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  • DHS Releases REAL ID Grant Guidance(14 KB - 12/14/2007)
    DHS announced that it has released guidance and application kits for two grant programs to assist states in preparing for REAL ID implementation. AILA Doc. No. 07121430.
    AILA Doc. No. 07121430.
  • DHS Secretary Chertoff’s Remarks on the Change to 10 Fingerprint Collection at U.S. Airports (12/11/2007)
    On 12/10/07 DHS released remarks by DHS Secretary Chertoff on the change in biometrics collection at ports-of-entry. Dulles International Airport became the first airport to begin collecting 10 fingerprints from international visitors on 11/29/07. AILA Doc. No. 07121162.
    AILA Doc. No. 07121162.
  • DHS Secretary Chertoff and CBP Chief Aguilar Hold Briefing on Border Security (12/10/2007)
    On 12/7/07 DHS released the remarks of DHS Secretary Chertoff and CBP Chief Aguilar at a “pen-and-pad” briefing on border security. Secretary Chertoff addressed the No-Match litigation, construction of the border fence, and made reference to proposals for streamlining temporary worker programs that have been sent to OMB. AILA Doc. No. 07121066.
    AILA Doc. No. 07121066.
  • DHS Plans for Additional Fencing Along the Southwest Border Move Forward (12/10/2007)
    CBP and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have contacted landowners along the Southwest Border to conduct engineering tests to determine if the land is suitable for fence building. DHS plans to construct roughly 670 miles of fencing by the end of 2008. AILA Doc. No. 07121065.
    AILA Doc. No. 07121065.
  • DHS Begins Collecting 10 Fingerprints from International Visitors at Dulles Airport(18 KB - 12/10/2007)
    On 12/10/07 DHS announced that it is now collecting additional fingerprints from international visitors arriving at Washington Dulles International Airport (Dulles). Nine other ports of entry will begin 10-fingerprint collection during the next few months. AILA Doc. No. 07121064.
    AILA Doc. No. 07121064.
  • Arizona to Offer a WHTI Compliant Driver’s License (12/7/2007)
    On 12/6/07 DHS announced a Memorandum of Agreement with Arizona to support the state’s enhanced driver’s license project. AILA Doc. No. 07120765.
    AILA Doc. No. 07120765.
  • DHS Fact Sheet on Enhanced Driver’s Licenses(35 KB - 12/5/2007)
    On 12/5/07 DHS released a Fact Sheet describing the department’s efforts to develop alternative documents to meet WHTI requirements at land and sea ports of entry, including encouraging states to submit proposals for enhanced driver’s licenses. AILA Doc. No. 07120570.
    AILA Doc. No. 07120570.
  • Secretary Chertoff Issues Statement on No-Match Appeal(14 KB - 12/5/2007)
    On 12/5/07 DHS Secretary Chertoff released a statement following an appeal filed by the agency on the injunction against the No-Match Rule in the Northern District of California. AILA Doc. No. 07120566.
    AILA Doc. No. 07120566.
  • DHS Issues Reminder of New WHTI Requirements in 2008(26 KB - 12/3/2007)
    On 12/3/07 DHS issued a reminder that beginning on 1/31/08 adult travelers will be required to present proof of citizenship and proof of identity when entering the U.S. at land and sea ports of entry. AILA Doc. No. 07120363.
    AILA Doc. No. 07120363.
  • DHS Announces 10-Fingerprint Collection(74 KB - 11/30/2007)
    DHS announced on Thursday, November 29, 2007, that it had begun 10-fingerprint collection from international visitors at Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC. This fact sheet gives additional details about the program and indicates that 10-fingerprint collection will soon start at other airports across the country. AILA Doc. No. 07113062.
    AILA Doc. No. 07113062.
  • DHS Announces Success of Biometrics-at-Sea Pilot Program(22 KB - 11/14/2007)
    On 11/14/07 DHS announced the success of the biometrics-at-sea pilot program, citing data on biometric collection and at-sea interdictions. AILA Doc. No. 07111463.
    AILA Doc. No. 07111463.
  • Secretary Chertoff’s Remarks on the “State of Immigration”(102 KB - 11/8/2007)
    These remarks by DHS Secretary Chertoff on the “State of Immigration” are the first in a series of promised periodic reports on immigration enforcement and the agency’s efforts to address national workforce needs. AILA Doc. No. 07110861.
    AILA Doc. No. 07110861.
