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AG Sessions rescinds 25 guidance documents, including publications on citizenship status discrimination and border enforcement

  1. Date Announced

    Dec. 21, 2017

    AG Sessions rescinds twenty-five guidance documents, including Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative Guidelines (2013); Northern Border Prosecution Initiative Guidelines (2013); and Letter to Esmeralda Zendejas on how to determine whether lawful permanent residents are protected against citizenship status discrimination (May 30, 2012).

    [ID #205]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Dec. 21, 2017
Type of Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Humanitarian
Agencies Affected: DOJ

Prior Policies

  • DOJ previously used the twenty-five documents as guidance for various issues related to citizenship status discrimination and border enforcement. For example, the Letter to Esmeralda Zendejas on how to determine whether lawful permanent residents are protected against citizenship status discrimination (May 30, 2012) noted that "'an alien who fails to apply for naturalization within six months of the date the alien first becomes eligible' is not a 'protected individual' under 8 U.S.C. ยง 1324b(3)(B) and is thus not protected from citizenship status discrimination. However, all work-authorized individuals are protected against other forms of discrimination under the anti-discrimination provision, including document abuse, the request for more or different documents, or the rejection of reasonably genuine looking documents in the employment eligibility verification process based on national origin or citizenship status."

    Letter to Esmeralda Zendejas on how to determine whether lawful permanent residents are protected against citizenship status discrimination

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