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  • GAO Report on Use of J-1 Waiver Physicians to Address Shortages(297 KB - 12/1/2006)
    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) report examining types of waivers for J-1 physicians, the practice specialties, settings and locations of physicians granted waivers, and the extent to which waiver physicians are accounted for in HHS’ efforts to address physician shortages.
    AILA Doc. No. 06120114.
  • GAO Recommends that DHS Address US-VISIT Data Security Weaknesses(464 KB - 8/3/2007)
    A GAO Report found that the systems supporting the US-VISIT program have significant information security control weaknesses that place sensitive and personally identifiable information at risk.
    AILA Doc. No. 07080367.
  • GAO Releases Study on EOIR’s Caseload Performance Reporting (9/19/2006)
    The GAO study addresses the trend in immigration court caseloads, how cases are assigned and managed by the OCIJ, and how the EOIR/OCIJ evaluate the performance of immigration courts.
    AILA Doc. No. 06091926.
  • TRAC Study on Immigration Judges and Requests for Asylum (7/31/2006)
    Study from Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University focuses on the disparities between immigration judges, and between represented and unrepresented cases, in asylum decisionmaking.
    AILA Doc. No. 06073169.
  • OIG Report on IAFIS and IDENT Interoperability (11/2/2006)
    The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report of the FBI’s progress toward achieving biometric interoperability between its Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) and the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Automated Biometric Identification (IDENT).
    AILA Doc. No. 06110263.
  • TRAC Report on Asylum Decision Disparities (9/24/2007)
    A report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) shows large disparities in asylum decisions among the nation's immigration judges, based on information from hundreds of thousands of asylum applicants in removal proceedings that were obtained from the Immigration Court under FOIA.
    AILA Doc. No. 07092461.
  • HIV/AIDS Service for Immigrants in Detention (12/28/2007)
    A Human Rights Watch report investigates the quality of HIV/AIDS medical care for immigrants detained in the U.S. Report includes recommendations to agencies and Congress.
    AILA Doc. No. 07122863.
  • GAO Report on Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act of 1998(155 KB - 11/20/2007)
    The GAO issued the seventeenth report as required by the Haitian Immigration Fairness Act of 1998. The report lists the number of Haitian nationals who have applied and been approved to adjust their status to lawful permanent residence.
    AILA Doc. No. 07112067.
  • GAO Report on CBP Inspections at Ports of Entry(744 KB - 11/5/2007)
    This GAO report on CBP admissibility inspections at ports of entry addresses improvements in inspection procedures, as well as remaining weaknesses.
    AILA Doc. No. 07110533.
  • GAO Recommends Guidance for ICE Exercise of Discretion(590 KB - 10/16/2007)
    This GAO report recommends that ICE update exercise of discretion guidance to include factors officers should consider when making apprehension and removal decisions and ensure that officers are provided timely information on legal developments affecting discretionary decisions.
    AILA Doc. No. 07101666.
  • GAO Report on the Diversity Visa Program and Fraud(823 KB - 9/21/2007)
    The GAO issued a report on the Diversity Visa Program and its vulnerability to fraud, and recommends that DOS compile better data on known fraud and develop a strategy to address fraud risk.
    AILA Doc. No. 07092173.
  • GAO Progress Report on DHS Mission and Management(3659 KB - 9/6/2007)
    A GAO report reflects on DHS's progress since its establishment, noting that the implementation and transformation of DHS is high-risk due to the magnitude of the challenges. The report includes progress evaluations of border security, immigration enforcement, and immigration services.
    AILA Doc. No. 07090666.
  • GAO Reiterates Recommendations on US-VISIT(1119 KB - 9/4/2007)
    A GAO report reiterates prior recommendations on DHS’s US-VISIT management and expenditure plans. Also, it recommends that the DHS Secretary report on the reasons for not fully addressing prior recommendations or the legislative conditions required by the Department of Homeland Security Act of 2007.
    AILA Doc. No. 07090475.
  • GAO Report Examines Visa Wait Times at Consular Posts(750 KB - 8/3/2007)
    A GAO report examines visa wait times at consular posts and how the Department of State plans to keep pace with the increasing demand for visas.
    AILA Doc. No. 07080366.
  • GAO Report on Security Enhanced Passports, Visas, and Border Crossing Cards(1315 KB - 7/31/2007)
    A GAO report on the security of passports, visas, and border crossing cards makes recommendations to DHS and DOS to minimize the risk of fraud.
    AILA Doc. No. 07073170.
  • GAO Report on Citizenship Requirement and Medicaid(401 KB - 7/25/2007)
    A GAO study reported that the Medicaid citizenship documentation requirement has resulted in barriers to access for some eligible citizens.
    AILA Doc. No. 07072532.
  • GAO Reviews USCIS' Transformation and Expenditure Plans(597 KB - 7/23/2007)
    The DHS Appropriations Act for FY2007 mandated that GAO review USCIS' transformation plans before the agency can obligate $47 million in funding. GAO found that initial steps have been taken to address problems but more attention is needed.
    AILA Doc. No. 07072360.
