Tag: Department of Homeland Security

President Calls for Review of U.S. Deportation System

President Calls for Review of U.S. Deportation System

As the number of deportations under President Obama near the 2 million mark and Congress stalls on immigration reform legislation, President Obama said Friday that administration officials are reviewing what could be done to make the immigration enforcement system more humane. The announcement follows votes in the House of Representatives last week attempting to limit [...]

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Recent Report on Deportation Misses the Big Picture

Recent Report on Deportation Misses the Big Picture

The Obama administration has deported nearly 2 million people so far, and it still has two years left to go. This would seem to indicate that the U.S. immigration enforcement machine is running at top speed. However, a report from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC)—as well as the press stories which flowed from [...]

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Petition Challenges DHS on Enforcement Priorities

Petition Challenges DHS on Enforcement Priorities

Last week, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) along with six individuals, submitted a formal request to the Department of Homeland Security asking the agency to temporarily suspend the deportation of low-priority undocumented workers and their families and grant them “deferred action.” Deferred action is a discretionary decision by the government not to pursue [...]

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New Year, New Leadership and New Opportunities at DHS

New Year, New Leadership and New Opportunities at DHS

              The Department of Homeland Security enters 2014 with new leadership, following the confirmation this month of Jeh Johnson and Alejandro Mayorkas for  Secretary and Deputy Secretary, respectively.  Johnson and Mayorkas bring years of government service to their new jobs.  Mayorkas’ tenure as Director of USCIS led to a [...]

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ICE Will Not Use Health Care Application Information for Immigration Enforcement Purposes

ICE Will Not Use Health Care Application Information for Immigration Enforcement Purposes

Last Friday U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a clarification stressing that information provided by those applying for insurance under the Affordable Care Act will not trigger immigration enforcement. Undocumented immigrants are not eligible for health care under the Affordable Care Act (ACA); however, this clarification should bring peace of mind to mixed-status families. [...]

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Tracking the Immigration Agencies’ Actions Amidst Hurricane Sandy

Tracking the Immigration Agencies’ Actions Amidst Hurricane Sandy

Update (11/2): USCIS has posted this reminder of special services and temporary relief that may be available to individuals affected by Hurricane Sandy, including expedited processing of employment authorization documents and extensions of certain non-immigrant status designations.  In its discretion, USCIS will also take it into account requests from individuals who were unable submit evidence [...]

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Expansion of Proposed Waiver Rule Could Help More Families Stay Together

Expansion of Proposed Waiver Rule Could Help More Families Stay Together

As previously noted, the administration recently proposed a new rule that would help keep American families —the “Proposed Rule on Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers of Inadmissibility for Certain Immediate Relatives.” This proposed rule would streamline the application process for many relatives of U.S. citizens currently eligible for a green card by minimizing the amount of [...]

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DHS’s Current Southern Border Enforcement Strategy a Bust, Group Says

DHS’s Current Southern Border Enforcement Strategy a Bust, Group Says

A comprehensive new report finds that the fortification of the U.S.-Mexico border which began two decades ago has reached the limits of its effectiveness, has produced severe negative side effects, and should be systematically re-evaluated. In Beyond the Border Buildup: Security and Migrants Along the U.S.-Mexico Border, the Washington Office on Latin America and the [...]

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Does the Punishment Fit the Crime? Experts Examine “Proportionality” and “Discretion” in Our Immigration System

Does the Punishment Fit the Crime? Experts Examine “Proportionality” and “Discretion” in Our Immigration System

As immigration becomes an ever more controversial part of the American debate, conversations often turn to details about legislation and court battles rather than questioning whether fundamental principles of justice are being applied throughout our immigration system. Two new reports released today, however, address some of these key principles, such as the idea of proportionality (whether [...]

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DHS Inspector General Issues Disappointing Reports on ICE’s Secure Communities Program

DHS Inspector General Issues Disappointing Reports on ICE’s Secure Communities Program

Keeping to its tradition of releasing controversial reports on holidays and Friday afternoons, the DHS Office of Inspector General issued two reports on the controversial Secure Communities program last Friday. These reports had been anticipated for months by immigrant advocates, law enforcement officials, local elected officials, and others who hoped they would address serious concerns [...]

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