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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."

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...