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  • GAO Finds Additional Action Needed in the Visa Revocation Process (7/13/2004)
    GAO report on the visa revocation process recommends that DOS and DHS jointly develop a written policy that defines roles and responsibilities, and sets performance standards; and address outstanding legal and policy issues or provide Congress with specific actions it could take to resolve them.
    AILA Doc. No. 04071361.
  • GAO Finds Need for Consular Guidance on Implementation of Biometric Visa Program (9/10/2004)
    GAO recommends that DHS and DOS develop and provide to consular posts guidance on how the biometric visa program should be used, and that State direct each consular post to develop an implementation plan based on this DHS/DOS guidance.
    AILA Doc. No. 04091064.
  • GAO Recommends Consistent Guidance on Acceptance of Consular Identification Documents(1748 KB - 9/24/2004)
    The GAO examined the purpose of consular identification documents, steps Mexico and Guatemala have implemented to verify identities of the card applicants, and security features incorporated into the cards.
    AILA Doc. No. 04092463.
  • Chicago-Based Groups Release Report on Videoconferencing (11/9/2005)
    Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago have released a joint study entitled, “Videoconferencing in Removal Proceedings: A Case Study of the Chicago Immigration Court.” The report contains recommendations and calls for a moratorium on the use of videoconferencing until improvements are made.
    AILA Doc. No. 05110964.
  • GAO Report Address USCIS Backlog Reduction Issues (12/21/2005)
    GAO report focuses on improvements needed at USCIS to reduce the backlog and ensure the quality of adjudications. AILA Doc. No. 05122168
    AILA Doc. No. 05122168.
  • CRS Releases Updated Report on L-1 Visa(67 KB - 10/27/2005)
    Updated CRS report to Congress tracking the issues and legislative activity concerning L-1 visas. AILA Doc. No. 05102765.
    AILA Doc. No. 05102765.
  • CRS Report on Hurricane Katrina-Related Immigration Issues(72 KB - 9/19/2005)
    Congressional Research Service report on whether some immigration laws and benefits policies should be relaxed with respect to foreign nationals who are victims of Hurricane Katrina. AILA Doc. No. 05091964.
    AILA Doc. No. 05091964.
  • GAO Report on Border Security and the Visa Process(1186 KB - 9/13/2005)
    Report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) entitled: “Border Security: Strengthened Visa Process Would Benefit from Improvements in Staffing and Information Sharing.” AILA Doc. No. 05091372.
    AILA Doc. No. 05091372.
  • GAO Study Critiques ICE IT System (9/9/2005)
    A Government Accountability Office study critiques ICE's information technology modernization program. AILA Doc. No. 05090969.
    AILA Doc. No. 05090969.
  • Study Highlights Problems in NCIC IIS Data (8/29/2005)
    Report, prepared on behalf of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners, highlights problems that exist in data maintained and provided by the National Crime Information Center and the Interstate Identification System. AILA Doc. No. 05082965.
    AILA Doc. No. 05082965.
  • Congressional Research Service Finds Immigration Law Extremely Complex(131 KB - 8/3/2005)
    Citing multiple sources indicating that immigration law is "second only to the Internal Revenue Code in complexity" or that immigration "beats the tax code" for complexity, and that "a lawyer is often the only person who could thread the labyrinth," the Congressional Research Service finds numerous indications that immigration law is extremely complex. AILA Doc. No. 05080366.
    AILA Doc. No. 05080366.
  • GAO on Actions Needed to Strengthen Management of Visa Security Program (8/3/2005)
    The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the actions needed to strengthen management of Department of Homeland Security's Visa Security Program. AILA Doc. No. 05080368.
    AILA Doc. No. 05080368.
  • CRS Reports on Consular Identification Cards(99 KB - 4/5/2005)
    Report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), dated 3/31/05, on “Consular Identification Cards: Domestic and Foreign Policy Implications, the Mexican Case, and Related Legislation.” AILA Doc. No. 05040561.
    AILA Doc. No. 05040561.
  • GAO Issues Study on USCIS Customer Service 800 Number(997 KB - 6/30/2005)
    Report from the Government Accountability Office on the National Customer Service Center of USCIS. AILA Doc. No. 05063063.
    AILA Doc. No. 05063063.
  • GAO Recommends that DHS Issue Regulations for the EB-5 Classification (4/4/2005)
    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends that the DHS finalize and issue regulations for the EB-5 classification so that those cases may proceed to final adjudication. According to DOS data, just 6,024 visas have been issued to immigrant investors and their dependents since 1992. AILA Doc. No. 05040475.
