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OIG Report on CBP’s Implementation of WHTI at Land Ports of Entry
(1211 KB - 12/20/2010)
DHS OIG report on CBP’s implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) at land ports of entry, finding that CBP is not prepared to fully enforce the WHTI document requirement and making recommendations to better prepare to implement the new requirement. AILA Doc. No. 10122075.
AILA Doc. No. 10122075.
Privacy Impact Assessment on the ICE Electronic Discovery Software System
(226 KB - 12/13/2010)
DHS Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) on the ICE Electronic Discovery Software System (EDSS) which supports the collection and organization of documents to meet litigation discovery requirements. ICE may also use the EDSS to process agency records in response to FOIA requests. AILA Doc. No. 10121368.
AILA Doc. No. 10121368.
OIG Report on the Processing of Nonimmigrant Worker Petitions in Support of U.S. Marine Guam Realignment Construction Activities
(319 KB - 12/13/2010)
DHS OIG report finding that USCIS has the personnel, policies and procedures, and infrastructure necessary to process and adjudicate the estimated number of nonimmigrant temporary worker visa petitions that will be needed to support the Guam Realignment Project. AILA Doc. No. 10121365.
AILA Doc. No. 10121365.
OIG Report on CBP’s Acquisition of 25 Acres of Land in Lordsburg, New Mexico
(403 KB - 11/30/2010)
DHS OIG report on CBP’s purchase of 25 acres of land in Lordsburg, New Mexico, to construct a new Border Patrol facility. The existing Lordsburg facility was built to accommodate 50 agents, but by 2009, the station had grown to more than 250 agents, requiring a new facility. AILA Doc. No. 10113066.
AILA Doc. No. 10113066.
DHS Report on the Legal Permanent Resident Population
(425 KB - 11/23/2010)
DHS Office of Immigration Statistics report that provides estimates of the legal permanent resident (LPR) population living in the United States on 01/01/09. AILA Doc. No. 10112330.
AILA Doc. No. 10112330.
Survey Results: Attorney Representation Before DHS
(58 KB - 11/15/2010)
Preliminary results from the AILA/AIC Legal Action Center survey on the experiences of attorneys who represent clients during administrative interviews and encounters with DHS components. AILA Doc. No. 10111570.
AILA Doc. No. 10111570.
DHS Analysis of Migrant Smuggling Costs along the Southwest Border
(647 KB - 11/10/2010)
DHS Office of Immigration Statistics working paper with analysis of data on border enforcement and the increase in smuggling costs along the southwest border. AILA Doc. No. 10111063.
AILA Doc. No. 10111063.
DHS Privacy Office Guide
(15793 KB - 11/9/2010)
DHS Privacy Office Guide to Implementing Privacy, providing an overview of day-to-day operations of the Office and an overview of the Office’s functions. Section 11 describes the Office’s detailed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) function. AILA Doc. No. 10110964
AILA Doc. No. 10110964.
Privacy Impact Assessment on the ICE Electronic Surveillance System
(8899 KB - 11/8/2010)
DHS Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) on the ICE Electronic Surveillance System (ELSUR) used to track and search for ICE applications for court orders that authorize ICE to intercept oral, wire, or electronic communications during the course of a criminal investigation. AILA Doc. No. 10110871.
AILA Doc. No. 10110871.
Privacy Impact Assessment on Background Check Systems
(13173 KB - 11/8/2010)
DHS Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) on the Immigration Benefits Background Check Systems (IBBCS) used by USCIS to conduct background checks on petitioners and applicants who seek certain immigration benefits. AILA Doc. No. 10110869.
AILA Doc. No. 10110869.
Naturalization Rates Among IRCA Immigrants: A 2009 Update
(337 KB - 10/27/2010)
DHS Office of Immigration Statistics Fact Sheet that compares the naturalization rates of IRCA-legalized immigrants through 2009 to the naturalization rates of other immigrants who arrived or obtained LPR status during the same period. AILA Doc. No. 10102769.
AILA Doc. No. 10102769.
OIG Report on the Performance of 287(g) Agreements - Update
(2510 KB - 10/22/2010)
DHS OIG report on progress made toward implementing recommendations from its prior report on the performance of 287(g) agreements, issued in March 2010. The report also addresses the use of 287(g) funds and challenges in conducting compliance reviews of 287(g) agreements. AILA Doc. No. 10102231.
AILA Doc. No. 10102231.
OIG Report on UAC Age Determination Practices - Update
(1365 KB - 10/22/2010)
DHS OIG report on age determination practices for unaccompanied alien children in ICE custody. AILA Doc. No. 10102230.
