ILRC Opposes EOIR’s Proposed Changes to “Good Cause” for Continuances in Removal Proceedings

Policy Advocacy
Removal Defense
U Visa/T Visa/VAWA
Publication Date

On December 22, 2020, the ILRC submitted comments in opposition to EOIR’s notice of proposed rulemaking regarding what constitutes “good cause” for a continuance in removal proceedings. The proposed changes severely restrict the circumstances in which respondents can obtain continuances in removal proceedings, as well as the number and length of continuances. These changes will have a devastating impact on respondents’ due process rights, essentially eliminate protections from removal for VAWA and U-visa petitioners, further interfere with the independence of immigration judges, and curtail administrative efficiency.