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Malta to be Designated as New Visa Waiver Program Country
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On 12/22/08 DHS announced that Malta will be designated a Visa Waiver Program country on 12/30/08. AILA Doc. No. 08122330.
DHS Release on 2008 Accomplishments
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A 12/18/08 DHS release on DHS activities throughout 2008 addresses border enforcement, the Visa Waiver Program, biometrics, WHTI document requirements, E-Verify, and more. AILA Doc. No. 08122232.
DHS Announces $48.6 Million to be Awarded in Driver's License Security Grants
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On 12/15/08 DHS announced the opening of the application period for approximately $48.6 million under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 Driver’s License Security Grant Program. The funding will be awarded to improve the reliability and accuracy of identification documents that state governments issue. AILA Doc. No. 08121668.
USCIS Acting Director Jonathan Scharfen Resigns
(207 KB - 12/3/2008)
DHS Secretary Chertoff announced the resignation of USCIS Acting Director Jonathan Scharfen, effective 12/2/08. AILA Doc. No. 08120360.
DHS Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Creates Webpage in Community Outreach Effort
Donald Sutherland, of the DHS Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, announced the creation of a new web page for community outreach in DHS Leadership Journal piece. AILA Doc. No. 08112667.
DHS Fact Sheet on General Aviation Security
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On 11/17/08 DHS released a fact sheet describing its efforts to strengthen general aviation security, which addresses programs to identify passengers and crew, including the use of Fixed Base Operators, preclearance and the Electronic Advance Passenger Information System (eAPIS). AILA Doc. No. 08111871.
DHS Releases a Fact Sheet on New Requirements for Private Aircraft
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On 11/17/08 DHS released a fact sheet regarding new rules changing the procedure for private aircraft to provide advance notice of their intended arrival or departure, and submit manifests of the persons on board. AILA Doc. No. 08111774.
DHS Reaches Agreement with Ireland on Aviation Preclearance
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On 11/17/08 DHS announced that Secretary Chertoff signed an agreement on new aviation preclearance security operations with Irish Minister of Transport Noel Dempsey. The agreement broadens CBP operations in Shannon and Dublin, Ireland, to include full preclearance of commercial and private air passenger flights destined for the U.S. AILA Doc. No. 08111773.
DHS Releases Fact Sheet on Visa Waiver Program Expansion
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On 11/17/08 DHS released a fact sheet on the expansion of the Visa Waiver Program. The 34 participating countries are listed, and the upcoming required use of ESTA as of 1/12/09 is highlighted. AILA Doc. No. 08111768.
DHS Reminds Visa Waiver Program Travelers of Upcoming ESTA Requirement
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An 11/13/08 DHS news release reminds travelers from Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries that beginning 1/12/09 eligible citizens or nationals from these countries must obtain approval through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to traveling to the United States under the program. AILA Doc. No. 08111430.
DHS Signs Agreement with Korea on Information Sharing to Combat Crime and Terrorist Travel
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On 11/7/08 DHS announced the signing of an agreement with the Republic of Korea on information sharing to combat crime and prevent criminal and terrorist travel. The agreement is a step towards Korea’s inclusion in the Visa Waiver Program. AILA Doc. No. 08111068.
Secretary Chertoff Announces Resignation of Assistant Secretary Julie Meyers
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On 11/5/08 DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff announced the resignation of ICE Assistant Secretary Julie Meyers, effective 11/15/08. AILA Doc. No. 08110530.
Scharfen Discusses Iraq Naturalization Trip in DHS Leadership Journal
Jonathan Scharfen, Acting Director, USCIS, comments in the DHS Leadership Journal on his trip to Iraq for a naturalization ceremony held for members of the armed forces. AILA Doc. No. 08110563.
DHS Signs Visa Waiver Program Interim Declaration with Romania
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On 11/3/08 DHS announced that Secretary Chertoff signed a Visa Waiver Program (VWP) declaration with Romanian Ambassador Adrian Vierita. The declaration outlines security measures required for Romania's possible designation as a VWP member. AILA Doc. No. 08110367.
New Privacy Impact Assessments on the AR-11 and IDENT/IAFIS Interoperability Released
DHS announced that new Privacy Impact Assessments have been posted to its website on the AR-11 and on IDENT/IAFIS interoperability, which allows for the exchange and sharing of certain biometric and biographic data between the US-VISIT program and the FBI. AILA Doc. No. 08102865.
