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TSA Guidance for Passengers on Heightened Security Measures in Place Following 12/25/09 Incident
(83 KB - 12/28/2009)
On 12/25/09, an individual on board NW Airlines Flight 253 set off a device and was subdued by passengers and crew. As a result of this incident, TSA has worked with airline and law enforcement authorities, as well as federal, state, local, and international partners to put additional security measures in place to ensure aviation security. AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 09281211.
AILA Doc. No. 09281211.
DHS Announces Extension of REAL ID Material Compliance Deadline
(55 KB - 12/22/2009)
On 12/18/09, DHS announced that it is extending the 12/31/09 REAL ID material compliance deadline. The May 10, 2011, deadline for full compliance remains in effect, and DHS will continue to work closely with states to meet this deadline. AILA Doc. No. 09221225.
AILA Doc. No. 09221225.
DHS Secretary Napolitano Outlines DHS Accomplishments for 2009
(1990 KB - 12/16/2009)
On 12/15/09, DHS Secretary Napolitano outlined accomplishments for the year 2009. A Fact sheet on DHS accomplishments follows the press release. AILA Doc. No. 09121660.
AILA Doc. No. 09121660.
DHS Announces Initiatives with Canada to Share Immigration Information and Expedite Travel
(32 KB - 11/24/2009)
On 11/24/09, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that the U.S. will join a biometric data sharing initiative with Canada, Australia, and the U.K. Effective 11/25/09, Canada will recognize NEXUS and FAST trusted traveler program cards as valid identification documents in all lanes at all land and sea border ports of entry. AILA Doc. No. 09112469.
AILA Doc. No. 09112469.
DHS Announces Rule Proposing Permanent Global Entry Program
(33 KB - 11/19/2009)
On 11/19/09, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, announced the publication of new proposed rule that would establish Global Entry, a CBP voluntary initiative that streamlines the international arrivals and admission process at airports for trusted travelers through biometric identification, as a permanent program. AILA Doc. No. 09111970.
AILA Doc. No. 09111970.
DHS Launches Campaign to Recognize Employers Using E-Verify
(33 KB - 11/19/2009)
On 11/19/09, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton, USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced the new "I E-Verify" campaign to recognize the approximately 170,000 businesses that use E-Verify, DHS’ online system to verify employment eligibility of new hires. AILA Doc. No. 09111961.
AILA Doc. No. 09111961.
DHS News Release on Record Foreign Student Attendance
(96 KB - 11/18/2009)
On 11/18/09, DHS issued a news release on record foreign student attendance reported in the Institute of International Education 2009 Open Doors Report. At more than 670,000 foreign students choosing the U.S., the latest surge marks a growth rate not seen since 1980 and continues a pattern of growth over the past three years. AILA Doc. No. 09111864.
AILA Doc. No. 09111864.
Remarks by DHS Secretary Napolitano on Immigration Reform at the Center for American Progress
(78 KB - 11/13/2009)
On 11/13/09, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano spoke at the Center for American Progress about the broad need for immigration reform. She remarked that to secure the nation by enforcing the law and managing legal flows across the border as effectively as possible, DHS needs immigration reform. AILA Doc. No. 09111362.
AILA Doc. No. 09111362.
DHS Transfers Federal Protective Service from ICE to NPPD
(243 KB - 10/29/2009)
On 10/29/09, the DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the transfer of the Federal Protective Service (FPS) from ICE to the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD). FPS’ primary mission is to secure General Services Administration-owned and leased federal buildings. AILA Doc. No. 09102969.
AILA Doc. No. 09102969.
DHS Estimates of the Legal Permanent Resident Population in 2008
(531 KB - 10/28/2009)
On 10/28/09, the DHS Office of Immigration Statistics released a report providing estimates of the legal permanent resident population and population eligible to naturalize as of January 2008. AILA Doc. No. 09102861.
AILA Doc. No. 09102861.
Secretary Napolitano and Assistant Secretary Morton Announce New Immigration Detention Reform Initiatives
(46 KB - 10/6/2009)
On 10/06/09, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton announced new initiatives to reform immigration detention. A fact sheet about the new detention reform initiative follows the press release. AILA Doc. No. 09100662.
AILA Doc. No. 09100662.
Secretary Napolitano Announces More Than $355 Million for Airport Security Projects
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Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Napolitano announced that more than $355 million in funding for more than a dozen airport security projects will be funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The money will be used for inline baggage handling systems, closed circuit television systems, and checkpoint technologies. AILA Doc. No. 09100213.
