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DHS/USCIS RIN: 1615-AB79 Publication ID: Spring 2017 
Title: New Asylum and Withholding Bars for Recruitment or Use of Child Soldiers 

The Child Soldier Accountability Act of 2008 (CSAA) establishes a criminal offense for the recruitment or use of child soldiers, and also establishes grounds of inadmissibility and removability for aliens who have engaged in such recruitment or use. In addition, the Immigration and Nationality Act and immigration regulations provide that individuals who committed a serious nonpolitical crime are subject to a mandatory bar to asylum and withholding of removal. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) propose to amend their companion immigration regulations, to specify that aliens who are inadmissible or deportable for recruitment or use of child soldiers are considered ineligible for asylum and withholding of removal, due to the serious nonpolitical crime bar.

Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Long-Term Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 8 CFR 208    8 CFR 1208   
Legal Authority: Pub. L. 110-340   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  CSAA Pub. L. 110-340   12/02/2008 

Overall Description of Deadline: The Child Soldier Accountability Act (CSAA) requires the Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary), within 60 days of the CSAA's enactment, to promulgate a final rule establishing that an alien subject to these grounds of inadmissibility or deportability shall be considered an alien with respect to whom there are serious reasons to believe that the alien committed a serious nonpolitical crime.

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  To Be Determined 
Additional Information: CIS 2467-08
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related Agencies: Joint: DOJ; 
Agency Contact:
Ted Kim
Deputy Chief, Asylum Division, Office of Refugee, Asylum, and International Operations
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
20 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 6030,
Washington, DC 20259
Phone:202 272-1614
Fax:202 272-1994