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Advance Copy of DHS Interim Final Rule: Petitions for Rulemaking

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 07/21/2016 - "Pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS or Department) is adopting a process under which interested persons may petition the Department to issue, amend, or repeal a...

News Excerpts From the Aug. 1, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Class Certification Granted in Suit Over Legal Representation for Minors | On June 24, 2016, a federal judge granted a request to certify a class of children in an ongoing suit against the Attorney General for failing to providing legal representation. The main class certified by the court consists...

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...

Will DHS Follow DOJ's Lead in Booting Private Prisons?

Aviva Shen, ThinkProgress, Aug. 18, 2016 - "The Department of Justice announced Thursday that it will stop outsourcing federal prisons to private prison companies after their current contracts expire. But that doesn’t mean the federal government is actually ending private prisons. The DOJ...

DHS to Review Privatized Immigration Detention: Statement by Sec. Jeh Johnson

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, Aug. 29, 2016 - "On August 18, the Department of Justice announced that the Bureau of Prisons will reduce and ultimately end its use of private prisons. On Friday, I directed our Homeland Security Advisory Council, chaired by Judge William Webster, to evaluate whether...

DHS Subcommittee to Advise on Privatized Immigration Detention

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 171 / Friday, September 2, 2016 - "The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Jeh Johnson, tasked the Homeland Security Advisory Council to establish a subcommittee entitled the Privatized Immigration Detention Facilities Subcommittee on August 26...

'Operation Janus' IDs Deportable Aliens Wrongfully Naturalized

DHS Office of Inspector General, Sept. 8, 2016 - Potentially Ineligible Individuals Have Been Granted U.S. Citizenship Because of Incomplete Fingerprint Records "USCIS granted U.S. citizenship to at least 858 individuals ordered deported or removed under another identity when, during the naturalization...

Senators' Letter Blasts Private Immigration Prisons

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Sept. 26, 2016 - " Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), with other leading senators, pressed the Obama administration Monday on the use of private prisons and contract facilities by the Department of Homeland Security. The letter comes amid an internal review at DHS regarding...

Former BIA Members and IJs Blast Refugee Detention Regime

In a 4-page letter dated October 31, 2016 to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, twelve former BIA members and Immigration Judges made the case for due process for asylum applicants, and criticized the current detention regime.

DHS Committee Recommends End to Family Immigration Detention

Human Rights First, Nov. 16, 2016 - "Human Rights First today urged the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to swiftly implement the recommendations put forth by the DHS Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers to end its policy of detaining children and their families. The 166-page report...

DHS OIG Finds USCIS Continues to Struggle to Ensure Proper Green Card Issuance

DHS OIG, Nov. 21, 2016 - "A new Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) report concludes that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) continues to struggle to ensure proper Green Card issuance. The audit was conducted as a follow-up to a March 2016 report...

DHS Final Rule: Petitions to Issue, Amend or Appeal Rules

Federal Register, Monday, November 28, 2016 - "Pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS or Department) is adopting a process under which interested persons may petition the Department to issue, amend, or repeal a rule. DATES: This rule is effective December...

More Than 16,000 International Students Affected by Dept. of Education Action

DHS, Dec. 14, 2016 - "On Dec. 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it no longer recognizes the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as an accrediting agency. This decision affects more than 16,000 international students in the United States attending...

AILA Files Lawsuit Against DHS and CBP to Compel Disclosure of Records Requested Under FOIA Relating to the ORT

AILA, Dec. 19, 2016 - "Today, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), represented by the American Immigration Council and Foley & Lardner LLP, filed a lawsuit to compel U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and to request...

DHS Sec. Johnson to Congress: DACA Info Should Not Be Used for Enforcement (with exceptions) - Letter

DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson, Dec. 30, 2016 - "Dear Representative Chu: On behalf of the Administration, I write in response to the letter you and 110 other members of Congress sent the President on December 5. In your letter, you ask us "to do everything within [ our] power to safeguard the personal...

Torture is Not Culture: DHS FGM/C Outreach Strategy (Jan. 2017)

Department of Homeland Security - Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting (FGM/C) Outreach Strategy - January 2017

DHS OIG Puts Kibosh on ELIS for Natz.

DHS OIG, Jan. 19, 2017 - Management Alert - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Use of the Electronic Immigration System for Naturalization Benefits Processing "We are recommending that USCIS halt plans to revert to using the Electronic Immigration System (ELIS) to process immigrant...

DHS Statements on Entry of LPRs, Court Orders, EOs (Jan. 29, 2017)

1. Statement By Secretary John Kelly On The Entry Of Lawful Permanent Residents Into The United States - "In applying the provisions of the president's executive order, I hereby deem the entry of lawful permanent residents to be in the national interest. Accordingly, absent the receipt of significant...

DHS Immigration Memos Ratchet Up Border, Interior Enforcement (Feb. 20, 2017; Fact Sheets; Q&As)

Two memos, both dated Feb. 20, 2017 and signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly, authorize CBP, ICE and USCIS to significantly increase interior and border enforcement efforts: Implementing the President's Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements Policies Enforcement of the Immigration...

DHS Chief Kelly: No Mass Deportations

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 attempt to repair the strained relationship between...

DHS: Not Enough Cash On Hand For Trump's Border Wall...Just "Prototypes"

Julia Edwards Ainsley, Reuters, Mar. 2, 2017 - "President Donald Trump’s promise to use existing funds to begin immediate construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border has hit a financial roadblock, according to a document seen by Reuters. The rapid start of construction, promised throughout...

DHS Intelligence Assessment Undermines Trump Case for Travel Ban

TMRS, Mar. 3, 2017 - "The Rachel Maddow Show has obtained, exclusively, a Department of Homeland Security intelligence assessment document. The document, from the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, makes the case that most foreign-born, U.S.-based violent extremists are likely not radicalized...

Sec. Kelly Mulls Separating Refugee Moms, Kids to Deter Migration

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 to curtail migration that, again, is surging past...

Will DHS Policy Deepen Rift With Mexico?

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 for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed...

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...