AILA Doc No. 95060859 | Dated June 8, 1995
PHASE-OUT OF THE NICARAGUAN REVIEW PROGRAM
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has discontinued a special program established in 1987 to review every final order of deportation involving a Nicaraguan national. The Nicaraguan Review Program (NRP) was initiated by Attorney General Edwin Meese in July 1987 to provide an extra level of review by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) for Nicaraguans whose applications for asylum had been denied.
Three years after the transition to a democratically elected government, Attorney General Janet Reno has determined that the political situation in Nicaragua and the United States government's asylum adjudications procedures have improved to such an extent that it is no longer necessary to continue the NRP. INS has issued a policy wire notifying its field offices that Nicaraguans are no longer subject to these special review procedures, and is providing guidance to its field offices on the phase out process for the program. Every effort has been made to phase out the program in a fair, orderly, and humane manner.
WHO IS IMPACTED BY THE END OF THE NRP?
In an effort to work with the Nicaraguan community in responding to inquiries regarding the termination of the NRP, the Community Relations Service (CRS) of the DOJ has extended the use of their telephone hotline. The hotline is bilingual (Spanish-English) and has the following numbers: 305/536-4740, 4742, 4745, 4746, 4751, and 4754. The hours of operation for the hotline are 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
Cite as AILA Doc. No. 95060859.