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New York Immigration Judge Participates in Naturalization Ceremony

For Immediate Release
Executive Office for Immigration Review

NEW YORK -- Immigration Judge Joanna Bukszpan 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 in New York on Feb. 8, 2013. The New York District Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, hosted the ceremony.

Biographical Information

Attorney General Janet Reno appointed Judge Bukszpan in September 1995. Judge Bukszpan received a bachelor of arts degree in 1963 from the City University of New York and a juris doctorate in 1976 from Brooklyn Law School. From 1978 to 1995, she was in private practice in New York. From 1976 to 1978, she worked as a trial attorney/general attorney (nationality) for the former Immigration and Naturalization Service in New York. Judge Bukszpan is a member of the District of Columbia and New York 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.

Updated April 27, 2015