AILA Doc. No. 10102230.
USCIS PIA: National File Tracking System
(189 KB - 10/22/2010)
USCIS Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) for the National File Tracking System (NFTS), an automated file-tracking system used to maintain an accurate file inventory and track the physical location of millions of immigration files under USCIS control. AILA Doc. No. 10102265.
AILA Doc. No. 10102265.
DHS OIG FY2011 Annual Performance Plan
(1046 KB - 10/6/2010)
DHS OIG FY2011 Annual Performance Plan outlining new projects for the fiscal year. The plan includes projects related to I-130 and I-129 adjudications, SEVP, the T and U visa process, detention, and ICE policies on the use of race in enforcement actions. AILA Doc. No. 10100660.
AILA Doc. No. 10100660.
OIG Report on Efforts to Detect Fraud by Immigration Service Officers
(1112 KB - 10/4/2010)
DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) September 2010 report on the strengths and weaknesses of the effort to prevent fraudulent and criminal activity by Immigration Service Officers (ISOs) at USCIS. AILA Doc. No. 10100432.
AILA Doc. No. 10100432.
OIG Report on CBP Treatment of Unaccompanied Minors
(1936 KB - 10/4/2010)
DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) September 2010 report on compliance by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with the
Flores v. Reno Settlement Agreement
in the treatment of unaccompanied minors in its custody. AILA Doc. No. 10100468.
AILA Doc. No. 10100468.
Privacy Impact Assessment on the USCIS Citizenship & Immigration Data Repository
(242 KB - 9/13/2010)
DHS Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) on the new USCIS Citizenship & Immigration Data Repository (CIDR), which makes information from multiple USCIS benefits administration systems available for querying by authorized USCIS personnel. AILA Doc. No. 10091366.
AILA Doc. No. 10091366.
DHS PIA on FOIA Privacy Act Records Program
(337 KB - 9/2/2010)
DHS Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) on DHS FOIA and Privacy Act Program to maintain records created by the Department’s FOIA and PA staff, as well as to manage FOIA and PA systems. AILA Doc. No. 10090266.
AILA Doc. No. 10090266.
DHS Assessment of CBP Training Materials on Border Searches of Electronic Devices
(124 KB - 8/23/2010)
DHS report presenting a summary of the CBP, the DHS Privacy Office, CBP Privacy Office, and Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties joint review of CBP training materials and course matter on border searches of electronic devices. AILA Doc. No. 10082365.
AILA Doc. No. 10082365.
DHS Annual Report on Immigration Enforcement Actions (2009)
(442 KB - 8/18/2010)
Office of Immigration Statistics Annual Report on immigration enforcement actions including information on the apprehension, detention, return, and removal of foreign nationals during 2009.
AILA Doc. No. 10081877.
US Border Patrol to Test Iris Image Collection in McAllen, Texas
(195 KB - 8/17/2010)
DHS Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) on the trial use of iris camera prototypes by U.S. Border Patrol agents to collect biometric information. Border Patrol agents stationed at McAllen, TX will facilitate the collection of test data over an eight week period. AILA Doc. No. 10081764.
AILA Doc. No. 10081764.
DHS OIG Report on ICE Privacy Compliance
(736 KB - 8/5/2010)
DHS OIG report on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) compliance with federal privacy regulations. The agency found that ICE needs job-related privacy training to comply with requirements and information-sharing access agreements do not adequately address privacy. AILA Doc. No. 10080561.
AILA Doc. No. 10080561.
DHS Privacy Impact Assessment on ICE Online Detainee Locator System
(3385 KB - 5/5/2010)
On 04/07/10, DHS issued a Privacy Impact Assessment for the ICE Online Detainee Locator System (ODLS), a public web-based system scheduled to launch on 06/02/10. ODLS allows the public to conduct online queries to locate persons detained by ICE for civil INA violations. AILA Doc. No. 10050569.
AILA Doc. No. 10050569.
DHS Clarifies TSA Operations Center Will Record Telephone Calls
(169 KB - 7/29/2010)
A 7/12/10 DHS Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) clarifying that the TSA Operations Center will record telephonic communications. The PIA previously disclosed that telephone calls were a TSA source of information, but did not explicitly state that calls would be recorded. AILA Doc. No. 10072966.
AILA Doc. No. 10072966.
