Immigration Law

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DHS OIG Report: USCIS Should Improve Controls to Restrict Unauthorized Access to Its Systems and Information
Posted on 13 Sep 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Sept. 7, 2022 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) did not apply the information technology (IT) access controls needed to restrict unnecessary access to its systems, networks, and information. USCIS did not consistently... Read More

Tags: oig , USCIS , DHS , cybersecurity

DHS Announces Re-Registration Process for Current Venezuela Temporary Protected Status Beneficiaries
Posted on 7 Sep 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Sept. 7, 2022 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted for public inspection a Federal Register notice describing how beneficiaries under Venezuela’s existing TPS designation can re-register to retain TPS and renew their Employment... Read More

Does DHS Have Your Cellphone Data?
Posted on 19 Jul 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Julia Ainsley, NBC News, July 18, 2022 "The Department of Homeland Security has paid millions of dollars since 2017 to purchase, without warrants, cellphone location data from two companies to track the movements of both Americans and foreigners... Read More

Tags: cbp , DHS , ICE , cell phones

DHS "Uniting for Ukraine" Parole Program
Posted on 25 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Apr. 25, 2022 "On April 21, 2022, President Biden announced Uniting for Ukraine, a new streamlined process to provide Ukrainian citizens who have fled Russia’s unprovoked war of aggression opportunities to come to the United States.... Read More

Tags: Ukraine , parole , DHS

CDC Terminates Title 42 Expulsions for Unaccompanied Children
Posted on 13 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The 21-page, Mar. 11, 2022 CDC Order is here . The CDC Media Statement is here . Reporting by Camilo Montoya-Galvez is here . Read More

Groups Push for Dedicated Afghan Parole Program
Posted on 16 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Letter dated Feb. 15, 2022 to DHS and USCIS - Request for Creation of the Afghan Parole Program, a Designated Parole Program for At-Risk Afghans "Dear Secretary Mayorkas and Director Jaddou: We write on behalf of the undersigned legal services... Read More

DHS Announces Commitment to Enhance Protections for Stateless Individuals in the United States
Posted on 15 Dec 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Dec. 15, 2021 "The Department of Homeland Security announced its commitment to adopt a definition of statelessness for immigration purposes and enhance protections for stateless individuals living in the United States. Through the adoption... Read More

DHS Begins Implementation of Immigration Enforcement Priorities
Posted on 29 Nov 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS Office of Public Affairs, Nov. 29, 2021, email to stakeholders: "The Department of Homeland Security today announced it will begin implementation of the Guidelines for the Enforcement of Civil Immigration Law signed by Secretary of Homeland Security... Read More

Former IJs and BIA Members Comment on Credible Fear Proposed Rule
Posted on 20 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Letter from the Round Table of Former Immigration Judges, Oct. 19, 2021 Comments on Proposed Rulemaking: 86 FR 46906 , Procedures for Credible Fear Screening and Consideration of Asylum "Limitation on Immigration Judge Review: We strongly oppose... Read More

ICE Does Not Adequately Track Segregation at Immigration Detention Facilities: DHS OIG Report
Posted on 19 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Kylie Bielby, Homeland Security Today, Oct. 18, 2021 "An audit by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) did not always comply with segregation reporting requirements and did not ensure... Read More

DHS to Allow Fully Vaccinated Travelers from Canada and Mexico to Enter U.S. at Land Borders and Ferry Crossings
Posted on 13 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Oct. 12, 2021 "Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced that, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health experts, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will amend... Read More

DHS to Terminate Border Barrier Contracts in Laredo and Rio Grande Valley
Posted on 8 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Oct. 8, 2021 "Consistent with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) border barrier plan , U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), intends to cancel the remaining... Read More

Tags: DHS , border , Texas

Immigration as a System
Posted on 6 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Doris Meissner, Ruth Ellen Wasem, MPI, Oct. 2021 "In response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Congress created the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from a patchwork of agencies charged to varying degrees with counterterrorism and broader responsibilities... Read More

DHS Announces Alternatives to Detention Case Management Pilot Program
Posted on 17 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Aug. 17, 2021 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced a new Alternatives to Detention (ATD) Case Management Pilot Program (CMPP), which will provide voluntary case management and other services to ensure that noncitizens... Read More

Tags: detention , DHS

Expert: DHS' Defense of Trump H-1B Rule May Generate Litigation (Law360)
Posted on 3 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jennifer Doherty, Law360, Aug. 2, 2021 "DHS' recent defense of another Trump administration rule, modifying the H-1B visa program for highly skilled workers to prioritize applicants with more lucrative job offers in the U.S., also caught [Cornell... Read More

Tags: Biden , H-1B , Trump , DHS , expert , yale-loehr