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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 -

Preparing for an Increase in I-9 Worksite Enforcement

After reviewing data related to time spent by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) unit on worksite enforcement, Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas...more

The Latest Turn in the Travel Ban Road

A few weeks ago, we wrote about the latest district court decisions involving the President’s so-called travel ban, in which a Hawaii court fully enjoined the proclamation, while a Maryland court allowed it to stand as to...more

Federal Government To Revamp The Continuous Diagnostics And Mitigation Program

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The Federal Government is reportedly upgrading its Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (“CDM”) program, administered by the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and the General Services Administration. The redesigned...more

Department Of Homeland Security Often Slow To Disseminate Cyber Threat Warnings, According To Government Accountability Office...

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On October 30, 2017, the United States Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) issued a report on the Department of Homeland Security’s (“DHS”) risk assessment practices for critical infrastructure. GAO reviewed DHS’s...more

Beltway Buzz - November, 2017 #2

Now You See It, Now You Don’t—Revised House and Senate Tax Reform Proposals Differ in Treatment of Executive Compensation. As we reported in last week’s Beltway Buzz, the House introduced its tax reform proposal last...more

In January, Will You be Able to Board Your Domestic Flight with Your Current Driver’s License?

In 2005, Congress passed the Real ID Act, enacting national standards for obtaining state driver’s licenses and I.D. cards. These federally mandated standards require states to use enhanced security features and...more

DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status for Honduras

Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Elaine Duke announced that she is unable to determine at this time whether to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Honduras.  Given this, TPS...more

Immigration Alert: DHS Terminates Temporary Protected Status for Nicaraguans

Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Elaine Duke has announced the termination of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nicaragua. Secretary Duke delayed the termination for 12 months...more

Can They Really Do That?

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Best Practices for Managing U.S. Border Searches of Electronic Devices - Effective October 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration & Customs...more

To Marry an Immigrant? Possible Financial Consequences: The Power of the Prenuptial Agreement and Ramifications of the Affidavit...

John just turned 33. Born in New Jersey, a college graduate, and, a pretty decent professional job. Bored, John joins ChristianMingle.com. A few days later, June from Australia sends him a direct message. He responds. She...more

California Employers: Stuck Between Federal and State Form I-9 Laws. What is California’s AB 450?

With growing federal employment immigration enforcement, California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law AB-450, the California Immigration Worksite Enforcement Act. AB-450 imposes requirements on all California...more

Global IT Company Settles Years of Federal and State Immigration Investigations - $24 Million in Fines Paid.

Infosys, a global consulting and IT services company, with operations in 45 countries, recently reported an agreement with the State of New York to settle allegations that Infosys failed to pay hundreds of foreign workers who...more

H-4 EAD in Jeopardy?

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In February 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) issued a rule permitting certain persons maintaining H-4 nonimmigrant status to apply for and, if eligible, receive employment authorization from DHS. Employment...more

What Does “Buy American, Hire American” Mean For Your Dealership?

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We’ve heard domestic manufacturers push “American-made” slogans for years. Whether it was “See the USA in your Chevrolet,” or “The heartbeat of America” from Chevrolet, or Plymouth’s infamous, “Isn’t that the kind of car...more

Congressional Hearing on HHS’s Emergency Preparedness for and Response to 2017 Hurricane Season

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On October 24, 2017, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing to examine HHS public health preparedness for and response to the 2017 hurricane season. The hearing addressed...more

Energy and Critical Infrastructure Industries Warned of Increased Attacks by FBI and DHS

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security issued a joint statement on October 20 warning of an increased danger of a malicious “multi-stage intrusion campaign” to critical infrastructure industries, including the energy...more

H-1B Work Site Visits Expected To Increase: What Employers Need To Know

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On October 20, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General issued Report OIG-18-03, “USCIS Needs a Better Approach to Verify H-1B Visa Participants”, targeting fraud in immigration processes,...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - October 2017 #4

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Energy and Critical Infrastructure Industries Warned of Increased Attacks by FBI and DHS - The FBI and Department of Homeland Security issued a joint statement on October 20, 2017 warning of an increased danger of a...more

Transgender Men and Women in the U.S. Military: The Effect of the Presidential Memorandum

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What exactly is the effect of the Presidential Memorandum? Let’s take this step-by-step - To which military services does it apply?...more

Proposed Framework for EB-5 Reform – Headed for Omnibus in December?

With all eyes in Washington focused on tax reform, let’s not forget that there is a hard deadline approaching to address funding of federal activities with the current continuing resolution (CR) set to expire soon. The CR has...more

Targeted ICE Investigations ~ in it for the Long Haul with Record $95 Million Plea Deal for I-9 Violations

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Following a six year investigation, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) unit issued a statement confirming a guilty plea on September 28, 2017 by Asplundh Tree Experts,...more

President Trump’s Third, Indefinite Travel Ban Takes Blows from Courts

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Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland have temporarily blocked the implementation of President Trump’s most recent travel ban, which was issued by Presidential Proclamation on September 24, 2017 (Proclamation) and set to take...more

New Jones Act Legislation Pending, with Puerto Rico Focus - Is Temporary Jones Act Relief Possible for Reconstruction?

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Four bills are currently pending in Congress to repeal or limit the reach of the Jones Act, including three that are focused upon relief efforts to assist Puerto Rico after the disastrous effects of Hurricane Maria. •...more

Feds Warn of Critical Infrastructure Attacks as CT Releases Report on Utility Company Cyber-Readiness

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According to Reuters, late on Friday, the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") and the FBI issued a warning in a report, sent to firms at risk of an attack, that critical infrastructure industries may have been targeted in...more

U.S. House Of Representatives To Continue Legislative Push To Regulate The Internet Of Things

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Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL), the Ranking Member of the Information Technology Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is planning on introducing legislation to bolster cybersecurity...more

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