    AILA Doc. No. 05040475.
  • GAO Issues Report on SEVIS and Related Foreign Student Issues (3/23/2005)
    The report discusses declines in foreign graduate student applications, admissions, and enrollments; SEVIS related issues; and the DOS efforts to address the GAO's prior recommendations for improving the Visas Mantis program. AILA Doc. No. 05032363.
    AILA Doc. No. 05032363.
  • GAO Issues Study on US VISIT (2/24/2005)
    A study by the Government Accountability Office finds that some progress has been made on US VISIT, but many challenges remain. AILA Doc. No. 05022463.
    AILA Doc. No. 05022463.
  • GAO Finds Improvements in Visas Mantis Program (2/22/2005)
    A report from the Government Accountability Office finds that a streamlined Visas Mantis program has improved the visa process for foreign science students and scholars, but that further refinements are needed. AILA Doc. No. 05022266.
    AILA Doc. No. 05022266.
  • Study Confirms Contribution of Legal Immigration to the Social Security System(98 KB - 2/18/2005)
    A February 2005 study entitled “The Contribution of Legal Immigration to the Social Security System” found that, over the next 75 years, new legal immigrants entering the U.S. will provide a net benefit of $611 billion in present value to America’s Social Security system, according to official Social Security Administration data. AILA Doc. No. 05021862.
    AILA Doc. No. 05021862.
  • U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Releases Study on Asylum Seekers in Expedited Removal (2/8/2005)
    Report from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom addresses processes and conditions surrounding expedited removal for asylum seekers in the United States. AILA Doc. No. 05020876.
    AILA Doc. No. 05020876.
  • CRS Study on Visa Issuance(110 KB - 12/15/2004)
    Congressional Research Service study, dated 10/13/04, on policy, issues and legislation relating to visa issuance. AILA Doc. No. 04121568.
    AILA Doc. No. 04121568.
  • GAO Report on DHS Immigration Enforcement (11/8/2004)
    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that all of the legacy INS interior enforcement strategy objectives have been incorporated in DHS's Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The report also reviewed ICE's methods for determining budgetary needs, workforce plans, and performance measures. AILA Doc. No. 04110869.
    AILA Doc. No. 04110869.
  • CRS Analysis of TPS Option for Haitians Affected by Tropical Storm Jeanne(996 KB - 10/20/2004)
    On 10/18/04, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a memo analyzing the option of TPS for Haitians affected by Tropical Storm Jeanne. AILA Doc. No. 04102013.
    AILA Doc. No. 04102013.
  • CRS Issues Comparative Analysis of H.R. 10 and S. 2845(345 KB - 10/20/2004)
    On 10/19/04, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a comparative analysis of the 9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act (H.R. 10) and the National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004 (S. 2845). AILA Doc. No. 04102061.
    AILA Doc. No. 04102061.
  • Passport to Prosperity- All-Stars for America(533 KB - 8/3/2004)
    A must read. This document highlights the contributions to America by an array of influential immigrants. Interspersed among the mini-biographies are timeless quotations on the benefits of immigration to our country. The pro-business immigration coalition Compete America (AILA sits on the steering committee) developed this material. AILA Doc. No. 04080369.
    AILA Doc. No. 04080369.
  • CRS Reports on the Visa Waiver Program(79 KB - 10/28/2004)
    Report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) on the current Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and policy issues affecting the VWP, including the concerns raised by the events of 9/11 and the implementation of US-VISIT processing of VWP visitors. AILA Doc. No. 04102813.
    AILA Doc. No. 04102813.
  • GAO Recommends that DHS Adopt Key Practices for Management Challenges (10/15/2004)
    The GAO recommends that DHS adopt key practices, such as communication strategies to create shared expectations and involving employees to gain ownership for changes, to address challenges raised in the report and in transforming immigration enforcement and services. AILA Doc. # 04101510
    AILA Doc. No. 04101510.
  • The 9/11 Commission Report (7/23/2004)
    The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States was established by Congress in 2002 to investigate the events of and circumstances surrounding the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Their final report was released on July 22, 2004. Links are provided for the Executive Summary, the entire report, and the FBI’s response.
    AILA Doc. No. 04072363.
  • New Study Confirms Foreign-Born Professionals and Students Are Vital to America’s Economy (7/19/2004)
    A new study finds immigrant children account for an “astounding 60 percent of all top science students in the United States and 65 percent of all top math students in the United States,” reaffirming AILA’s stance that foreign professionals and their families are key contributors to America’s economic success. AILA Doc. No. 04071966.
