the DOJ finalized substantial changes to the process for immigration appeals. The rule will limit the ability of immigration appellate judges to hear cases on their own accord, impose a time limit on appeals, and create a mechanism for lower immigration judges to seek reversal of appellate judges at the BIA by petitioning a political DOJ appointee – mainly, the director of EOIR. Immigration attorneys will also have a harder time preparing responses to the government because opposing briefs will largely have to be filed at the same time, upending the traditional motion-and-reply structure.

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DOJ reins in immigration appeals with final rule.