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Frustrated senators urge DHS to fill ‘gaping holes’ on visa overstays

Current data on visa overstayers in the U.S. have “gaping holes” that need to be filled, frustrated lawmakers told Department of Homeland Security officials at a Senate hearing Wednesday.... Read more»

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Rights groups sue CBP for 'systematic' violations of U.S. asylum law

Immigration advocates filed a class-action suit against Customs and Border Protection, arguing that CBP officers at crossings along the Mexican border have systemically violated U.S. law and international human rights agreements by refusing to allow people to seek asylum. ... Read more»

ICE officers told to take action against all undocumented immigrants encountered while on duty

The head of ICE's deportation unit has directed officers to take action against all undocumented immigrants they may cross paths with, regardless of criminal histories — apparently pushing for even tougher action than the Trump administration has publicly promised.... Read more»

CBP: Border 'wall' will mix walls, tech & 130 miles of 'natural barriers'

President Trump’s promised wall along the Mexican border will be more like a “border wall system” of walls, fencing, technology, law enforcement, patrol roads – and 130 miles with nothing but “natural barriers,” a border official said Tuesday.... Read more»

Advocates, DHS officials caution that DACA future still up in the air

Buried in a Homeland Security memo last week twas a single line saying the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program “will remain in effect,” raising hope among the 800,000 recipients. But DHS officials said this week that eliminating DACA is still a very real possibility. ... Read more»

Trump’s immigration pick attacked Obama programs in ghost-written Senate letters

If letters written by Lee Francis Cissna, the president’s nominee to head U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, are any guide, he’s poised to dismantle Obama-era policies like a humanitarian program for Central American children. ... Read more»

ACLU sues over records of hunger strikes in immigration detention centers

The ACLU has sued the Department of Homeland Security in federal court, seeking records the civil rights group contends provide accounts of hunger strikes at immigration detention facilities. ... Read more»

House panel calls for crackdown on ‘growing problem’ of visa overstays

House members called on Homeland Security officials to crack down on the “growing problem” of immigrants who overstay their visas in the U.S. "With this year’s number of border apprehensions at a record low, visa overstays are a much, much bigger problem than they have been historically,” said Rep. Martha McSally.... Read more»

Detained immigrants often hundreds of miles from legal help

Only a tiny percentage of detained immigrants have attorneys, leaving even those with solid cases to stay in the United States to fend for themselves. ... Read more»

Environmentalists face uphill battle over proposed border wall

As the bidding war for the construction of President Donald Trump’s wall comes to a close, many environmental activists remain concerned over the potential impact it will have on wildlife and ecology on the border.... Read more»

Advocates: Kelly went ‘too far’ telling Congress fix laws or ‘shut up’

Immigration advocates Wednesday called for Congress to play a bigger role in checking executive power, saying the Trump administration is causing an “unprecedented level of anxiety, confusion and fear” in immigrant communities.... Read more»

Kelly touts Homeland Security gains, has harsh words for critics

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said that apprehensions at the Southwestern border have fallen sharply during his first 90 days in office, but there is still security work to be done in the United States and abroad.... Read more»

Polygraphs for Border Patrol applicants seen as hurdle to hiring rush

Customs and Border Protection officials are considering ways to waive polygraphs for some applicants as the agency works to meet President Trump’s push to hire thousands more border agents. But it would also relax a policy meant to curb a wave of corruption that CBP faced in its last hiring boom, a change critics called “alarming.”... Read more»

Grijalva joins BioDiv lawsuit over environmental impact of border wall

Rep. Raúl Grijalva and the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity launched a lawsuit Wednesday to force the Trump administration to consider the environmental impact of border enforcement, including the construction of a wall, along the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»

Kelly: Trump is giving him ‘elbow room’ on what border wall should be

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told a Senate committee Wednesday that his department will not build a border wall “from sea to shining sea,” but will instead use a variety of techniques to secure the Southwest border.... Read more»

Homeland Security announces steps against H1B visa fraud

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced steps on Monday to prevent the fraudulent use of H1B visas, used by employers to bring in specialized foreign workers temporarily, which appeared to fall short of President Trump's campaign promises to overhaul the program. ... Read more»

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