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U.S. Department of Justice
Executive Office for Immigration Review
Office of the Director
5107 Leesburg Pike, Suite 2600
Falls Church, Virginia 22041

June 28, 2006

Miami Immigration Judge Swears In 6,000 New Citizens

MIAMI, Fla. Immigration Judge Rex J. Ford from the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), Miami Immigration Court, administered the oath of citizenship to 6,000 candidates during naturalization ceremonies on June 13 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Approximately 6,000 new U.S. citizens were sworn in at morning and afternoon events. The ceremonies were hosted by the Miami District Office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security.

Biographical Information

Rex J. Ford was appointed as an immigration judge in April 1993. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Arizona State University in 1977, and a juris doctorate from Nova University Law Center in 1984. From 1989 to 1993, Judge Ford served as an associate deputy attorney general for the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. From 1987 to 1989, he was associate dean for Nova University Law Center in Ft. Lauderdale. From 1985 to 1986, Judge Ford was a partner for the law firm of Tucker, Ford, and Milbrath in Ocala. From 1984 to 1985, he served as general counsel for Skyway Commuter, Inc., also in Ocala. Judge Ford is a member of the Florida and District of Columbia bars.

EOIR

EOIR is responsible for adjudicating immigration cases. Specifically, under delegated authority from the Attorney General, EOIR interprets and administers federal immigration laws by conducting immigration court proceedings, appellate reviews, and administrative hearings. EOIR consists of three components: the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, which is responsible for managing the numerous immigration courts located throughout the United States where immigration judges adjudicate individual cases; the Board of Immigration Appeals, which primarily conducts appellate reviews of immigration judge decisions; and the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer, which adjudicates immigration-related employment cases. EOIR is committed to providing fair, expeditious, and uniform application of the nation's immigration laws in all cases.

Information about EOIR immigration proceedings is available on EOIR's website at http://www.justice.gov/eoir/press/subject.htm.


 


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