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  • DHS Deputy Secretary Resigns (12/20/2004)
    The Dept. of Homeland Security announces the resignation of Deputy Secretary James Loy, effective March 1, 2005, or when a successor is confirmed.
    AILA Doc. No. 04122065.
  • DHS Press Release on H-2B Count(125 KB - 12/13/2004)
    USCIS announces that it has received 61,747 H-2B petitions counting against the FY05 66,000 cap. USCIS advises further that it needs to approve approximately 100,000 beneficiaries to fully utilize the 66,000 H-2B visa cap during a fiscal year, and that it anticipates imposing, in FY05, a cut-off with exceptions similar to those in FY04. AILA Doc. No. 04121340.
    AILA Doc. No. 04121340.
  • DHS Press Release Reminding Honduran and Nicaraguans to Re-register for TPS by 1/3/05(137 KB - 12/7/2004)
    Applicants must submit both Form I-765 and I-821 to the Chicago lockbox. Photos are not required upon submission, and no filing fee is required for the I-765 if the applicant does not seek an EAD. Waivers are available for the EAD fee, but not for the biometric fee. AILA Doc. No. 04120766.
    AILA Doc. No. 04120766.
  • President Bush Nominates Bernard Kerik as the New DHS Secretary (12/3/2004)
    On 12/3/04, together with former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, President Bush announced his nomination of Commissioner Bernard Kerik as the Secretary of Homeland Security. The nomination awaits Senate confirmation. AILA Doc. No. 04120311.
    AILA Doc. No. 04120311.
  • For Air Passengers Subjected to Security Delays(100 KB - 12/1/2004)
    In anticipation of holiday travel, the Transportation Security Administration of DHS has provided contact information for persons who have been subjected to check-in delays and additional checkpoint screening to expedite these processes. AILA Doc. No. 04120164.
    AILA Doc. No. 04120164.
  • Secretary Ridge Resigns(107 KB - 11/30/2004)
    Transcript of press conference in which DHS Secretary Tom Ridge announces his resignation. AILA Doc. No. 04113040.
    AILA Doc. No. 04113040.
  • DHS Issues Press Release and Fact Sheet on Biometric TWIC Card Testing (11/18/2004)
    On 11/17/04, the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration began testing the biometric technology and business processes of the Transportation Worker Identity Credential (TWIC) Program at the Port of Long Beach Container Terminal. The program will expand to 34 sites in six states and will last seven months.
    AILA Doc. No. 04111860.
  • DHS Issues Press Release and Fact Sheet as Reminders on VWP Machine Readable Passport Requirements (10/25/2004)
    The DHS press release and fact sheet remind Visa Waiver Program (VWP) travelers that, effective 10/26/04, the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection will begin enforcing the requirements that travelers (including children) applying for admission under the VWP must possess a machine readable passport. One-time exemptions may be granted.
    AILA Doc. No. 04102511.
  • DHS on Expansion of US-VISIT to VWP Travelers on 9/30/04 (9/28/2004)
    The Department of Homeland Security reminds travelers of the expansion of the US-VISIT program on 9/30/04 to include all foreign visitors at airports and seaports who are requesting admission to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).
    AILA Doc. No. 04092862.
  • DHS Press Release on Expanded Expedited Removal and Border Crossing Cards(86 KB - 8/10/2004)
    A DHS press release announces the expanded use of expedited removal to areas within 100 miles of the border, and indicates that a new rule will be issued allowing holders of border crossing cards to remain in the U.S. within the border zone for up to 30 days. AILA Doc. No. 04081064.
    AILA Doc. No. 04081064.
  • DHS Press Release on Expansion of US-VISIT Exit Pilot Programs (8/3/2004)
    DHS announces expansion of the exit pilot program to 13 new sites by September 2004. Any foreign visitor with a visa who leaves the United States through one of the pilot sites is required to comply. After 9/30/04, visitors traveling under the Visa Waiver Program will be required to comply as well.
    AILA Doc. No. 04080365.
  • DHS Press Release and Q&As on Termination of TPS for Montserrat(286 KB - 7/6/2004)
    Press Release and Q&As from DHS on the termination of Temporary Protected Status designation for Montserrat. The termination is effective 2/27/05, six months from the end of the current extension. AILA Doc. No. 04070650.
    AILA Doc. No. 04070650.
  • DHS Announces Pilot Mexican Voluntary Repatriation Program (6/30/2004)
    In July, DHS will implement a bilateral agreement between the United States and Mexico for a voluntary repatriation program. The U.S. consul in Nogales, Mexico, will coordinate repatriation with the Mexican consul in Nogales, Arizona. The program will be limited to the Arizona – Sonora region and will end no later than 9/30/04 for evaluation. AILA Doc. No. 04063063.
