Immigration Law

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Does DHS Have Your Cellphone Data?
Posted on 19 Jul 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Julia Ainsley, NBC News, July 18, 2022 "The Department of Homeland Security has paid millions of dollars since 2017 to purchase, without warrants, cellphone location data from two companies to track the movements of both Americans and foreigners... Read More

Tags: cbp , DHS , ICE , cell phones

Court Blocks DHS Enforcement Memo: Arizona v. Biden
Posted on 22 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Arizona v. Biden "It is hereby ORDERED that: 1. Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 65(a), Defendants United States Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, in his official capacity as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, all their... Read More

ICE, CBP Penalty Hikes
Posted on 11 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 7 / Tuesday, January 11, 2022 "In this final rule, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) makes the 2022 annual inflation adjustment to its civil monetary penalties. On November 2, 2015, the President signed into... Read More

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

DHS Withdraws Proposed EAD, Biometrics Rules
Posted on 7 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 05/10/2021 - "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is withdrawing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that published on November 19, 2020. The NPRM proposed to revise... Read More

Tags: proposed rule , cbp , USCIS , DHS , ICE

Joint ICE-CBP Memo: Civil Immigration Enforcement Actions in or near Courthouses
Posted on 27 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Apr. 27, 2021 "This memorandum provides interim guidance that governs our civil immigration enforcement actions in or near courthouses. It is effective immediately and will be replaced after the Secretary issues his final guidance after engaging... Read More

Tags: courthouses , cbp , DHS , ICE

ICE, CBP to Limit Civil Enforcement Actions In or Near Courthouse
Posted on 27 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Apr. 27, 2021 "Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas directed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to place new limits on civil immigration enforcement actions in... Read More

Tags: courthouses , cbp , DHS , ICE

ORR, ICE, CBP Information-Sharing MOA (Mar. 11, 2021)
Posted on 16 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT (MOA) AMONG THE OFFICE OF REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AND U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT AND U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY... Read More

Administration Ends Requirement That Information on Migrant Children, Sponsors Be Shared with ICE
Posted on 15 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Austin Landis, Spectrum News, Mar. 12, 2021 "On Friday, the Biden administration officially ended an information sharing agreement between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the agencies caring for unaccompanied children who cross the... Read More

Court Blocks "Monster" Asylum Rule: Pangea v. DHS
Posted on 9 Jan 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Pangea v. DHS "Defendants the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Pete Gaynor, in his official capacity, if any, as Acting Secretary of DHS; Chad F. Wolf, in his official capacity, if any, as Acting Secretary of DHS; the United... Read More

Tags: cbp , wolf , eoir , USCIS , DHS , ICE , asylum

TRAC: Feds 'Flying Blind' on Asylum...And Blinding the Watchers
Posted on 24 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Apr. 23, 2019 "... It appears that the government itself does not actually know what happens to those it arrests at the border. It admits it lacks the ability to reliably follow cases when they pass from one agency of DHS to another - such... Read More

Feds Target Lawyers, Journalists Covering Southern Border
Posted on 8 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tom Jones, Mari Payton and Bill Feather, NBC San Diego, Mar, 6, 2019 "Documents obtained by NBC 7 Investigates show the U.S. government created a secret database of activists, journalists, and social media influencers tied to the migrant caravan... Read More

The Use of Coercion by U.S. DHS Officials Against Parents Who Were Forcibly Separated From Their Children
Posted on 24 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

American Immigration Council and AILA | August 23, 2018 - "This complaint contains 13 pseudonymized case examples and original testimony from parents who were separated from their children that show a pervasive, illegal practice by DHS officials... Read More

One of These Things Is Not Like the Others...
Posted on 15 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Maybe DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson missed this episode of Sesame Street. His November 20, 2014 memo to ICE, CBP and USCIS specifies three tiered priorities for the "Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants." At the top, Priority... Read More

DHS OIG To Periodically Inspect CBP and ICE Detention Facilities...Unannounced
Posted on 15 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Mar. 15, 2016 - "Today, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) announced a program of ongoing unannounced inspections of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE... Read More

Tags: inspections , detention , cbp , oig , DHS , ICE