Public comments submitted on proposed rules on appellate procedures

Harvard Immigration & Refugee Clinical Program 2020-10-01

On September 25, the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program and the HLS Immigration Project (“HIP) submitted a public comment opposing a proposed rule which would alter the handling of appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) and, ultimately, undermine the rights of immigrants. The proposed rule would enact a number of troubling changes, including limiting the BIA and immigration judges’ scope of review on remand, eliminating administrative closures, and providing the Department of Homeland Security with unlimited, indefinite motions to reopen. In the comment, the Program and HIP highlight the many ways in which these new regulations would prevent immigrants from accessing potential forms of relief. You can read the full comment here.