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The Department of Homeland Security is a federal executive department established in 2002 in response to the September 11th terrorist attacks. DHS was formed by combining twenty-two existing federal departments... more +
The Department of Homeland Security is a federal executive department established in 2002 in response to the September 11th terrorist attacks. DHS was formed by combining twenty-two existing federal departments and agencies. The consolidation was aimed at creating a better integrated, more effective organization to respond to terrorist attacks and other varied threats facing the United States and its territories.  less -

Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") Announces New Office for Victims of Illegal Immigrant Crime

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

DHS Secretary John F. Kelly announced yesterday the official launch of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (“VOICE”), designed to assist victims of crimes...more

Potential Government Shutdown: Immigration Consequences for Employers and their Foreign National Employees

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: If Congress fails to pass a funding bill by midnight on Friday, April 28, resulting in a federal government shutdown, it would trigger numerous immigration-related ripple effects on employers, both large...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - April 21, 2017 Vol. 1, Issue 5

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White House Demands Disrupt Shutdown Negotiations: Congressional leaders' efforts to hatch a massive spending deal have been thrown off course by the Trump administration's 11th-hour intervention, leaving the bipartisan bill...more

How Do Recent Government Announcements and Actions Affect the H-1B Visa Program?

Speaking at his Joint Address to Congress in February 2017, President Donald Trump expressed his intention to tackle legal immigration beyond his Executive Orders on border security and international travel. Recent...more

Trump Targets Tech Teams (And Others) Through H-1B Crackdown

by Fisher Phillips on

President Trump signed an executive order this week directing a full review of the H-1B visa program as part of a continued push to clamp down companies that hire foreign labor instead of American workers. The centerpiece of...more

Federal Contractors Beware - DHS Proposes Robust Cybersecurity Procurement Regulation to Safeguard Controlled Unclassified...

First and foremost, the proposed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulation to safeguard CUI is internally inconsistent or at the very least ambiguous. It appears to conflate the protection of CUI on a federal...more

Court Ruling on DHS STEM OPT Extension Rule Expected Soon

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s new rule governing the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Optional Practical Training (OPT) program has been granted in part...more

Trump Administration Announces Changes to the H-1B Program

by Dickinson Wright on

In connection with the Trump Administration’s desire to crack-down on its perceived misuse of the H-1B visa category, various U.S. government agencies have announced a coordinated effort in re-interpreting regulations as well...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

Congress entered into its spring recess on April 7 having delivered regulatory reforms to President Trump’s desk. In the first 75 days of the Trump administration, legislators approved 13 Congressional Review Act resolutions,...more

Homeland Security Committee Hearing Focuses On “Borderless Battle” Of Cyber Threats

by King & Spalding on

On March 22, 2017, the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security heard testimony on the current state of the global cyber battleground, how rapid changes in technology and the expanding Internet-of-Things (“IoT”) present new...more

Social Links: Twitter sues U.S. government to protect account holder’s ID; Minn. court orders Google to disclose users who...

Twitter is suing the Department of Homeland Security in an attempt to void a summons demanding records that would identify the creator of an anti-Trump Twitter account. Facebook has joined the fight against the...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 1, Issue 3

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Budget/Appropriations - Spending Talks: House and Senate appropriators continue efforts to nail down an agreement on a stopgap spending measure to avert a government shutdown after the expiration of the current...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - April 2017

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: an effort by Twitter to enjoin U.S. Government demands for...more

"Trump Administration Takes New Actions to Enforce Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties and Customs Laws"

On March 31, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order calling for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the U.S. Trade Representative and the Departments of Commerce, Homeland Security, Justice and Treasury...more

Help Is On the Way: Cybersecurity Bill Aims to Provide Assistance and Training

A recently introduced bipartisan bill seeks to provide state and local authorities with additional resources to assist in the fight against cybersecurity threats. Last month, Senators John Cornyn (R-Tex.), Patrick Leahy...more

President Trump Issues Two Executive Orders on Trade and Customs Enforcement, and Trade Deficits

On March 31, President Trump signed two Executive Orders (EOs) that address trade. The first EO addresses increased enforcement of U.S. trade and customs laws and specifically calls for plans and strategies to combat the...more

USCIS Issues Guidance on H-1B Petition Adjudication, Announces ‘Targeted’ Site Visits

by Morgan Lewis on

USCIS issued a policy memorandum to increase scrutiny of H-1B petitions for computer-related positions and an announcement regarding increased H-1B employer site visits—what will these changes mean for foreign worker visa...more

March 2017 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s tentative award of Mexico City slots, DHS/TSA’s prohibitions on the in-cabin carriage of certain personal electronic devices on nonstop flights to...more

How Security Enhancements to Electronic Devices for Certain Airports With Commercial Flights to the United States Affect Travelers

On March 21, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released new restrictions on electronic devices carried on U.S.-bound direct flights from 10 airports in primarily Muslim countries. The ban prevents passengers...more

Extreme Vetting for Visa Applicants – Just not for the Countries in the Travel Ban

by Fisher Phillips on

Subsequent to President Trump’s March 6, 2017 Executive Order Suspending travel to the US of certain nationals and Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland...more

Furie and DHS Settle Dispute over Largest-Ever Jones Act Fine

by Cozen O'Connor on

Furie Operating Alaska, LLC (formerly Escopeta Oil Company, LLC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly filed a Stipulation of Dismissal in the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska on March 24, 2017,...more

OMB Publishes Report On Cybersecurity In 2016

by King & Spalding on

On March 10, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) released its annual report to Congress under the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014. The report compiles fiscal year 2016 information from...more

Quick Guidance: What To Do In The Event of a Visit By The DHS-ICE Agents

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: As the Department of Homeland Security, as well as the administration generally, signals increases in immigration enforcement activity, businesses are advised to implement clear protocols for the conduct of...more

North Carolina: The E-Verify Times, They Are A-Changin’

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

The employment legal landscape certainly is changing, and this change is particularly visible at the federal level. But while you await the Affordable Care Act’s fate with bated breath, don’t forget that your state...more

USCIS Processing Times Remain Backlogged

Processing times at the various U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) service centers remain quite backlogged despite the agency’s continued efforts to improve its administration of immigration benefits. Every...more

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