Date AnnouncedMarch 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.
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Effective Date of ChangeMarch 20, 2020
Subsequent ActionOctober 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