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Immigration Officials Use Secretive Gang Databases to Deny Migrant Asylum Claims
Posted on 9 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Melissa del Bosque, ProPublica, July 8, 2019 "With scant public notice, federal immigration officials are relying on databases run by foreign police and militaries to check whether migrants crossing the United States border have gang affiliations... Read More

Feds Waive Environmental Laws for More Border Barriers in South Texas
Posted on 2 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 126 / Monday, July 1, 2019 "The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security has determined, pursuant to law, that it is necessary to waive certain laws, regulations, and other legal requirements in order to ensure the... Read More

Tags: NEPA , DHS , border , Texas

Social Media Monitoring, DHS, the State Department, and You
Posted on 23 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Faiza Patel, Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Sophia DenUyl, Raya Koreh, Brennan Center for Justice, May 22, 2019 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is rapidly expanding its collection of social media information and using it to evaluate the security... Read More

DHS Re-Launches Computer Matching Programs with States to Pursue Benefit Fraud
Posted on 19 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On Friday, May 17, 2019, DHS posted five notices in the Federal Register reestablishing computer matching programs between DHS and New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Texas and California to "verify the immigration status of non-U.S. citizens who... Read More

Tags: Benefits , DHS , save

More Border Waivers (Federal Register, May 15, 2019)
Posted on 14 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, DHS will publish three notices in the Federal Register waiving a plethora of laws "in order to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers and roads in the vicinity of the international land border near Tecate and... Read More

Tags: waivers , iiraira , DHS , border

DHS, DOL Post H-2B Rule (May 8, 2019)
Posted on 6 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Here is an Advance Copy of the rule to be published on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Read More

In Today's Federal Register, 3 DHS Notices, 2 DOS Notices
Posted on 24 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

April 24, 2019 DHS on waiving laws to build border barriers, roads: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-04-24/pdf/2019-08289.pdf https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-04-24/pdf/2019-08290.pdf https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg... Read More

Embassy of India in DC Warns Students of DHS Fake University Visa Stings
Posted on 11 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Embassy of India, Washington, DC, Apr. 10, 2019 - Advisory for Indian Students "In recent years, instances of '"fake" Universities set up by the US law enforcement agencies have come to light. According to the US law enforcement,... Read More

DHS Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen Resigns
Posted on 8 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NYT, Apr. 7, 2019 "Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary, resigned on Sunday after meeting with President Trump, ending a tumultuous tenure in charge of the border security agency that had made her the target of the president’s... Read More

Tags: nielsen , Trump , DHS

DHS Increases Greece ESTA Validity to Two Years
Posted on 8 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 67 / Monday, April 8, 2019 "In 2016, DHS reduced Greece’s Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) travel authorization validity period for travel by nationals of Greece under the Visa Waiver Program... Read More

Tags: Greece , DHS , esta

DHS Orders More CBP Agents to Southern Border, Expands MPP
Posted on 1 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, April 1, 2019 "Today, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen issued a memorandum to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan outlining new steps the agency must take to combat the growing security and... Read More

'Remain in Mexico' Plan Echoes Earlier U.S. Policy to Deter Haitian Migration
Posted on 29 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Muzaffar Chishti and Jessica Bolter, MPI, Mar. 28, 2019 "Under the Trump administration’s new Remain in Mexico policy, more than 200 asylum seekers have been sent back to Mexico by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to wait for weeks... Read More

DHS Decision on South Sudan 'Morally Reprehensible'
Posted on 11 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Mar. 8, 2019 "The administration’s decision not to redesignate Temporary Protected Status for South Sudan, allowing more people to be covered by it is “morally reprehensible,” said Anna Gallagher... Read More

Fraud Alert: DHS Telephone Numbers Used in Scam to Obtain Personally Identifiable Information and Extort Money from Victims
Posted on 5 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Mar. 1, 2019 "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) is issuing this fraud alert to warn citizens of reports that DHS telephone numbers have been used recently as part of a telephone spoofing scam... Read More

Tags: spoofing , Fraud , USCIS , DHS

Groups Demand Release of Infants from Immigration Jails
Posted on 1 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AIC, AILA, CLINIC Legal, Feb. 28, 2019 "We write to bring your attention to an alarming increase in the number of infants being held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody. As of today, there are at least nine infants under one year... Read More