AILA Doc. No. 09100213.
Secretary Napolitano Applauds President Obama’s Intent to Nominate Alan Bersin as CBP Commissioner
(299 KB - 9/23/2009)
DHS Secretary Napolitano applauds the intent to nominate of Alan Bersin as CBP Commissioner. As DHS Assistant Secretary for International Affairs and Special Representative for Border Affairs at DHS, Bersin has led efforts to implement President Obama’s Southwest Border Initiative AILA Doc. No. 09092361.
AILA Doc. No. 09092361.
United States and Mexico Announce Agreement for Cross Border Public Security Communications Network
(83 KB - 9/3/2009)
On 9/2/09 DHS and DOS announced that senior officials on the United States-Mexico High-Level Consultative Commission on Telecommunications (HLCC) have signed a bilateral telecommunications agreement to support a new cross border communications network for public safety and law enforcement organizations focused on strengthening border security. AILA Doc. No. 09090361.
AILA Doc. No. 09090361.
DHS Announces New Directives on Border Searches of Electronic Media
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DHS Secretary Napolitano announced 8/27/09, new directives to enhance and clarify oversight for searches of computers and other electronic media at U.S. ports of entry. The new directives address the circumstances under which CBP and ICE can conduct border searches of electronic media. CBP and ICE directives and Privacy Impact Assessment included. AILA Doc. No. 09082761.
AILA Doc. No. 09082761.
United States and Mexico Resume Voluntary Humanitarian Interior Repatriation Program
(80 KB - 8/25/2009)
On 8/24/09 DHS announced that it has resumed the Mexican Interior Repatriation Program (MIRP) for the sixth consecutive summer. MIRP is a bilaterally beneficial voluntary program that ensures the safe and swift return of Mexican nationals found to be in the Sonora Arizona desert region of the United States unlawfully to their places of origin in the Mexican interior. AILA Doc. No. 09082560.
AILA Doc. No. 09082560.
Statement by Secretary Napolitano About White House Meeting on Comprehensive Immigration Reform Held 8/20/09
(107 KB - 8/20/2009)
DHS Secretary Napolitano looks forward to working with President Obama, members of Congress and representatives from law enforcement, business, labor organizations, the interfaith community, advocacy groups and others on comprehensive immigration reform. AILA Doc. No. 09082075. AILA Doc. No. 09082075.
AILA Doc. No. 09082075.
Strengthening DHS Partnerships to Secure Our Borders
DHS outlines new partnerships and initiatives to focus on goals to secure our borders. AILA Doc. No. 09081469.
AILA Doc. No. 09081469.
DHS Secretary Napolitano's Remarks at a Border Security Conference
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In her remarks at a Border Security Conference in El Paso, Texas, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano touched upon the department’s immigration enforcement and employment verification efforts, the 287(g) program, reforms to the detention system, USCIS naturalization application processing and more. AILA Doc. No. 09081284.
AILA Doc. No. 09081284.
DHS News Release on the Expansion of Global Entry Initiative to Thirteen Additional Airports
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In an 8/12/09 news release, DHS announced the expansion of the Global Entry initiative to 13 additional airports across the U.S. Global Entry is a CBP international trusted traveler program that uses biometric identification to screen passengers. AILA Doc. No. 09081282.
AILA Doc. No. 09081282.
DHS Announces Additional 30 Million in Funding Designated to Secure SW Border
(73 KB - 8/12/2009)
On 8/11/09 DHS announced an additional $30 million in Operation Stonegarden grants to enhance the Department’s capabilities to coordinate with state, local and tribal law enforcement to effectively deter violence and trafficking, and to enforce immigration law. AILA Doc. No. 09081262.
AILA Doc. No. 09081262.
Secretary Napolitano Speech on Terrorism to Council on Foreign Relations
(110 KB - 7/31/2009)
On July 29, 2009, Secretary Napolitano speaks to the Council on Foreign Relations regarding terrorism and the efforts to use all resources to fight against extremism. AILA Doc. No. 09073170.
AILA Doc. No. 09073170.
Secretary Napolitano Announces Richard Spires as DHS Chief Information Officer
(27 KB - 7/31/2009)
On July 28, 2009, Secretary Napolitano announced Richard Spires as DHS Chief Information Officer. Mr. Spires possesses "decades of experience managing complex information technology systems." AILA Doc. No. 09073169.
AILA Doc. No. 09073169.
