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GAO: Border Patrol's Migrant Death Program is Missing Data
Posted on 22 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAO, Apr. 20, 2022 "Border Patrol has not collected and recorded, or reported to Congress, complete data on migrant deaths, or disclosed associated data limitations. Specifically, Border Patrol’s fiscal year 2020 report to Congress did not... Read More

GAO: USCIS Should Address Growing Caseload
Posted on 22 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAO, August 2021; released Sept. 17, 2021 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services processes millions of applications and petitions from noncitizens who want to temporarily stay or live in the country, obtain work authorization, or become U.S... Read More

Tags: backlog , USCIS , GAO

GAO Critiques EOIR
Posted on 31 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAO, Aug. 31, 2021 - COVID-19: Improvements Needed in Guidance and Stakeholder Engagement for Immigration Courts "The Department of Justice's (DOJ) Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) took steps to modify immigration court operations... Read More

GAO: Biden's Border Wall Pause OK
Posted on 17 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAO Decision, June 15, 2021 "On January 20, 2021, President Biden issued a Proclamation terminating a previous declaration of national emergency concerning the southern border of the United States issued by President Trump. Among other things,... Read More

Tags: Biden , Trump , border , GAO

GAO on ICE, 287(g) Agreements
Posted on 2 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAO, Feb. 26, 2021 "Within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) met its goal to expand the 287(g) program. However, ICE has not established performance goals that cover all program activities... Read More

Tags: 287(g) , ICE , GAO

GAO Faults ORR on Care of UACs
Posted on 8 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAO, Oct. 7, 2020 "The Office of Refugee Resettlement’s (ORR) grant announcements soliciting care providers for unaccompanied children—those without lawful immigration status and without a parent or guardian in the U.S. available to... Read More

GAO Report Slams CBP Over Border Deaths, Medical Care of Detainees, Use of Funds
Posted on 15 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

SOUTHWEST BORDER: CBP Needs to Increase Oversight of Funds, Medical Care, and Reporting of Deaths "Three children died in U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s custody in fiscal year 2019, prompting questions about medical care in the agency’s... Read More

Tags: cbp , border , GAO

GAO Slaps CBP for $3.5M Border Tent Boondoggle
Posted on 10 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAO, Apr. 9, 2020 "BORDER SECURITY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Management of a Temporary Facility in Texas Raised Concerns about Resources Used The number of people U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended on the southwest... Read More

Tags: cbp , border , Texas , GAO

GAO: Feds Must Do Better on Credible Fear
Posted on 21 Feb 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAO, Feb. 2020 Actions Needed to Strengthen USCIS’s Oversight and Data Quality of Credible and Reasonable Fear Screenings Read More

GAO Report: Immigration-Related Prosecutions Increased from 2017 to 2018 in Response to U.S. Attorney General's Direction
Posted on 4 Dec 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAO, Dec. 3, 2019 "In 2017 and 2018, the Attorney General directed federal prosecutors to prioritize prosecutions of immigration-related offenses such as improper entry, illegal reentry after a prior removal, and alien smuggling. We reviewed... Read More

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 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