Immigration Law

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DHS Announces Commitment to Enhance Protections for Stateless Individuals in the United States
Posted on 15 Dec 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Dec. 15, 2021 "The Department of Homeland Security announced its commitment to adopt a definition of statelessness for immigration purposes and enhance protections for stateless individuals living in the United States. Through the adoption... Read More

Court-Ordered Reimplementation of MPP Policy Guidance (DHS, Dec. 2, 2021)
Posted on 2 Dec 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Dec. 2, 2021 "As required by a federal court order, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been working in good faith to re-implement the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program. On December 2, 2021, in coordination with the Departments... Read More

DHS Begins Implementation of Immigration Enforcement Priorities
Posted on 29 Nov 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS Office of Public Affairs, Nov. 29, 2021, email to stakeholders: "The Department of Homeland Security today announced it will begin implementation of the Guidelines for the Enforcement of Civil Immigration Law signed by Secretary of Homeland Security... Read More

CBP Ends "Metering" at Border
Posted on 6 Nov 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CBP, Nov. 1, 2021 - Guidance for Management and Processing of Undocumented Noncitizens at Southwest Border Land Ports of Entry "This memorandum provides updated guidance for the management and processing of noncitizens who, without proper documents... Read More

Tags: cbp , metering , DHS , asylum

DHS Issues New "Protected Area" Immigration Enforcement Guidelines
Posted on 28 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Oct. 27, 2021 - Guidelines for Enforcement Actions in or Near Protected Areas "This memorandum provides guidance for ICE and CBP enforcement actions in or near areas that require special protection. It is effective immediately. This memorandum... Read More

Former IJs and BIA Members Comment on Credible Fear Proposed Rule
Posted on 20 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Letter from the Round Table of Former Immigration Judges, Oct. 19, 2021 Comments on Proposed Rulemaking: 86 FR 46906 , Procedures for Credible Fear Screening and Consideration of Asylum "Limitation on Immigration Judge Review: We strongly oppose... Read More

ICE Does Not Adequately Track Segregation at Immigration Detention Facilities: DHS OIG Report
Posted on 19 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Kylie Bielby, Homeland Security Today, Oct. 18, 2021 "An audit by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) did not always comply with segregation reporting requirements and did not ensure... Read More

DHS to Allow Fully Vaccinated Travelers from Canada and Mexico to Enter U.S. at Land Borders and Ferry Crossings
Posted on 13 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Oct. 12, 2021 "Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced that, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health experts, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will amend... Read More

DHS Ceases Mass Worksite Immigration Enforcement Operations
Posted on 12 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Oct. 12, 2021 "The deployment of mass worksite operations, sometimes resulting in the simultaneous arrest of hundreds of workers, was not focused on the most pernicious aspect of our country's unauthorized employment challenge: exploitative... Read More

DHS to Terminate Border Barrier Contracts in Laredo and Rio Grande Valley
Posted on 8 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Oct. 8, 2021 "Consistent with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) border barrier plan , U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), intends to cancel the remaining... Read More

Tags: DHS , border , Texas

Immigration as a System
Posted on 6 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Doris Meissner, Ruth Ellen Wasem, MPI, Oct. 2021 "In response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Congress created the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from a patchwork of agencies charged to varying degrees with counterterrorism and broader responsibilities... Read More

Jonathan Meyer Returns to DHS as GenCou (Law360)
Posted on 5 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Daniel Wilson, Law360, Oct. 4, 2021 "The U.S. Senate on Monday narrowly confirmed Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP partner Jonathan Meyer as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's top legal officer, returning him to the agency... Read More

Tags: DHS

New Mayorkas Prosecutorial Discretion Memo (Sept. 30, 2021; eff. Nov. 29, 2021)
Posted on 30 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Sept. 30, 2021 "This memorandum provides guidance for the apprehension and removal of noncitizens. ... We will prioritize for apprehension and removal noncitizens who are a threat to our national security, public safety, and border security... Read More

Court Strikes Down Trump H-1B Lottery Rule; Wolf Not Lawfully Appointed
Posted on 16 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Chamber of Commerce v. DHS, Sept. 15, 2021 "DHS confirmed at the hearing that Secretary Mayorkas has not ratified the Final Rule. Because Mr. Wolf was not lawfully appointed as Acting Secretary at the time the Final Rule was approved, the Court... Read More

Tags: mayorkas , wolf , H-1B , Trump , DHS

DHS Announces Alternatives to Detention Case Management Pilot Program
Posted on 17 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Aug. 17, 2021 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced a new Alternatives to Detention (ATD) Case Management Pilot Program (CMPP), which will provide voluntary case management and other services to ensure that noncitizens... Read More

Tags: detention , DHS