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  • CRS Issues Statutory Analysis of the Entry-Exit System(969 KB - 11/25/2003)
    A report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) analyzing the statutory requirements for the entry-exit system as originally mandated by Section 110 of IIRAIRA and subsequent laws, documentary requirements for the entry/exit system, and which aliens would fall within the program. (AILA Doc. No. 03112546)
    AILA Doc. No. 03112546.
  • GAO Issues Report on the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act(98 KB - 10/20/2003)
    The GAO, on 10/17/03, sent a report to the Senate and House Committees on the Judiciary and Appropriations concerning benefit applications under the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act. (AILA Doc. No. 03102042)
    AILA Doc. No. 03102042.
  • GAO Issues Report on Social Security Number (SSN) Issuance(837 KB - 10/16/2003)
    Report finds that actions have been taken to strengthen procedures for issuing SSNs to non-citizens but some weaknesses remain. GAO calls for SSA to follow its own inspection practices in addition to DHS verification requirements. (AILA Doc. No. 03101640)
    AILA Doc. No. 03101640.
  • GAO Calls for Better Tracking of H-1B Program (10/3/2003)
    In a recent report, the GAO found that better tracking is needed to help determine the H-1B program’s effects on the U.S. workforce, while most employers reported that finding U.S. workers with needed skills in certain occupations continues to remain difficult. (AILA Doc. No. 03100340)
    AILA Doc. No. 03100340.
  • CRS Issues Report on Religious Workers(26 KB - 10/3/2003)
    A report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) reviews the religious worker immigrant category, admission trends, and legislative actions taken thus far to extend this program until 2008. (AILA Doc. No. 03100344)
    AILA Doc. No. 03100344.
  • GAO Recommends DHS Action to Mitigate Procurement Risks(446 KB - 8/28/2003)
    In a July 2003 report, the GAO found the INS lacking in basic infrastructure to ensure that its contracting activity was effective, and recommended that the DHS assess and develop strategies to improve oversight, strategic use of information, workforce planning, and contract management early in the development of the new department. (AILA Doc. No. 03082812)
    AILA Doc. No. 03082812.
  • GAO Finds that DHS Needs to Strengthen its Information Sharing Process(595 KB - 8/28/2003)
    The GAO recommends that the DHS work with other federal agencies, and states and cities to improve its information sharing process. The GAO reports that the DHS concurred with the report, but the DOJ did not agree with its findings. (AILA Doc. No. 03082811)
    AILA Doc. No. 03082811.
  • GAO Report Cites Vulnerabilities and Inefficiencies in the Inspections Process(83 KB - 8/28/2003)
    The GAO found that inspections were not conducted consistently and according to policy, and that inspectors did not always receive necessary training. The GAO reported that inspections operations were lacking in appropriate technology and equipment, and that the plan for dedicated commuter lanes for low-risk travelers will increase efficiency. (AILA Doc. No. 03082810)
    AILA Doc. No. 03082810.
  • BCIS Naturalization Data for FY 2002(498 KB - 8/19/2003)
    The BCIS has released a report containing naturalization data for FY 2002. The report will appear as a chapter in the forthcoming ‘2002 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics’. (AILA Doc. No. 03081941)
    AILA Doc. No. 03081941.
  • BCIS Website Usage Report for May 2003(111 KB - 7/10/2003)
    The BCIS has released a statistical report on BCIS website usage for the month of May 2003, during which period over 3 million visitors used the BCIS Online Internet features and services. The report also contains statistics on BCIS website usage for the year to date. (AILA Doc. No. 03071047)
    AILA Doc. No. 03071047.
  • CRS Issues Report on H-1B Visas(89 KB - 7/8/2003)
    A report by the Congressional Research Service reviews the education and training funded by H-1B visa fee as well as the demand for IT and other professional specialty workers. Although the report does not offer recommendations, it noted that if the visa cap drops to 65,000, employers in certain occupations could face heightened competition for visas. (AILA Doc. No. 03070842)
    AILA Doc. No. 03070842.
  • GAO Reports on the Continuing Challenges of Protecting Women and Children Refugees (5/23/2003)
    In a May 2003 report, the GAO found that, while the introduction of policies and procedures to address the sexual exploitation of women and girl refugees has increased awareness, the problem remains “real and significant.” The GAO recommends staffing reform and other changes. (AILA Doc. No. 03052344)
    AILA Doc. No. 03052344.
  • GAO Releases Report on H-1B Visa Fees for High-Skilled Trainees(2009 KB - 10/22/2002)
    GAO report entitled “High Skill Training: Grants from H-1B Visa Fees Meet Specific Workforce Needs, but at Varying Skill Levels” (GAO-02-881, 9/20/02) AILA Doc. No. 02102236.
    AILA Doc. No. 02102236.
  • GAO Reports on DOJ’s Project to Interview Aliens After September 11 (5/9/2003)
    An April 2003 GAO report on the Justice Department’s project to interview aliens after September 11 found the results of the interview project to be inconclusive and difficult to measure. AILA Doc. No. 03050940.
    AILA Doc. No. 03050940.
  • GAO Recommends Consolidation of Agencies’ ‘Lookout’ Lists(1352 KB - 4/30/2003)
    In an April 2003 report, the GAO recommends that the Secretary of DHS, in collaboration with the heads of other agencies, lead an effort to consolidate and standardize the government’s terrorist and criminal watch list (aka “lookout” list) structures and policies. (AILA Doc. No. 03043010)
    AILA Doc. No. 03043010.
