HR. 7569: Immigration Enforcement Moratorium Act

Reps. Escobar (TX-16) and Wilson (FL-24) introduced the “Immigration Enforcement Moratorium Act” to halt the administration’s harmful immigration enforcement activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, citing AILA’s prior calls on DOJ to cease in-person removal proceedings. AILA endorses this bill.

Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (FL-24) introduced the Immigration Enforcement Moratorium Act citing AILA’s prior calls on the DOJ to cease in-person removal proceedings during the public health emergency and introducing measures to promote fair procedures in immigration courts. AILA endorses this bill.

The bill outlines procedures the Attorney General must take during the public health emergency including the suspension of in-person hearings, the establishment of procedures to conduct remote custody determination hearings for detained individuals, the issuance of a blanket extraordinary circumstances exception for one year asylum filing deadlines, and the tolling of any deadlines imposed by statute, regulation, local rule, standing order, or policy guidance requiring the appearance or other action by the respondent.

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Cite as AILA Doc. No. 20071030.

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