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

  1. Date Announced

    March 23, 2020

    DHS and EOIR jointly announce that all Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) master calendar and merit hearings scheduled through April 22nd will be rescheduled due to COVID-19. [ID #125]

    View Policy Document
  2. Effective Date of Change

    March 23, 2020
  3. Subsequent Action

    April 1, 2020

    DHS/EOIR issue a statement extending the temporary posponement of MPP hearings through May 1, 2020.

    DHS EOIR postpone MPP hearings until May 1 2020
  4. Subsequent Action

    May 10, 2020

    On May 10, 2020, DHS and EOIR issue a joint statement extending the temporary postponement of MPP hearings through June 19, 2020.

    DHS and EOIR statement on rescheduling of MPP hearings
  5. Subsequent Action

    June 16, 2020

    On June 16, 2020, DHS and EOIR issue a joint statement extending the temporary postponement of MPP hearings through July 17, 2020. DHS and EOIR anticipate the resumption of hearings on July 20, 2020, so long as public health and safety indicators support hearing reinstatement at that time.

    Joint DHS/EOIR Statement on MPP Rescheduling
  6. Subsequent Action

    July 17, 2020

    On July 17, 2020, DHS and DOJ announce a plan to restart MPP hearings.

    Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice Announce Plan to Restart MPP Hearings
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Change in Practice
Agencies Affected: ICE EOIR

Prior Policies

  • Prior to MPP, an asylum seeker at the border, upon demonstrating a credible fear of persecution, was permitted to wait in the U.S. pending their removal hearing and asylum adjudication.

    8 U.S.C. § 1158 - Asylum

Subsequent Actions

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