Thursday, February 9th, 2017

EOIR on Prosecutorial Discretion

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"On March 30, 2012 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the next phase of its case-by-case review launched in November 2011. Under the initiative, DHS is reviewing the pending immigration removal caseload to determine in which cases it will exercise prosecutorial discretion. DHS conducted a pilot program with a focused review of pending non-detained cases in the Baltimore and Denver immigration courts from December 4, 2011 to January 13, 2012. To assist this effort, EOIR rescheduled cases with hearings in the non-detained dockets in these courts during this period.

Continuing the effort to support DHS’s case-by-case review, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) has agreed to temporarily and partially suspend non-detained dockets in seven additional immigration courts over four two-week periods. As with the initial effort piloted in Baltimore and Denver, EOIR intends to reschedule cases on the non