EOIR Immigration Court delayed further for many due to pandemic.


EOIR Immigration Court hearings are delayed or postponed for all non-detained cases, at least through Friday, June 12, 2020. All MPP hearings are postponed at least through Friday, June 19, 2020. All MPP related in-person document service is suspended until June 8th.

MPP Hearings

On May 10, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the EOIR issued a joint statement describing delays in Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) hearings. All in-person document service is suspended until at least June 8th. All MPP hearings are postponed through at least June 19th. If you have questions about when you should present yourself at the port of entry indicated on your tear sheet, please consult your immigration attorney or contact the EOIR. Read the complete Joint DHS/EOIR statement here.

What are Migrant Protection Protocols?

MPP’s, or Migrant Protection Protocols, are protocols for the U.S. Government to return certain individuals entering or seeking admission to the U.S. from Mexico, such as asylum seekers entering without proper documentation or illegally, back to Mexico to await their Immigration Court hearings that will occur in the U.S. at a later date. They were announced in early 2019 as part of the Trump administration’s efforts to curb illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border. Then Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen M. Nielsen, said the following about Migrant Protection Protocols,

“We have implemented an unprecedented action that will address the urgent humanitarian and security crisis at the Southern border. This humanitarian approach will help to end the exploitation of our generous immigration laws. The Migrant Protection Protocols represent a methodical commonsense approach, exercising long-standing statutory authority to help address the crisis at our Southern border.” – Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen

Non-Detained Hearings

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) updated its operational status last week, Friday, May 15, 2020, announcing that,

“All hearings in non-detained cases are postponed through, and including, Friday June 12, 2020.”

Please check this Department of Justice page frequently for updates on non-detained hearings.

EOIR Immigration Court Operational Status

As of Monday, May 18, 2020, the follow are the operational statuses of Arlington and Dallas Immigration Court, and both the Falls Church and Fort Worth IAC. For your specific Immigration Court’s operational status, please double check this page frequently and/or contact the EOIR.

Arlington Immigration Court: Open for filings and detained hearings only.

Falls Church IAC: Open

Dallas Immigration Court: Open for filings and detained hearings only.

Fort Worth IAC: Open

We can help you.

If you or someone you know are impacted by EOIR Immigration Court delays due to the Coronavirus, or have questions about something you received in the mail from Immigration Court, Christians Law, PLLC is here to help. Tyler Christians is an experienced immigration attorney and can help you with your immigration needs.

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