DHS Announces Website Redesign and Launch of YouTube Channel
On 7/22/09 DHS announced that it redesigned its website and launched a YouTube channel. The announcement states that DHS.gov was reorganized around Secretary Napolitano’s five major responsibilities—counterterrorism, border security, enforcement of immigration laws, disaster preparedness and response and Department unification. AILA Doc. No. 09072361.
AILA Doc. No. 09072361.
DHS Issues Invitation to Participate in First Quadrennial Homeland Security Review
(421 KB - 7/22/2009)
DHS announced that it will hold three web-based, interactive dialogues on topics that the department is considering in its first Quadrennial Homeland Security Review during the month of August 2009. The focus areas being considered in the review include border security and immigration law enforcement. AILA Doc. No. 09072269.
AILA Doc. No. 09072269.
DHS Announces New 287(g) Agreement and 11 New Local Partnerships
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DHS announced a new, standardized, Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) used to enter into “287(g)” partnerships, which defines the objectives of the program, outlines the authorities granted by the agreement and provides guidelines for ICE’s supervision of local operations, information reporting, and complaint procedures. AILA Doc. No. 09071071.
AILA Doc. No. 09071071.
DHS Announces Interim Relief for Widows of U.S. Citizens
(240 KB - 6/9/2009)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today granted deferred action for two years to widows and widowers of U.S. citizens—as well as their unmarried children under 18 years old—who reside in the United States and who were married for less than two years prior to their spouse’s death. InfoNet Doc. No. 09060921.
AILA Doc. No. 09060921.
DHS Begins Test of Biometric Exit Procedures at Airports in Atlanta and Detroit
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DHS announced that it began collecting biometric fingerprints from non-U.S. citizens departing the U.S. from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport on 5/28/09 as part of a pilot program. AILA Doc. No. 09052867.
AILA Doc. No. 09052867.
John Morton Confirmed to be Head of ICE
(244 KB - 5/13/2009)
The Executive Calendar of the Senate Congressional Record for May 12, 2009 reflects that John Morton was confirmed as Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security. He will be the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. AILA Doc. No. 09051368.
AILA Doc. No. 09051368.
DHS Secretary Napolitano Highlights FY 2010 Budget Priorities
(49 KB - 5/8/2009)
On 5/7/09 DHS unveiled its FY 2010 budget request. Five major priorities were identified including border security and enforcement of immigration laws. Regarding enforcement, funding is designated for employment eligibility verification systems, application processing, the ICE Secure Communities program and to support the implementation of WHTI. AILA Doc. No. 09050864.
AILA Doc. No. 09050864.
DHS Secretary's Statement on Alejandro Mayorkas's Nomination as USCIS Director
(42 KB - 4/30/2009)
On 4/30/09 DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano released a statement on Alejandro Mayorkas's nomination as USCIS Director. The release includes Mr. Mayorkas's professional biography. AILA Doc. No. 09043066.
AILA Doc. No. 09043066.
Aytes Comment in the DHS Leadership Journal on Employment-Based Visa Wait Times
In a 4/24/09 comment in the DHS Leadership Journal, Michael Aytes, Acting Deputy Director, USCIS, addressed backlogs, quotas and the processing of employment-based immigrant petitions. AILA Doc. No. 09042761.
AILA Doc. No. 09042761.
Secretary Napolitano’s Statement on Appointments to DHS Policy Positions
(240 KB - 4/24/2009)
On 4/24/09 Secretary Napolitano announced President Obama’s intent to nominate David Heyman as Assistant Secretary for Policy. She also announced her appointment of Arif Alikhan as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development. AILA Doc. No. 09042435.
AILA Doc. No. 09042435.
DHS Announces Agreement with Bermuda on Pre-Clearance for Airline Passengers
(238 KB - 4/23/2009)
On 4/23/09 DHS announced a new agreement on aviation preclearance security operations with Bermuda. Under the new agreement, airline passengers with CBP pre-clearance in Bermuda will be treated as domestic passengers upon arrival in the U.S. AILA Doc. No. 09042343.
AILA Doc. No. 09042343.
DHS Announces Nominee for Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis
(240 KB - 4/23/2009)
On 4/23/09 DHS announced that the White House intends to nominate Philip Mudd as Homeland Security's Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis. Secretary Napolitano has appointed Bart R. Johnson as Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis. AILA Doc. No. 09042342.
AILA Doc. No. 09042342.
DHS Announces Air Travel Partnership with The Netherlands
(240 KB - 4/23/2009)
On 4/23/09 DHS announced the launch of a new initiative with The Netherlands to open membership in expedited air travel programs to citizens of both countries to try and streamline entry processes for pre-screened fliers. AILA Doc. No. 09042335.
