Thursday, August 24, 2006

BIA Departure

From: Scialabba, Lori (EOIR)

Sent: Wednesday, August 23, 2006 4:20 PM To: All of BIA (EOIR)

Subject: My departure

Dear Board Staff, It is with very mixed emotions that I announce my departure from the Board of Immigration Appeals. I have been named Director of International Operations at the Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, effective October 1, 2006. While I am excited to take on this new role, I am sad to be leaving so many good friends and colleagues. As you know, the Board has undergone a massive transformation during my tenure here. We have changed the way we adjudicate cases, we eliminated a large backlog of appeals, and we did it under time constraints that were more than ambitious. I am very proud of all we have accomplished over the past few years and firmly believe it was possible only because of your intelligence and hard work. You have my deep appreciation and respect for the dedication you have shown to the Board as an institution. There will always be new challenges to face and adjustments to make as we entertain cases under the ever-changing immigration laws we are responsible for administering, but I have every confidence that you will meet each challenge and continue to provide instructive, fair, and timely decisions. I will always consider the honor of having been the Chairman of the Board to be one of the highlights of my professional career. It has been a pleasure to work with you and I will miss you more than I can say. Lori

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