Immigration Law

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More Border Waivers (Federal Register, May 15, 2019)
Posted on 14 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, DHS will publish three notices in the Federal Register waiving a plethora of laws "in order to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers and roads in the vicinity of the international land border near Tecate and... Read More

Tags: waivers , iiraira , DHS , border

In Today's Federal Register, 3 DHS Notices, 2 DOS Notices
Posted on 24 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

April 24, 2019 DHS on waiving laws to build border barriers, roads: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-04-24/pdf/2019-08289.pdf https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-04-24/pdf/2019-08290.pdf https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg... Read More

DHS Orders More CBP Agents to Southern Border, Expands MPP
Posted on 1 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, April 1, 2019 "Today, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen issued a memorandum to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan outlining new steps the agency must take to combat the growing security and... Read More

'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

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

USCIS Issues 'Migrant Protection Protocols' Guidance Policy Memo (Jan. 28, 2019)
Posted on 28 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Jan. 28, 2019 "SUBJECT: Guidance for Implementing Section 235(b)(2)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act and the Migrant Protection Protocols Purpose This memorandum provides guidance to immigration officers in U.S. Citizenship and... Read More

DHS to Launch 'Migrant Protection Protocols' on Southern Border
Posted on 25 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Jan. 24, 2019 " What Are the Migrant Protection Protocols? The Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) are a U.S. Government action whereby certain foreign individuals entering or seeking admission to the U.S. from Mexico – illegally or... 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

DHS Notice Regulates Activity Along Southwest Border
Posted on 12 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register, Vol. 83, No. 238 Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - "The Secretary of Homeland Security, pursuant to the Homeland Security Act of 2002, has temporarily extended the applicability and enforcement of certain regulations governing conduct... Read More

Tags: security , caravan , DHS , border

DHS Waives Laws to Build Roads, Barriers on Border Near El Paso
Posted on 22 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 14 / Monday, January 22, 2018 - "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

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

DHS Immigration Memos Ratchet Up Border, Interior Enforcement (Feb. 20, 2017; Fact Sheets; Q&As)
Posted on 19 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Two memos, both dated Feb. 20, 2017 and signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly, authorize CBP, ICE and USCIS to significantly increase interior and border enforcement efforts: Implementing the President's Border Security and Immigration Enforcement... Read More

DHS: Not Enough Cash On Hand For Trump's Border Wall...Just "Prototypes"
Posted on 2 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Julia Edwards Ainsley, Reuters, Mar. 2, 2017 - "President Donald Trump’s promise to use existing funds to begin immediate construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border has hit a financial roadblock, according to a document seen by Reuters... Read More

Tags: wall , fence , Trump , DHS , border

Will DHS Policy Deepen Rift With Mexico?
Posted on 10 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Melvin Félix, Univision, Mar. 9, 2017 - "The Trump administration intends to press forward with its plan to send immigrants of any nationality back to Mexico after they're caught illegally crossing the southern U.S. border, a spokesman... Read More