ICE Expands Efforts to Locate Criminal Aliens in Additional California Counties

Sacramento and Solano Counties’ law enforcement agencies are the first in northern California to benefit from a program developed by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security that identifies and removes dangerous criminal aliens. On January 12, 2010, law enforcement agencies in Sacramento and Solano counties became the first counties in northern California to participate …

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Administration Makes Recommendations to Enhance Air Travel Security

The Obama Administration has announced several recommendations made to the President for improving the technology and procedures used to protect air travel from acts of terrorism. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, and Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security John Brennan have announced several …

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USCIS Plans Anti-Fraud Efforts Concerning H-1B

Immigration lawyer Stewart Rabinowitz of the Dallas-based firm Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz offers some perspective on how USCIS plans to prevent, detect, and address fraud within the H-1B visa program in 2010. In September 2008, USCIS published a report entitled H-1B Benefit Fraud & Compliance Assessment of the H-1B visa program. As background, the H-1B classification …

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Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Releases 2009 Fiscal Year in Review

Stewart Rabinowitz, of the Dallas-based law firm Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, offers some perspectives on the island nation’s current calamitous chaos. On January 13, 2010, DHS Deputy Press Secretary Matt Chandler, in response to the devastating earthquake epicentered in Port au Prince, Haiti, announced a suspension of removals to Haiti. Chandler said, “Department of Homeland Security …

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United States and Canada Announce Efforts to Expedite Travel

The United States and Canada announce initiatives to combat common threats and expedite travel and trade. On November 24, 2009, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Public Safety Canada Minister Peter Van Loan announced initiatives between the United States and Canada that enhanced their shared commitment to tackle common threats like terrorism …

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Receipt of Public Benefits Do Not Always Bar Permanent Residency Status

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) recently clarified that a foreign national’s receipt of certain public benefits does not necessarily make that foreign national ineligible to become a lawful permanent resident. The bar to residency in the U.S. based upon the foreign national being a public charge has been part of U.S. immigration …

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HHS Removes AIDS as Disease of Public Health Significance

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services removes HIV as a disease of public health significance affecting foreign nationals seeking admission to the United States. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has removed Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection from its definition of communicable disease of …

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DHS Rescinds Its Safe-Harbor Procedures for No-Match Letters

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed amending its regulations by rescinding its safe-harbor procedures for employers who receive a no-match letter. DHS recently announced that it has rescinded regulations which provided a safe harbor for employers who took specific steps in response to receiving a Social Security Administration (SSA) “employer correction request,” informally …

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Annual Diversity Immigrant Visa Program Entries Rise

Over 900,000 entries for the Annual Diversity Immigrant Visa Program have already been submitted for 2011. This was just during the initial week – a 63% increase over last year. The U.S. Department of State initiated the registration period for DV-2011 on October 2, 2009. The Diversity Visa Program – this year referred to as …

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Summer Voluntary Humanitarian Repatriation Resumes to the Mexican Interior

A program of voluntary humanitarian repatriation has been continued for the sixth consecutive year. The U.S. and Mexican governments recently announced resumption of a voluntary program to return Mexican nationals, who are unlawfully in the United States and who have been apprehended in the Sonora Arizona desert area, to the Mexican interior as a way …

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