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DHS Sec. Kelly Rescinds DAPA Memo, Leaves DACA Alone...For Now
Posted on 16 Jun 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Rescission of Memorandum Providing for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA”) - "On June 15, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, after consulting with the Attorney General... Read More

Tags: daca , kelly , dapa

H-2B Visa Shortage Spurs Vacancies, for Jobs
Posted on 8 Jun 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Miriam Jordan, New York Times, June 8, 2017 - "Mackinac Island has a permanent population of about 500 people and just as many horses, but no cars. From May to October, the picturesque Michigan getaway relies on about 3,000 workers to power its economic... Read More

Tags: kelly , H-2B

H-2B Temporary Rule Published in FR (July 19, 2017)
Posted on 19 Jul 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 137 / Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - "The Secretary of Homeland Security (‘‘Secretary’’), in consultation with the Secretary of Labor, has decided to increase the numerical limitation on H–2B... Read More

Is DHS Sec. Kelly Drinking the Bannon/Breitbard Kool-Aid on H-2Bs?
Posted on 16 Jun 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More

Tags: kelly , DHS , H-2B

DHS, DOL Add 15K H-2B Visas...But Only If Employers Attest to "Irreparable Harm" - UPDATED
Posted on 17 Jul 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, July 17, 2017 - "U.S. businesses in danger of suffering irreparable harm due to a lack of available temporary nonagricultural workers will be able to hire up to 15,000 additional temporary nonagricultural workers under the H-2B program under... Read More

DHS Secretary Kelly Using Alt-Facts about Asylum
Posted on 22 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Eleanor Acer, May 10, 2017 - "Last Friday, Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly defended the controversial deportation of a Honduran woman and her young child. “ Now remember the vast majority of the people who come up here—in... Read More

Tags: kelly , asylum

Feds, California Sup. Ct. Chief Justice Square Off Over ICE Courthouse Arrests
Posted on 3 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Los Angeles Times, Mar. 31, 2017 - "The Trump administration on Friday fired back at California's top judge, disputing her characterization this month that federal immigration agents were "stalking" courthouses to make arrests. In a... Read More

DHS Launches VOICE
Posted on 26 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More

Tags: crime , voice , kelly , DHS

58,000 Haitians in U.S. May Lose Post-Earthquake Protections
Posted on 21 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Lizette Alvarez, New York Times, May 20, 2017 - "By Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly is expected to announce whether to let Haitians’ temporary protected status expire on July 22 or extend it again. (If he does nothing, it... Read More

Sec. Kelly Mulls Separating Refugee Moms, Kids to Deter Migration
Posted on 9 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dianne Solis, Melissa Repko, Dallas Morning News, Mar. 7, 2017 - "Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Tuesday in Dallas that his agency may separate Central American parents from their children after they cross the U.S. border in an attempt... Read More

Strong Support for Haiti TPS Renewal
Posted on 22 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

May 22, 2017 - This site collects all news items, letters from members of Congress and state and local politicians and advocacy groups recommending that DHS Sec. Kelly renew Temporary Protected Status for eligible Haitians in the U.S. Here's a... Read More

Will DHS Policy Deepen Rift With Mexico?
Posted on 10 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Melvin Félix, Univision, Mar. 9, 2017 - "The Trump administration intends to press forward with its plan to send immigrants of any nationality back to Mexico after they're caught illegally crossing the southern U.S. border, a spokesman... Read More

ABA to DHS: Revise Border Search Rules of Electronic Devices to Protect Client Confidentiality
Posted on 8 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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”... Read More

TPS for Haiti Extended...But Only for Six Months
Posted on 22 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, May 22, 2017 - "Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly today announced his decision to extend—for an additional six months—the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haiti. This extension is effective July 23, 2017... Read More

DHS Chief Kelly: No Mass Deportations
Posted on 23 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Politico, Feb. 23, 2017 - "Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly promised Mexican officials Thursday that there will be “no mass deportations” under the Trump administration, as Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson... Read More