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Tahirih Statement on Unlawful Appointment of USCIS Head

On March 1, 2020, Judge Moss in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the acting head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) was unlawfully appointed to lead the agency. As a result, the court found that several policies aimed to limit asylum protections must be “set aside”, and potentially all directives implemented at USCIS during his tenure. Among these policies include an order to shorten the amount of time asylum seekers have to prepare for credible-fear interviews, while another policy prohibited asylum officers from granting extensions to asylum seekers.

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