Immigration Law

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DHS Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen Resigns
Posted on 8 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NYT, Apr. 7, 2019 "Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary, resigned on Sunday after meeting with President Trump, ending a tumultuous tenure in charge of the border security agency that had made her the target of the president’s... Read More

Tags: nielsen , Trump , DHS

'Remain in Mexico' Plan Echoes Earlier U.S. Policy to Deter Haitian Migration
Posted on 29 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Muzaffar Chishti and Jessica Bolter, MPI, Mar. 28, 2019 "Under the Trump administration’s new Remain in Mexico policy, more than 200 asylum seekers have been sent back to Mexico by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to wait for weeks... Read More

DHS Decision on South Sudan 'Morally Reprehensible'
Posted on 11 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Mar. 8, 2019 "The administration’s decision not to redesignate Temporary Protected Status for South Sudan, allowing more people to be covered by it is “morally reprehensible,” said Anna Gallagher... Read More

Fraud Alert: DHS Telephone Numbers Used in Scam to Obtain Personally Identifiable Information and Extort Money from Victims
Posted on 5 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Mar. 1, 2019 "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) is issuing this fraud alert to warn citizens of reports that DHS telephone numbers have been used recently as part of a telephone spoofing scam... Read More

Tags: spoofing , Fraud , USCIS , DHS

Groups Demand Release of Infants from Immigration Jails
Posted on 1 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AIC, AILA, CLINIC Legal, Feb. 28, 2019 "We write to bring your attention to an alarming increase in the number of infants being held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody. As of today, there are at least nine infants under one year... Read More

Advocates Warn of 'Catastrophic Harms' to Migrants due to DHS Policy
Posted on 11 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CLINIC, Feb. 6, 2019 "CLINIC, with its partners, the American Immigration Council and the American Immigration Lawyers Association submitted a letter Feb. 6, 2019 to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen urging her to rescind the Remain... Read More

Tags: migrants , DHS , asylum , border

DHS Waives Environmental Laws to Build Border Barriers Near San Diego
Posted on 8 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 27 / Friday, February 8, 2019 "The 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 expeditious... Read More

HHS OIG on Separated Children Placed in Office of Refugee Resettlement Care
Posted on 18 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

HHS OIG, Jan. 2019 "What OIG Found  In the summer of 2017, prior to the formal announcement of the zero-tolerance policy, ORR staff and officials observed a steep increase in the number of children who had been separated from a parent or guardian... Read More

DHS Announces New 'Catch and Return' Border Policy (Dec. 20, 2018)
Posted on 20 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Dec. 20, 2018 - "Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced historic action to confront the illegal immigration crisis facing the United States. Effective immediately, the United States will begin the process of invoking... Read More

‘Zero Tolerance’ Immigration Policy Surprised Agencies, GAO Report Finds
Posted on 24 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ron Nixon, New York Times, Oct. 24. 2018 - "The Trump administration did not tell key government agencies about its “zero tolerance” immigration policy before publicly announcing it in April, leaving the officials responsible for carrying... Read More

DHS OIG: 287(g) Expansion Suffers from Lack of Planning
Posted on 25 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Sept. 19, 2018 - "In the 14 months following the issuance of the January 2017 Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, the number of law enforcement agencies participating in the 287(g) program rose from... Read More

Tags: 287(g) , oig , DHS , ICE

Inspector General Finds USCIS Did Not Deliberately Violate Court Injunction
Posted on 13 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More

Tags: daca , ead , report , injunction , oig , USCIS , DHS

DHS to Consider 'Known Employer' Program for Canadian Business Travellers
Posted on 15 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On January 8, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security is considering a “Known Employer” pilot program to streamline adjudication of certain types of employment-based immigration benefit requests filed by eligible U.S. employers. The... Read More

Homeland Insecurity - Melissa del Bosque, Texas Observer
Posted on 11 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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 . Read More

Big Data, Bad Data: Resolving the Tyranny of the Database (William Stock)
Posted on 11 Feb 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This term, the Supreme Court is considering a case [ Kerry v. Din ] that implicates the doctrine of “consular non-reviewability”–the legal principle that generally, courts in the United States will not review the discretionary... Read More