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AILA Doc. No. 20071337 | Dated July 13, 2020
By AILA’s EOIR/ICE Joint Liaison Committee1
On June 15, 2020, AILA and its partners wrote a letter to EOIR Director McHenry in response to EOIR’s decision to resume non-detained hearings in select immigration courts during the national public health emergency. The letter explains that EOIR’s decision is premature and will not only affect the health and safety of the community, but also impact the fundamental fairness of immigration court proceedings. EOIR’s Policy Memo 20-13: EOIR Practices Related to the COVID-19 Outbreak fails to adequately account for the significant risks of COVID-19 transmission both inside and outside of the courtroom. Below is a practice pointer from AILA’s EOIR/ICE Joint Liaison Committee on immigration court operations.
|EOIR’s Date of Proposed Reopening||Location|
|June 15, 2020||Honolulu|
|June 29, 2020||Boston, Dallas, Las Vegas, Buffalo, Hartford, and New Orleans|
|July 6, 2020||Cleveland and Philadelphia|
|July 13, 2020||Newark, Baltimore, and Detroit|
|July 20, 2020||Arlington|
*Note, some of these courts may have closed after resuming non-detained hearings, please check the Individual Immigration Court Operational Status for more information.
1 Special thanks to EOIR/ICE Joint Liaison Committee Chair Sui Chung for her contribution to this practice pointer.
Cite as AILA Doc. No. 20071337.