Deadline to comment on deportation process rule is Sept. 25

The federal government has proposed a new rule that would impact people in immigration court proceedings and whose cases are on appeal at the Board of Immigration Appeals. The 30 day period to submit a comment to the government will end at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 25, 2020. 

The proposed rule would take away due process protections in immigration court proceedings by speeding up deportations and preventing immigration courts from handling proceedings in an orderly fashion. One of the many changes that would be implemented by this rule is indicated below.

Administrative Closure: Immigration courts use administrative closure to pause a deportation case from moving forward, when, for example, an immigrant has an application for a visa in process that would resolve the deportation case. An immigration judge’s power to administratively close the deportation case allows time for processing of an application that would ultimately allow the person to resolve their case and remain in the US. This regulation will take away the immigration court's ability to administratively close cases.

The comment period for this rule ends on Friday, September 25 at 11:59 p.m. Anyone can submit a comment about this proposed rule, and comments ensure that the government considers the opinions of members of the public before implementing rules that have serious impacts, like this one.

For additional information about this rule and how to submit a comment, visit the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota website.

Last updated Sep 24, 2020

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