DHS Issues Fraud Alert for Imposters Posing as U.S. Immigration Agents

DHS Issues Fraud Alert for Imposters Posing as U.S. Immigration Agents

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is warning people of a nationwide telephone spoofing scam that attempts to trick victims into divulging their personal information, leaving them vulnerable to identity theft. On March 1, 2019, the OIG issued a notice in response to reports of DHS phone …

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CRS Addresses Legal Issues in Migrant Protection Protocols for Asylum Applicants

CRS Addresses Legal Issues in Migrant Protection Protocols for Asylum Applicants

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on January 28, 2019, started implementing a new policy that requires Central American asylum seekers arriving at the southern border of the United States to wait in Mexico while their cases are processed in U.S. immigration courts. In a report released on February 6, 2019, the Congressional Research Service …

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DHS terminates TPS for El Salvador

The Department of Homeland Security announced January 8, 2018 that El Salvador’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation will terminate September 9, 2019. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said that the decision was made after reviewing whether the disaster-related conditions that the designation was based on continue to exist. Nielsen said that the TPS designation …

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DHS Nixes TPS for Nicaragua, Delays TPS Extension Decision for Honduras

Temporary Protected Status

The Department of Homeland Security announced in November, 2017, that it will terminate its Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for certain qualifying citizens of Nicaragua present in the United States. Elaine Duke, the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, said that the effective date of the termination will be January 5, 2019, delayed by 12 months …

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DHS Secretary Discusses Border Security and Enforcement Priorities

Jeh C. Johnson, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, issued a statement on border security and immigration enforcement priorities in July, 2016. Johnson said that DHS is enforcing immigration laws consistent with priorities set by President Obama in November 2014, including public safety and border security. According to Johnson, more than 99 percent of …

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October, 2015 Visa Bulletin Revised: Some Filing Dates Retrogress

On September 25, 2015, the Department of State (“DOS”) revised its October, 2015 Visa Bulletin resulting in greater delays in Dates of Filing for EB-2s for China and India, and EB-3s for the Philippines. F1s and F3s for Mexico are similarly affected. On September 9, 2015, DOS issued its Visa Bulletin for October, 2015, containing …

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