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ACIJ directs NYC IJs to complete family cases within 365 days

  1. Date Announced

    Nov. 30, 2018

    According to leaked emails obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting, the New York City Assistant Chief Immigration Judge (ACIJ) directed IJs to complete family unit (FAMU) cases on a specific timetable and within one year.

    [ID #227]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Nov. 30, 2018
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Hearings and Adjudications
Agencies Affected: ICE EOIR

Prior Policies

  • In August 2018, AG Sessions released a decision in Matter of L-A-B-R-, which strongly emphasizes administrative efficiency, discusses continuances as a dilatory tactic, and appears to limit IJ discretion in granting continuances.

    Matter of L-A-B-R-, 27 I&N Dec. 405 (AG 2018)


Center for Investigative Reporting: Leaked immigration court official’s directive could violate rules that protect families from deportation

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