Department of Justice
Executive Office for Immigration Review
||Tuesday, May 22, 2012
New York Immigration Judge Participates
in Naturalization Ceremony
NEW YORK -- Immigration Judge Douglas Schoppert from the Executive Office for Immigration Review, New York Immigration Court, delivered the keynote speech and administered the oath of allegiance to approximately 150 candidates during a naturalization ceremony at 26 Federal Plaza, New York, on May 11, 2012. The New York District Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, hosted the ceremony.
Attorney General Janet Reno appointed Judge Schoppert in May 1997. Judge Schoppert received a bachelor of arts degree in 1978 from Georgetown University and a juris doctorate in 1982 from William and Mary. From 1995 to 1997, he was in private practice in Falls Church, Va. From August to December 1994, he served as a consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. From 1993 to 1994, Judge Schoppert worked as a supervisor/attorney with Catholic Charities/Hogar Hispano in Arlington, Va. From 1988 to 1992, he served as a supervisory attorney with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago. Judge Schoppert is a member of the Virginia State and Illinois State Bars.
- EOIR -
Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is an agency within the Department of
Justice. Under delegated authority from the Attorney General, immigration
judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals interpret and adjudicate
immigration cases according to United States immigration laws. EOIR’s
immigration judges conduct administrative court proceedings in immigration
courts located throughout the nation. They determine whether foreign-born
individuals—whom the Department of Homeland Security charges with
violating immigration law—should be ordered removed from the United States or
should be granted relief from removal and be permitted to remain in this
country. The Board of Immigration Appeals primarily reviews appeals of
decisions by immigration judges. EOIR’s Office of the Chief Administrative
Hearing Officer adjudicates immigration-related employment cases. EOIR is
committed to ensuring fairness in all of the cases it adjudicates.