Department of Justice
Executive Office for Immigration Review
Monday, September 24, 2012
New York Immigration Judge Participates
in Naturalization Ceremony
NEW YORK -- Immigration Judge Virna Wright 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 Sept. 21, 2012. The New York District Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, hosted the ceremony.
Attorney General Eric Holder appointed Judge Wright in October 2010. Judge Wright received a bachelor of arts degree in 1990 from Rutgers College and a juris doctorate in 1993 from Cornell University Law School. From 2003 to October 2010, she was an assistant chief counsel for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, in New York. From 1998 to 2003, Judge Wright was an assistant district counsel for the former Immigration and Naturalization Service in New York. From 1996 to 1998, she worked as an assistant general counsel for compliance, Administration for Childrens Services, New York. From 1993 to 1996, she was a litigation associate with Proskauer Rose, LLP, New York. Judge Wright is a member of the New York State and New Jersey State Bars.
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The Executive 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.