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Joint ICE-CBP Memo: Civil Immigration Enforcement Actions in or near Courthouses
Posted on 27 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Apr. 27, 2021 "This memorandum provides interim guidance that governs our civil immigration enforcement actions in or near courthouses. It is effective immediately and will be replaced after the Secretary issues his final guidance after engaging... Read More

Tags: courthouses , cbp , DHS , ICE

ICE, CBP to Limit Civil Enforcement Actions In or Near Courthouse
Posted on 27 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Apr. 27, 2021 "Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas directed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to place new limits on civil immigration enforcement actions in... Read More

Tags: courthouses , cbp , DHS , ICE

DHS, ICE Announce Rescission of Civil Penalties for Failure-to-Depart
Posted on 23 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Apr. 23, 2021 "Today, at the direction of Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rescinded two delegation orders related to the collection of civil financial penalties for noncitizens... Read More

Tags: penalties , DHS , ICE

DHS Eases Work Rules for Some Syrian, Venezuelan F-1 Students
Posted on 21 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 04/22/2021 - "This notice announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) has suspended certain regulatory requirements for F-1 nonimmigrant students whose country... Read More

Advance Copy: Security Bars and Processing; Delay of Effective Date
Posted on 19 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 03/22/2021 "Interim final rule with request for comments. SUMMARY: On December 23, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and the Department of Justice... Read More

Tags: eoir , DHS , DOJ , asylum

DHS Memo: Review of and Interim Revision to Civil Immigration Enforcement and Removal Policies and Priorities
Posted on 21 Jan 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Jan. 20, 2021 "This memorandum directs Department of Homeland Security components to conduct a review of policies and practices concerning immigration enforcement. It also sets interim policies during the course of that review, including a... Read More

Tags: enforcement , DHS

Will This DHS Bootstrapping Work?
Posted on 18 Jan 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Peter T. Gaynor, Acting DHS Sec., Jan. 12, 2021 "I hereby delegate to Chad F. Wolf, the Under Secretary for Strategy, Policy, and Plans, the authority of the Secretary: A. To review, approve or disapprove, and sign any regulatory action, including... Read More

Tags: wolf , DHS

Court Blocks "Monster" Asylum Rule: Pangea v. DHS
Posted on 9 Jan 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Pangea v. DHS "Defendants the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Pete Gaynor, in his official capacity, if any, as Acting Secretary of DHS; Chad F. Wolf, in his official capacity, if any, as Acting Secretary of DHS; the United... Read More

Tags: cbp , wolf , eoir , USCIS , DHS , ICE , asylum

Another Power Grab by DOL: "Discretionary Review" of H-2B BALCA Cases
Posted on 31 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hedging bets, simultaneous publication of a " direct final rule " and a proposed rule on Jan. 4, 2021: "The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Labor (DOL) are jointly issuing this direct final rule to extend DOL’s... Read More

Tags: balca , DOL , DHS , H-2B

DHS Waives Laws to Build More Border Barriers in CA
Posted on 31 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 1 / Monday, January 4, 2021 "The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security has determined, pursuant to law, that it is necessary to waive certain laws, regulations, and other legal requirements in order to ensure the... Read More

DHS Updates MPP Guidance (Dec. 7, 2020)
Posted on 8 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Dec. 7, 2020 - Supplemental Policy Guidance for Additional Improvement of the Migrant Protection Protocols Read More

Court Nixes DOL Wage Rule, USCIS H-1B Rule: Chamber of Commerce v. DHS
Posted on 2 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Chamber of Commerce v. DHS "The Court once again confronts a challenge to the Administration’s assertion that the H-1B visa program adversely affects American workers to such a degree that it must take immediate action. See Nat’l Ass’n... Read More

Tags: DOL , H-1B , USCIS , DHS

DHS: Ratification of Actions by McAleenan and Edlow
Posted on 23 Nov 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 228 / Wednesday, November 25, 2020 "The Department of Homeland Security, through its Acting Secretary, is ratifying a number of previous actions by the Acting Secretary and by former Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan... Read More

Tags: wolf , DHS

Border Restrictions Extended Through Dec. 21, 2020
Posted on 20 Nov 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Notification of Temporary Travel Restrictions Applicable to Land Ports of Entry and Ferries Service Between the United States and Mexico: This document announces the decision of the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) to continue to temporarily... Read More

Tags: Canada , Mexico , DHS , border

Judge Emmet Sullivan Blocks CDC/DHS Border Expulsions: P.J.E.S. v. Wolf
Posted on 18 Nov 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

P.J.E.S. v. Wolf, Nov. 18, 2020 "Plaintiff P.J.E.S., a 15-year-old minor from Guatemala who entered the United States as an unaccompanied minor in August 2020, brings this action against Chad F. Wolf in his official capacity as Acting Secretary... Read More

Tags: DHS , CDC , border