ICE Issues Its Interim Civil Immigration Enforcement Priorities

ICE Issues Its Interim Civil Immigration Enforcement Priorities

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, on May 27, 2021, issued its interim guidance on civil immigration enforcement priorities, giving prosecutors more discretion to decide which immigration cases to pursue. Attorneys of the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) are responsible for initiating removal proceedings against a person based on the factors outlined in the …

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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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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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TRAC reports on zero tolerance at the southern border

TRAC reports on zero tolerance at the southern border

A recent analysis of immigration data by Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University in New York has raised questions about the effectiveness of the Trump Administration’s zero tolerance approach to illegal border entries into the United States. On April 6, 2018, the government announced a new zero tolerance policy that called for the …

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Can there be third party placements under STEM OPT?

Can there be third party placements under STEM OPT?

An April, 2018 update to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website has raised questions about third party placements of F-1 graduates under the STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) program. The agency appears to place additional limits on STEM OPT employment by barring student workers from participating in placements at offsite locations. The USCIS …

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