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DHS Announces Further Travel Restrictions for the Visa Waiver Program

DHS, Feb. 18, 2016 - "The Department of Homeland Security today announced that it is continuing its implementation of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 with the addition of Libya, Somalia, and Yemen as three countries of concern, limiting Visa Waiver...

New U.S.-Mexico Repatriation Agreements Seek to Protect Returning Migrants

Immigration Impact, Mar. 1, 2016 - "Mexican migrants no longer being deported back to Mexico in the middle of the night is one important feature in new Local Repatriation Agreements finalized between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Mexican Government last month at the annual Repatriation...

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...

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...

DHS OIG To Periodically Inspect CBP and ICE Detention Facilities...Unannounced

DHS OIG, Mar. 15, 2016 - "Today, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) announced a program of ongoing unannounced inspections of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities. The OIG is initiating this...

CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project Files Complaint with DHS

CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, Mar. 28, 2016 - "We submit this complaint to register our ongoing concern regarding the detention of traumatized mothers and children in Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) family detention centers. On June 30, 2015, the American Immigration...

DHS Brief in Matter of L-A- (Family as PSG)

CLINIC (Bradley Jenkins) writes: "CLINIC recently received word from counsel of record in Matter of L-A- (also known as the "family as particular social group" amicus invitation from the Board ) that DHS has filed their supplemental brief . In an unexpected pleasant surprise, DHS's...

News Excerpts From the May 15, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

USCIS Finishes Data Entry for Cap-Subject H-1B FY17 Applications | USCIS announced on May 2 that it has finished data entry for cap-subject H-1B petitions. It will begin returning those not chosen in the lottery. Some petitions are being transferred from the Vermont Service Center to the California...

DHS CRCL FY2015 Report to Congress

DHS, June 10, 2016 - "Highlights of CRCL’s key accomplishments during FY 2015 include: • Facilitating Engagement with Diverse Communities for DHS Senior Leadership; • Ensuring that Recipients of DHS Financial Assistance Comply with Civil Rights Requirements; • Working with...

Advance Copy of DHS Interim Final Rule: Petitions for Rulemaking

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 07/21/2016 - "Pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS or Department) is adopting a process under which interested persons may petition the Department to issue, amend, or repeal a...

News Excerpts From the Aug. 1, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Class Certification Granted in Suit Over Legal Representation for Minors | On June 24, 2016, a federal judge granted a request to certify a class of children in an ongoing suit against the Attorney General for failing to providing legal representation. The main class certified by the court consists...

News Excerpts From the Aug. 15, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

DHS Expands Eligibility for Provisional Waivers | On July 29, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a final rule expanding the class of noncitizens eligible to receive provisional unlawful presence waivers. Under the new regulation, all...

Will DHS Follow DOJ's Lead in Booting Private Prisons?

Aviva Shen, ThinkProgress, Aug. 18, 2016 - "The Department of Justice announced Thursday that it will stop outsourcing federal prisons to private prison companies after their current contracts expire. But that doesn’t mean the federal government is actually ending private prisons. The DOJ...

DHS to Review Privatized Immigration Detention: Statement by Sec. Jeh Johnson

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, Aug. 29, 2016 - "On August 18, the Department of Justice announced that the Bureau of Prisons will reduce and ultimately end its use of private prisons. On Friday, I directed our Homeland Security Advisory Council, chaired by Judge William Webster, to evaluate whether...

DHS Subcommittee to Advise on Privatized Immigration Detention

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 171 / Friday, September 2, 2016 - "The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Jeh Johnson, tasked the Homeland Security Advisory Council to establish a subcommittee entitled the Privatized Immigration Detention Facilities Subcommittee on August 26...

'Operation Janus' IDs Deportable Aliens Wrongfully Naturalized

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 under another identity when, during the naturalization...

Senators' Letter Blasts Private Immigration Prisons

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Sept. 26, 2016 - " Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), with other leading senators, pressed the Obama administration Monday on the use of private prisons and contract facilities by the Department of Homeland Security. The letter comes amid an internal review at DHS regarding...

Former BIA Members and IJs Blast Refugee Detention Regime

In a 4-page letter dated October 31, 2016 to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, twelve former BIA members and Immigration Judges made the case for due process for asylum applicants, and criticized the current detention regime.

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...

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...

DHS Final Rule: Petitions to Issue, Amend or Appeal Rules

Federal Register, Monday, November 28, 2016 - "Pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS or Department) is adopting a process under which interested persons may petition the Department to issue, amend, or repeal a rule. DATES: This rule is effective December...

More Than 16,000 International Students Affected by Dept. of Education Action

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 international students in the United States attending...

AILA Files Lawsuit Against DHS and CBP to Compel Disclosure of Records Requested Under FOIA Relating to the ORT

AILA, Dec. 19, 2016 - "Today, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), represented by the American Immigration Council and Foley & Lardner LLP, filed a lawsuit to compel U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and to request...

DHS Sec. Johnson to Congress: DACA Info Should Not Be Used for Enforcement (with exceptions) - Letter

DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson, Dec. 30, 2016 - "Dear Representative Chu: On behalf of the Administration, I write in response to the letter you and 110 other members of Congress sent the President on December 5. In your letter, you ask us "to do everything within [ our] power to safeguard the personal...

Torture is Not Culture: DHS FGM/C Outreach Strategy (Jan. 2017)

Department of Homeland Security - Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting (FGM/C) Outreach Strategy - January 2017