COVID-19: Improvements Needed in Guidance and Stakeholder Engagement for Immigration Courts, Report to Congressional Addressees [open pdf - 2MB]
From the Highlights: "Each year, EOIR [Executive Office for Immigration Review] issues decisions for hundreds of thousands of cases of foreign nationals charged as removable under U.S. immigration law. Approximately 500 immigration judges at 66 immigration courts nationwide determine whether these individuals are removable from the U.S. and, if so, whether they are eligible for any requested relief from removal. During the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic, EOIR faced unprecedented challenges adapting its operations to continue its mission. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to review EOIR's management of court operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This report examines, among other things, (1) EOIR's modifications to court operations and related guidance and (2) EOIR's engagement with court stakeholders."
Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/