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  1. January 2021

    1. January 19, 2021

      DHS signs labor agreement with AFGE National ICE Council 118, ceding unprecedented policy power to union

      EnforcementDetentionInterior ICE Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice
    2. January 15, 2021

      Reported: DHS signed agreements with states self-imposing six-month notice-and-comment period

      BorderInterior DHS Reported Change in Practice
  1. November 2020

    1. November 6, 2020

      ICE puts up billboards in North Carolina featuring "at-large public safety threats"

      InteriorSanctuary Restrictions ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. November 5, 2020

      DOS revokes designation of ETIM as a foreign terrorist organization

      InteriorBorder DOSDOJDHS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. October 2020

    1. October 21, 2020

      EOIR and USCIS issue final rule expanding criminal bars to asylum and limiting review of discretionary denials of asylum

      Asylum, Withholding and CATHearings and AdjudicationsInteriorBorder CBPICEUSCISEOIRBureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Rule

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    2. October 21, 2020

      ICE implements expanded scope for expedited removal

      InteriorBorderHearings and Adjudications DHSCBPICE Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    3. October 2, 2020

      ICE puts up billboards in Pennsylvania featuring "at-large immigration violators"

      InteriorSanctuary Restrictions ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. September 2020

    1. September 25, 2020

      ICE modifies enforcement efforts during COVID-19

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. September 12, 2020

      COVID-19: ICE reportedly resumes arrests after pausing due to pandemic

      Interior ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. July 2020

    1. Current Status

      Not in effect
  1. June 2020

    1. June 26, 2020

      Trump Administration designates ICE a "security/sensitive" agency

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. June 4, 2020

      DHS deploys components to curb protests nationwide

      Interior DHSICECBP Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. April 2020

    1. April 23, 2020

      COVID-19: ICE to test some immigrants for coronavirus before deportation

      Interior ICEDOS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. March 2020

    1. March 18, 2020

      COVID-19: ICE focuses removal and detention on public safety risks

      InteriorSanctuary Restrictions ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. March 15, 2020

      COVID-19: ICE medically screens detainees prior to removal flights

      DetentionInterior ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. March 9, 2020

      DOJ eliminates DHS discretion to exempt certain detained noncitizens from DNA-sample collection

      BorderInteriorDetention ICEDOJCBP Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. 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
  1. February 2020

    1. February 14, 2020

      ICE intends to open first holding facility in Maine

      DetentionInterior ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. February 5, 2020

      Reported: ICE begins fingerprinting unaccompanied children age 14 and over in ORR facilities

      InteriorMinors ORRICEUSCIS Reported Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. January 2020

    1. January 15, 2020

      ICE issues subpoenas to law enforcement in CA, CT, NY, NV and OR

      InteriorSanctuary Restrictions ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. January 10, 2020

      State Department designates Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq as a foreign terrorist organization

      InteriorBorder DOSDHSDOJ Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. December 2019

    1. December 31, 2019

      Acting DHS Secretary requests review of state DMV laws for assessment of interference with immigration enforcement

      InteriorSanctuary Restrictions DHS Reported Agency Directive

      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. October 2019

    1. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. September 2019

    1. September 12, 2019

      ICE Field Office Directors publish statement on enforcement and removal operations

      InteriorDetention ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. August 2019

    1. August 20, 2019

      ICE Announces New Streamlined Removal Procedures for Return of Guatemalans

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. 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. 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 7, 2019

      ICE reportedly mines state driver's license databases using facial recognition

      Interior ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. June 2019

    1. 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
  1. May 2019

    1. May 19, 2019

      ICE Plans to Expand “Alternative to Detention” Program

      DetentionInterior ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. May 9, 2019

      ICE signs new contract with iPhone hacking company

      InteriorBorder CBPICE Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. May 6, 2019

      ICE launches Warrant Service Officer program, empowering local law enforcement

      InteriorSanctuary Restrictions ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. March 2019

    1. March 13, 2019

      Press reports widespread ICE violations of warrant signature requirements and erroneous targeting of US citizens

      InteriorSanctuary Restrictions ICEState & Local Entities Reported Change in PracticeData and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. March 11, 2019

      White House FY2020 Budget Proposal includes $8.6 billion in border wall funding

      InteriorBorder CBPICEUSCISOther Proposed Legislation
  1. January 2019

    1. January 1, 2019

      USCIS requests transfer of over $200 million to ICE for immigration enforcement purposes