DHS Timeline for Visa Waiver Program e-Passport Requirements (Updated 11/17/08)
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DHS reminds ESTA applicants that any passport issued by a Visa Waiver Program (VWP) country after 10/26/08 must be an e-Passport for VWP travelers to be eligible to enter the U.S. without a visa. AILA Doc. No. 08102469.
Secretary Chertoff's Remarks on the State of Immigration and the No-Match Rule
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On 10/23/08 DHS Secretary Chertoff delivered State of Immigration remarks that included comments on the supplemental final rule on SSA no-match letters. He indicated that DHS will be asking a California district court to lift the preliminary injunction barring implementation of the final rule (72 FR 45611, 8/15/2007), in effect since 10/7/07. AILA Doc. No. 08102462.
DHS Fact Sheet Provides Updated Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Data
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A 10/23/08 DHS fact sheet provides updates data on construction of the border fence, numbers of border patrol agents, interior enforcement, and employers enrolled in e-Verify, as well as, a no-match regulation update. AILA Doc. No. 08102367.
DHS Press Release on Supplemental Final Rule on No-Match Letters
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On 10/23/08 DHS released a press release announcing the supplemental final rule on safe-harbor procedures for employers who receive an SSA No-Match letter. AILA Doc. No. 08102366.
Remarks by DHS Secretary Chertoff and TSA Administrator Hawley on Secure Flight Final Rule
DHS released the remarks of Secretary Chertoff and TSA Administrator Hawley following the announcement of a DHS final rule on the Secure Flight program, which shifts pre-departure watch list matching responsibilities from individual aircraft operators to TSA. AILA Doc. No. 08102364.
DHS Announces Secure Flight Final Rule
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On 10/22/08 DHS press releases announces a final rule that will shift pre-departure watch list matching responsibilities from individual aircraft operators to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). AILA Doc. No. 08102264.
DHS Announces ESTA Instructions Are Now Available in 13 Foreign Languages
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DHS announced that instructions on how to obtain an electronic travel authorization on the ESTA website are now also available in Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Slovene, Spanish and Swedish. AILA Doc. No. 08101663.
DHS and Michigan Sign Agreement to Enhance Security Features of the State's Driver's Licenses
On 10/13/08 DHS announced that it reached an agreement with the state of Michigan to enhance the security features of the state’s driver’s license, which may serve in the future as an acceptable alternative document for compliance with WHTI requirements. AILA Doc. No. 08101462.
Chertoff Remarks Upon Signing of Agreement with the Slovak Republic
In his 10/8/08 remarks upon the signing of an agreement with the Slovak Republic to prevent and combat crime, DHS Secretary Chertoff noted its importance as a step towards including the Slovak Republic in the Visa Waiver Program. AILA Doc. No. 08100960.
Scharfen on TPS Extension for Hondurans, Nicaraguans and El Salvadorans
Jonathan Scharfen, Acting Director, USCIS, addressed the TPS extension for Hondurans, Nicaraguans and El Salvadorans in the DHS Leadership Journal. AILA Doc. No. 08093063.
DHS and DOJ Sign Agreement with Estonia on Criminal Activity Information Sharing
DHS and DOJ signed an agreement with Estonia, which was the final substantive step on Estonia’s part to fulfill its requirements for designation as a member of the VWP. AILA Doc. No. 08092972.
DHS Final Rule to Streamline Issuance on Nonimmigrant Visas to HIV Positive Applicants
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A 9/29/08 DHS news release announces the issuance of a final rule to streamline the issuance of nonimmigrant visas to HIV positive applicants who are otherwise admissible. It is followed by a fact sheet. Neither the final rule, nor an advance copy, is yet available. AILA Doc. No. 08092969.
DHS Highlights Security Initiatives on World Travel Day
On 9/26/08, World Travel Day, DHS highlighted security initiatives including WHTI, ESTA, 10 fingerprint collection, NEXUS and SENTRI, Global Entry, the Rice-Chertoff Model Ports initiative, and also the Travel Redress Inquiry Program. AILA Doc. No. 08092965.
Richard Clarke Questions Whether DHS Has Made Us Any Safer, DHS Responds
Stewart Baker, Assistant Secretary for Policy, DHS, responded to an editorial by Richard Clarke, former national coordinator for security and counterterrorism at the National Security Council, which questions whether we are safer 7 years after 9/11. Baker’s response points to WHTI requirements, border fence construction and US-VISIT. AILA Doc. No. 08091768.
