Tag: Department of Homeland Security

DHS Launches Controversial Immigration Victims Office

Written by on April 27, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
DHS Launches Controversial Immigration Victims Office

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched a new office for Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) on April 26, declaring that its “singular mission is to support victims of crime through access to information and resources.” Originally proposed in the Trump administration’s interior enforcement executive order, the office seeks to be a “programmatic liaison […]

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Immigration Arrests Increase While Weapon and Drug Arrests Decline, Federal Data Shows

Written by on April 12, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Immigration Arrests Increase While Weapon and Drug Arrests Decline, Federal Data Shows

Attorney General Jeff Sessions decried drug dealers and armed cartels at the U.S.-Mexico border on Tuesday, but rather than announcing a crackdown on those elements, he instead declared war on undocumented immigrants and those who defend them. Sessions announced that he was instructing U.S. Attorneys to prioritize criminal immigration enforcement around the country as opposed […]

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Sessions Reveals Plan to Ramp up Prosecutions of Low Level Immigration Offenses

Sessions Reveals Plan to Ramp up Prosecutions of Low Level Immigration Offenses

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a shift in policy for the Department of Justice on Tuesday, directing U.S. Attorneys to prioritize criminal immigration enforcement and drastically expand federal court prosecutions of immigration violators across the nation. Operation Streamline and other border enforcement programs—where some border crossers are referred by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to […]

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Congress Goes to Recess with No Action on Immigration

Written by on April 10, 2017 in Enforcement with 1 Comment
Congress Goes to Recess with No Action on Immigration

President Trump’s campaign promise to ramp up immigration enforcement and build a beautiful wall along the southern border have found little support on Capitol Hill. As  Congress leaves for spring recess it’s unclear which of the President’s immigration promises they are willing to help him fulfill. Permanent changes to immigration policy have always been up […]

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Congress Grills Homeland Security Secretary Kelly in Contentious Oversight Hearing

Written by on April 5, 2017 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
Congress Grills Homeland Security Secretary Kelly in Contentious Oversight Hearing

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee this week. During the hearing Secretary Kelly attempted to clarify some of DHS’s controversial positions as they relate to immigration enforcement, extreme vetting, family separation, and the building of a border wall. Secretary Kelly noted early […]

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Failing Prison System Gets New Life—At The Expense of Immigrants and American Taxpayers

Written by on April 4, 2017 in Detention, Executive Action with 0 Comments
Failing Prison System Gets New Life—At The Expense of Immigrants and American Taxpayers

Public and private prisons previously crumbling under financial strains, reduced population numbers, and Obama-era regulations are receiving a boost under the Trump administration, thanks in large part to the president’s promise to fill their beds with undocumented immigrants. In fact, since the president took office, private prison stock has been on the rise. This is […]

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Homeland Security Unions Testify in Support of More Staff but Not a Border Wall

Homeland Security Unions Testify in Support of More Staff but Not a Border Wall

As part of the President’s immigration executive order on Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was directed to hire 5,000 additional border patrol agents and 10,000 additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers. With record numbers of ICE officers and Border Patrol agents already in place, it is unclear […]

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President Seeks Billions of Taxpayer Dollars to Support Harsh Immigration Enforcement

President Seeks Billions of Taxpayer Dollars to Support Harsh Immigration Enforcement

President Trump released a preview of his Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget request this week, as well as a request for supplemental funds for this current year (FY 2017). These proposals would begin to fund a border wall and increase immigration detention and deportations. Both requests would also expand the already record levels of immigration […]

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This Immigration Enforcement Program Has a Troubled History, and Trump Wants to Restart It

Written by on March 15, 2017 in Executive Action, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
This Immigration Enforcement Program Has a Troubled History, and Trump Wants to Restart It

Buried inside the interior enforcement Executive Order issued by President Trump in January are the Administration’s plans to revive the 287(g) program. This is concerning because the program has experienced intense criticism over the years, and efforts to ramp up this program should be viewed with extreme caution and skepticism. The 287(g) program, named for […]

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The Government Is Seeking Feedback on Plans to Build a 30 Foot Concrete Wall on Border

Written by on March 9, 2017 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
The Government Is Seeking Feedback on Plans to Build a 30 Foot Concrete Wall on Border

This week the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is expected to issue a formal solicitation notice seeking ideas on how to design and build various types of wall structures along the Southwest border with Mexico. Currently, DHS has not publicly announced an estimate for how much a wall along the entire 1,954 mile border with […]

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