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HHS OIG: Lack of Tornillo Staff FBI Background Checks, Low Number of Clinicians Pose 'Substantial Risks' to Detained Kids
Posted on 28 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

HHS OIG, Nov. 27, 2018 - "The memorandum was issued in response to two significant vulnerabilities identified by OIG during a site visit to the influx care facility in Tornillo, Texas (Tornillo), a grantee of the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC... Read More

Tags: orr , HHS , tornillo , FBI , oig , Children

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 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

DHS OIG Report: Work and Fiancé Visas Used by Traffickers to Bring Victims to USA
Posted on 11 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Jan 4, 2016 - "Our match of ICE and USCIS data from 2005 to 2014 indicated that work and fiancé visas were the primary means by which 17 of 32 known traffickers brought victims into the United States." Read More

Tags: report , trafficking , oig , DHS

Deplorable Medical Treatment at Family Detention Centers - Complaint Filed
Posted on 31 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Ten mothers came forward to lodge formal complaints about the substandard medical care they and their children received while detained by the Department of Homeland of Security (DHS). The complaints describe the severe suffering families have endured... Read More

DHS OIG: USCIS Automation Remains Ineffective
Posted on 15 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Mar. 15, 2016 - "A new Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) report concludes that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) ongoing efforts to automate benefits processing remain ineffective... Read More

Tags: report , oig , USCIS , automation , DHS

DHS OIG Report on Streamline
Posted on 29 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, May 15, 2015 - Streamline: Measuring Its Effects on Illegal Border Crossing Read More

Tags: report , streamline , oig , DHS

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

'Operation Janus' IDs Deportable Aliens Wrongfully Naturalized
Posted on 19 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS Office of Inspector General, Sept. 8, 2016 - Potentially Ineligible Individuals Have Been Granted U.S. Citizenship Because of Incomplete Fingerprint Records "USCIS granted U.S. citizenship to at least 858 individuals ordered deported or removed... Read More

DHS Inspector General: CBP Drone Program 'Does Not Achieve Intended Results'
Posted on 7 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Unmanned Aircraft System Program Does Not Achieve Intended Results or Recognize All Costs of Operations - Although CBP’s Unmanned Aircraft System program contributes to border security, after 8 years... Read More

Tags: report , cbp , oig , unmanned , drones , DHS

DHS OIG Puts Kibosh on ELIS for Natz.
Posted on 23 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Jan. 19, 2017 - Management Alert - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Use of the Electronic Immigration System for Naturalization Benefits Processing "We are recommending that USCIS halt plans to revert to using the Electronic... Read More

Tags: elis , oig , Naturalization , DHS

DHS OIG: USCIS Needs a Better Approach To Verify H-1B Visa Participants
Posted on 24 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Oct. 20, 2017 - "USCIS site visits provide minimal assurance that H-1B visa participants are compliant and not engaged in fraudulent activity. These visits assess whether petitioners and beneficiaries comply with applicable immigration laws... Read More

Tags: site visits , H-1B , oig , USCIS , DHS

Immigration Prisoners Subjected to Strip Searches, Moldy Food, Intimidation: DHS OIG Report
Posted on 14 Dec 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Dec. 14, 2017 - "A new report from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) cites concerns about the treatment and care of detainees by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE). The report... Read More

DHS OIG Cites CBP for Misuse of Summons Power
Posted on 21 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Nov. 16, 2017 - "A new management alert from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) Special Reviews Group (SRG) determined that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) lacked clear guidance on the use... Read More

Tags: cbp , Twitter , summons , oig , DHS