Immigration Law

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DHS Extends US/Canada/Mexico Travel Restrictions One More Month
Posted on 21 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document announces the decision of the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) to continue to temporarily limit the travel of individuals from Canada into the United States at land ports of entry along the United States-Canada border. Such travel... Read More

Tags: COVID-19 , DHS , border

Mayorkas Terminates MPP
Posted on 2 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, June 1, 2021 - Termination of the Migration Protection Protocols Program "... Having now completed the further review undertaken pursuant to Executive Order 14010 to determine whether to terminate or modify MPP, and for the reasons outlined... Read More

Tags: mayorkas , mpp , DHS

DHS Statement on the Expiration of 100-day Removal Pause
Posted on 21 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, May 6, 2021 "On January 20, 2021, Acting Secretary David Pekoske signed a memorandum entitled Review of and Interim Revision to Civil Immigration Enforcement and Removal Policies and Priorities . In part, that memorandum directed DHS to immediately... Read More

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Unleashing International Entrepreneurs to Help U.S. Economy Recover from Pandemic
Posted on 20 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dan Berger, Steve Yale-Loehr, Doug Rand, Leon Rodriguez, Lindsay Milliken, Kelli Duehning, Megan Kludt, Jeff Goldman, and Michael Serotte, May 20, 2021 "In 2014, then-Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Jeh Johnson issued a memo... Read More

DHS Withdraws Proposed EAD, Biometrics Rules
Posted on 7 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 05/10/2021 - "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is withdrawing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that published on November 19, 2020. The NPRM proposed to revise... Read More

Tags: proposed rule , cbp , USCIS , DHS , ICE

Joint ICE-CBP Memo: Civil Immigration Enforcement Actions in or near Courthouses
Posted on 27 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Apr. 27, 2021 "This memorandum provides interim guidance that governs our civil immigration enforcement actions in or near courthouses. It is effective immediately and will be replaced after the Secretary issues his final guidance after engaging... Read More

Tags: courthouses , cbp , DHS , ICE

ICE, CBP to Limit Civil Enforcement Actions In or Near Courthouse
Posted on 27 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Apr. 27, 2021 "Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas directed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to place new limits on civil immigration enforcement actions in... Read More

Tags: courthouses , cbp , DHS , ICE

DHS, ICE Announce Rescission of Civil Penalties for Failure-to-Depart
Posted on 23 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Apr. 23, 2021 "Today, at the direction of Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rescinded two delegation orders related to the collection of civil financial penalties for noncitizens... Read More

Tags: penalties , DHS , ICE

DHS Eases Work Rules for Some Syrian, Venezuelan F-1 Students
Posted on 21 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 04/22/2021 - "This notice announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) has suspended certain regulatory requirements for F-1 nonimmigrant students whose country... Read More

Advance Copy: Security Bars and Processing; Delay of Effective Date
Posted on 19 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 03/22/2021 "Interim final rule with request for comments. SUMMARY: On December 23, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and the Department of Justice... Read More

Tags: eoir , DHS , DOJ , asylum

Administration Ends Requirement That Information on Migrant Children, Sponsors Be Shared with ICE
Posted on 15 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Austin Landis, Spectrum News, Mar. 12, 2021 "On Friday, the Biden administration officially ended an information sharing agreement between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the agencies caring for unaccompanied children who cross the... Read More

Experts Advise Sec. Mayorkas on Discretion, Immigration Enforcement: Letter
Posted on 4 Feb 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Over 120 law professors and experts, Feb. 2, 2021 "On Day 1 of the Biden-Harris administration, the White House and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an Executive Order and a memorandum intending to restore the use of humane and... Read More

DHS Memo: Review of and Interim Revision to Civil Immigration Enforcement and Removal Policies and Priorities
Posted on 21 Jan 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Jan. 20, 2021 "This memorandum directs Department of Homeland Security components to conduct a review of policies and practices concerning immigration enforcement. It also sets interim policies during the course of that review, including a... Read More

Tags: enforcement , DHS

Will This DHS Bootstrapping Work?
Posted on 18 Jan 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Peter T. Gaynor, Acting DHS Sec., Jan. 12, 2021 "I hereby delegate to Chad F. Wolf, the Under Secretary for Strategy, Policy, and Plans, the authority of the Secretary: A. To review, approve or disapprove, and sign any regulatory action, including... Read More

Tags: wolf , DHS

DHS Inks Immigration Agreements That Could Hamper Biden
Posted on 18 Jan 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hamed Aleaziz, BuzzFeed News, Jan. 15, 2021 "The Department of Homeland Security has signed agreements with multiple jurisdictions, including the state of Arizona, that appear to be an unusual effort to hamstring the incoming Biden administration’s... Read More