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  1. February 2017

    1. February 13, 2017

      USCIS raises standard for initial credible fear and reasonable fear interviews

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Change in Practice
  1. September 2017

    1. September 18, 2017

      DHS publishes notice of DACA rescission in Federal Register

      DACA USCIS In LitigationRescinded Change in Practice
  1. October 2017

    1. October 26, 2017

      ICE imposes new removal deadline on noncitizens with pending U visa applications

      U/T/VAWANon-Immigrant VisasInterior ICEUSCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. January 2018

    1. January 26, 2018

      USCIS announces "last in-first out" processing for affirmative asylum interviews

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. January 29, 2018

      DHS announces new extreme vetting measures for refugees

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. February 2018

    1. 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. March 2018

    1. March 1, 2018

      USCIS begins denying SIJ status to 18-20 year olds

      MinorsImmigrant Visas: Special Immigrant USCISState & Local Entities Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not 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
  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
    2. May 29, 2018

      USCIS removes asylum officer training documents from USCIS website

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. May 30, 2018

      USCIS launches first phase of new FOIA request system allowing digital access to records

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasHumanitarianCitizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in PracticeForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. June 2018

    1. June 15, 2018

      DHS establishes hotline for separated parents to locate children

      BorderMinors CBPORR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. June 19, 2018

      DHS reportedly increasing its use of medical records in asylum determinations in children's cases

      MinorsAsylum, Withholding and CATEnforcement USCISICEORR Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. June 21, 2018

      DOD prepares to house 20,000 unaccompanied minors at military bases

      DetentionMinors ORRDOD Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    4. June 22, 2018

      ICE seeks up to 15,000 beds to detain families

      DetentionMinorsBorderInterior ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. July 2018

    1. July 3, 2018

      AG Sessions rescinds 24 guidance documents, including guidance discouraging employers from discriminating against asylees and refugees

      RefugeesAsylum, Withholding and CATSanctuary Restrictions DOJ Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. 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
    3. July 20, 2018

      Report: DHS increasing deportation and detention of U-1 status applicants

      U/T/VAWANon-Immigrant Visas ICEUSCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. September 2018

    1. September 21, 2018

      Report that ICE arrests sponsors of unaccompanied minors

      InteriorMinors ICEORR Reported 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. November 2018

    1. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. December 2018

    1. December 19, 2018

      HHS rolls back fingerprint requirements for adults living with migrant children

      MinorsInteriorBorder ICEORR Rescinded Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. December 20, 2018

      DHS promulgates the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)

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

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    3. December 28, 2018

      CBP changes medical practices for children in detention centers

      DetentionMinors CBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      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. February 2019

    1. February 14, 2019

      USCIS tightens legal marriage requirement for refugee RE-2 derivative spouses

      Refugees USCIS Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice
  1. March 2019

    1. March 1, 2019

      USCIS makes unannounced Form I-730 processing changes, referring certain petitions to ICE

      Asylum, Withholding and CATRefugees ICEUSCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. March 12, 2019

      USCIS to close most of its international field offices

      HumanitarianImmigrant VisasCitizenship USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. April 2019

    1. April 24, 2019

      CBP reportedly starts fingerprinting some children under age 14

      MinorsBorder CBP Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. April 30, 2019

      Asylum interviewers will no longer be trained to consider lack of asylum seekers' evidence

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCIS In LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect
  1. May 2019

    1. 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
    2. May 30, 2019

      HHS cancels funding for recreational activities in unaccompanied minor shelters

      MinorsDetention ORRICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. May 31, 2019

      USCIS updates procedures for unaccompanied children's asylum applications

      MinorsAsylum, Withholding and CAT USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect
  1. June 2019

    1. 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
    2. June 11, 2019

      HUD announces DACA recipients are ineligible for U.S.-backed mortgages

      DACA Other Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. July 2019

    1. 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
    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 9, 2019

      Asylum seekers given less time to prepare for credible fear interviews

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCIS In LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    5. July 26, 2019

      USCIS issues guidance regarding asylum and internal relocation

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. August 2019

    1. August 21, 2019

      Reported: More than 2,000 migrants returned to Central American countries under "Assisted Voluntary Return" program.

