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  • GAO Study Forecasts Ramifications of Changes to the Visa Waiver Program(2425 KB - 6/23/2008)
    This GAO report on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) examines how the implementation of ESTA, as well as either the VWP’s expansion, or suspension and elimination, could affect visa demand, resource needs and revenues. GAO recommends that DOS develop contingency plans in case of VWP elimination.
    AILA Doc. No. 08062373.
  • Vera Institute’s Evaluation Report of EOIR’s Legal Orientation Program (5/16/2008)
    EOIR released Vera Institute of Justice’s Evaluation, Performance and Outcome Measurement Report of the Legal Orientation Program, which seeks to provide individuals in removal proceedings information on forms of relief, how to represent themselves pro se, and how to obtain legal representation.
    AILA Doc. No. 08051666.
  • TRAC Report on Implementation of Improvement Measures for BIA & Immigration Courts (9/8/2008)
    TRAC released a report on the implementation status of former Attorney General Gonzales’s 22 Measures to Improve the Immigration Courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals.
    AILA Doc. No. 08090864.
  • GAO Review of DHS Expenditure Plan for US-VISIT (12/15/2008)
    The GAO found that the DHS FY2008 US-VISIT expenditure plan does not fully satisfy any of the eleven conditions required of DHS by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008.
    AILA Doc. No. 08121564.
  • Human Rights First Report on the U.S. Asylum System (12/9/2008)
    Human Rights First issued a report, "How to Repair the Asylum System: Blueprint for the Next Administration," which includes recommendations on detention, gender-based persecution, and the one-year filing deadline for filing an asylum application.
    AILA Doc. No. 08120971.
  • Report on the Difficulties of Asylum Claims Based on Sexual Orientation (11/3/2008)
    The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) highlights prevailing issues in asylum claims based on sexual orientation, and looks ahead to important decisions that have been remanded to the BIA for reconsideration.
    AILA Doc. No. 08110368.
  • Guide on Best Sources for Immigration Data (10/16/2008)
    The Migration Policy Institute and the Population Reference Bureau released a pocket guide in an effort to point users to the best and most accessible data on immigration.
    AILA Doc. No. 08101670.
  • CBO Report on Lifting of HIV Travel/Immigration Ban(41 KB - 10/9/2008)
    A 10/8/08 Congressional Budget Office report on the H.R. 5501 Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde U.S. Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008 predicts a budget surplus over time, as a result of an increase in visa fees.
    AILA Doc. No. 08100968.
  • ICE Strategy of Prosecution for Federal Crimes and Swift Deportation(2099 KB - 10/8/2008)
    A policy brief from the DHS-NGO Enforcement Working Group reviews ICE's recent enforcement actions in Postville, Iowa and Laurel Mississippi, and pinpoints the human rights violations inherent in ICE's latest strategies.
    AILA Doc. No. 08100862.
  • Report Finds Inflow of Undocumented Immigrants Fell Below Legal Inflow (10/2/2008)
    The Pew Hispanic Center released a report which found that inflows of unauthorized immigrants have fallen in recent years, while the inflow of legal permanent residents has been relatively steady.
    AILA Doc. No. 08100266.
  • GAO Makes Recommendations on Performance Standards and Penalties in USCIS Service Center Contracts (9/29/2008)
    GAO believes that improvements could be made to USCIS Service Center contracts for mail operations, fee collection, data collection and file collection. The contracts are expiring and USCIS will have the option of extending them in December 2008.
    AILA Doc. No. 08092961.
  • GAO Study on Quality Assurance in U.S. Asylum System (9/29/2008)
    GAO released a report that addresses the extent to which quality assurance mechanisms have been designed to ensure adjudication integrity, as well as the key factors that affect asylum officer and immigration judge adjudications.
    AILA Doc. No. 08092960.
  • GAO Reports on Factors Affecting Variability in Asylum Outcomes(2872 KB - 9/26/2008)
    A GAO report found significant variation in asylum outcomes across immigration courts and judges, with nine factors affected variability in asylum outcomes.
    AILA Doc. No. 08092665.
  • GAO Report on DHS Visa Waiver Program Expansion (9/15/2008)
    GAO released a report recommending that DHS establish a transparent process for Visa Waiver Program expansion, and improve and monitor overstay rates for current and aspiring program countries.
    AILA Doc. No. 08091569.
  • TRAC Update on Immigration Judge Asylum Decisions (8/28/2008)
    A Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report indicating that asylum disparities persist, regardless of court location and nationality.
    AILA Doc. No. 08082865.
  • GAO Report on the Surge in Demand for Visas and Passports in Mexico(789 KB - 8/12/2008)
    A July 2008 GAO report on the surge in demand for visas and passports at consulates in Mexico, recommends that DOS evaluate fraud and security risks in a pilot program to outsource part of the nonimmigrant visa application process.
    AILA Doc. No. 08081262.
  • GAO Report on Implementation of IMBRA Provisions(859 KB - 8/11/2008)
    An August 2008 GAO report finds that five key International Marriage Broker Regulation Act of 2005 (IMBRA) provisions have yet to be implemented by USCIS. IMBRA was enacted to address issues of domestic violence and abuse against K visa beneficiaries.
    AILA Doc. No. 08081137.
  • GAO Concludes Strategy is Needed to Improve Passport Operations(946 KB - 7/25/2008)
    In a July 2008 report, GAO concludes that DOS needs a comprehensive strategy to improve passport operations following the record number of passport applications it received in 2007, as a result of WHTI travel document requirements.
    AILA Doc. No. 08072573.
  • Summary of Covert Tests and Security Assessments of Border Security (6/19/2008)
    GAO report to the Senate Committee on Finance in May 2008, which investigated insecurities at U.S. borders. Undercover U.S. government employees attempted to be admitted to the U.S. by submitting false identity documents at ports of entry and at land border locations.
    AILA Doc. No. 08061960.
  • ABA Journal Article on ICE Enforcement Tactics (6/12/2008)
    A feature article in the June 2008 ABA Journal, “Illegal Aliens on ICE,” reviews challenges in the courts to ICE’s enforcement tactics.
    AILA Doc. No. 08061260.
  • Vera Institute Paper on Unaccompanied Children (6/3/2008)
    The Vera Institute of Justice released a literature review on unaccompanied minors.
    AILA Doc. No. 08060360.
  • Cato Study Finds E-Verify “Ineffective, Intrusive, Expensive” (3/6/2008)
    The Cato Institute released a study on E-Verify, concluding that a full-fledged electronic employment verification system would be ineffective, invasive and costly.
    AILA Doc. No. 08030660.
  • GAO Report on REAL ID Final Rule(42 KB - 2/20/2008)
    The GAO released a report on DHS’s compliance with applicable requirements in promulgating the REAL ID final rule.
    AILA Doc. No. 08022060.
  • GAO Report on Humanitarian Parole Adjudications(517 KB - 2/7/2008)
    The GAO released a February 2008 Report to Congressional Requesters on USCIS Humanitarian Assistance Branch internal controls in adjudications of applications for humanitarian parole.
    AILA Doc. No. 08020761.
 
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