AILA Doc. No. 09042335.
DHS Secretary Napolitano Appoints Alan Bersin as Border Czar
(46 KB - 4/15/2009)
On 4/15/09 DHS announced the appointment of Alan Bersin as DHS Assistant Secretary for International Affairs and Special Representative for Border Affairs. AILA Doc. No. 09041566.
AILA Doc. No. 09041566.
Secretary Napolitano Visits Major Port of Entry, Addresses Southwest Border Security Efforts
(45 KB - 4/6/2009)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano, making her final stop of a three-day tour of the Southwest border and Mexico, addressed today her recent announcements designed to boost cash and weapon seizures and improve DHS coordination with state, local and Mexican law enforcement. AILA Doc. No. 09040660.
AILA Doc. No. 09040660.
Secretary Napolitano and Foreign Secretary Espinosa Announce Agreement on Mexican Repatriation
(41 KB - 4/3/2009)
On 4/3/09 DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and Mexican Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa announced an agreement on formalized arrangements for the "expedited and humane" repatriation of Mexican nationals. AILA Doc. No. 09040377.
AILA Doc. No. 09040377.
DHS Secretary Napolitano Welcomes Deputy Secretary Lute on April 3rd
(45 KB - 4/3/2009)
On 4/3/09 the Senate confirmed President Obama’s nomination of Jane Holl Lute to become the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. AILA Doc. No. 09040370.
AILA Doc. No. 09040370.
TSA's Secure Flight Begins Vetting Passengers
(31 KB - 4/3/2009)
On 3/31/09 TSA announced the implementation of Secure Flight, which shifts pre-departure watch list matching responsibilities from individual aircraft operators to TSA. AILA Doc. No. 09040368.
AILA Doc. No. 09040368.
DHS Announces American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funding for Southwest Ports of Entry
(44 KB - 4/3/2009)
On 4/1/09 DHS announced that the General Services Administration (GSA) will direct more than $400 million in ARRA funding to the Southwest border, including $50 million in SBInet funding. AILA Doc. No. 09040367.
AILA Doc. No. 09040367.
DHS Announces Delay in Application of U.S. Immigration Law to Mariana Islands
(64 KB - 4/1/2009)
On 3/31/09 USCIS announced a delay in the transition to full application of U.S. immigration laws to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), which currently administers its own immigration system. AILA Doc. No. 09040160.
AILA Doc. No. 09040160.
DHS Secretary Napolitano Announces Several Southwest Border Initiatives to Combat Drug Cartels
(46 KB - 3/24/2009)
On 3/24/09 DHS Secretary Napolitano announced several Southwest border initiatives designed to crack down on Mexican drug cartels through enhanced border security. The initiative includes the redeployment of more than 360 additional officers and agents at the border and in Mexico. AILA Doc. No. 09032467.
AILA Doc. No. 09032467.
Fairfax County, VA Detainee Prints to Be Checked Against DHS Biometrics Database
(32 KB - 3/10/2009)
On 3/9/09 ICE announced that Fairfax County, Virginia has joined the list of jurisdictions that will check the fingerprints of every booked individual against immigration records in DHS's biometric database. The ICE administered program is called Secure Communities. AILA Doc. No. 09031062.
AILA Doc. No. 09031062.
DHS Announces Chief Privacy Officer: Mary Ellen Callahan
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DHS announced that Mary Ellen Callahan became the Chief Privacy Officer of DHS on 3/9/09. AILA Doc. No. 09031061.
AILA Doc. No. 09031061.
DHS Release on Stimulus Act Funding
(50 KB - 3/3/2009)
A 3/3/09 DHS press release summarizes the allocation of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding for DHS projects. ICE is to receive $20 million. DHS created a website to monitor and track the dollars coming into the department. AILA Doc. No. 09030366.
AILA Doc. No. 09030366.
DHS Announces Jayson Ahern to Serve as Acting Commissioner of CBP
(41 KB - 3/2/2009)
On 2/27/09 DHS announced that Ralph Basham retired as Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, and that that Jayson Ahern will serve as Acting Commissioner. AILA Doc. No. 09030262.
AILA Doc. No. 09030262.
Secretary Napolitano Names Chani W. Wiggins as Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs
(43 KB - 2/27/2009)
On 2/26/09 DHS announced that Secretary Janet Napolitano announced her appointment of Chani W. Wiggins as Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs. Nelson Peacock and Sue Ramanathan were named as Deputy Assistant Secretaries for DHS Legislative Affairs. AILA Doc. No. 09022761.
