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COVID-19: CBP issues memo on turning away migrants at borders, including unaccompanied minors and asylum seekers

  1. Date Announced

    March 20, 2020

    CBP issues memo implementing CDC March 20 Notice of Order under the Public Health Service Act, instructing Border Patrol agents to expel or repatriate all noncitizens arriving without documents from Mexico or Canada, in particular affecting asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors; memo provides for minimal CAT screening.

    [ID #840]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    March 20, 2020
  3. Subsequent Action

    October 30, 2020

    HRF obtained internal DHS documents (via FOIA request) detailing border patrol practices related to the March 2020 CDC order. These practices include expelling asylum seekers without adequate screening, the expelling pregnant women, expelling children, and adopting a more narrow definition of "unaccompanied minor."

    CBP COVID-19 Response: Suspension of Entries and Imports Concept of Operations

Commentary

ProPublica - Leaked Border Patrol Memo Tells Agents to Send Migrants Back Immediately — Ignoring Asylum Law

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Under coronavirus immigration measures, U.S. is expelling border-crossers to Mexico in an average of 96 minutes

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