Original Date AnnouncedNovember 19, 2019
EOIR Policy Memo 20-04 establishes guidelines regarding new regulations for the implementation of Asylum Cooperative Agreements (ACAs), including that an immigration judge has no jurisdiction to review any asylum eligibility determination by DHS pursuant to a bilateral or multilateral agreement with a third country.
[ID #226]Guidelines Regarding New Regulations Providing for the Implementation of Asylum Cooperative Agreements
Effective DateNovember 19, 2019
Subsequent Trump-Era and Court Action(s)
January 15, 2020
U.T. v. Barr - Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
On January 15, 2020, the ACLU, National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, and Human Rights First filed a new lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s policies that are resulting in asylum-seekers being sent to so-called “safe” third countries to apply for asylum rather than being allowed to file asylum claims in the U.S. See U.T. v. Barr (D.D.C.1:20-cv-00116). Cross motions for summary judgment remain pending with the court as of Oct. 26, 2020. For more information, see the U.T. v. Barr page at the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse.Go to article on clearinghouse.net
**Litigation is listed for informational purposes and is not comprehensive. For the current status of legal challenges, check other sources.**
Biden Administration Action: Revoked/ReplacedMay 14, 2021
5.14.21 Rescission on PM 20-04
This Biden administration policy revokes in its entirety the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.
On May 14, 2021, EOIR issued Policy Memo 21-21, rescinding and cancelling policy memo 20-04.View Document