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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."

Immigration Prisoners Subjected to Strip Searches, Moldy Food, Intimidation: DHS OIG Report

DHS OIG, Dec. 14, 2017 - "A new report from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) cites concerns about the treatment and care of detainees by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE). The report is based on recent unannounced OIG inspections...

ICE Cannot Hold Criminal Defendant Who Made Bail, Judge Finds

Andrew Denney, New York Law Journal, Dec. 28, 2017 - "The government “simply cannot have it both ways” and keep an immigrant who faces criminal charges but who made bail in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a federal judge said in a sharply worded ruling ordering...

CBP May Have Violated Court Orders While Enforcing Travel Ban

Alan Gomez, USA Today, Jan. 19, 2018 - "Customs and Border Protection agents were "caught by surprise" by President Trump's original travel ban against majority-Muslim nations and may have violated two separate court orders while implementing it, a government report released Friday...

DHS Waives Laws to Build Roads, Barriers on Border Near El Paso

Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 14 / Monday, January 22, 2018 - "The 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 expeditious construction of barriers and roads in the vicinity...

NAACP Sues DHS Over Haitian TPS Termination

NAACP, Jan. 24, 2018 - "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s decision to rescind the Temporary Protective Status (TPS) designation for Haitian immigrants discriminates against immigrants of color, in violation of the Fifth Amendment, according to a new lawsuit filed today on behalf of...

DHS Makes Extreme Vetting Even More Extreme for Refugees

DHS, Jan. 29, 2018 - "Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced additional security enhancements and recommendations to strengthen the integrity of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. These new measures are part of the administration’s ongoing efforts to intensify screening...

Draft Rule Would Raise 'Public Charge' Bar

Yeganeh Torbati, Reuters, Feb. 9, 2018 - "The Trump administration is considering making it harder for foreigners living in the United States to get permanent residency if they or their American-born children use public benefits such as food assistance, in a move that could sharply restrict legal...

DHS OIG: Did Not Follow Federal Procurement Guidelines When Contracting for Detention Services

DHS OIG, Feb. 21, 2018 - "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is responsible for the detention of removable aliens. ICE commonly uses a type of agreement called an IGSA to reserve space at detention facilities owned or operated by state or local governments. In September 2014, ICE...

DHS Civil Money Penalties Adjusted for Inflation

Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 63 / Monday, April 2, 2018 - "In this final rule, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) is making the 2018 annual inflation adjustment to its civil monetary penalties. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015...

Documents Show DHS Confirmed Real Dangers of Returning Haitians in US, Cancelled TPS Despite Conditions - NIPNLG FOIA

NIPNLG, Apr. 17, 2018 - " Documents released today as a result of Freedom of Information Act litigation present new evidence in the multiple lawsuits accusing the Trump administration of racial animus and violation of required procedures in its cancellation of temporary protected status for Haitians...

Buy American, Hire American...Except When It Comes To Border Security

Lianna Brinded, Apr. 16, 2018, Quartz - "A London-based cyber-security firm with just 20 employees became the first overseas company to win a contract with the US Department of Homeland Security to help tackle border security. iProov will roll out its biometric facial verification technology to...

TPS for Nepal Will Terminate June 24, 2019 - DHS

DHS, Apr. 26, 2018 - "The Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen has determined that termination of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nepal was required pursuant to the statute. To allow for an orderly transition, she has determined to delay the termination for 12...

DHS OIG Faults ICE Detention Facility Inspections

DHS OIG, June 26, 2018 - "ICE uses two inspection types to examine detention conditions in more than 200 detention facilities. ICE contracts with a private company and also relies on its Office of Detention Oversight for inspections. ICE also uses an onsite monitoring program. Yet, neither the inspections...

DHS to Impose Visa Sanctions on Laos, Burma

DHS, July 10, 2018 - "On July 10, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced, in coordination with the State Department, the implementation of visa sanctions on Burma and Laos due to lack of cooperation in accepting their citizens who have been ordered removed the United States. Pursuant...

Jeffrey S. Chase: Matter of A-B- Being Misapplied by EOIR, DHS

Jeffrey S. Chase, July 13, 2018 - "One month after Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued his cruel, misguided decision in Matter of A-B- , we are seeing the first signs of how the decision is being implemented by the BIA, USCIS, and ICE. There is no question that...