DHS Announces Chile’s Designation Into the Visa Waiver Program

"Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, joined by Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom, Chilean Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno and Chilean Ambassador Felipe Bulnes, announced the designation of Chile into the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)—streamlining...

News Excerpts From the March 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

DHS Designates Chile for Visa Waiver Program On February 28, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security announced the entry of Chile into the Visa Waiver Program. Beginning May 1, 2014, Chilean nationals will be able to visit the United States for up to ninety days without obtaining nonimmigrant visas...

DHS Publishes Detention Standards for Immigration Jails

"The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is issuing regulations setting standards to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse and assault in DHS confinement facilities." - Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 45 / Friday, March 7, 2014 .

DHS Deploys Web-Based FOIA Request System

"Today, the DHS Privacy Office deployed a consolidated web-based form allowing FOIA requesters to submit their FOIA requests to DHS and any of its components. Detailed information explains how to submit a FOIA request and information on where to direct it, while a link off the index page enables...

News Excerpts From the April 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

DHS Issues Final Regulations on Sexual Abuse in Detention Centers | On March 7, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security issued a long-awaited set of final regulations applying standards required under the Prison Rape Elimination Act Standards to immigration detention centers. Among other provisions...

DHS Tries to Deport, Continues to Detain, U.S. Citizen

Robinson Martinez has persuaded the BIA that he is an American citizen, but DHS is still detaining him and trying to deport him. Professor / investigative journalist Jacqueline Stevens has the story .

AILA Analysis of Deportation Numbers

"There are two key statistics regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) deportation numbers. First are returns, individuals apprehended by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) who are then returned to their country without a removal on...

Denver Lawyers Sue for Immigration Court Access

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, DHS agents (the Federal Protective Service) denied entry to the federal building in Denver housing the Immigration Court unless attorneys and their clients showed government-issued ID and submitted to an NCIC (National Crime Information Center) background check. Rather...

DHS, White House Consider Administrative Relief, Including Bond Hearings

"Obama administration officials are considering allowing bond hearings for immigrants in prolonged detention, officials said, a shift that could slow the pace of deportations because immigration courts expedite cases of incarcerated immigrants. ... With legislation at an apparent impasse, the White...

DHS Weighs Deportation Curbs

"Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is weighing limiting deportations of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who don't have serious criminal records, according to two people with knowledge of his deliberations. The change, if adopted following an ongoing review ordered by President...

Changes To Immigration Enforcement Potentially Coming ‘Pretty Soon’ - Jeh Johnson

"The Obama administration will announce “pretty soon” how it plans to remodel enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws and potentially “realign” deportation policies, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told ABC News in an exclusive interview. This comes...

DHS to Roll Out New Regs to Benefit Some H-1B Spouses and Skilled Workers

"[T]he Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the publication of two proposed rules, including a rule to extend employment authorization to spouses of certain H-1B workers, and a proposal to enhance opportunities for certain groups of highly-skilled workers by removing obstacles to...

DHS and Private Prisons Refuse to Release Records on Dollar Per Day Wages Paid to ICE Prisoners; FOIA Lawsuit Filed

"The last year I've been conducting research on the legality of ICE contracts authorizing private prisons to meet performance goals by paying one dollar per day to the people they're locking up. ICE is not forthcoming about the program and it has not responded to my FOIA requests submitted...

U.S. Setting Up Emergency Shelter in Texas as Youths Cross Border Alone

"With border authorities in South Texas overwhelmed by a surge of young [unauthorized*] migrants traveling by themselves, the Department of Homeland Security declared a crisis this week and moved to set up an emergency shelter for the youths at an Air Force base in San Antonio, officials said Friday...

TRAC Sues DHS Over FOIA Classification

" TRAC co-directors Susan B. Long and David Burnham have filed a lawsuit alleging that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) violated the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by blocking their access to data. Long and Burnham say ICE unfairly classified...

White House Delays Deportation Policy Changes

"President Barack Obama has asked his Homeland Security chief to hold off on completing a review of U.S. deportation policies until the end of the summer, senior White House officials said Tuesday, in a move aimed at salvaging any hopes for Congress to act on immigration this year." - AP, May...

Flow of Border Immigrants Overwhelming Agencies

"The steep influx of children and families in particular has caused turmoil within the agency, prompting some Homeland Security officials to agitate internally for a shift. "We're not going to interdict our way out of this problem. More arrests just mean more problems," a Homeland...

This Is Where the Government Houses the Tens of Thousands of Kids Who Get Caught Crossing the Border

"As the number of unaccompanied children entering the United States has more than doubled since 2011, the Office of Refugee Resettlement—the part of the Department of Health and Human Services charged with caring for unaccompanied minors in US custody—has brought more and more shelters...

Child Migrants: 5 Key Facts on Rights and Costs

"Every year, an increasing number of children and teens are making a harrowing journey across borders into the U.S; and every year, an increasing number do so alone. These children present major problems for enforcement authorities, politicians, social workers, and the nation as a whole." ...

DHS: Deportation of Border Crossers a Priority 'Regardless of Age'

"In an attempt to stem a crush of Central American children illegally crossing the United States alone into south Texas, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Thursday that he was in contact with ambassadors in Latin America to discuss how to more quickly return those children to their...

DHS Report: Violence, Poverty Driving Central American Kids to USA

"We analyzed these locations to determine the factors pushing child migration to the US Southwest Border. We assess these reasons vary regionally. For example, many Guatemalan children come from rural areas, indicating they are probably seeking economic opportunities in the US. Salvadoran and Honduran...

DHS OIG Examines Conditions at Detention Centers for Alien Children

"The Office of Inspector General (OIG), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), today issued the first of a series of reports on conditions at detention centers being used to temporarily house unaccompanied alien children. The report is based on 87 unannounced site visits conducted by OIG agents...

News Excerpts from the Sept. 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

DHS Settles Lawsuit over Coerced Voluntary Departures In August, the Department of Homeland Security agreed to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of nine Mexican citizens alleging they were forced to “voluntarily” depart the country instead of having a hearing before an immigration judge...

How ICE Justifies a 'No Bond' Policy for Refugee Kids

In Artesia, NM , (and soon, Karnes City, Texas and Dilley, Texas ) ICE is arguing in Immigration Court that the refugee mothers and kids from Central America should be held without bond. They base their argument on a 2003 case decided by then-Attorney General Ashcroft during the Haitian crisis, bolstered...

Will Jeh Johnson Out-Perry Rick Perry?

Texas Governor Rick Perry sent the National Guard to the border. Now, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson wants to merge CBP and ICE efforts along the border into a 'Southern Command' military-like structure.