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EOIR Director orders courts to track 'family unit' cases, complete them within a year

  1. Date Announced

    Nov. 16, 2018

    Per order of the EOIR Director in Policy Memo 19-04, family unit cases are to be tracked to ensure that they are completed in a year or less. [ID #192]

    See Biden administration action below.

    View Policy Document
  2. Effective Date of Change

    Nov. 16, 2018
  3. Biden Administration Action

    May 27, 2021

    This Biden administration policy modifies the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    On May 27, 2021, EOIR Acting Director issued Policy Memorandum 21-23, creating a Dedicated Docket focusing on the adjudication of family cases identified by DHS. The policy aims to issue a decision on each Dedicated Docket case within 300 days of the initial master calendar hearing. This new policy modifies the Trump-era policy tracking "family unit" cases, which was discontinued during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Policy Memo 21-23: Dedicated Docket

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