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US-VISIT vs. GIGO: No Contest

US-VISIT Faces Challenges in Identifying and Reporting Multiple Biographic Identities (Redacted) - DHS OIG, Aug. 13, 2012 . - "US-VISIT faces challenges in systematically identifying and flagging potential use of fraudulent biographic identities. Our analysis of Automated Biometric Identification...

Justice Department Issues Negative Report on EOIR Management of BIA, Immigration Courts

"The OIG found that immigration court performance reports are incomplete and overstate the actual accomplishments of these courts. These flaws in EOIR’s performance reporting preclude the Department from accurately assessing the courts’ progress in processing immigration cases or identifying...

Immigration Judges Behind on Caseload

"The government is not keeping up with the caseload in federal immigration courts, even with an increase in the number of judges handling the cases, the Justice Department inspector general reported Thursday. In a report, Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said record-keeping by the immigration...

DHS OIG Final Report: Implementation of L-1 Visa Regulations

"Senator Charles Grassley requested that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General examine the potential for fraud or abuse in the L-1 intracompany transferee visa program. The L-1 visa program facilitates the temporary transfer of foreign nationals with management, professional...

DHS OIG on CBP Use of Force

"Attached for your action is our revised final report, CBP Use of Force Training and Actions To Address Use of Force Incidents – Redacted (Revised), OIG-13-114. We incorporated the formal comments from U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the final report. This revised version is redacted...

Framing the New Office L Visa Petition...With Help from DHS OIG

"An individual seeking to transfer to the United States as a manager or executive (specialized knowledge employees will not be addressed in this blog) comes to you for help. She may be interested in opening a new office, or may be transferred to an existing company that has been operating for more...

EB-5 Audit Report: DHS OIG Gives USCIS Low Marks

"Our audit objective was to determine whether the USCIS’ Employment-Based Fifth Preference regional center program is administered and managed effectively. Several conditions prevent USCIS from administering and managing the Employment-Based Fifth Preference regional center program effectively...

DHS OIG Censors Recommendations to Curb Use of Deadly Force by CBP

"It’s one of the U.S. Border Patrol’s most controversial practices: shooting at migrants and suspected drug runners who throw rocks and other objects at agents. Many law enforcement experts say the best option is to take cover or move elsewhere when these “rocking” incidents...

DHS OIG Report: ICE's Worksite Enforcement Administrative Inspection Process

"Generally, ICE’s worksite enforcement administrative inspection process met the requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. However, ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations directorate has not adequately monitored or evaluated the performance or outcomes of implementing...

USCIS Computer System Slower Than Old-Fashioned Paper-Pushing

"After six years of development, a new automated system for processing immigration forms takes twice as long as processing applications by hand, according to a Department of Homeland Security internal watchdog. The $1.7 billion information technology project, called Transformation, began under a...

Click 150 Times If You 'Like' ELIS

"USCIS’ IT systems do not fully provide the functionality needed to support its mission. For example, as part of its Transformation program, USCIS created ELIS, an electronic immigration system. The aim of ELIS is to provide a more efficient and higher quality adjudication process. However...

DHS OIG Examines Conditions at Detention Centers for Alien Children

"The Office of Inspector General (OIG), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), today issued the first of a series of reports on conditions at detention centers being used to temporarily house unaccompanied alien children. The report is based on 87 unannounced site visits conducted by OIG agents...

DOS OIG Visa Services Inspection Report

"Key Findings - - The Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Visa Services Directorate is accomplishing its complex, challenging, and critical mission. It has demonstrated that it can successfully realize the President’s goal of facilitating travel to the United States while maintaining border...

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

Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program To Begin in 2015 On October 17, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security announced that Haitian beneficiaries of approved family-based immigrant visa petitions may soon be paroled into the United States approximately two years before their priority dates...

DOJ OIG Report: Nepotism at EOIR

"Federal investigators found rampant nepotism in recent years within the agency that oversees U.S. immigration courts, including three top officials who used their positions to help relatives land paid internships. In a report this week , Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said...

DHS Inspector General: CBP Drone Program 'Does Not Achieve Intended Results'

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Unmanned Aircraft System Program Does Not Achieve Intended Results or Recognize All Costs of Operations - Although CBP’s Unmanned Aircraft System program contributes to border security, after 8 years, CBP cannot prove that the program is effective...

DHS OIG on ICE Alternatives to Detention

"According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Intensive Supervision Appearance Program is effective because, using its performance metrics, few program participants abscond. However, ICE has changed how it uses the program and no longer supervises some participants throughout...

ICE Deportation Flights Wasting Millions

"ICE Air operated charter flights with empty seats and could have realized cost savings up to $41.1 million upon determining optimum flight capacity." - DHS OIG, Apr. 9, 2015 .

DHS OIG Report on Streamline

DHS OIG, May 15, 2015 - Streamline: Measuring Its Effects on Illegal Border Crossing

Deplorable Medical Treatment at Family Detention Centers - Complaint Filed

"Ten mothers came forward to lodge formal complaints about the substandard medical care they and their children received while detained by the Department of Homeland of Security (DHS). The complaints describe the severe suffering families have endured due to poor access to and quality of care, and...

Inspector General Finds USCIS Did Not Deliberately Violate Court Injunction

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL, Department of Homeland Security, Aug. 13, 2015 - "The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General (DHS OIG) found no evidence that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) deliberately violated a U.S. District Court’s preliminary injunction when...

DHS OIG Report: Work and Fiancé Visas Used by Traffickers to Bring Victims to USA

DHS OIG, Jan 4, 2016 - "Our match of ICE and USCIS data from 2005 to 2014 indicated that work and fiancé visas were the primary means by which 17 of 32 known traffickers brought victims into the United States."

DHS OIG: USCIS Automation Remains Ineffective

DHS OIG, Mar. 15, 2016 - "A new Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) report concludes that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) ongoing efforts to automate benefits processing remain ineffective. Until USCIS makes all of the needed improvements...

DHS OIG: USCIS Automation Remains Ineffective

DHS OIG, Mar. 15, 2016 - "A new Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) report concludes that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) ongoing efforts to automate benefits processing remain ineffective. Until USCIS makes all of the needed improvements...

DHS OIG To Periodically Inspect CBP and ICE Detention Facilities...Unannounced

DHS OIG, Mar. 15, 2016 - "Today, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) announced a program of ongoing unannounced inspections of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities. The OIG is initiating this...