Immigration Law

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Twitter Crushes DHS in Anti-Trump Unmasking Lawsuit
Posted on 7 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

New York Times, Apr. 7, 2017 - "Last month, the federal government issued a summons ordering Twitter to hand over information about an anonymous account that had posted messages critical of the Trump administration. Now, the government has blinked... Read More

More Than 16,000 International Students Affected by Dept. of Education Action
Posted on 17 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Dec. 14, 2016 - "On Dec. 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it no longer recognizes the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as an accrediting agency. This decision affects more than 16,000... Read More

DHS OIG To Periodically Inspect CBP and ICE Detention Facilities...Unannounced
Posted on 15 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Mar. 15, 2016 - "Today, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) announced a program of ongoing unannounced inspections of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE... Read More

Tags: inspections , detention , cbp , oig , DHS , ICE

DHS to Review Privatized Immigration Detention: Statement by Sec. Jeh Johnson
Posted on 29 Aug 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, Aug. 29, 2016 - "On August 18, the Department of Justice announced that the Bureau of Prisons will reduce and ultimately end its use of private prisons. On Friday, I directed our Homeland Security Advisory Council, chaired... Read More

'Operation Janus' IDs Deportable Aliens Wrongfully Naturalized
Posted on 19 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS Office of Inspector General, Sept. 8, 2016 - Potentially Ineligible Individuals Have Been Granted U.S. Citizenship Because of Incomplete Fingerprint Records "USCIS granted U.S. citizenship to at least 858 individuals ordered deported or removed... Read More

Advance Copy of DHS Proposed STEM OPT Expansion, Improvement
Posted on 16 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More

Tags: f-1 , proposed rule , opt , DHS , STEM

DHS Inspector General: CBP Drone Program 'Does Not Achieve Intended Results'
Posted on 7 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Unmanned Aircraft System Program Does Not Achieve Intended Results or Recognize All Costs of Operations - Although CBP’s Unmanned Aircraft System program contributes to border security, after 8 years... Read More

Tags: report , cbp , oig , unmanned , drones , DHS

DHS: Not Enough Cash On Hand For Trump's Border Wall...Just "Prototypes"
Posted on 2 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Julia Edwards Ainsley, Reuters, Mar. 2, 2017 - "President Donald Trump’s promise to use existing funds to begin immediate construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border has hit a financial roadblock, according to a document seen by Reuters... Read More

Tags: wall , fence , Trump , DHS , border

DHS Chief Kelly: No Mass Deportations
Posted on 23 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Politico, Feb. 23, 2017 - "Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly promised Mexican officials Thursday that there will be “no mass deportations” under the Trump administration, as Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson... Read More

Senators' Letter Blasts Private Immigration Prisons
Posted on 28 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Sept. 26, 2016 - " Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), with other leading senators, pressed the Obama administration Monday on the use of private prisons and contract facilities by the Department of Homeland Security. The... Read More

DHS OIG Puts Kibosh on ELIS for Natz.
Posted on 23 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Jan. 19, 2017 - Management Alert - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Use of the Electronic Immigration System for Naturalization Benefits Processing "We are recommending that USCIS halt plans to revert to using the Electronic... Read More

Tags: elis , oig , Naturalization , DHS

DHS Statements on Entry of LPRs, Court Orders, EOs (Jan. 29, 2017)
Posted on 30 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

1. Statement By Secretary John Kelly On The Entry Of Lawful Permanent Residents Into The United States - "In applying the provisions of the president's executive order, I hereby deem the entry of lawful permanent residents to be in the national... Read More

American Citizen Sues DHS After Being Locked Up in Immigration Jail for 3.5 Years
Posted on 1 Nov 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A New York man is suing the Department of Homeland Security for detaining and seeking his deportation for three and a half years as immigration officers ignored his claims of U.S. citizenship. Davino Watson derived citizenship from his father... Read More

DHS Sec. Johnson to Congress: DACA Info Should Not Be Used for Enforcement (with exceptions) - Letter
Posted on 5 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson, Dec. 30, 2016 - "Dear Representative Chu: On behalf of the Administration, I write in response to the letter you and 110 other members of Congress sent the President on December 5. In your letter, you ask us "to do everything... Read More