  • Human Rights Watch Assesses the Impact of Deportation Policy (7/19/2007)
    A July 2007 Human Rights Watch report entitled "Forced Apart: Families Separated and Immigrants Harmed by U.S. Deportation Policy" addresses the ways in which AEDPA and IIRAIRA have impacted immigrants and their families.
    AILA Doc. No. 07071961.
  • GAO Report on Alien Detention Standards(1501 KB - 7/6/2007)
    A GAO report on ICE's implementation of its detention standards for aliens in custody including the finding that telephone access problems were pervasive at detention facilities though other deficiencies did not show a pattern of noncompliance.
    AILA Doc. No. 07070662.
  • GAO Report on US-VISIT Biometric Exit Capability(88 KB - 6/28/2007)
    A GAO report on DHS’s U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) program's ability to collect information on some foreign nationals at ports-of-entry when entering and exiting the U.S. The GAO found that improvements could be made in plans for data collection from exits.
    AILA Doc. No. 07062866.
  • GAO Report on DHS Immigration Attorney Staffing (5/17/2007)
    A GAO report evaluates ICE, USCIS, and CBP attorney staffing procedures finding that none of the three legal offices have fully documented the processes, procedures, and data they use in their workforce planning decisions.
    AILA Doc. No. 07051766.
  • CRS Report to Congress on Comprehensive Immigration Reform(72 KB - 2/27/2007)
    Summary of the the major elements of comprehensive immigration reform in the 110th Congress, prepared and presented to Congress by the Congressional Research Service.
    AILA Doc. No. 07022774.
  • CRS Report on the Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity(186 KB - 10/31/2006)
    CRS report outlining the immigration consequences for aliens found guilty of criminal activity. The report also surveys recent legislation, including provisions in H.R. 4437, S. 2611, and H.R. 6094.
    AILA Doc. No. 06103163.
  • CRS Report on Foreign Students in the United States(212 KB - 10/17/2006)
    The Congressional Research Service issues a comprehensive report on foreign students in the United States. According to the report, regarding foreign student visas, competitiveness concerns are now replacing security concerns, reversing a trend started soon after 9/11.
    AILA Doc. No. 06101767.
  • Human Rights First Reports on Impact of Material Support Bar (10/4/2006)
    Human Rights First report, “Abandoning the Persecuted: Victims of Terrorism and Oppression Barred from Asylum,” explores the legal terms “material support” to “terrorist organizations” and how it impacts refugees and asylees.
    AILA Doc. No. 06100661.
  • CRS Cost Estimates of Unauthorized Immigration(648 KB - 8/21/2006)
    A Congressional Research Service report discusses the difficulties in estimating the cost of unauthorized immigration, and provides an overview of 13 studies that attempt to quantify the costs of undocumented immigrants for local, state, and federal governments.
    AILA Doc. No. 06082171.
  • CRS Comparisons of Selected Admissions Provisions in S. 2611, H.R. 4437, and Current Law(323 KB - 8/30/2006)
    A CRS report that compares selected provisions on temporary and permanent admissions in Title V (“Backlog Reduction”) through Subtitle B (“SKIL Act”) of S. 2611 with current law and, where applicable, H.R. 4437.
    AILA Doc. No. 06083061.
  • Study on Relationship Between National Security and Immigration Policy(441 KB - 7/25/2006)
    A U.S. Military Academy Professor studies the national security response in the wake of 9/11, concluding that many measures taken impose unnecessary restraints on human rights and immigration, and are counterproductive in the war on terrorism.
    AILA Doc. No. 06072515.
  • CRS Issues Report Comparing Enforcement Provisions in H.R. 4437 and S.2611(2131 KB - 7/19/2006)
    Congressional Research Service report comparing enforcement provisions in H.R. 4437, S. 2611 and current law.
    AILA Doc. No. 06071968.
  • GAO Report on Use of Earnings Data and Unauthorized Work(799 KB - 7/13/2006)
    GAO released a report assessing DHS’s use of data received from SSA to identify unauthorized work for immigration enforcement.
    AILA Doc. No. 06071362.
  • GAO Releases Report on DOL Information Sharing on H-1Bs (6/22/2006)
    GAO released a report on the H-1B visa program entitled, "Labor Could Improve Its Oversight and Increase Information Sharing with Homeland Security."
    AILA Doc. No. 06062275.
  • Family, Unvalued: Discrimination, Denial and the Fate of Binational Same-Sex Couples (5/11/2006)
    Human Rights Watch report, “Family, Unvalued: Discrimination, Denial and the Fate of Binational Same-Sex Couples under U.S. Law,” documents how U.S. immigration laws discriminate against binational same-sex couples and the consequences of this discrimination.
    AILA Doc. No. 06051161.
  • CRS Issues Report on H-1B Visa History and Trends(276 KB - 3/30/2006)
    Congressional Research Service report on H-1B legislative history and current trends.
    AILA Doc. No. 06033028.
  • CBO Cost Estimate for H.R. 4437(32 KB - 3/7/2006)
    Report from the Congressional Budget Office on the estimated costs of implementing H.R. 4437, the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005, published on December 13, 2005.
    AILA Doc. No. 06030765.
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Comments on WHTI(226 KB - 3/2/2006)
    Comments from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce highlighting areas of concern regarding the implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.
    AILA Doc. No. 06030278.
 
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