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Department of Justice

Immigration Courts Should Take Notice of State Dept. Reports

Everyday, DHS and private-bar attorneys file State Dept.-published human rights reports (20-100 pages each) before 235 immigration judges in 59 courts nationwide. These reports are updated annually, and because immigration cases can last a matter of years, often these reports are filed multiple times for the same case. The immigration courts should take judicial notice of these reports, so that they do not have to be filed in each case. This way, DHS would not waste paper, ink, and time printing these reports, and Justice and DHS would not waste valuable record storage space holding on to these large documents that are publicly available on the State Dept. website.



Idea No. 12278