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Immigration Prisoners Subjected to Strip Searches, Moldy Food, Intimidation: DHS OIG Report
Posted on 14 Dec 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Dec. 14, 2017 - "A new report from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) cites concerns about the treatment and care of detainees by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE). The report... Read More

CBP May Have Violated Court Orders While Enforcing Travel Ban
Posted on 21 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Alan Gomez, USA Today, Jan. 19, 2018 - "Customs and Border Protection agents were "caught by surprise" by President Trump's original travel ban against majority-Muslim nations and may have violated two separate court orders while implementing... Read More

DHS Inspector General Accuses Own Agency of Bottling-Up Travel Ban Report
Posted on 21 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Josh Gerstein, Ted Hesson, Seung Min Kim, Politico, Nov. 20, 2017 - "The Department of Homeland Security's official watchdog is accusing his own agency of slow-walking the public release of a report about confusion that ensued earlier this year... Read More

DHS Inspector General: CBP Drone Program 'Does Not Achieve Intended Results'
Posted on 7 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Unmanned Aircraft System Program Does Not Achieve Intended Results or Recognize All Costs of Operations - Although CBP’s Unmanned Aircraft System program contributes to border security, after 8 years... Read More

Tags: report , cbp , oig , unmanned , drones , DHS

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

DHS OIG Report: Work and Fiancé Visas Used by Traffickers to Bring Victims to USA
Posted on 11 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Jan 4, 2016 - "Our match of ICE and USCIS data from 2005 to 2014 indicated that work and fiancé visas were the primary means by which 17 of 32 known traffickers brought victims into the United States." Read More

Tags: report , trafficking , oig , DHS

DHS OIG Report: H-2 Petition Fee Structure Is Inequitable and Contributes to Processing Errors (Mar. 6, 2017)
Posted on 11 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Mar. 6, 2017 - "USCIS’ H-2 petition fee structure is inequitable and contributes to processing errors. Federal guidelines indicate that beneficiaries should pay the cost of services from which they benefit. However, USCIS charged employers... Read More

Tags: report , fees , oig , USCIS , DHS , h-2

DHS OIG Final Report: Implementation of L-1 Visa Regulations
Posted on 27 Aug 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Senator Charles Grassley requested that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General examine the potential for fraud or abuse in the L-1 intracompany transferee visa program. The L-1 visa program facilitates the temporary... Read More

Tags: report , l-1 visas , oig , DHS

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 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