DHS Privacy Impact Assessment on Watchlist Service
(275 KB - 7/29/2010)
DHS Privacy Impact Assessment on a new service called the DHS Watchlist Service (WLS), which will automate the transmission of the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB) from the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) to DHS. WLS will maintain a synchronized copy of the TSDB. AILA Doc. No. 10072965.
AILA Doc. No. 10072965.
DHS Privacy Impact Assessment on EEO Complaint Tracking System
(227 KB - 7/29/2010)
A 7/8/10 DHS Privacy Impact Assessment on Icomplaints, an electronic records system used to track complaints of employment discrimination and retaliation. The system includes EEO complaints relating to CBP, ICE, TSA and USCIS. AILA Doc. No. 10072964.
AILA Doc. No. 10072964.
SEVIS by the Numbers Quarterly Review
(353 KB - 7/23/2010)
The ICE SEVP Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) quarterly review represents a sample of information collected from SEVIS data. On 6/30/10, SEVIS contained records for 1,084,122 active nonimmigrant students, exchange visitors, and their dependents. AILA Doc. No. 10072365.
AILA Doc. No. 10072365.
CIS Ombudsman Annual Report to Congress
(3676 KB - 7/8/2010)
This Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman 2010 Annual Report submitted to Congress summarizes the most pervasive and serious problems encountered by individuals and employers. AILA Doc. No. 10070860.
AILA Doc. No. 10070860.
ICE Strategic Plan for FY 2010 - 2014
(313 KB - 7/2/2010)
ICE issued its strategic plan for Fiscal Years 2010-2014. This plan lays out how ICE will meet its responsibilities for criminal investigation and civil immigration enforcement over the next five years. AILA Doc. No. 10070260.
AILA Doc. No. 10070260.
DHS PIA on the E-Verify: Use of Commercial Data for Employer Verification
(242 KB - 6/28/2010)
On 6/2/10, DHS issued a PIA update that describes the expanded collection of business information from both new registering employers and a commercial data provider, Dun and Bradstreet (D&B), in order to ensure that registering companies are genuine businesses. AILA Doc. No. 10062862.
AILA Doc. No. 10062862.
DHS Privacy Impact Assessment on E-Verify
(579 KB - 6/28/2010)
On 5/4/10, USCIS issued a PIA on E-Verify conducted in order to better assist the public in understanding this program. Previously, USCIS addressed the E-Verify program as part of the Verification Information System (VIS) PIA. AILA Doc. No. 10062861.
AILA Doc. No. 10062861.
Characteristics of Specialty Occupation Workers (H-1B) for FY 2009
(4238 KB - 6/22/2010)
On 4/15/10, DHS issued the USCIS Annual Report on Characteristics of Specialty Occupation Workers (H-1B) for Fiscal Year 2009 to Congress. The report includes information on countries of origin, occupations, education levels, and compensation paid to H-1B beneficiaries. AILA Doc. No. 10062268.
AILA Doc. No. 10062268.
ICE Releases Strategic Plan for FY 2010-2014
(255 KB - 6/16/2010)
ICE released its FY 2010 – 2014 strategic plan. ICE plans to seek better statutory tools to address illegal employment, invest more resources to remove aliens who overstay nonimmigrant visas and solicit proposals for at least four regional detention facilities. AILA Doc. No. 10061630.
AILA Doc. No. 10061630.
OIG Revised Performance Plan 2010
This revised Plan presents updates to the Office of the Inspector General’s eighth annual performance plan issued in October 2009, and outlines the new projects that they intend to undertake during the remainder of this fiscal year to evaluate DHS’ programs and operations. AILA Doc. No. 10060263.
AILA Doc. No. 10060263.
USCIS Response to Independent Study of the EB-5 Program
(1034 KB - 5/18/2010)
USCIS response to ICF International’s independent study assessing the impact of the EB-5 program on the U.S. economy. ICF International’s report can be found at AILA Doc. No. 10051859.
AILA Doc. No. 10051858.
DHS PIA on the Alien Criminal Response Information Management System
(260 KB - 5/13/2010)
On 04/22/10, DHS issued a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) on the Alien Criminal Response Information Management System (ACRIMe), an information system used by ICE to support law enforcement activities at the ICE Law Enforcement Support Center and other ICE locations. AILA Doc. No. 10031366.
AILA Doc. No. 10051366.
USCIS PIA Update on the Customer Identity Verification System
(229 KB - 5/13/2010)
On 04/26/10, USCIS updated its Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) for the Customer Identity Verification (CIV) system to remove the "Pilot" designation and address further deployment to field offices. The CIV system collects biometrics when applicants appear for an interview. AILA Doc. No. 10051365.