  • GAO Finds Lack of Effective DOJ Oversight of INS’s Investment in IT Systems (11/26/2002)
    The GAO has released a report entitled ‘Information Technology: Justice Plans to Improve Oversight of Agency Projects’ (No. GAO-03-135, Nov. 2002), in which it concludes that the DOJ has failed to monitor effectively the INS’s investment in information technology.
    AILA Doc. No. 02112644.
  • GAO Issues Report on Implications of Eliminating the Visa Waiver Program (11/25/2002)
    The GAO released a report entitled ‘Border Security: Implications of Eliminating the Visa Waiver Program’ (No. GAO-03-38, 11/22/02). Among other things, the GAO found eliminating the program could affect U.S. relations with other countries, tourism, and DOS resources abroad. AILA Doc. No. 02112543.
    AILA Doc. No. 02112543.
  • GAO Report Finds INS Lacks Reliable Address Information (11/25/2002)
    The GAO has released a report entitled ‘Homeland Security: INS Cannot Locate Many Aliens Because it Lacks Reliable Address Information’ (No. GAO-03-188, 11/21/02). Among its appendices, the report includes an historical overview of the INS’s alien registration programs from 1940-81.
    AILA Doc. No. 02112549.
  • GAO Issues Report on Use of Biometrics for Border Security (11/19/2002)
    The GAO has released a report entitled ‘Technology Assessment: Using Biometrics for Border Security.’ The report discusses the current maturity of several biometric technologies and their possible implementation in current border control processes. AILA Doc. No. 02111942.
    AILA Doc. No. 02111942.
  • UNHCR Publishes First Annual Statistical Yearbook (11/12/2002)
    The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has published its first annual “UNHCR Statistical Yearbook” which provides an overview of global forced displacement over the past decade, including comprehensive data on refugee populations nationwide.
    AILA Doc. No. 02111247.
  • Cato Institute Report Proposes Legalization Program for Mexican Workers (10/25/2002)
    The Cato Institute’s Center for Trade Policy Studies released a report on 10/15/02 entitled “Willing Workers: Fixing the Problem of Illegal Mexican Migration to the United States.” The report recognizes the continuing shortage of low-skilled labor, and suggests a sensible legalization program for Mexican workers as one solution to the shortage.
    AILA Doc. No. 02102542.
  • GAO Report on Immigration Benefits Required by the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act of 1998(61 KB - 10/22/2002)
    GAO report on certain requirements of the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA) of 1998 that authorized certain Haitian nationals and their dependents to apply to adjust their status to legal permanent residence. AILA Doc. No. 02102280.
    AILA Doc. No. 02102280.
  • GAO Reports on DOL’s Efforts to Enforce Protections for Day Laborers (10/11/2002)
    In a 9/02 report (No. GAO-02-925), the General Accounting Office concluded that the Labor Department’s efforts to enforce worksite protections for day laborers could benefit from better data and guidance.
    AILA Doc. No. 02101142.
  • GAO Reports on the Deemed Export Control System (9/12/2002)
    The General Accounting Office (GAO) has released a new report entitled “Export Controls: Department of Commerce Controls over Transfer of Technology to Foreign Nationals Need Improvement.” The report calls for a “reexamination of the current approach to controlling foreign national access to technology in the United States.”
    AILA Doc. No. 02091231.
  • Human Rights Watch Report Says Abuses Plague 9/11 Investigation (8/16/2002)
    An 8/2002 Human Rights Watch report, "Presumption of Guilt: Human Rights Abuses of Post-September 11 Detainees," chronicles DOJ's treatment of noncitizens swept up in the post-9/11 investigation.
    AILA Doc. No. 02081642.
  • Southern Poverty Law Center Report on Anti-Immigration Organizations (7/15/2002)
    A Southern Poverty Law Center report classifies many restrictionist groups as racial hate-based groups and explains how many of these so called "grassroots organizations" were founded and funded.
    AILA Doc. No. 02071545.
  • Summary Report of U.S.-Mexico Working Group (3/1/2001)
    A 2/14/01 summary of the recommendations of the U.S.-Mexico Migration Panel in a report titled, "Mexico-U.S. Migration: A Shared Responsibility."
    AILA Doc. No. 01030159.
  • GAO Report on Immigration Benefit Fraud(323 KB - 2/19/2002)
    A January 2002 GAO report, "Immigration Benefit Fraud: Focused Approach Is Needed to Address Problems," finds "immigration benefit fraud is a significant problem that threatens the integrity of the legal immigration system."
    AILA Doc. No. 02021932.
  • GAO Report on H-1B (9/27/2000)
    The U.S. General Accounting Office has issued a report on the H-1B program. AILA Doc. No. 00092772.
    AILA Doc. No. 00092772.
  • Human Rights Watch Report on Detention of Unaccompanied Minors (12/29/1998)
    A 12/22/98 Human Rights Watch report finds that the INS violated the rights of unaccompanied children in its custody.
    AILA Doc. No. 98122959.
  • GAO on INS User Fees (8/25/1998)
    GAO report to Congress on INS regulations, "Adjustment of Certain Fees of the Immigration Examinations Fee Account."
    AILA Doc. No. 98082559.
  • CLINIC Report on Credible Fear and Expedited Removal (11/5/1997)
    Report from the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) on INS implementation of the expedited removal and credible fear screening process.
    AILA Doc. No. 97110559.
  • GAO on Affidavits of Support (10/29/1997)
    GAO report to Congress on INS regulations, "Affidavits of Support on Behalf of Immigrants."
    AILA Doc. No. 97102959.
  • GAO on Detention and Removal of Aliens (3/28/1997)
    GAO report to Congress on INS regulations, "Inspection and Expedited Removal of Aliens; Detention and Removal of Aliens; Conduct of Removal Proceedings; Asylum Procedures."
    AILA Doc. No. 97032859.
 
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