Date AnnouncedApril 6, 2018
Presidential Memo ends alleged "catch and release" policy at the border in keeping with Executive Order 13767. The memo directs DHS, in coordination with DOD, DOJ, and HHS, to submit a report to the President detailing all measures that have been and are being taken to end "catch and release" practices. Within 45 days, the Departments will submit a report outlining past and ongoing efforts to end “catch and release.” Another report will be submitted within 75 days detailing what additional resources or authorities are needed to finally and fully achieve this goal.
See Biden administration action below.View Policy Document
Effective Date of ChangeApril 6, 2018
Biden Administration ActionFebruary 4, 2021
This Biden Administration policy revokes in its entirety the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.
On February 5, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order revoking Executive Order 13767.Creating a Comprehensive Regional Framework To Address the Causes of Migration, To Manage Migration Throughout North and Central America, and To Provide Safe and Orderly Processing of Asylum Seekers at the United States Border
DHS's 2014 guidance prioritized deporting alleged gang members, felons and those who posed a threat. Asylum seekers who did not fall into these categories and who received a positive "credible fear" determination were generally released while they were awaiting their subsequent immigration court hearing.Policies for the Apprehension, Detention, and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants (Nov. 20, 2014)
Biden Administration Action
New Policy Document
Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Secretary of Homeland Security: Ending “Catch and Release” at the Border of the United States and Directing Other Enhancements to Immigration Enforcement
- Prior Policy Document
- Biden Administration Action Document