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

  1. Original Date Announced

    December 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]

    More Border Cases To Be Heard by Secret Immigration Courts
  2. Effective Date

    December 6, 2019

Current Status

Not in effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Reported
Trump Administration Action: Change in Practice
Agencies Affected: USCIS EOIR CBP ICE

Pre Trump-Era Policies

  • October 29, 2018

    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


Trump-Era Policy Documents

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