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DHS begins implementing the Prompt Asylum Claim Review program

  1. Original Date Announced

    October 7, 2019

    Begun as a pilot program in El Paso, TX and later expanded across the southwest border, the Prompt Asylum Case Review (PACR) is designed to hasten the removal of non-Mexicans seeking asylum or other humanitarian protection. Individuals remain in CBP custody rather than being transferred to ICE custody, effectively blocking their access to attorneys in preparing for and attending their credible fear interviews.

    [ID #112]

    CBP confirms expedited removal pilot program
  2. Effective Date

    October 7, 2019

Current Status

Not in effect

Original Trump Policy Status

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

Associated or Derivative Policies

Pre Trump-Era Policies

  • Until recently, individuals apprehended on the border by CBP were either released with notices to appear for removal proceedings or transferred to ICE detention centers. Those detained by ICE had access to telephones and the ability to meet with attorneys and other individuals to prepare for an initial asylum screening and review by an immigration judge.


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