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DHS Committee Recommends End to Family Immigration Detention
Posted on 17 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Human Rights First, Nov. 16, 2016 - "Human Rights First today urged the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to swiftly implement the recommendations put forth by the DHS Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers to end its policy of detaining... Read More

DHS Report: Violence, Poverty Driving Central American Kids to USA
Posted on 2 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"We analyzed these locations to determine the factors pushing child migration to the US Southwest Border. We assess these reasons vary regionally. For example, many Guatemalan children come from rural areas, indicating they are probably seeking economic... Read More

DHS OIG releases 287(g) report
Posted on 20 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In this review, we determined that ICE needs to continue efforts to implement our prior recommendations. In addition, we identified challenges that may reduce the effectiveness of a review process intended as a resource for ensuring compliance with... Read More

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

DHS OIG Censors Recommendations to Curb Use of Deadly Force by CBP
Posted on 30 Jan 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"It’s one of the U.S. Border Patrol’s most controversial practices: shooting at migrants and suspected drug runners who throw rocks and other objects at agents. Many law enforcement experts say the best option is to take cover or move... Read More

Tags: report , cbp , deadly force , oig , DHS

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 Posts FY15 Entry/Exit Overstay Report
Posted on 20 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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).&quo... Read More

DHS OIG Report: ICE's Worksite Enforcement Administrative Inspection Process
Posted on 26 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Generally, ICE’s worksite enforcement administrative inspection process met the requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. However, ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations directorate has not adequately monitored... Read More

Tags: inspections , report , oig , I-9 , DHS , ICE

DHS Struggles Under FOIA Backlog
Posted on 13 Apr 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is struggling to keep up with a record-breaking number of open-records requests under the Freedom of Information Act in 2014, a vast majority of which dealt with immigration-related records, according to... Read More

Tags: report , backlog , FOIA , DHS

The "Grassley Report" - From Troubling to Ludicrous
Posted on 10 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NOTE: Everyone, from practitioners to journalists to USCIS examiners, should read and heed Eleanor Pelta's wise words. Senator Grassley: The Puppetmaster? 01/09/2012, 6:49 pm "Written by: Eleanor Pelta Over the past few days the... Read More

Tags: pelta , Grassley , report , Fraud , oig , DHS

DHS OIG Finds USCIS Continues to Struggle to Ensure Proper Green Card Issuance
Posted on 21 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Nov. 21, 2016 - "A new Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) report concludes that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) continues to struggle to ensure proper Green Card issuance. The audit was... Read More

Tags: report , oig , DHS , Green Card

EB-5 Audit Report: DHS OIG Gives USCIS Low Marks
Posted on 26 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Our audit objective was to determine whether the USCIS’ Employment-Based Fifth Preference regional center program is administered and managed effectively. Several conditions prevent USCIS from administering and managing the Employment-Based... Read More

Tags: eb-5 , report , audit , oig , USCIS , DHS

DHS Border Security Progress Report, Apr. 25, 2017
Posted on 17 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Apr. 25, 2017 - "On January 25, 2017, the President of the United States signed Executive Order 13767 (the "Executive Order") entitled, Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements. Pursuant to Section 15 of the Executive... Read More

Tags: report , DHS , border

DHS OIG: USCIS Automation Remains Ineffective
Posted on 15 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Mar. 15, 2016 - "A new Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) report concludes that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) ongoing efforts to automate benefits processing remain ineffective... Read More

Tags: report , oig , USCIS , automation , DHS

DHS OIG Examines Conditions at Detention Centers for Alien Children
Posted on 31 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Office of Inspector General (OIG), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), today issued the first of a series of reports on conditions at detention centers being used to temporarily house unaccompanied alien children. The report is based on 87... Read More

  • Blog Post: DHS OIG releases 287(g) report

    "In this review, we determined that ICE needs to continue efforts to implement our prior recommendations. In addition, we identified challenges that may reduce the effectiveness of a review process intended as a resource for ensuring compliance with 287(g) program requirements. ICE needs to (1)...
  • Blog Post: The "Grassley Report" - From Troubling to Ludicrous

    NOTE: Everyone, from practitioners to journalists to USCIS examiners, should read and heed Eleanor Pelta's wise words. Senator Grassley: The Puppetmaster? 01/09/2012, 6:49 pm "Written by: Eleanor Pelta Over the past few days the lyrics of an old classic song by Buffalo Springfield...
  • Blog Post: EB-5 Audit Report: DHS OIG Gives USCIS Low Marks

    "Our audit objective was to determine whether the USCIS’ Employment-Based Fifth Preference regional center program is administered and managed effectively. Several conditions prevent USCIS from administering and managing the Employment-Based Fifth Preference regional center program effectively...
  • Blog Post: DHS OIG Censors Recommendations to Curb Use of Deadly Force by CBP

    "It’s one of the U.S. Border Patrol’s most controversial practices: shooting at migrants and suspected drug runners who throw rocks and other objects at agents. Many law enforcement experts say the best option is to take cover or move elsewhere when these “rocking” incidents...
  • Blog Post: DHS OIG Report: ICE's Worksite Enforcement Administrative Inspection Process

    "Generally, ICE’s worksite enforcement administrative inspection process met the requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. However, ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations directorate has not adequately monitored or evaluated the performance or outcomes of implementing...
  • Blog Post: DHS Report: Violence, Poverty Driving Central American Kids to USA

    "We analyzed these locations to determine the factors pushing child migration to the US Southwest Border. We assess these reasons vary regionally. For example, many Guatemalan children come from rural areas, indicating they are probably seeking economic opportunities in the US. Salvadoran and Honduran...
  • Blog Post: DHS OIG Examines Conditions at Detention Centers for Alien Children

    "The Office of Inspector General (OIG), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), today issued the first of a series of reports on conditions at detention centers being used to temporarily house unaccompanied alien children. The report is based on 87 unannounced site visits conducted by OIG agents...
  • Blog Post: DHS Struggles Under FOIA Backlog

    "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is struggling to keep up with a record-breaking number of open-records requests under the Freedom of Information Act in 2014, a vast majority of which dealt with immigration-related records, according to [an April 8, 2015] report . The DHS said it received...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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)."
  • Blog Post: DHS OIG: USCIS Automation Remains Ineffective

    DHS OIG, Mar. 15, 2016 - "A new Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) report concludes that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) ongoing efforts to automate benefits processing remain ineffective. Until USCIS makes all of the needed improvements...
  • Blog Post: DHS Committee Recommends End to Family Immigration Detention

    Human Rights First, Nov. 16, 2016 - "Human Rights First today urged the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to swiftly implement the recommendations put forth by the DHS Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers to end its policy of detaining children and their families. The 166-page report...
  • Blog Post: DHS OIG Finds USCIS Continues to Struggle to Ensure Proper Green Card Issuance

    DHS OIG, Nov. 21, 2016 - "A new Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) report concludes that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) continues to struggle to ensure proper Green Card issuance. The audit was conducted as a follow-up to a March 2016 report...
  • Blog Post: DHS Border Security Progress Report, Apr. 25, 2017

    DHS, Apr. 25, 2017 - "On January 25, 2017, the President of the United States signed Executive Order 13767 (the "Executive Order") entitled, Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements. Pursuant to Section 15 of the Executive Order, this 90-day progress report outlines the...