    AILA Doc. No. 04063063.
  • DHS Update on Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles on Arizona's Southern Border (6/30/2004)
    The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are to be controlled and monitored by CBP on the Arizona border through summer 2004. Local, state, tribal and federal agencies in Arizona, ICE, CBP, U.S. Border Patrol, and TSA are working with the Interior Dept. and DOD in this initiative. A Fact Sheet on the Hermes 450 UAV is included.
    AILA Doc. No. 04063064.
  • DHS Announces its Registered Traveler Pilot Project (6/18/2004)
    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will offer the Registered Traveler pilot project to frequent travelers flying at least once a week in selected markets. Registrants will need to provide a name, address, phone number and date of birth along with a biometric imprint including finger and iris. AILA Doc. No. 04061864.
    AILA Doc. No. 04061864.
  • USCIS Provides Guidance on Fee Waiver Applications(157 KB - 3/31/2004)
    A 3/29/04 USCIS fact sheet provides examples of qualifying situations establishing inability to pay, suggested examples of supporting documentation, and procedures and requirements for fee waiver applications. AILA Doc. No 04033164.
    AILA Doc. No. 04033164.
  • DHS Names Robert Divine as USCIS Principal Legal Advisor (6/9/2004)
    DHS has named longtime AILA member Robert Divine as USCIS Principal Legal Advisor. Mr. Divine has been a member of AILA since 1986 and served as elected Chair for AILA’s Mid-South Chapter from 2001-2003.
    AILA Doc. No. 04060912.
  • DHS Announces US-VISIT Prime Contractor Award to Accenture LLP (6/1/2004)
    DHS announces the US-VISIT Prime Contractor award to Accenture LLP for services including strategic support, design and integration activities, technical solutions, deployment activities, training, and organizational change management. The value of the award is for a minimum of $10 million and a maximum of $10 billion.
    AILA Doc. No. 04060162.
  • DHS Announces Agreement with the EU on Access to PNR Data(98 KB - 5/28/2004)
    DHS announces the EU Commission's "adequacy finding," allowing CBP access to passenger name record (PNR) data from airlines. Some of the terms of the PNR arrangement are in the press release. The European Parliament is challenging the agreement. AILA Doc. No. 04052810.
    AILA Doc. No. 04052810.
  • DHS Announces Contractor for Classified Information IT Structure(78 KB - 4/13/2004)
    DHS announces the selection of Northrop Grumman to develop its Homeland Secure Data Network, an IT structure for communicating classified information. AILA Doc. No. 04041362.
    AILA Doc. No. 04041362.
  • DHS/HHS Sign Statement of Principles on Unaccompanied Minors(102 KB - 4/6/2004)
    DHS will continue to be responsible for apprehension, processing, and immigration benefits including placement in proceedings, removal, and decisions and adjudication of SIJ petitions. ORR will make decisions regarding medical care while the child is in custody, and is responsible for making placement determinations. (AILA Doc. No. 04040610).
    AILA Doc. No. 04040610.
  • DHS's Appeal Brief in Matter of R-A- Urges Granting Gender-Based Asylum Claim (2/23/2004)
    The DHS brief strongly urges the Attorney General to remand the case involving fear of domestic violence, with directions to the BIA to grant asylum without opinion. Alternatively, the DHS argues for postponement of a decision in the case until the regulations on gender-based claims are finalized.
    AILA Doc. No. 04022310.
  • U.S. and Mexico Enter into Agreements on Border Issues (2/23/2004)
    The agreements, signed on 2/20/04, provide for the establishment of a U.S.-Mexico Coordinating Commission, binational law enforcement, increases surveillance and enforcement presence, improves response capabilities, addresses various repatriation issues, and calls for the expansion of SENTRI and FAST lanes.
    AILA Doc. No. 04022371.
  • Major Management Challenges Facing the Department of Homeland Security(679 KB - 2/13/2004)
    The DHS's Office of the Inspector General's report cites the major management challenges facing the DHS to be: consolidating the DHS's components, contracts, grants, finances, human capital, border security, transportation security, integration of information systems, and security of information technology infrastructure. AILA Doc. No. 04021369
    AILA Doc. No. 04021369.
  • Leadership and Management Strategies for Homeland Security Merger(92 KB - 2/13/2004)
    The fact sheet includes the DHS's summary of its creation of new functions, reorganization of the various agencies merged into the DHS, budgetary matters, and organizational identity. AILA Doc. No. 04021368
    AILA Doc. No. 04021368.