  • DHS Fact Sheet on Border Security and Immigration Enforcement(29 KB - 11/7/2007)
    On 11/6/07 DHS released a Fact Sheet on border security and immigration enforcement, which addresses Border Patrol and ICE enforcement operations, as well as E-Verify and no-match letters. AILA Doc. No. 07110733.
    AILA Doc. No. 07110733.
  • Remarks of DHS Secretary Chertoff and Governor Spitzer on Changes to NY Driver's Licenses(53 KB - 10/30/2007)
    New York State announced changes to its licensing system. It will issue three classes of licenses: one for border crossing purposes under WHTI, one for federal purposes in compliance with REAL ID, and one for non-federal purposes. AILA Doc. No. 07103062.
    AILA Doc. No. 07103062.
  • Paul A. Schneider to be Appointed Acting Deputy Secretary of DHS (10/19/2007)
    A 10/18/07 statement by DHS Secretary Chertoff on the President’s intention to designate Paul A. Schneider as Acting Deputy Secretary of DHS. AILA Doc. No. 07101966.
    AILA Doc. No. 07101966.
  • DHS Secretary Chertoff's Statement on the No-Match Ruling(16 KB - 10/15/2007)
    DHS Secretary Chertoff expresses disappointment in the No-Match ruling handed down by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. AILA Doc. No. 07101563.
    AILA Doc. No. 07101563.
  • Secretary Chertoff’s Statement on the Resignation of DHS Deputy Secretary Jackson(17 KB - 9/25/2007)
    On 9/24/07 DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff announced the resignation of Deputy Secretary Michael P. Jackson effective 10/26/07. AILA Doc. No. 07092563.
    AILA Doc. No. 07092563.
  • DHS Issues Reminder of WHTI Passport Requirement as of 10/1/07(17 KB - 9/5/2007)
    On 9/4/07 DHS issued a reminder that effective 10/1/07 U.S. citizens traveling by air to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda must present a passport, or other WHTI compliant document, to enter or depart from the U.S. AILA Doc. No. 07090560.
    AILA Doc. No. 07090560.
  • Arizona Driver’s License to Meet WHTI and REAL ID Requirements(18 KB - 8/27/2007)
    On 8/24/07 DHS announced that the state of Arizona has agreed to develop a state driver’s license to meet Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative and future REAL ID requirements. AILA Doc. No. 07082764.
    AILA Doc. No. 07082764.
  • DHS Announces that Vermont Driver’s License Will Comply under WHTI(18 KB - 8/21/2007)
    On 8/20/07 DHS announced that Vermont has agreed to develop an enhanced driver’s license that will provide qualifying residents with a document acceptable at land and sea ports of entry in compliance with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. AILA Doc. No. 07082162.
    AILA Doc. No. 07082162.
  • DHS Issues “Worksite Enforcement” Fact Sheet(42 KB - 8/20/2007)
    On 8/ 9/07, the Department of Homeland Security issued a fact sheet entitled “Worksite Enforcement” which highlights recent ICE enforcement efforts targeted at businesses that employ undocumented immigrants. The businesses targeted ranged from temporary employment agencies, to textile, construction and food processing plants. AILA Doc. No. 07082071.
    AILA Doc. No. 07082071.
  • DHS Announces Series of Reforms on Border Security and Immigration (8/10/2007)
    On 08/10/07, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez announced a series of reforms the Administration will pursue to address border security and immigration challenges. AILA Doc. No. 07081063.
    AILA Doc. No. 07081063.
  • DHS Press Release on APIS Final Rule and Secure Flight Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (8/10/2007)
    DHS announced the publishing of the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) Predeparture Final Rule and the Secure Flight Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. AILA Doc. No. 07081062.
    AILA Doc. No. 07081062.
  • DHS Chief Privacy Officer Discusses the Automated Targeting System (8/6/2007)
    On 8/3/07 DHS released a statement from Chief Privacy Officer Hugo Teufel III on the system of records notice for the Automated Targeting System. In response to public comment concerning the new system’s passenger screening module used by CBP officers, revisions were made to the original system of records notice. AILA Doc. No. 07080665.
    AILA Doc. No. 07080665.
  • Chertoff Statement on Passenger Name Record Date Agreement with the EU(16 KB - 7/6/2007)
    On 6/28/07 DHS Secretary Chertoff, German Interior Minister Schäuble and EU Commissioner Frattini initialed an agreement between the U.S. and the EU on the transfer of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data to DHS from air carriers operating transatlantic flights to and from the U.S. AILA Doc. No. 07070660.