      Interior ICEUSCIS Proposed Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not 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. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. December 11, 2018

      ICE reports increase in workplace investigations and arrests in 2018

      InteriorWorkplace Enforcement ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. November 2018

    1. November 8, 2018

      USCIS announces continued implementation of policy memo on NTAs

      Interior USCISICEEOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. October 2018

    1. October 10, 2018

      ICE ends practice of coordinating release plans for undocumented families in Arizona

      InteriorBorderDetention ICE Final/Actual 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
    2. September 16, 2018

      Report that ICE issues NTAs with incorrect hearing dates

      InteriorHearings and Adjudications ICEEOIR ReportedIn Litigation Change in Practice
    3. September 11, 2018

      ICE is reportedly increasing use of video conferencing at immigration court

      InteriorHearings and Adjudications ICEEOIR Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. August 2018

    1. August 13, 2018

      USCIS coordinates with ICE to arrest individuals at interviews

      Interior ICEUSCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
  1. June 2018

    1. June 28, 2018

      USCIS expands grounds for issuance of NTAs

      InteriorHearings and AdjudicationsImmigrant VisasNon-Immigrant Visas ICEUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    2. June 27, 2018

      ICE reportedly uses AB-60 driver licenses to conduct arrests in CA

      Interior ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. 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. 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 13, 2018

      ICE checking criminal backgrounds of each adult in the household of unaccompanied minors' sponsors

      InteriorMinorsBorder CBPICEORR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. March 2018

    1. March 12, 2018

      ICE reportedly declines to renew orders of supervision and stays of removal

      Interior ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. Current Status

      Not in effect
  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
    2. January 17, 2018

      ICE enters into Basic Ordering Agreements with Florida sheriffs

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. January 10, 2018

      ICE establishes enforcement policy at courthouses

      Interior ICECBP Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
  1. December 2017

    1. December 22, 2017

      ICE gains access to nationwide license plate reader database

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. November 2017

    1. November 1, 2017

      ICE opposes administrative closure for provisional unlawful presence waiver applicants

      Interior ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  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
    2. October 8, 2017

      DOJ/DHS plan to hire additional immigration judges and ICE attorneys

      Interior ICEEOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. October 8, 2017

      White House releases details on interior enforcement principles and policies

      Sanctuary RestrictionsInteriorDetention ICEBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. September 2017

    1. September 28, 2017

      ICE targets enforcement in "sanctuary" jurisdictions in Operation "Safe City"

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. September 18, 2017

      ICE solicits comments on 287(g) information collection

      Interior ICE Proposed Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. August 2017

    1. August 29, 2017

      ICE replaces policies for noncitizen parents/legal guardians and their minor children

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. August 16, 2017

      ORR announces Community Safety Initiative to review unaccompanied minor policies

      MinorsInterior ORRICEDOJState & Local Entities Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    3. August 15, 2017

      ICE issues enforcement guidance to OPLA attorneys implementing EO 13768

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive
  1. July 2017

    1. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. June 2017

    1. June 14, 2017

      ICE announces MS-13 arrests and specifies grounds for alleging gang membership

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. May 2017

    1. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. April 2017

    1. April 26, 2017

      DHS creates Victims of Immigration Crime Enforcement Office

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive
    2. April 12, 2017

      Draft DHS progress report on EO 13767 implementation

      InteriorBorderDetention CBPICEUSCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. April 11, 2017

      Report that ICE is detaining people at their check-ins

      Interior ICE Reported 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
    2. March 27, 2017

      AG Sessions warns sanctuary jurisdictions to certify compliance with 8 U.S.C. § 1373 or lose DOJ grants

      Sanctuary RestrictionsInterior DOJICEState & Local Entities Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. March 24, 2017

      ICE revises policies and procedures regarding issuance of civil immigration detainers

      DetentionInterior ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. February 2017

    1. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. February 21, 2017

      CBP issues memo implementing EO 13767 and EO 13768

      InteriorBorder CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive
    4. February 20, 2017

      DHS implements EO 13767 on "Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements"

      HumanitarianInteriorBorderDetention USCISCBPICE Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive
    5. February 20, 2017

      DHS memo implementing EO 13768 on "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior"

      InteriorDetentionSanctuary RestrictionsBorder CBPICE Final/Actual Agency Directive
  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
    2. January 25, 2017

      POTUS issues EO 13767, regarding border security and immigration enforcement

      DetentionInteriorBorder CBPICE Final/Actual Presidential Orders