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  1. January 2021

    1. January 14, 2021

      Acting Attorney General issues a second Matter of A-B- to provide "additional guidance" on asylum

      Hearings and Adjudications AGEOIR Final/Actual Adjudication
  1. November 2020

    1. November 5, 2020

      AG Barr issues Matter of Negusie, ruling there is no duress exception to "persecutor bar" for asylum and withholding of removal

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT AGEOIRICEUSCIS Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. October 2020

    1. October 7, 2020

      DOJ issues interim final rule on the issuance of guidance documents and their use in litigation

      Hearings and Adjudications AG Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. October 6, 2020

      USCIS issues guidance on TPS and eligibility for adjustment of status

      TPSImmigrant Visas USCISAG Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. September 2020

    1. September 24, 2020

      AG Barr issues Matter of A-C-A-A-, requiring BIA to review asylum grants more critically

      Hearings and Adjudications AGEOIR Final/Actual Adjudication
  1. July 2020

    1. July 30, 2020

      AG Barr issues Matter of Reyes, expanding what can qualify as an aggravated felony conviction

      Hearings and Adjudications AGEOIR Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. July 18, 2020

      Administration plans parent-child reunification after district court order

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorder ICEORRAGCBP Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. July 14, 2020

      AG Barr issues Matter of O-F-A-S-, clarifying when harm by a public official constitutes torture for CAT purposes

      Hearings and AdjudicationsAsylum, Withholding and CAT AGEOIR Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. June 2020

    1. June 17, 2020

      AG Barr certifies Matter of A-M-R-C-, a 15 years' closed asylum case

      Hearings and AdjudicationsAsylum, Withholding and CAT AG Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. February 2020

    1. February 26, 2020

      AG Barr issues Matter of R-A-F-, remanding BIA decision for reconsideration of "torture" determination

      Asylum, Withholding and CATHearings and Adjudications AGEOIR Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. October 2019

    1. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. October 25, 2019

      AG Barr issues Matter of Thomas and Thompson, ruling on the immigration effect of modified criminal convictions

      Hearings and Adjudications AGEOIR Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. August 2019

    1. August 8, 2019

      Detained noncitizens with small children released on humanitarian grounds in Mississippi

      Interior ICEAG Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. July 2019

    1. July 29, 2019

      AG decides Matter of L-E-A-, narrowing family-based PSGs

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT EOIRICEAGUSCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Adjudication
  1. April 2019

    1. April 29, 2019

      President Trump issues memo proposing to tighten asylum rules

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorder EOIRUSCISCBPAG Proposed Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    2. April 22, 2019

      White House directs agencies to tighten B-1/B-2 visitor visa enforcement

      Non-Immigrant Visas: VisitorNon-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular AffairsUSCISICECBPAG Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. April 8, 2019

      DOS to designate Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as Foreign Terrorist Organization

      Enforcement DHSDOSAG Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. October 2018

    1. October 18, 2018

      DOJ plans to expand AG certification authority

      Hearings and Adjudications AGEOIR In Regulatory Agenda Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. October 12, 2018

      AG Sessions drops Matter of M-G-G-

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRAG Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. September 2018

    1. September 18, 2018

      AG Sessions issues Matter of S-O-G- & F-D-B-, truncating IJs' authority to terminate proceedings

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRAGICE Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. September 13, 2018

      AG Sessions issues litigation guidelines for opposing nationwide injunctions

      Hearings and Adjudications AGDOJ Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. August 2018

    1. August 16, 2018

      AG Sessions issues Matter of L-A-B-R-, restricting continuances

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRAGICE Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. July 2018

    1. July 10, 2018

      DHS issues a four-step process for family reunification to comply with court order

      EnforcementHearings and Adjudications AGICEORR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. May 2018

    1. May 17, 2018

      AG Sessions issues Matter of Castro-Tum, restricting administrative closure

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRAGUSCISICE Final/Actual Adjudication
  1. April 2018

    1. April 6, 2018

      POTUS issues memorandum ending "catch and release" at the border

      Border CBPICEUSCISORRAG Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    2. April 6, 2018

      DOJ announces "zero tolerance" policy on Southwest border

      Border CBPAG Final/Actual Agency Directive
    3. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. March 2018

    1. March 7, 2018

      AG Sessions issues Matter of A-B-, restricting asylum claims based on domestic or gang violence

      Asylum, Withholding and CATHearings and Adjudications EOIRAGICEUSCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Adjudication
    2. Current Status

      Not in effect
    3. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. February 2018

    1. February 8, 2018

      ICE and CBP reportedly separating family members

      Border CBPAG Reported Change in Practice
  1. January 2018

    1. January 24, 2018

      DOJ demands documents from cities regarding information sharing with DHS and DOJ

      Interior AG Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. July 2017

    1. July 25, 2017

      DOJ issues new conditions for FY 2017 Byrne JAG grants to "sanctuary" jurisdictions

      Sanctuary Restrictions AGICEState & Local Entities Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Not in effect
  1. February 2017

    1. February 9, 2017

      POTUS issues EO 13776, creating task force on "illegal immigration"

      Enforcement DOJAG Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. January 2017

    1. January 25, 2017

      POTUS issues EO 13768, broadly expanding enforcement priorities and mandating enhancements to interior enforcement

      DetentionInteriorSanctuary Restrictions AGDOSICE Final/ActualIn Litigation Presidential Orders