Immigration Law

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DHS Posts MPP Document Links
Posted on 28 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 40 / Thursday, February 28, 2019 "This document announces the availability of the ‘‘Policy Guidance for Implementation of the Migrant Protection Protocols’’ on the Department of Homeland Security... 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

HHS OIG on Separated Children Placed in Office of Refugee Resettlement Care
Posted on 18 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

HHS OIG, Jan. 2019 "What OIG Found  In the summer of 2017, prior to the formal announcement of the zero-tolerance policy, ORR staff and officials observed a steep increase in the number of children who had been separated from a parent or guardian... 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

‘Zero Tolerance’ Immigration Policy Surprised Agencies, GAO Report Finds
Posted on 24 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ron Nixon, New York Times, Oct. 24. 2018 - "The Trump administration did not tell key government agencies about its “zero tolerance” immigration policy before publicly announcing it in April, leaving the officials responsible for carrying... Read More

'FOIA Requests Are Not a Game of Battleship' - GAP v. DHS
Posted on 15 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAP v. DHS - "FOIA requests are not a game of Battleship. The requester should not have to score a direct hit on the records sought based on the precise phrasing of his request. Rather, the agency must liberally interpret the request and frame its... Read More

Tags: FOIA , DHS

Public Charge Proposed Rule to be Published in FR on Oct. 10, 2018 with 60-Day Comment Window
Posted on 5 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 10/10/2018 "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to prescribe how it determines whether an alien is inadmissible to the United States under section 212(a)... Read More

DHS OIG: 287(g) Expansion Suffers from Lack of Planning
Posted on 25 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Sept. 19, 2018 - "In the 14 months following the issuance of the January 2017 Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, the number of law enforcement agencies participating in the 287(g) program rose from... Read More

Tags: 287(g) , oig , DHS , ICE

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