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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

December 6, 2006

San Francisco Immigration Judge Participates
in Naturalization Ceremonies

SAN FRANCISCO – Immigration Judge Bette Kane Stockton, from the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), San Francisco Immigration Court, delivered the keynote speech during naturalization ceremonies for approximately 1,300 candidates from 95 countries on November 28, 2006.

The ceremonies were hosted by the San Francisco District Office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security.

Biographical Information

Bette Kane Stockton was appointed as an immigration judge in June 1990.  She received a bachelor of arts degree in 1966 from the University of California and a juris doctorate in 1977 from Glendale College of Law.  Judge Stockton was in private practice from 1979 to 1990 as a sole practitioner and also with the law firm of Park & Litwin in San Francisco.  From 1977 to 1978, she served as a deputy district attorney for the Kern County District Attorney’s Office in Bakersfield, Calif.  Judge Stockton is a member of the California Bar.

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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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