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DHS OIG Report: H-2 Petition Fee Structure Is Inequitable and Contributes to Processing Errors (Mar. 6, 2017)

DHS OIG, Mar. 6, 2017 - "USCIS’ H-2 petition fee structure is inequitable and contributes to processing errors. Federal guidelines indicate that beneficiaries should pay the cost of services from which they benefit. However, USCIS charged employers a flat fee of $325 per H-2 petition ($460...

Twitter Sues DHS Over Free Speech, @ALT_USCIS Account ID

Hayley Tsukayama, Washington Post, Apr. 6, 2017 - "Twitter filed a lawsuit Thursday to block an order [subpoena] from the Department of Homeland Security that seeks to reveal the user of an account who has been critical of the Trump administration's immigration policies. Tweets from the account...

Twitter Crushes DHS in Anti-Trump Unmasking Lawsuit

New York Times, Apr. 7, 2017 - "Last month, the federal government issued a summons ordering Twitter to hand over information about an anonymous account that had posted messages critical of the Trump administration. Now, the government has blinked. Customs and Border Protection on Friday withdrew...

DHS Border Security Progress Report, Apr. 25, 2017

DHS, Apr. 25, 2017 - "On January 25, 2017, the President of the United States signed Executive Order 13767 (the "Executive Order") entitled, Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements. Pursuant to Section 15 of the Executive Order, this 90-day progress report outlines the...

Fraud Alert: DHS OIG Hotline Telephone Number Has Been Used in Scam To Obtain Personally Identifiable Information

DHS OIG, Apr. 19, 2017 - "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) is issuing this fraud alert to warn citizens of reports that the DHS OIG Hotline telephone number has been used recently as part of a telephone spoofing scam targeting individuals throughout...

USCIS Recommendation to Terminate TPS for Haiti (Apr. 10, 2017)

In a memo dated Apr. 10, 2017 , USCIS Acting Director James W. McCament recommended to DHS Secretary Kelly that Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") for certain Haitians be terminated, effective Jan. 22, 2018: "...USCIS has concluded that the conditions in Haiti no longer support Its designation...

DHS Launches VOICE

DHS, Apr. 26, 2017 - "Today, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly announced the official launch of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (VOICE). The VOICE office will assist victims of crimes committed by criminal aliens. ICE built...

Babies and Children Listed in DHS "Criminal Alien" Database

Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times, Apr. 27, 2017 - "A database the Trump administration said would help victims of crimes track the custody of suspected criminal immigrants mistakenly listed babies and other children. The public database included the names of children, from infants to underage teenagers...

DHS Issues New Privacy Policy Guidance, Q&A (Apr. 27, 2017)

PRIVACY POLICY GUIDANCE MEMORANDUM. April 27, 2017, Memorandum Number: 2017-01 Privacy Policy 2017-01, Questions & Answers

DHS Announces New CIS Ombudsman Julie Kirchner

DHS, May 2, 2017 - "Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly today announced the appointment of Julie Kirchner as Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) Ombudsman. Kirchner was most recently an advisor to the Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, Kevin McAleenan. Before serving...

ABA to DHS: Revise Border Search Rules of Electronic Devices to Protect Client Confidentiality

American Bar Association, May 5, 2017 - Re: Preservation of Attorney-Client Privilege and Client Confidentiality for U.S. Lawyers and Their Clients During Border Searches of Electronic Devices "On behalf of the American Bar Association (“ABA”), which has over 400,000 members, I write...

Is DHS Sec. Kelly Drinking the Bannon/Breitbard Kool-Aid on H-2Bs?

Section 543 of the FY 2017 spending bill, signed into law on May 5, 2017, authorizes DHS to add more H-2B visas to the quota. On May 12, 2017, a bipartisan, bicameral group of 87 Members of Congress urged Kelly to do so, and quickly, with this letter . In Senate testimony on May 25, 2017 , Kelly...

DHS Pushes Back Effective Date of USCIS International Entrepreneur Final Rule

Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is temporarily delaying the effective date of the International Entrepreneur Final Rule (82 FR 5238). This delay will provide DHS with an opportunity to obtain comments from the public regarding...

Trump 'Loves' Dreamers, But Kills DACA: DHS Memo (Sept. 5, 2017)

DHS, Sept. 5, 2017 - Press Release: Rescission Of Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) (September 5, 2017) Fact Sheet: Rescission Of Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) (September 5, 2017) Frequently Asked Questions: Rescission Of Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals...

A Slippery Legislative Slope: From IIRAIRA to REAL ID to Secure Fence

DHS published this notice today in the Federal Register regarding border barriers (fencing and roads) near Calexico, California. Read the long list of federal statutes and regulations DHS has waived, thanks to IIRAIRA, the REAL ID Act and the Secure Fence Act.

DOS, DHS Impose Visa Sanctions on Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone

DHS, Sept. 13, 2017 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced, in coordination with the State Department, the implementation of visa sanctions on Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone due to lack of cooperation in accepting their nationals ordered removed from the United...

DHS OIG: USCIS Needs a Better Approach To Verify H-1B Visa Participants

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 and regulations. USCIS can approve more than 330...

Edward Alden on DHS' Big Lie - Arresting and Deporting Rosa Maria Hernandez

Edward Alden, Oct. 27, 2017 - "President Donald Trump’s flexibility with facts is so often on display that it can become exhausting just trying to correct all the misinformation coming out of his administration. But I have a nominee for the biggest lie to date. It was told to National Public...

DHS Action on TPS for Nicaragua, Honduras (Nov. 6, 2017)

DHS, Nov. 6, 2017 - "Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced her decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nicaragua with a delayed effective date of 12 months to allow for an orderly transition before the designation terminates on January 5,...

DHS to Axe TPS for Haiti

DHS, Nov. 20, 2017 - "Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced her decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haiti with a delayed effective date of 18 months to allow for an orderly transition before the designation terminates on July 22, 2019...

DHS Inspector General Accuses Own Agency of Bottling-Up Travel Ban Report

Josh Gerstein, Ted Hesson, Seung Min Kim, Politico, Nov. 20, 2017 - "The Department of Homeland Security's official watchdog is accusing his own agency of slow-walking the public release of a report about confusion that ensued earlier this year after President Donald Trump issued his first travel...

DHS OIG Cites CBP for Misuse of Summons Power

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 of its examination and summons authority under 19...

DHS' Extreme Digital Vetting of Foreign Visitors to the U.S. Moves Forward Under a New Name

George Joseph, ProPublica, Nov. 22, 2017 - "The Department of Immigration & Customs Enforcement is taking new steps in its plans for monitoring the social media accounts of applicants and holders of U.S. visas. At a tech industry conference last Thursday in Arlington, Virginia, ICE officials...

Court Overturns DHS Delay of International Entrepreneur Rule: NVCA v. Duke

NVCA, Dec. 1, 2017 - "Foreign entrepreneurs who want to build innovative companies in the U.S. received good news today when United States District Judge James E. Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled in favor of a lawsuit filed by the National Venture Capital Association...

Kirstjen M. Nielsen Sworn-in as New DHS Secretary

DHS, Dec. 6, 2017 - "Today, Ms. Kirstjen M. Nielsen was sworn-in as the sixth Secretary of Homeland Security. Secretary Nielsen was joined by White House and Department officials during a brief swearing-in at the White House."