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DOJ and DHS Announce New Procedures to Expeditiously Resolve Immigration Cases of Single Adult Migrants that Illegally Cross the U.S.-Mexico Border

The Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new “Recent Arrivals (RA) Docket process” to more expeditiously resolve immigration cases of single adult migrants who attempt to illegally cross the southern border between ports of entry. The agencies note that this process will allow them to “more swiftly impose consequences, including removal, on those without a legal basis to remain in the United States and to more swiftly grant immigration relief or protections to noncitizens with valid claims.” Under the RA process—which will operate in the cities of Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City— DHS will place certain noncitizen single adults on the RA Docket, adjudicators from the Executive Office for Immigration Review will prioritize the adjudication of these cases, and immigration judges will aim to render final decisions within 180 days. 

Relatedly, DOJ also released a final rule entitled, Efficient Case and Docket Management in Immigration Proceedings that codifies procedures and standards for immigration adjudicators across the country to manage their dockets and resolve cases efficiently, including allowing adjudicators to prioritize cases that are ready to be resolved promptly.

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