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Reported: EOIR expands use of "tent courts" along Southern Border

  1. Date Announced

    Dec. 6, 2019

    CNN reports that EOIR will expand the number of immigration judges conducting hearings by video teleconference, in makeshift courts for migrants seeking asylum in the United States who have been returned to Mexico until their court date. [ID #120]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Dec. 6, 2019
Status: Reported
Type of Action: Change in Practice
Agencies Affected: USCIS EOIR CBP ICE

Prior Policies

  • According to the CNN report, there were 19 judges from three separate immigration courts in Texas hearing cases remotely in mid-September, including in Brownsville and Laredo. Prior to MPP, an asylum seeker at the border, upon demonstrating a credible fear of persecution, was permitted to wait in the U.S. pending their removal hearing and asylum adjudication.

    8 U.S.C. § 1158 - Asylum

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