    AILA Doc. No. 04071966.
  • GAO Reports on Some Improvements in SEVIS, Though Problems Continue(1168 KB - 6/18/2004)
    The June 2004 GAO reports that some key performance requirements and daily system usability are being met, nevertheless the GAO finds that serious problems persist with downloading of data, inadequate help desk performance, transferring of data to DOS, and insufficient identification of schools when students are transferring. AILA Doc. No. 04061869.
    AILA Doc. No. 04061869.
  • GAO Releases Report on Overstay Tracking as a Component of National Security(921 KB - 6/3/2004)
    A new report on the tracking of visa “overstays” (1) describes available data on the extent to which overstaying occurs, (2) reports on weaknesses in the long-standing overstay tracking system, and (3) provides some observations on the effects that overstays—or deficiencies in our overstay tracking system—may have on domestic security. AILA Doc. No. 04060364.
    AILA Doc. No. 04060364.
  • GAO Makes New Recommendations for US-VISIT(1614 KB - 5/11/2004)
    The U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) reiterated its prior recommendations and made new recommendations on implementing effective test management practices and assessing the full impact of future US-VISIT deployment on land port of entry workforce levels and facilities. AILA Doc. No. 04051165.
    AILA Doc. No. 04051165.
  • CRS Reports on Legislative Issues in Immigration-Related Detention(90 KB - 4/29/2004)
    The Congressional Research Service issued a report on 4/28/04 reviewing issues relating to the detention of noncitizens. AILA Doc. No. 04042963.
    AILA Doc. No. 04042963.
  • CRS Releases Updated Report on the Visa Waiver Program to Reflect New US VISIT Requirements(74 KB - 4/7/2004)
    The Congressional Research Service (CRS), on 4/6/04, released an updated report on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to reflect the fact that, as of 9/30/04, VWP participants arriving at airports and seaports will be subject to the US VISIT requirements. AILA Doc. No. 04040765.
    AILA Doc. No. 04040765.
  • CRS Reports on State and Local Enforcement of Immigration Law(137 KB - 3/19/2004)
    The report examines the policy and legal issues of State and local law officials in the enforcement of civil as well as criminal immigration laws. AILA Doc. No. 04031921
    AILA Doc. No. 04031921.
  • CRS Reports on CAT and U.S. Implementation Policy in Removal Cases(102 KB - 3/18/2004)
    The report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) reviews U.S. policy on removal with obligations under the U.N. Convention Against Torture (CAT), addressing such issues as CAT protection and indefinite detention, and removal of certain suspected terrorists to countries where torture is employed. AILA Doc. No. 04031812.
    AILA Doc. No. 04031812.
  • Congressional Research Service (CRS) Examines U.S. Immigration Policy on Permanent Admissions(90 KB - 2/20/2004)
    CRS issued a report on 2/18/04 on “U.S. Immigration Policy on Permanent Admissions.” The report covers current law and policy, admission trends, backlogs and waiting times and current issues and legislation, and also contains a series of useful charts. AILA Doc. No. 04022062.
    AILA Doc. No. 04022062.
  • Congressional Research Service (CRS) Issues Report on Visa Waiver Program(66 KB - 2/11/2004)
    Report by CRS on the current Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and policy issues affecting the VWP, including: linkage with US-VISIT; how to determine overstayers under the program; and Congressional requirements that countries in the VWP issue biometric passports by October 2004. AILA Doc. No. 04021160.
    AILA Doc. No. 04021160.
  • Congressional Research Service (CRS) Compares Existing H-2A Program with Proposed Revisions to Program(975 KB - 2/10/2004)
    Comparison of current H-2A program to changes proposed by pending bills: the "Agricultural Job Opportunity, Benefits, and Security Act of 2003" (AgJobs), introduced by Sens. Kennedy (D-MA) and Craig (R- ID) and by Reps. Cannon (R-UT) and Berman (D-CA); and the "Temporary Agricultural Labor Reform Act of 2003", introduced by Rep. Goodlatte (R-VA). AILA Doc. No. 04021064.
    AILA Doc. No. 04021064.
  • GAO Report Finds Current Fees Insufficient to Fund USCIS Processing(339 KB - 1/8/2004)
    A GAO study finds that fees are insufficient to fully fund USCIS' operations, and that USCIS does not know the costs of processing current or pending applications. (AILA Doc. No. 04010842)
    AILA Doc. No. 04010842.
 
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