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ICE Failed to Follow Policies on Noncitizen Veterans: GAO Report
Posted on 10 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Maria Ines Zamudio, WBEZ, June 7, 2019 "Hundreds of noncitizen veterans were placed in removal proceedings during the past six years despite policies to consider their service in deportation cases and to provide a pathway to citizenship for immigrants... Read More

‘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

USCIS Needs to Transform its Transformation Program: GAO Report
Posted on 17 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAO, July 15, 2016 - "GAO is making 12 recommendations to improve Transformation Program management, including ensuring alignment among policy, guidance, and leading practices in areas such as Agile software development and systems integration and... Read More

GAO: DHS Final Rule re F-1 STEM OPT OK
Posted on 15 Apr 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAO, Mar. 28, 2016 - "Enclosed is our assessment of DHS’s compliance with the procedural steps required by section 801(a)(1)(B)(i) through (iv) of title 5 with respect to the rule. Our review of the procedural steps taken indicates that, with... Read More

Tags: f-1 , opt , final rule , STEM , GAO

News Excerpts From the Aug. 15, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 13 Aug 2016 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

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... Read More

CA2 on Credibility: Gao v. Sessions, Shao v. Sessions
Posted on 2 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gao v. Sessions, Shao v. Sessions, May 25, 2018 - "These petitions for review heard in tandem challenge two decisions of the Board of Immigration Appeals (the ʺBIAʺ), affirming decisions by two Immigration Judges (ʺIJsʺ), denying asylum, withholding... Read More

Excerpts From the Dec. 1, 2011, Bender's Immigration Bulletin: DHS Extends TPS for Honduras and Nicaragua
Posted on 29 Nov 2011 by LexisNexis Immigration Law Community Staff

DHS Extends TPS for Honduras and Nicaragua Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano extended the Temporary Protected Status for Honduras and Nicaragua for eighteen months. The extension is effective, for nationals of both countries, January... Read More

News Excerpts From the April 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 3 Apr 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

USCIS Clarifies “Reason to Believe” Standard for I-601A Provisional Waivers | On March 18, 2014, USCIS sent an e-mail to stakeholders seeking to cure confusion surrounding the regulation that prohibits the granting of provisional waivers... Read More

GAO on the Visa Waiver Program
Posted on 8 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

VISA WAIVER PROGRAM - Additional Actions Needed to Address Risks and Strengthen Overstay Enforcement - Wednesday, December 7, 2011 . Read More

GAO Slams Immigration Court Backlog, Management and Operational Challenges
Posted on 2 Jun 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAO, June 1, 2017 - "GAO's analysis showed that the Executive Office for Immigration Review's (EOIR) case backlog—cases pending from previous years that remain open at the start of a new fiscal year—more than doubled from fiscal... Read More

GAO on Visa Waiver Program: Additional Actions Needed to Mitigate Risks and Strengthen Overstay Enforcement
Posted on 27 Mar 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"GAO made recommendations in prior reports for DHS to, among other things, strengthen plans to address certain risks of the Visa Waiver Program and for overstay enforcement efforts. DHS generally concurred with these recommendations and has... Read More

GAO on Asylum Outcomes (Nov. 14, 2016)
Posted on 15 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAO, Nov. 14, 2016 - ASYLUM: Variation Exists in Outcomes of Applications Across Immigration Courts and Judges "GAO analyzed the outcomes of 595,795 asylum applications completed by the Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration... Read More

Tags: asylum , GAO

GAO on Arizona Border Surveillance Technology: More Information on Plans and Costs Is Needed before Proceeding
Posted on 7 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In 2005, the Secure Border Initiative Network (SBInet) was conceived as a surveillance technology to create a 'virtual fence' along the border. After spending nearly $1 billion, DHS deployed SBInet systems along 53 miles of Arizona's... Read More

GAO on Border Patrol Strategic Plan
Posted on 10 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"To support the implementation of Border Patrol's 2012-2016 Strategic Plan and identify the resources needed to achieve the nation's strategic goal for securing the border, the Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection should ensure that... Read More

UNACCOMPANIED ALIEN CHILDREN: Actions Needed to Ensure Children Receive Required Care in DHS Custody - GAO
Posted on 14 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"What GAO Found Within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued policies and procedures to evaluate, or screen, unaccompanied alien children (UAC)—those under 18 years old with no lawful... Read More

Tags: care , uac , Children , DHS , GAO