DHS Announces Guidance Regarding Computer Searches

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano recently announced new guidance for searches of electronic devices at U.S. ports of entry. The guidance provides additional information regarding how DHS conducts searches and when travelers may expect return of their electronic property. In the past, DHS searched a briefcase or backpack and examined photographs, work …

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The Sad Story of Juana Venada

Texas Civil Rights Projects filed suit against the state’s Department of Public Safety over restrictive requirements to obtain valid driver’s licenses. Among the plaintiffs in the case was Juana Venada, a Mexican national and single mother of three children, who was victimized under punitive Texan rules when she attempted to obtain a driver’s license. Juana …

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Sham Marriages Result in Indictments

Fifty individuals were arrested and named in 27 federal indictments because they entered into sham marriages to gain U.S. residency. Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) started rounding up and arresting 50 people named in 27 federal indictments on August 11, 2009. All were part of a scheme based in Cincinnati, Ohio, to …

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