AILA Doc. No. 10051365.
DHS Privacy Impact Assessment of CRCL Matters Database
(227 KB - 5/11/2010)
DHS issued a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) of the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) database, developed to respond to allegations of abuses of civil rights, civil liberties, and religious, racial, and ethnic profiling by department employees and officials. AILA Doc. No. 10051171.
AILA Doc. No. 10051171.
DHS Annual Report on U.S. Legal Permanent Residents for FY 2009
(303 KB - 4/13/2010)
The DHS Office of Immigration Statistics issued its Annual Flow Report on U.S. Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) for FY 2009. In 2009, a total of 1,130,818 persons became LPRs of the U.S. AILA Doc. No. 10041365.
AILA Doc. No. 10041365.
ICE Issues SEVIS by the Numbers Report
(170 KB - 4/12/2010)
On 4/01/10, ICE issued a quarterly review of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). On 3/31/10, SEVIS contained records for 1,054,049 active nonimmigrant students, exchange visitors, and their dependents. AILA Doc. No. 10041264.
AILA Doc. No. 10041264.
DHS Issues Privacy Impact Assessment on Virtual Ombudsman System
(432 KB - 4/5/2010)
DHS issued a privacy impact assessment on the Virtual Ombudsman System of the Office of the CIS Ombudsman because its transactions to resolve individual and employer problems with USCIS require collection of personally identifiable information. AILA Doc. No. 10040536.
AILA Doc. No. 10040536.
DHS Issues Privacy Impact Assessment on USCIS Background Vetting Service
(455 KB - 4/5/2010)
DHS issued a privacy impact assessment on the USCIS Background Vetting Service, which restricts the ability of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent resident aliens (LPR) convicted of any "specified offense against a minor" from filing certain family-based immigration petitions. AILA Doc. No. 10040535.
AILA Doc. No. 10040535.
DHS OIG Report on the Performance of 287(g) Agreements
(3124 KB - 4/2/2010)
DHS Office of Inspector General issued a report on the performance of 287(g) agreements between ICE and state and local law enforcement agencies. AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 10040210.
AILA Doc. No. 10040210.
DHS OIG Report on USCIS FY 2009 Consolidated Balance Sheet
(510 KB - 3/29/2010)
DHS Office of Inspector General issued the results of an independent audit of USCIS’ consolidated balance sheet audit for fiscal year (FY) 2009. The report discusses two material weaknesses, and two significant deficiencies in internal control. AILA Doc. No. 10032965.
AILA Doc. No. 10032965.
Iraqi Refugees and Special Immigrant Visa Holders Face Challenges Resettling in the U.S. and Obtaining U.S. Government Employment
(1744 KB - 3/10/2010)
GAO issued a report on Iraqi refugees and special immigrant visa holders. GAO analyzed data on Iraqi refugees and SIV holders in the United States, and laws and regulations on the benefits afforded to them. AILA Doc. No. 10031061.
AILA Doc. No. 10031061.
DHS OIG Report on USCIS Implementation of the Kendell Frederick Citizenship Assistance Act
(7717 KB - 2/17/2010)
The DHS Office of the Inspector General issued a report on USCIS implementation of the Kendell Frederick Citizenship Assistance Act to streamline the process for U.S. military service members seeking to become U.S. citizens. AILA Doc. No. 10021764.
AILA Doc. No. 10021764.
DHS Releases Estimates of the Unauthorized Population Residing in the U.S.: January 2009
(295 KB - 2/10/2010)
DHS released a report estimating that the unauthorized immigrant population living in the U.S. decreased to 10.8 million in January 2009 and grew by 27 percent between 2000 and 2009. AILA Doc. No. 10021061.
AILA Doc. No. 10021061.
DHS Issues PIA on the ICE Child Exploitation Tracking System (ICE-CETS)
(234 KB - 1/28/2010)
On 1/19/10, ICE released a Privacy Impact Assessment for the ICE Child Exploitation Tracking System (ICE-CETS), a centralized information repository that assists law enforcement in conducting child exploitation investigations. AILA Doc. No. 10012868.
AILA Doc. No. 10012868.
ICE Issues SEVIS Quarterly Report
(172 KB - 1/15/2010)
On 1/01/10, ICE issued a quarterly review of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) managed by the ICE Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). On 12/31/09, SEVIS contained records for 1,025,456 active nonimmigrant students, exchange visitors, and their dependents. AILA Doc. No. 10011564.
AILA Doc. No. 10011564.
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