AILA Doc. No. 09022761.
DHS and DOS Certify Statutory Criteria Met for WHTI Implementation
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DHS and DOS jointly certified to Congress that all required statutory criteria for implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel (WHTI) have been met. WHTI implementation is scheduled for 6/1/09. AILA Doc. No. 09022671.
AILA Doc. No. 09022671.
ICE Head and DHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Named
DHS announces the nomination of John Morton as Assistant Secretary for ICE and the appointment of Esther Olavarria as DHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy. AILA Doc. No. 09022460.
AILA Doc. No. 09022460.
DHS Announces Appointment of Chief Privacy Officer
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On 2/19/09 DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced her appointment of Mary Ellen Callahan as the department's Chief Privacy Officer. AILA Doc. No. 09021966.
AILA Doc. No. 09021966.
Secretary Napolitano Issues Efficiency Review Action Directive
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On 2/17/09 DHS announced that Secretary Napolitano issued a department-wide action directive challenging every agency to generate new efficiencies, and to promote greater accountability and transparency. An Efficiency Review Initiative Steering Committee will be established to coordinate the department-wide initiative. AILA Doc. No. 09021769.
AILA Doc. No. 09021769.
DHS Secretary Napolitano Issues Border Security Directive
(55 KB - 1/30/2009)
On 1/30/09 DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced a wide-ranging action directive on immigration and border security, which addresses legal immigration benefit backlogs, widows and widowers of U.S. citizens; immigration detention centers; and electronic employee verification, among other issues. AILA Doc. No. 09013032.
AILA Doc. No. 09013032.
Ivan K. Fong to Be Nominated as DHS General Counsel
(44 KB - 1/29/2009)
On 1/29/09 President Obama announced his intention to nominate Ivan K. Fong as General Counsel for DHS. In addition, DHS Secretary Napolitano announced several more key members of her staff. AILA Doc. no. 09012967.
AILA Doc. No. 09012967.
DHS Announces Secretary's Senior Staff Appointments
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced appointments for Chief of Staff for Policy and Chief of Staff for Operations. AILA Doc. No. 09012863.
AILA Doc. No. 09012863.
DHS Secretary Napolitano Issues Directive on Northern Border Strategy
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano issued a directive for a report on the northern border strategy. An oral report is due 2/10/09 and a final report is due 2/17/09. AILA Doc. No. 09012663.
AILA Doc. No. 09012663.
Jane Holl Lute to be Nominated as Deputy DHS Secretary
President Obama announced his intention to appoint Jane Holl Lute as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Chiefs of Staff for Secretary Napolitano also were identified. AILA Doc. No. 09012376.
AILA Doc. No. 09012376.
Janet Napolitano Takes Helm at DHS
On January 21, 2009, Janet Napolitano was sworn in as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. AILA Doc. No. 09012260.
AILA Doc. No. 09012260.
DHS Alerts Travelers to US-VISIT Biometric Technology Now in Place at Major Ports of Entry
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On 1/15/09 DHS announced that upgraded biometric technology is in place at major U.S. ports of entry, and most international visitors should expect to use the new technology when they enter the United States. A fact sheet on the expansion of the US-VISIT program to additional travelers follows the press release. AILA Doc. No. 09011660.
AILA Doc. No. 09011660.
DHS Announces New Visa Waiver Program for Guam and Northern Mariana Islands
(21 KB - 1/15/2009)
On 1/14/09 DHS announced a soon to be published interim final rule that replaces the current Guam Visa Waiver Program with a new Visa Waiver Program for Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). AILA Doc. No. 09011563.
AILA Doc. No. 09011563.
ESTA Requirements Now in Effect for Visa Waiver Program Travelers
(23 KB - 1/12/2009)
On 1/12/09 DHS issued a reminder to Visa Waiver Program travelers that they are now required to obtain approval through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to traveling to the United States. AILA Doc. No. 09011262.
AILA Doc. No. 09011262.
DHS Chief Privacy Officer Defends CBP Following Release of PNR Data Report
In a 12/31/08 piece in the DHS Leadership Journal, Hugo Teufel III, DHS Chief Privacy Officer, defends CBP following the release of the DHS Privacy Office's Passenger Name Record (PNR) Data Report, and criticism regarding CBP's handling of FOIA requests. AILA Doc. No. 09010662.
AILA Doc. No. 09010662.
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