WASHINGTON – Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey announced today the appointment of Juan P. Osuna to be the Chairman of the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Osuna was appointed as a Board Member in August 2000, most recently serving as both Acting Chairman and Acting Vice Chairman. Osuna received a bachelor of arts degree in 1985 from George Washington University, a juris doctorate in 1988 from the Washington College of Law at American University and a master of arts degree in law and international affairs in 1989 from American University’s School of International Service. Prior to his appointment to the Board, Osuna served in various senior editorial and management positions at West Group (now Thomson West), a leading legal publisher, where he was responsible for a number of publications on immigration and nationality law. In addition, Osuna is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar.
The Board of Immigration Appeals is part of the Executive Office for Immigration Review located in Falls Church, Va., and is responsible for hearing appeals of decisions rendered by immigration judges or certain Department of Homeland Security officers. It is the highest administrative body for interpreting and applying Federal immigration laws.
The Justice Department's decision in July 2010 to sue the state of Arizona and Gov. Jan Brewer (R) over a controversial new immigration law has brought immigration policy to the forefront of national politics.
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During the summer, Appleseed and a team of pro bono counsel also met with Juan Osuna, (former Chief Judge of the BIA and now the top DOJ official spearheading the Department’s intra-agency immigration efforts) and Tali Farhadian, the counsel to the Attorney General on immigration issues, urging uptake of various reforms from ALI that can be accomplished within DOJ.