Resources on Credible Fear and Reasonable Fear

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The USCIS Asylum Office’s Credible Fear Lesson Plan is designed to train asylum officers and set forth standards to be followed when conducting credible fear interviews. CLINIC analyzed changes to the 2019 USCIS Asylum Office’s Credible Fear Lesson Plan and added them to a comparison chart AILA had previously created outlining changes among the 2006, 2014, and 2017 Lesson Plans.  The comparison chart includes analysis from all three lesson plans with a summary of the 2019 changes.

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The government recently issued two parallel guidance memos following a decision by District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan in Grace v. Whitaker.

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Expedited removal is a process that allows U.S. Customs and Border Protection, or CBP, to order a non-citizen removed without providing an opportunity for a hearing before an immigration judge, or IJ. CBP has the power to issue an expedited removal order if the non-citizen arrives at a port of entry without proper documents, or is apprehended within 100 miles of the border within 14 days of entry and lacks proper documents.