Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Acting AG Rescinds "Zero-Tolerance" Immigration Memo

On April 6, 2018, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo to all prosecutors on the Southwest border, directing them "to the extent practicable, and in consultation with D H S - to adopt immediately a zero-tolerance policy for all offenses referred for prosecution under section 1325(a)".

Today, Acting U.S. A.G. Monty Wilkinson rescinded the Sessions memo.

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The Session memo profoundly changed the way some SW courts operated -- particularly in the S.D. Cal (think San Diego) where § 1325 cases hadn't previously been a priority. We'll have to wait and see whether, when, and how this top-down change in priorities will affect the on-the-ground practice that's gotten up and running in the past 3 years.

-KitJ

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/2021/01/acting-ag-rescinds-zero-tolerance-immigration-memo.html

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