Report of the Federal Courts Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and co-authored by David Arroya, Lynn Kelly, and Ellen Unger

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In this report we (1) describe the BIA procedural reforms; (2) quantify the resulting increase in appeals from the BIA to the circuit courts of appeals with particular emphasis on the Second Circuit; (3) review the constitutional challenges to the BIA reforms, which have been uniformly rejected; (4) describe the administrative response of the Second Circuit to the BIA appeal surge; (5) assess the impact of the surge on the Second Circuit, and its other ramifications; and (6) offer our recommendations on how to deal with the surge going forward.