ICE Provides Policy Guidance on Its Activities Around Courthouses

ICE Provides Policy Guidance on Its Activities Around Courthouses

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that federal agents will now have limited power to make arrests in or near courthouses for most immigration violations. New guidance issued on April 27, 2021, specifies the circumstances in which agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) …

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CRS Issues Report on the Immigration Status of the U.S. Foreign Born Population

CRS Issues Report on the Immigration Status of the U.S. Foreign Born Population

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report on April 9, 2021, discussing the citizenship and immigration status of the foreign-born population in the United States. Data from 2019 shows that nearly 45 million foreign-born individuals are living in the country, accounting for around 13.7 percent of the U.S. population. The report noted that the …

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GAO Discusses ICE’s Planning and Oversight Over State and Local Agreements

GAO Discusses ICE’s Planning and Oversight Over State and Local Agreements

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) on February 26, 2021, released a report discussing the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) efforts and objectives in expanding the 287(g) program. The watchdog Congressional office also issued three recommendations to ICE to address various oversight and performance issues. As background, the 287(g) program allows ICE to establish agreements …

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CRS Issues Report on Trump Administration’s Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy

CRS Issues Report on Trump Administration’s Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report on February 2, 2021, that examines the Trump Administration’s zero tolerance immigration enforcement policy and the resulting separation of children from parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. As background, on May 7, 2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) enacted a zero-tolerance policy to deter illegal border crossings into …

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Trump Memo on Inadmissibility of Antifa Members

Trump Memo on Inadmissibility of Antifa Members

President Trump signed a memorandum instructing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to determine whether to designate Antifa as a terrorist organization. The memo was issued on January 5, 2021, with the intent to restrict the movements of any migrants linked to the extreme anti-fascist movement and bar them from entering the United States. Trump urged …

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CRS Issues Report on the 4th Amendment and Border Searches and Seizures

CRS Issues Report on the 4th Amendment and Border Searches and Seizures

On November 12, 2020, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) published a report that examines searches and seizures at the U.S. border in relation to the Fourth Amendment. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) delegates to federal officers broad authority to conduct searches of persons and property at the border. This power, though, is not unlimited. …

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Trump Administration Eviscerates the H-1B Program

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The Trump Administration has announced significant rule changes that restrict use of the H-1B visa program. The Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued two new interim final rules, which have bypassed normal regulatory procedures by forgoing the conventional public comment period. The DOL’s new rule, which took effect upon …

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SDNY Decision First Enjoins USCIS From Enforcing New Public Charge Rules Nationwide; Second Circuit Limits Scope

SDNY Decision First Enjoins USCIS From Enforcing New Public Charge Rules Nationwide; Second Circuit Limits Scope

A New York federal court temporarily blocked U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from implementing rules regarding inadmissibility on public charge grounds amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Subsequently, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals limited the injunction only to states within the Second Circuit. On July 29, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District …

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New CRS Report on the Visa Waiver Program

New CRS Report on the Visa Waiver Program

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) recently issued a report providing updated information about the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The VWP enables foreign nationals from 39 countries to travel to the United States as temporary visitors for pleasure or business without applying for a visa. The June 29, 2020, CRS report noted a consistent increase in …

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