Latest Information on Corona Impact on ICE and the Immigration Courts


The Immigrant Justice Corps just released this update on the impact of the Corona Pandemic on ICE and the Immigration Courts:

  • EOIR has canceled all non-detained master calendar hearings but individual hearings and the detained docket are proceeding as usual. Learn more about court status and closures here.

  • The National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ), the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 511 (the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Professionals Union), and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) have released a joint statement calling on all immigration courts across the country to close to protect the health and safety of the Immigration Judges, the Immigration Court staff, and the public.

  • ICE has suspended social visitation of all its detention facilities until further notice in order to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19. However, per their website, “agents continue daily enforcement operations to make criminal and civil arrests.”

  • USCIS clarified that the Public Charge rules do not restrict access to testing, screening, or treatment of communicable diseases like COVID-19.

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