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  1. December 2020

    1. December 3, 2020

      CBP announces pilot program to collect DNA samples will become fully operational

      Detention CBP Final/Actual Change in PracticeForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. November 2020

    1. November 25, 2020

      DHS temporarily closes detention facility at Texas border

      Detention DHSCBP Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. October 2020

    1. October 30, 2020

      CBP expelling migrant children from other countries into Mexico

      BorderMinorsAsylum, Withholding and CAT CBP Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. October 13, 2020

      Unauthorized CBP operation in Guatemala relocates Honduran migrants to the Guatemala-Honduras border

      BorderAsylum, Withholding and CAT DOSDHSCBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. October 3, 2020

      COVID-19, Reported: VP Pence directed CDC to issue expulsion order

      BorderAsylum, Withholding and CAT DHSCDCHHSCBP Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. August 2020

    1. August 21, 2020

      USCIS implements DHS guidance to reject, restrict, and shorten DACA program

      EnforcementDACA CBPICEUSCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect
  1. July 2020

    1. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. June 2020

    1. June 4, 2020

      DHS deploys components to curb protests nationwide

      Interior DHSICECBP Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. May 2020

    1. May 28, 2020

      COVID-19: CBP/TSA restrict arrivals of flights carrying persons traveling from Brazil

      Enforcement CBPTSABureau of Consular Affairs Rescinded Change in Practice
  1. April 2020

    1. April 27, 2020

      COVID-19: DOS postpones Entrance Status Check for Diversity Visa applicants

      Immigrant Visas: Diversity CBPUSCISDOS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. March 2020

    1. March 20, 2020

      COVID-19: US-Canada joint initiative restricts non-essential border crossings

      BorderNon-Immigrant Visas: Visitor CBPDHS Final/ActualRenewed Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    2. March 20, 2020

      COVID-19: US-Mexico joint initiative restricts non-essential border crossings

      BorderNon-Immigrant Visas: Visitor CBPDHS Final/ActualRenewed Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. Current Status

      Not in effect
    4. March 17, 2020

      COVID-19: CBP/TSA restrict arrivals of flights carrying persons traveling from Schengen Area

      Enforcement CBPTSA Rescinded Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    5. March 10, 2020

      COVID-19: Unaccompanied children not being held in CA, WA shelters

      Minors CBPORR Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. March 6, 2020

      ICE requests redeployment of 500 HSI agents to increase arrests and surveillance in sanctuary cities

      InteriorSanctuary Restrictions ICECBPEOIR Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. March 4, 2020

      COVID-19: CBP/TSA restrict arrivals of flights carrying persons traveling from Iran

      Enforcement CBPTSA Rescinded Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect
  1. February 2020

    1. February 27, 2020

      Reported: ICE, CBP and DOJ use Clearview AI, a facial recognition program to scan social media photos

      Enforcement CBPICEDOJ Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. February 24, 2020

      CBP introduces facial recognition at Brownsville, TX border crossing

      Border CBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. February 7, 2020

      Reported: DHS uses cellphone location data for immigration enforcement

      Enforcement CBPICEDHS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. February 5, 2020

      DHS suspends access to Trusted Traveler Programs for NY residents

      Sanctuary Restrictions CBPICE Rescinded Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    5. February 4, 2020

      COVID-19: CBP/TSA restrict arrivals of flights carrying persons traveling from China

      Enforcement CBPTSA Rescinded Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect
  1. January 2020

    1. January 2, 2020

      DHS begins implementing Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) at Port of Nogales

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorderHearings and Adjudications CBPUSCISICEEOIR Final/ActualIn Litigation Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
  1. December 2019

    1. December 6, 2019

      Reported: EOIR expands use of "tent courts" along Southern Border

      HumanitarianAsylum, Withholding and CATBorderHearings and Adjudications USCISEOIRCBPICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. November 2019

    1. November 7, 2019

      CBP issues NTAs with false court dates to migrants in MPP

      Hearings and AdjudicationsAsylum, Withholding and CAT CBPICEEOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. November 6, 2019

      DHS begins implementing the Humanitarian Asylum Review Program

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorderHearings and Adjudications USCISCBPEOIR Final/ActualIn Litigation Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect
  1. October 2019

    1. October 7, 2019

      DHS begins implementing the Prompt Asylum Claim Review program

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorderDetentionHearings and Adjudications CBPUSCISEOIR Final/ActualIn Litigation Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect
  1. September 2019

    1. September 6, 2019

      DHS and DOJ are erecting virtual immigration courtrooms for MPP cases along the Southern Border

      Asylum, Withholding and CATHearings and AdjudicationsBorder USCISCBPICEEOIR ReportedIn Litigation Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
  1. August 2019

    1. August 28, 2019

      U.S. and El Salvador sign letter of cooperation to reduce border migration

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCISICECBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. August 2, 2019

      Reported: MPP program expanded to easternmost southern border

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorder CBPUSCISICEEOIR ReportedIn Litigation Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
  1. July 2019

    1. July 11, 2019

      US/Canada begin Phase III of Entry/Exit Project

      Border CBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. July 8, 2019

      Report: Immigration Officials Use Secretive Gang Databases to Deny Asylum Claims

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorderInterior ICECBPUSCISDOS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. July 8, 2019

      The Under Secretary of State re-delegates authority to invoke privilege related to refugee vetting

      RefugeesBorder Bureau of Population, Refugees, and MigrationUSCISCBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. July 1, 2019

      HHS to fund 1,300 more beds in Carrizo Springs, Texas

      BorderDetentionMinors CBPORR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. June 2019

