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EOIR cuts back on child-friendly practices in immigration court

  1. Date Announced

    Dec. 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.

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Dec. 20, 2017
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Hearings and Adjudications
Agencies Affected: EOIR

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EOIR revises guidance on immigration court cases involving juveniles

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