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EOIR issues IJ guidance on credible fear hearings following Grace v. Whitaker

  1. Date Announced

    Dec. 19, 2018

    In an email containing a legal opinion from the EOIR Office of General Counsel, the Chief Immigration Judge advises IJs about Grace v. Whitaker, No. 18-cv-01853 (D.D.C. Dec. 19, 2018, Sullivan, J.) -- a court order that enjoins IJs from relying on certain aspects of Matter of A-B- when conducting credible fear hearings. The EOIR OGC opinion also reports that the court order enjoins certain USCIS interpretations of the Attorney General’s decision as well. As reported in the CIJ email, the injunction takes effective immediately.

    [ID #196]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Dec. 19, 2018
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Hearings and Adjudications
Agencies Affected: USCIS EOIR

Prior Policies

  • AG Sessions previously vacated the BIA's decision in Matter of A-B- and overruled the BIA's decision in Matter of A-R-C-G, which recognized “married women in Guatemala who are unable to leave their relationship” as a particular social group. Matter of A-B- substantially limited asylum claims by those persecuted by perpetrators of gang or domestic violence. It also required showing that the government condoned or was completely helpless with regard to claims of persecution by non-governmental actors.

    Matter of A-B-, 27 I&N Dec. 316 (AG 2018)


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