    1. June 28, 2019

      CBP opens temporary facility in Yuma, AZ

      Detention CBPICEORR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. June 24, 2019

      ICE notice of intent to award contract to Cellebrite for smartphone hacking technology

      Interior CBPICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. June 21, 2019

      ICE awards new contract for rapid DNA testing at southwest border; expands pilot program

      Border CBPICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. June 20, 2019

      CBP expands facility in Donna, TX to hold more unaccompanied children

      Detention CBPICEORR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. June 7, 2019

      United States and Mexico sign joint statement on immigration enforcement

      BorderAsylum, Withholding and CAT USCISICECBPDOS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. May 2019

    1. May 11, 2019

      Report: ICE relocates detainees by air to begin initial processing

      Detention CBPICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. May 2, 2019

      Border Patrol agents will conduct and decide credible fear claims

      BorderAsylum, Withholding and CAT CBPUSCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect
  1. April 2019

    1. April 25, 2019

      CBP Further Restricts Canadian L-1 Applications at the Border

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based CBPUSCIS Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. April 24, 2019

      CBP reportedly starts fingerprinting some children under age 14

      MinorsBorder CBP Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. April 1, 2019

      CBP stops Sunday screening services for commercial trucks entering Nogales, Arizona

      Border CBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. March 2019

    1. March 27, 2019

      CBP temporarily reassigns CBP officers to Border Patrol Sectors

      Border CBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. March 20, 2019

      CBP reportedly releasing detained noncitizens en masse, citing space constraints

      Detention CBP Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. March 11, 2019

      DHS & ICE launch Global Trade Task Force to combat smuggling

      Border CBPICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. January 2019

    1. January 24, 2019

      Reports of Trump Administration unlawfully detaining and deporting unaccompanied minor asylum-seekers

      BorderMinors ORRICECBP ProposedIn Litigation Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect
  1. December 2018

    1. December 28, 2018

      CBP changes medical practices for children in detention centers

      DetentionMinors CBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. December 21, 2018

      EOIR issues guidance on Pereira v. Sessions, announcing changes in NTA filings and case scheduling

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRUSCISICECBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. December 20, 2018

      DHS announces Migrant Protection Protocols

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorder CBPUSCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
  1. November 2018

    1. November 6, 2018

      CBP partners with DOD for Operation Secure Line at southwest border

      Border CBPDOD Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. October 2018

    1. October 12, 2018

      U.S. allegedly working with Mexican officials to restrict asylum seekers' access to U.S. border

      Asylum, Withholding and CATMinorsBorder CBPUSCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. August 2018

    1. August 18, 2018

      Reports: ICE turns to CBP for extra detention space

      Border CBPICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. August 7, 2018

      DHS adopts enforcement measures targeting visa overstays

      Border USCISDOSCBPICE Final/Actual Change in PracticeData and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. July 2018

    1. July 11, 2018

      Reports of possible safe-third country agreement with Mexico

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorder CBPUSCISDOS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. June 2018

    1. June 21, 2018

      Orlando airport becomes first in U.S. to commit to processing all international travelers with facial recognition technology

      Border CBP Final/Actual Change in PracticeForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. June 15, 2018

      DHS establishes hotline for separated parents to locate children

      BorderMinors CBPORR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. June 12, 2018

      Reports that military posts to be used to house detained unaccompanied minors

      DetentionBorder ORRDODCBP Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. May 2018

    1. May 15, 2018

      HHS proposes expanded background checks and information sharing for sponsors of unaccompanied children

      MinorsInterior ORRICECBPDOJ Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. April 2018

    1. April 27, 2018

      CBP's metering policy is confirmed through litigation

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorder CBPUSCISEOIR Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. April 23, 2018

      DHS agencies reportedly advocate detention and prosecution of parents

      Border CBPICEUSCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. April 13, 2018

      DHS agrees that HHS will share information about unaccompanied children, sponsors, and household members

      Border ORRICECBP Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. April 11, 2018

      California agrees to deploy National Guard to the border

      Border CBPDOD Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. April 9, 2018

      Arizona deploys state National Guard to the border

      Border CBPDOD Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. April 9, 2018

      CBP announces start of border wall replacement program in New Mexico

      Border CBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. March 2018

    1. March 30, 2018

      USCIS and CBP establish pilot program on immediate admissibility determination for Canadian L-1 applicants

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based CBPUSCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. February 2018

    1. February 21, 2018

      Reports that CBP conducts transportation searches up to 100 air miles away from borders

      Border CBP Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. February 8, 2018

      ICE and CBP reportedly separating family members

      Border CBPAG Reported Change in Practice
    3. February 5, 2018

      DHS report calls for surveillance and vetting of Sunni Muslims

      CBPDHS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. February 1, 2018

      USCIS announces additional extreme vetting measures for "following-to-join" refugees

      Refugees USCISICECBPBureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. January 2018

    1. January 5, 2018

      CBP expands website feature on Visa Waiver Program

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Visitor CBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. April 2017

    1. April 12, 2017

      Draft DHS progress report on EO 13767 implementation

      InteriorBorderDetention CBPICEUSCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. April 12, 2017

      CBP establishes pilot program for electronic review of erroneous I-94s

      Non-Immigrant Visas CBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. March 2017

    1. March 30, 2017

      AG Sessions expands IHP

      Interior EOIRCBPICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. February 2017

    1. February 17, 2017

      CBP issues memo on hiring to comply with EO 13767

      Border CBP Proposed Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect