Immigration Law

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20 Years of Improvements Provide Security and Strong Vetting Procedures for Admitting Refugees to the U.S.
Posted on 26 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Elizabeth Neumann, NFAP, Jan. 25, 2022 "Over the last two decades, security and law enforcement professionals at all levels have worked to establish, improve and utilize robust security and vetting procedures for individuals admitted as refugees... Read More

3 Presidential Documents on Immigration (Jan. 31, 2020)
Posted on 5 Feb 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Proclamation 9983 of January 31, 2020 - Improving Enhanced Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats Proclamation 9984 of January 31, 2020 - Suspension of Entry... Read More

Trump Memo Sets Up 'National Vetting Center'
Posted on 7 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

White House, Feb. 6, 2018 - "Border and immigration security are essential to ensuring the safety, security, and prosperity of the United States. The Federal Government must improve the manner in which executive departments and agencies (agencies... Read More

Trump Executive Order Slows Visas
Posted on 23 Jun 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USA Today, June 22, 2017 - "President Trump has taken a small step toward "extreme vetting" of foreign travelers to the United States, signing an executive order that will have the effect of slowing down visas for tourists, business travelers... Read More

DHS Makes Extreme Vetting Even More Extreme for Refugees
Posted on 30 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Jan. 29, 2018 - "Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced additional security enhancements and recommendations to strengthen the integrity of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. These new measures are part of the administration’s... Read More

Tags: refugees , vetting , DHS , usrap

Joint Memo on Refugees, Enhanced Vetting
Posted on 26 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski


Tags: refugees , vetting

An American Dies in Uniform...Still Waiting (UPDATED)
Posted on 20 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tara Copp, Military Times, Apr. 20, 2018 - "Spc. Nemanja “Yani” Janicijevic, 25, an immigrant soldier who died last week while waiting 11 months for the military to clear him for duty , had been naturalized months before and was a U.S... Read More

Expert: Social Media Vetting of Visa Applicants Could Limit Immigration
Posted on 3 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ana Campoy, Quartz, Apr. 2, 2018 - "Would-be-travelers to the U.S. beware: The line for a U.S. visa could soon be getting a lot longer. The State Department on Friday proposed to include extra questions about social-media use in visa applications... Read More

White House 'Enhanced Vetting' Memo to DOJ, DHS, DOS (Mar. 6, 2017)
Posted on 6 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

White House, Mar. 6, 2017 - "The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release March 06, 2017 Memorandum for the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Homeland Security MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY... Read More

Trump Expected to Sign Executive Actions on Immigration Wednesday - Reuters Exclusive
Posted on 25 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Julia Edwards Ainsley, Reuters, Jan. 24, 2017 - "U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign several executive orders on Wednesday restricting immigration from Syria and six other Middle Eastern or African countries, according to several congressional... Read More

DOS Seeks to Extend Use of DS-5535; NAFSA Opposes
Posted on 7 Aug 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Reuters, Aug. 4, 2017 - "The Trump administration moved on Thursday to make permanent a new questionnaire that asks some U.S. visa applicants to provide their social media handles and detailed biographical and travel history, according to a public... Read More

Extreme Absurdity: A Response to the “Extreme Vetting” Questions Proposed By Kris Kobach - David Isaacson
Posted on 30 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

David Isaacson, Nov. 30, 2016 - " Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, rumored to be a potential Secretary of Homeland Security in a Donald Trump Administration , met with Mr. Trump last Sunday , apparently to discuss some of his plans for the... Read More

July 12, 2017 DOS Cable: Improving Information Sharing with Foreign Governments
Posted on 16 Aug 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

July 12, 2017 DOS Cable - "In response to Executive Order (EO) 13780, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence, has produced a report outlining what information is needed... Read More

Expert: Vetting of Refugees, Immigrants a 'Balancing Act'
Posted on 27 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Rebecca Shabad, CBS News, Feb. 27, 2017 - "As the Trump administration readies a new “extreme vetting” executive order that is expected to ban people from certain countries in order to give agencies time to review U.S. vetting procedures... Read More

'Extreme Vetting' Nets...An Engineering Professor?
Posted on 14 Jun 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed, June 12, 2017 - "A professor at the American University of Beirut traveling to an engineering conference in California was denied entry into the U.S. by immigration officials at Los Angeles International Airport... Read More