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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 -
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Avoiding Fines by Starting the I-9 Process Early. Just Not Too Early…

As we have noted in prior posts, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) has been aggressively pursuing I-9 inspections and imposing record fines (about $12.5 million per year) as part of its multi-year strategic plan....more

Capital Thinking: Homeland Security

Legislative Activity Senate to Mark Up FY 2015 DHS Appropriations - The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security has announced that it will mark up the FY 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations bill on...more

DHS and White House Respond to Increase in Unaccompanied Immigrant Children at the Border

Last week, President Obama and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released statements on a plan to address an increase in unaccompanied immigrant children at the southwest border of the United States. The statements...more

ICE Gets Graded By Homeland Security: What does this mean for employers?

In February, 2014, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security (OIG) issued a final report (Report) “grading” Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s operations. The Report found specific...more

Expect Stricter Scrutiny of Foreign Student Enrollment and Work Authorization Programs in 2014

In light of both a recent Government Accountability Office report on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Optional Practical Training (OPT) program as well as the newly-launched Student and Exchange Visitor Program...more

Overview of U.S. Immigration Law & Procedures for Employers

In This Presentation: - Government Agencies Involved - Terms & Definitions - U.S. Citizens - Lawful Permanent Residents (Immigrants or “Green Card” Holders) - Paths to Permanent Residency -...more

ICE Will Agree to Reopen Removal Proceedings in Same-Sex Marriage Cases

Generally, a 90-day deadline applies to filing a Motion to Reopen Removal Proceedings after a respondent has been ordered removed. One of the exceptions to this rule allows for the filing of an untimely Motion to Reopen if it...more

Tips To Prepare Your Company For An I-9 Audit

The Immigration Customs and Enforcement division (ICE) of the Department of Homeland Security, continues to issue Form I-9 Notices of Inspection to businesses across the nation. In fiscal year 2012, ICE served over 3,000...more

Recent Civil and Criminal Actions Highlight Trade Compliance as a Risk Area That Should Not Be Ignored

Recent news highlights what can happen when companies are not compliant vis-à-vis their trade compliance programs, leading to potential civil and criminal actions. Such actions can cost millions of dollars in penalties,...more

ICE (Again) Changes Its Position On Pre-Population Of Section 1 Of Form I-9

An important issue for many employers that use electronic I-9 systems is the pre-population of employee information in Section 1 of the I-9 form by electronic I-9 programs. Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, is...more

Effect of Government Shutdown on Immigration

The ripples of the U.S. government shutdown that began on Tuesday are being felt all across the country. Fortunately, because immigration agencies are largely self-funded and because of the national security issues involved,...more

Immigration Reform Marches On

August has been a busy, productive month for immigration reform advocates. From the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s historic March on Washington, to Women’s Equality Day in Seattle, to town halls across the country, a broad...more

Sequestration Likely to Affect Immigration Services

On March 1, 2013, the Budget Control Act, including sections mandating across-the-board budget cuts to federal agencies (known as “sequestration”), went into effect. The sequester is likely to negatively impact immigration...more

Sequestration To Delay Consular Visa Processing & Other Effects

According to the Department of State, sequestration will likely reduce the number of officers processing visa applications, which will negatively impact wait times at U.S. consulates....more

New SEVIS Release will Address Student and Exchange Visitor Visa Overstays

A new version of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is scheduled to release this spring. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), a faction of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),...more

White House Immigration Newsletter December 2012/January 2013

In this edition of the newsletter, you will read about the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) recent publication of its Final Rule to support family unity during waiver process; and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration...more

“Deferred Action” and Travel Outside the U.S.

One of the stated prerequisites for receiving a grant of “deferred action” status (one that allows such residents to stay in the U.S. temporarily without fear of prosecution) is a requirement that an individual must have...more

Sources For More Information About “Deferred Action”

Many individuals who are residing and working in this country without proper documentation are hopeful that they can receive a grant of “deferred action” status, which will allow such residents to stay in the U.S. temporarily...more

Children and Other Dependents of “Deferred Action” Beneficiaries

Many people are concerned about how the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) will treat children and other dependents of “deferred action” beneficiaries (those in the country illegally who are adjudged to be entitled to a...more

Dangers of Fraudulent Application for Deferred Action

Soon after launching the “deferred action” program to suspend immigration enforcement actions against qualifying individuals who came to the U.S. as children, the White House and the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”)...more

Those Not Eligible for Deferred Action Not Out of Luck

Soon after launching the “deferred action” program to suspend immigration enforcement actions against qualifying individuals who came to the U.S. as children, the White House and the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”)...more

Do You Qualify For U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals?

On June 15, 2012 the Secretary of Honeland Security, Janet Napolitano announced that certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children can obtain relief from removal from the country or removal...more

Implementing the President’s DREAM Act-Inspired Executive Order

Official Application Instructions from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (the “DREAM Act”) was first introduced to Congress in August 2001. The...more

Immigration Enforcement and Deferred Action

Since the announcement of the new “deferred action” policy by President Obama on June 15, many questions have been raised about what the policy is and how it will be implemented....more

IT'S NOT EXACTLY DREAM ACT. THE PROVISIONS ARE CORNERSTONE OF WHAT DREAM ACT WAS - DAVID H. NACHMAN, ESQ.

“About a year ago, John Morton, who is in charge of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Division of the Department of Homeland Security, passed through what was called the Prosecutorial Discretion Memorandum. It...more

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