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DHS to Impose Visa Sanctions on Laos, Burma
Posted on 10 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, July 10, 2018 - "On July 10, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced, in coordination with the State Department, the implementation of visa sanctions on Burma and Laos due to lack of cooperation in accepting their citizens who have... Read More

DHS OIG Faults ICE Detention Facility Inspections
Posted on 2 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, June 26, 2018 - "ICE uses two inspection types to examine detention conditions in more than 200 detention facilities. ICE contracts with a private company and also relies on its Office of Detention Oversight for inspections. ICE also uses... Read More

'Child Kidnapping, Plain and Simple...Utter Depravity' - Strong Words for DHS in Resignation Letters
Posted on 18 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

July 18, 2018 - Four members of the DHS Homeland Security Advisory Council, Richard J. Danzig, Elizabeth Holtzman, David A. Martin and Matthew G. Olsen, tendered their joint resignation letter to Sec. Nielsen on July 16, 2018. David Martin and Elizabeth... Read More

Jeffrey S. Chase: Matter of A-B- Being Misapplied by EOIR, DHS
Posted on 14 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeffrey S. Chase, July 13, 2018 - "One month after Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued his cruel, misguided decision in Matter of A-B- , we are seeing the first signs of how the decision is being implemented by the BIA, USCIS, and ICE. ... Read More

DHS to Impose Visa Sanctions on Laos, Burma
Posted on 10 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, July 10, 2018 - "On July 10, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced, in coordination with the State Department, the implementation of visa sanctions on Burma and Laos due to lack of cooperation in accepting their citizens who have... Read More

One of These Things Is Not Like the Others...
Posted on 15 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Maybe DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson missed this episode of Sesame Street. His November 20, 2014 memo to ICE, CBP and USCIS specifies three tiered priorities for the "Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants." At the top, Priority... Read More

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 Takes Action to Comply With Judge Hanen's Order re 3-Year EADs: Texas v. USA
Posted on 16 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On July 15, 2015 the government filed two documents in Texas v. USA describing efforts to cancel and retrieve 3-year EADs. Read More

Tags: hanen , DHS , EADs , Texas

DHS Begins Releasing Refugee Moms, Kids From Family Prisons
Posted on 14 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Federal officials have begun releasing hundreds of detained mothers and children from the nation’s family detention centers as part of plans to end long-term detention of migrant families. Nearly two hundred detained parents and children... Read More

Tags: berks , ryan , atd , raices , DHS , karnes , dilley

Deplorable Medical Treatment at Family Detention Centers - Complaint Filed
Posted on 31 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Ten mothers came forward to lodge formal complaints about the substandard medical care they and their children received while detained by the Department of Homeland of Security (DHS). The complaints describe the severe suffering families have endured... Read More

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 Report on Streamline
Posted on 29 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, May 15, 2015 - Streamline: Measuring Its Effects on Illegal Border Crossing Read More

Tags: report , streamline , oig , DHS

'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