    AILA Doc. No. 07070660.
  • WHTI Land and Sea Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Announced (6/21/2007)
    The Department of Homeland Security and Department of State announced the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the land and sea portion of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), a core 9/11 Commission recommendation, which require a passport or other secure document denoting citizenship and identity for all land and sea travel into the U.S. AILA Doc. No. 07062160.
    AILA Doc. No. 07062160.
  • Chertoff Statement on New Security Procedures for Iraqi Refugees Seeking Resettlement in the U.S.(14 KB - 5/30/2007)
    On 5/29/07 DHS released a statement by Secretary Chertoff on new security screening procedures for Iraqi refugees applying for resettlement in the U.S. AILA Doc. No. 07053061.
    AILA Doc. No. 07053061.
  • Chertoff Extends TPS for Nationals of Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua(44 KB - 5/2/2007)
    On 5/2/07 DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff announced his decision to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for eligible nationals of Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador by an additional 18 months. AILA Doc. No. 07050265.
    AILA Doc. No. 07050265.
  • DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff Announces New Director of US-VISIT (4/5/2007)
    Department of Homeland Secretary Michael Chertoff has appointed Robert A. Mocny as Director of the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) Program. He was previously the Acting Director. AILA Doc. No. 07040511
    AILA Doc. No. 07040511.
  • DHS Press Release and Q &As on Minimum Standards for Driver's License Compliance with REAL ID (3/2/2007)
    DHS released a press release and Q&As on the proposed rule for minimum standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards in compliance with the REAL ID Act of 2005. AILA Doc. No. 07030264.
    AILA Doc. No. 07030264.
  • DHS Announces Proposal for Drivers License Compliance with REAL ID(18 KB - 3/1/2007)
    On 3/1/07 DHS announced its proposal to establish minimum standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards in compliance with the REAL ID Act of 2005. AILA Doc. No. 07030160.
    AILA Doc. No. 07030160.
  • DHS to Propose WHTI Travel Document Flexibility for Some Children(17 KB - 2/23/2007)
    On 2/22/07, DHS announced that it intends to propose flexibility regarding WHTI travel document requirements for U.S. and Canadian children at land and sea ports of entry. AILA Doc. No. 07022367.
    AILA Doc. No. 07022367.
  • DHS Launches Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (2/21/2007)
    On 2/21/07 DHS announced the launch of the Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (TRIP). Travelers can use the online inquiry program to seek resolution of misidentification issues at ports-of-entry, or if they have been unfairly delayed or denied boarding for additional screening when traveling.
    AILA Doc. No. 07022163.
  • Secretary Chertoff’s Remarks on FY 2008 Budget Request and DHS Fact Sheet(245 KB - 2/7/2007)
    DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff discusses the Department’s funding included in the President’s FY 2008 budget. The remarks are accompanied by a DHS Fact Sheet and a DHS budget overview from the OMB. AILA Doc. No. 07020761.
    AILA Doc. No. 07020761.
  • DHS Announces that Passport Requirement for Air Travel Begins Today (1/23/2007)
    On 1/23/07, DHS announced that citizens of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda are now required to present a passport to enter the United States when arriving by air from any part of the Western Hemisphere. AILA Doc. No. 07012315.
    AILA Doc. No. 07012315.
  • DHS to Use Discretionary Authority in Application of Material Support Provisions (1/22/2007)
    DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff will use discretionary authority to permit consideration of applications for refugee status, asylum or adjustment of status from some who provided material support to groups while under duress. Also, material support provisions will not be applied for certain applicants who provided support to specified groups. AILA Doc. No. 07012260.
    AILA Doc. No. 07012260.
  • DHS to Launch Traveler Redress Inquiry Program(14 KB - 1/17/2007)
    DHS announced that it will launch the Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (DHS TRIP). It will enable travelers who have been repeatedly identified for additional screening to file an inquiry to correct erroneous information in DHS systems. AILA Doc. No. 07011767.
    AILA Doc. No. 07011767.
  • DHS & DOS Issue Reminder of Passport Requirement for Air Travel as of 1/23/07 (1/17/2007)
    DHS and DOS issued a reminder that beginning 1/23/07 citizens of the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Bermuda are required to present a passport to enter the U.S. when arriving by air from any part of the Western Hemisphere. AILA Doc. No. 07011766.
    AILA Doc. No. 07011766.
 
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