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Government Accountability Office Report on H-1B Program - Temporary Specialty Workers Visas

The Government Accountability Office recently issued an interesting report on the controversial H-1B program, which allows temporary "specialty workers" to come to the United States. For example, on pages 20-30, the authors discuss the possible impact of the limit on numbers of H-1B workers...

GAO on Arizona Border Surveillance Technology: More Information on Plans and Costs Is Needed before Proceeding

"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 border that represent the highest risk for...

Excerpts From the Dec. 1, 2011, Bender's Immigration Bulletin: DHS Extends TPS for Honduras and Nicaragua

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 6, 2012, and will continue through July 5, 2013. ...

GAO on the Visa Waiver Program

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

GAO on Visa Waiver Program: Additional Actions Needed to Mitigate Risks and Strengthen Overstay Enforcement

"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 actions planned or underway to address them."...

GAO on Militarizing the Southern Border

"GAO found challenges for the National Guard and for active-duty military forces in providing support to law enforcement missions. For example, under Title 32 of the United States Code, National Guard personnel are permitted to participate in law enforcement activities; however, the Secretary...

Drawbacks Seen With Having National Guardsmen on Border

"[A]s the debate on how to best secure the border with Mexico continues, a new government report says that the use of National Guard troops on the border can hinder recruitment efforts and pose a challenge to long-term border security planning. The report by the U.S. Government Accountability...

GAO on H-2A Visa Program

Modernization and Improved Guidance Could Reduce Employer Application Burden - GAO-12-706, Sep 12, 2012 .

GAO on Border Patrol Strategic Plan

"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 the Chief of the Office of Border Patrol establish...

DOL Needs to Improve H-2A Data: GAO Report

"The H-2A visa program allows U.S. employers that anticipate a shortage of domestic agricultural workers to hire foreign workers on a temporary basis. GAO issued a report on the process employers follow in applying for these workers and made several recommendations to the Department of Labor (Labor...

News Excerpts From the April 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

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 to noncitizens who the agency has “reason...

GAO on Immigration Detention: Oversight of Facility Costs and Standards

"What GAO Found Within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) uses two different methods to collect and assess data on detention costs; however, these methods do not provide ICE with complete data for managing detention costs across facilities...

GAO: Increased Protections Needed for H-2A, H-2B Visa Workers

"Why GAO Did This Study Tens of thousands of foreign nationals travel to the United States each year under the H-2A and H-2B visa programs. These programs are designed to fill a temporary need that U.S. workers are unavailable to fill. Employers may use third parties to recruit these workers...

UNACCOMPANIED ALIEN CHILDREN: Actions Needed to Ensure Children Receive Required Care in DHS Custody - GAO

"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 immigration status and no parent or legal guardian...

GAO: DHS Final Rule re F-1 STEM OPT OK

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 the exception of the 60-day delay requirement,...

GAO on Immigration Detention (May 26, 2016)

Additional Actions Needed to Strengthen DHS Management of Short-Term Holding Facilities - "GAO recommends that DHS establish a process to assess time in custody data for all individuals in holding facilities; issue guidance on how and which complaint mechanisms should be communicated to individuals...

USCIS Needs to Transform its Transformation Program: GAO Report

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 testing. DHS concurred with the recommendations...

News Excerpts From the Aug. 15, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

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 presence waivers. Under the new regulation, all...

GAO on EB-5: Progress Made to Detect and Prevent Fraud, but Additional Actions Could Further Agency Efforts

GAO, Sept. 13, 2016 - "GAO recommends that USCIS develop a fraud risk profile that aligns with leading practices identified in GAO's Fraud Risk Framework. The Department of Homeland Security concurred with GAO's recommendation."

GAO on Asylum Outcomes (Nov. 14, 2016)

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 Review (EOIR) between fiscal years 1995 and 2014...