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DHS OIG Report on Streamline

DHS OIG, May 15, 2015 - Streamline: Measuring Its Effects on Illegal Border Crossing

News Excerpts From the June 15, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Supreme Court Reverses 8th Circuit in Mellouli Case | By a 7-2 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for the noncitizen in Mellouli v. Lynch , reversing the Eighth Circuit. The decision is summarized at page 641 [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ] [ lexis.com subscribers may access...

DHS Begins Releasing Refugee Moms, Kids From Family Prisons

"Federal officials have begun releasing hundreds of detained mothers and children from the nation’s family detention centers as part of plans to end long-term detention of migrant families. Nearly two hundred detained parents and children were released over the weekend, according to U.S...

UNACCOMPANIED ALIEN CHILDREN: Actions Needed to Ensure Children Receive Required Care in DHS Custody - GAO

"What GAO Found Within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued policies and procedures to evaluate, or screen, unaccompanied alien children (UAC)—those under 18 years old with no lawful immigration status and no parent or legal guardian...

DHS Takes Action to Comply With Judge Hanen's Order re 3-Year EADs: Texas v. USA

On July 15, 2015 the government filed two documents in Texas v. USA describing efforts to cancel and retrieve 3-year EADs.

News Excerpts From The Aug. 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Report Highlights Lack of Oversight, Vulnerability to Corruption at CBP | On June 29, 2015, a subcommittee of the Homeland Security Advisory Council released a report concluding that U.S. Customs and Border Protection lacks sufficient internal oversight and is vulnerable to corruption from within...

DHS Proposes to Amend FOIA Regs - July 29, 2015 NPRM

"This rule proposes to amend the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) regulations under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Department (DHS) is proposing to update and streamline the language of several procedural provisions, and to incorporate changes brought about by the amendments...

Deplorable Medical Treatment at Family Detention Centers - Complaint Filed

"Ten mothers came forward to lodge formal complaints about the substandard medical care they and their children received while detained by the Department of Homeland of Security (DHS). The complaints describe the severe suffering families have endured due to poor access to and quality of care, and...

Cities Mull Cooperation With ICE, PEP

"The problems stem from a revolt against DHS’s enforcement of immigration laws. Johnson in November scrapped Secure Communities, a program under which DHS asked police to hold immigrants it wanted to deport for up to 48 hours after their scheduled release from custody. More than 350 communities...

Inspector General Finds USCIS Did Not Deliberately Violate Court Injunction

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL, Department of Homeland Security, Aug. 13, 2015 - "The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General (DHS OIG) found no evidence that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) deliberately violated a U.S. District Court’s preliminary injunction when...

News Excerpts From the Sept. 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

DHS to Enhance Security for Visa Waiver Program| On August 6, 2015, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced the implementation of new security measures for noncitizens seeking to enter the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. Among other changes, travelers will have...

ICE Lawyer Paid $399,999 to Settle Lawsuit Against DHS: Vroom v. Johnson

Julia Preston, New York Times, Aug. 29, 2015 - " The Department of Homeland Security has reached a settlement with the top lawyer in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in Arizona, who sued the department in 2014 claiming discrimination. The lawyer, Patricia M. Vroom, said she was bullied...

CA10 on H-2B, Improper Delegation: Daniels v. Perez

"The issue we confront is whether an agency may, without Congressional authorization, delegate its decision-making responsibility to an entirely different agency. Courts are quite tolerant of the administrative practices of agencies, but passing the buck on a non-delegable duty exceeds elastic limits...

Advance Copy of DHS Proposed STEM OPT Expansion, Improvement

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 10/19/2015 - Improving and Expanding Training Opportunities for F-1 Nonimmigrant Students with STEM Degrees and Cap-Gap Relief for All Eligible F-1 Students ICE Media Release, Oct. 16, 2015 - "The U.S. Department of Homeland...

DHS Proposed F-1 Rule: Cap-Gap Relief and STEM OPT Improvements

Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 201 / Monday, October 19, 2015 Improving and Expanding Training Opportunities for F–1 Nonimmigrant Students With STEM Degrees and Cap-Gap Relief for All Eligible F–1 Students "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to amend its F–1...

News Excerpts From the Nov. 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

USCIS Releases Draft Guidance on Extreme Hardship | On October 7, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued draft guidance for public comment on the factors the agency considers in determining whether the denial of an application would result in extreme hardship to a qualifying...

New DHS FOIA Documents Posted: Nov. 2, 2015

Records Related to Illegal Immigration Across the Southern Border of the U.S. Records Relating to Locations of Facilities for Unaccompanied Alien Children

Advance COPY of ICE Notice Providing Relief to Certain Nepali F-1 Students

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 11/09/2015 - Employment Authorization for Nepali F-1 Students Experiencing Severe Economic Hardship as a Direct Result of the April 25, 2015 Earthquake in the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal "This notice announces that...

DHS Notice: EADs for Certain Nepali Students

Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 216 / Monday, November 9, 2015 - "This notice announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) has suspended certain regulatory requirements for F–1 nonimmigrant students whose country of citizenship is the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal ...

Homeland Insecurity - Melissa del Bosque, Texas Observer

Want to run drugs, smuggle migrants and get away with it? Join America’s biggest law enforcement agency. - Melissa del Bosque & Patrick Michels, The Texas Observer, Dec. 7, 2015 .

CARA Files Complaint re Family Immigration Jails

"We write to share our collective concerns regarding the challenges that indigenous language-speaking mothers and children in family detention centers face in procuring access to justice. These challenges include: (1) inadequate screening at the border and within family detention centers; (2) a...

Joint DHS / DOJ Guidance on Internal I-9 Audits

Dec. 14, 2015 - "The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced today the issuance of a joint Guidance for Employers Conducting Internal Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9...

DHS on Identification Documentation Needed for Air Travel

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, Jan. 8, 2015 - "Today I announce the schedule for the final phase of implementation of the REAL ID Act. Bottom line up front: Effective January 22, 2018, air travelers with a driver’s license or identification card issued by a state that does not meet the requirements...

DHS OIG Report: Work and Fiancé Visas Used by Traffickers to Bring Victims to USA

DHS OIG, Jan 4, 2016 - "Our match of ICE and USCIS data from 2005 to 2014 indicated that work and fiancé visas were the primary means by which 17 of 32 known traffickers brought victims into the United States."

DHS Posts FY15 Entry/Exit Overstay Report

DHS, Jan. 19, 2016 - "DHS has generated this report to provide data on departures and overstays, by country, for foreign visitors to the United States who were expected to depart in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 (October 1, 2014-September 30, 2015)."