aliens, other detained aliens, those seeking asylum as a form of relief from removal, and appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals by detained aliens.

Performance Measure: TITLE REFINED: Percent of EOIR Priority Cases Completed Within Target Time Frames [EOIR]

bar chart: TITLE REFINED: % of EOIR Priority Cases Completed Within Target Timeframes [EOIR] d      

Data Collection and Storage: Data are collected from the Automated Nationwide System for Immigration Review (ANSIR) a nationwide case-tracking system at the trial and appellate levels).

Data Validation and Verification: All data entered by courts nationwide is instantaneously transmitted and stored at EOIR headquarters, which allows for timely and complete data. Data is verified by on-line edits of data fields. Headquarters and field office staff have manuals that list the routine daily, weekly and monthly reports that verify data. A 2002 data validation study conducted by an independent contractor found error rates within acceptable ranges. Data validation is also performed on a routine basis through data comparisons between EOIR and Department of Homeland Security databases.

Data Limitations: None known at this time.



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