Skip to main content

EOIR cuts back on child-friendly practices in immigration court

  1. Original Date Announced

    December 20, 2017

    EOIR issues Operating Policies and Procedures Memorandum (OPPM) 17-03, revising guidelines for adjudicating cases involving "unmarried children under the age of 18." This OPPM supersedes and removes certain child-friendly guidance in the preceding OPPM 07-01, and it reminds immigration judges that children are still subject to legal standards on credibility and burden of proof and that judges need to be vigilant about "fraud and abuse" in the immigration court system. The OPPM applies both to child respondents and child witnesses.

    [ID #153]

    EOIR: Operating Policies and Procedures Memorandum 17-03: Guidelines for Immigration Court Cases Involving Juveniles, Including Unaccompanied Alien Children
  2. Effective Date

    December 20, 2017

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

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

Pre Trump-Era Policies


  • CLINIC: EOIR revises guidance on immigration court cases involving juveniles

    Go to article

We require registration to leave feedback. You may either:

  • Sign in with your current user name and password.

  • Register if you don't have a user name and password.