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A shift in policy means anyone with unlawful status will be put into removal proceedings

Notices to Appear for removal proceedings (NTAs) will be issued in many more situations under a July 2018 policy change from the U.S. attorney general. The policy memo, Section V, states that United States Citizenship Information Services (USCIS) will serve a NTA where, upon issuance of an unfavorable decision on an application, petition or benefit request, the person is not lawfully present in the United States.

North Carolina immigration attorney Helen Parsonage warns that this new policy, “is a sea change of incredible proportions,” and “it’s going to get people into deportation who were not before.”