      BorderAsylum, Withholding and CAT DHSDOS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. August 27, 2019

      DHS moves $155M from disaster relief to immigration enforcement

      BorderDetentionAsylum, Withholding and CAT USCISICEFEMA Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. 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
  1. September 2019

    1. Current Status

      Fully 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
    2. October 15, 2019

      USCIS clarifies requirements for Special Immigrant Juvenile Classification

      Immigrant Visas: Special ImmigrantMinorsHumanitarian USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. November 2019

    1. November 6, 2019

      DHS begins implementing the Humanitarian Asylum Review Program

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorderHearings and Adjudications USCISCBPEOIR Final/ActualIn Litigation Change in Practice
    2. 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
    3. November 21, 2019

      Reported: USCIS threatens consequences for staff leaking information

      Humanitarian USCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully 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
    2. December 21, 2019

      Reported: ICE asking immigration courts to reopen DACA recipients' removal cases

      InteriorDACA ICEEOIR Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect
  1. January 2020

    1. January 23, 2020

      USCIS rejects certain application forms for incompleteness if any fields are left blank

      Asylum, Withholding and CATU/T/VAWA USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice
  1. February 2020

    1. February 19, 2020

      USCIS opens application period for new status for long-term residents of CNMI

      HumanitarianImmigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. March 2020

    1. 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
    2. March 17, 2020

      COVID-19: USCIS temporarily suspends in-person services

      Asylum, Withholding and CATCitizenship USCIS Rescinded Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    3. March 19, 2020

      Reported, COVID-19: Trump administration temporarily pausing refugee admissions

      Refugees USCISBureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. March 20, 2020

      COVID-19: USCIS announces flexibility in submitting required signatures during COVID-19 national emergency

      HumanitarianImmigrant VisasNon-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. March 23, 2020

      COVID-19: DHS and EOIR jointly announce rescheduling of MPP hearings

      Asylum, Withholding and CATHearings and Adjudications ICEEOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    6. March 24, 2020

      USCIS changes intake process for Form I-914, rejects incomplete forms

      U/T/VAWA USCIS Final/Actual Change in PracticeForms and Information Collection
  1. July 2020

    1. July 22, 2020

      COVID-19: ICE detains immigrant children in private hotels pending Title 42 expulsion

      MinorsDetention ICE ReportedIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Change in PracticeData and Reports

      Current Status

      Not in effect
  1. August 2020

    1. August 21, 2020

      USCIS updates its policy manual with guidance on terminating asylee status at adjustment of status

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCISICEEOIR Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. August 21, 2020

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

      EnforcementDACA CBPICEUSCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency DirectiveChange in Practice
  1. September 2020

    1. September 2, 2020

      USCIS revises guidance regarding forms and fees to align with USCIS fee rule

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasHumanitarianNaturalization USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Change in PracticeForms and Information CollectionRule
  1. October 2020

    1. 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
    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
    3. 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
    4. 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
  1. November 2020

    1. November 2, 2020

      USCIS releases instructions on filing Form I-589 asylum applications with the Asylum Vetting Center

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCIS Final/Actual Change in PracticeForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. November 18, 2020

      USCIS to require I-730 petitioners to appear for interview

      RefugeesAsylum, Withholding and CAT USCIS Final/ActualRescinded Agency DirectiveChange in Practice
  1. December 2020

    1. December 15, 2020

      USCIS expands interview requirements for refugee/asylee adjustment of status

      Asylum, Withholding and CATRefugeesImmigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. December 29, 2020

      ACF reorganizes ORR, creates new division

      RefugeesMinors ORR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. December 29, 2020

      ICE further limits asylum relief for children

      Minors ICE Reported Agency DirectiveChange in Practice