Department of Homeland Security

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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White House Immigration Update

On August 5th, the White House released a comprehensive update on President Obama’s efforts relating to immigration these past few months, including traveling to Texas in July to meet with local officials, faith leaders, and...more

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

Discrimination Enforcement: Justice Department Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim

The Department of Justice (DOJ), through its Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC), recently settled a claim alleging discrimination, based on unfair documentary practices during...more

For-Profit Companies Find Religion – What’s a Transactional Lawyer to Do?

Last month, the United States Supreme Court ruled in the Hobby Lobby case that closely held for-profit corporations can have “free exercise rights” as “persons” under The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (“RFRA”),...more

Capital Thinking: Cybersecurity

Legislative Branch Activity - House Cybersecurity Legislation - This week, the House will consider four pieces of cybersecurity legislation on the floor including the National Cybersecurity and Critical...more

Privacy Tuesday: July 2014 #4

The last Tuesday in July — the summer of 2014 is rapidly slipping away! Here are some privacy and security bits and bytes for this last week of July...more

USCIS Rolls Out Full-Scale Implementation of L-1 Site Visit Program: Employers of L-1 Transferees Should Now Set up Processes to...

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) Directorate has recently begun implementation of an L-1 site inspection program in response to an August 2013 report released by...more

Supreme Court Poised to Hear TSA Whistleblower Case

The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) plays a crucial role in our national safety infrastructure. Yet the agency has been subjected to significant criticism — and even been the butt of jokes — for the last several...more

Capital Thinking: Cybersecurity

Legislative Branch Activity - Cybersecurity Legislation - Last week, the Senate Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence held a closed session to mark up the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) which...more

EOIR Seeks to Designate Temporary Immigration Judges

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is an agency within the Department of Justice. EOIR’s immigration judges conduct administrative court proceedings in immigration courts located throughout the nation. They...more

Capital Thinking: Homeland Security

Legistlative Activity - Reid Files Motion to Proceed on Terrorism Risk Insurance Bill - On July 9, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) filed a motion to proceed to the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program...more

House Passes Bill Reauthorizing Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)

The House of Representatives on July 8, 2014, passed by voice vote H.R. 4007, legislation that reestablishes the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program. ...more

GAO Issues Report Concerning Emerging Challenges Posed by Virtual Currencies

The Government Accountability Office (the “GAO”) issued a report concerning virtual currencies (the “Report”) to the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. The Report discusses emerging...more

CFPB to Assume a Larger Role in Virtual Currency Initiatives

On June 26, 2014, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) released a report, entitled “Virtual Currencies: Emerging Regulatory, Law Enforcement, and Consumer Protection Challenges.” The report, delivered earlier to...more

DOMA, One Year After Marriage Ruling

It hardly seems like it's been an entire year since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a huge portion of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which precluded the federal government from recognizing the legally valid...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

The Comity of Nations in a Technological World: Beyond the Border Action Plan

Canada and the United States share the world’s longest international border – more than 5,500 miles coast to coast and more than 7,000 miles when Alaska is included. In 2013, Canada and the United States engaged in more than...more

Florida DMV: Driver’s Licenses to Individuals with Cases Closed Pursuant to Prosecutorial Discretion

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (“FLHSMV”) regularly publishes an updated list of documents that it will accept as proof of immigration status in connection with an application for a Florida...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

Important Proposed Changes to the H-1B Visa

On May 6th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced two proposed rule changes in hopes to attract new investment and business to the United States. The proposals would extend employment authorization to spouses of...more

The DACA Renewal Process is Released

"Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson today announced the process for individuals to renew enrollment in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has...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

Chemical Facility Safety and Security Working Group Issues Report Summarizing Progress on Improving

In April 2013, an explosion destroyed a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, killing 15. In response to this and other recent catastrophic and fatal incidents at chemical facilities, President Obama on August 1, 2013, issued...more

The Importance of Complying with E-Verify Requirements

Thousands of employers use E-Verify – a voluntary computer system provided to employers by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) that allows employers to verify the employment eligibility of...more

DHS Announces Chile’s Admission into the Visa Waiver Program

On February 28, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that Chile became the latest country to be eligible to participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Although originally scheduled for May 1, Vice...more

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