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EOIR Director expands restrictions on immigration judges' public speaking

  1. Original Date Announced

    January 17, 2020

    The EOIR Director updates a September 1, 2017 memo curtailing the ability of immigration judges to speak publicly. That memo eliminated the speaking category of "personal capacity with use of title," thereby leaving immigration judges with the ability to speak only in strictly official and strictly personal capacities. The 2017 memo also required all speaking engagements to be approved by a supervising ACIJ and prohibited any discussion of "immigration issues" in a personal capacity. Any talking points and written materials for official public speaking would have to be submitted in advance and cleared.

    Though couched as a process update to the prior directive, the new policy memo reinforces prior restrictions and expands front-office oversight of public speaking. Under the new memo, requests to speak publicly must be accompanied by "complete talking points," as opposed to an outline, overview, or "abbreviated" talking points. Additionally, all requests to speak publicly, including those in a personal capacity, must be cleared by the "Speaking Engagement Team," consisting of the Office of the Director, the Office of Policy, and the Office of General Counsel.

    [ID #1140]

    Submission for Processing of Requests for Speaking Engagements
  2. Effective Date

    January 17, 2020

Current Status

Not in effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Hearings and Adjudications
Agencies Affected: EOIR DOJ

Pre Trump-Era Policies

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