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EOIR Announces Disciplinary Action Under Rules of Professional Conduct

For Immediate Release
Executive Office for Immigration Review
Phoenix Attorney Suspended for Abuse of the Asylum Process

FALLS CHURCH, VA – The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced that it has ordered Phoenix Attorney Jose A. Bracamonte suspended for 45 days from practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the immigration courts, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), effective July 15, 2020.

“EOIR will continue to pursue disciplinary actions to address the misuse and manipulation of the asylum process by immigration practitioners. Such actions detract from the timely processing of legitimate asylum claims and undermine the overall integrity of the asylum system,” said EOIR Director James McHenry. Adjudicating Official Irene C. Feldman issued the decision and final order on July 1, 2020, between Bracamonte and EOIR Disciplinary Counsel Paul A. Rodrigues and DHS Disciplinary Counsel Catherine M. O’Connell.

On Nov. 3, 2016, DHS and EOIR jointly initiated disciplinary proceedings against Bracamonte based on complaints that he filed affirmative asylum applications with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for the sole purpose of causing DHS to issue Notices to Appear (NTAs) to his clients, without any intention to pursue asylum or related forms of relief. DHS and EOIR alleged that Bracamonte’s conduct violated the Rules of Professional Conduct (8 C.F.R. § 1003.102). Specifically, Bracamonte made false statements of material fact, and engaged in frivolous behavior, conduct lacking competence, and conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.

Pursuant to the settlement agreement, Bracamonte acknowledged that his conduct was an abuse of the asylum system. Bracamonte admitted that he engaged in unprofessional and improper conduct when he filed affirmative asylum applications without an indicated basis for asylum or an indication as to any asylum claim, cancelled or otherwise advised clients to fail to appear for asylum interviews before DHS, and did not demonstrate a clear intention to pursue an asylum claim, in order to cause DHS to issue an NTA and place his clients in removal proceedings before EOIR.

Complaints about professional misconduct by private attorneys or accredited representatives may be sent to the EOIR Disciplinary Counsel through Form EOIR-44.


Updated July 14, 2020