DHS Announces Appointment of Lee C. Morris as Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs
On 9/15/08 DHS Secretary Chertoff announced the appointment of Lee C. Morris as Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs. AILA Doc. No. 08091667.
DHS Announces Resignation of Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs Donald Kent
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On 9/12/08 DHS released a statement by Secretary Michael Chertoff regarding the resignation of the Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs Donald H. Kent, Jr. AILA Doc. No. 08091231.
DHS/DOS Joint Statement on Iraqi Refugee Processing in FY 2008
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On 9/12/08 DHS and DOS released a joint statement announcing that the U.S. admitted 12,000 Iraqi refugees through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program during fiscal year (FY) 2008. The statement is followed by a fact sheet. AILA Doc. No. 08091268.
Statement by DHS Assistant Press Secretary Keegan On Immigration Enforcement During Hurricane Ike
Statement by Department of Homeland Security Assistant Press Secretary Keegan announcing that there will be no DHS immigration enforcement operations associated with evacuations and sheltering during hurricane Ike. AILA Doc. No. 08091141.
Secretary Chertoff's Remarks at the Stop Human Trafficking Symposium
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DHS Secretary Chertoff's remarks at the Stop Human Trafficking Symposium on 9/9/08 in Washington D.C. AILA Doc. No. 08091075.
DHS Update on FBI Name Check and Naturalization Application Processing
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A 9/8/08 DHS news release reports that CIS Ombudsman Michael Dougherty announced a decline in the number of pending FBI name checks. AILA Doc. No. 08091060.
Secretary Chertoff Addresses Identity Theft in Remarks at USC
On 8/13/08 DHS released Secretary Chertoff’s remarks at the University of Southern California’s National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events. His speech emphasized the financial costs of identity theft, and he chose to focus on undocumented workers from Latin America. AILA Doc. No. 08082165.
Scharfen Journal Piece Requests Feedback on Proposed H-2B Regs
In an 8/20/08 piece in the DHS Leadership Journal, Jonathan Scharfen, Acting Director, USCIS, outlines the proposed H-2B regulations (73 FR 49109, 8/20/08) and requests feedback. AILA Doc. No. 08082061.
DHS Leadership Journal Entry on Laptop Searches at Border
In a blog entry on its Leadership Journal website, DHS addresses questions concerning laptop searches at the border. AILA Doc. No. 08080662.
DHS and DOS Announce That the New Passport Card is Now Being Distributed
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On 7/22/08 DOS and DHS announced today that the new U.S. Passport Card is in full production and is being distributed. The wallet-sized document can be used for land and sea travel between the United States and Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. It is not valid for international travel by air. AILA Doc. No. 08072267.
Baker Responds to HR Group’s Criticism of E-Verify
A 7/11/08 entry in the DHS Leadership Journal blog by Stewart Baker, Assistant Secretary for Policy, DHS, responding to the Society for Human Resource Management’s criticism of E-Verify. AILA Doc. No. 08071462.
DHS Secretary Chertoff Contributes a Journal Entry on ICE Worksite Enforcement
DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff published an entry in the DHS Leadership Journal on ICE worksite enforcement. AILA Doc. No. 08071080.
TSA Announces Changes to ID Requirements at Airports
On 6/23/08 TSA announced that as of two days prior, on 6/21/08, passengers that willfully refuse to provide identification at a security checkpoint will be denied access to the secure area of airports. AILA Doc. No. 08062635.
Scharfen Leadership Journal Entry on Case Processing
On 6/23/08 Jonathan Scharfen, Acting Director, USCIS contributed a piece to the DHS Leadership Journal in which he addressed processing times for naturalization applications and visa wait times. AILA Doc. No. 08062368.
DHS Announces FY 2008 Grants for State-Issued IDs
DHS Announced Fiscal Year 2008 REAL ID Demonstration Grant awards totaling nearly $80 million to assist states in improving the security of state-issued driver’s licenses (DL) and identification documents. AILA Doc. No. 08062067.
DHS Signs Interim Declaration with Goal of Adding Bulgaria to VWP
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DHS announced that Secretary Chertoff signed an interim declaration with Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ivailo Kalfin. The declaration outlines security enhancement requirements for Bulgaria to become a Visa Waiver Program (VWP) member. Remarks follow the announcement. AILA Doc. No. 08061765.
DHS Announces All Federal Contractors Must Use E-Verify
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On 6/9/08 DHS announced that all federal contractors must use E-Verify as required by Executive Order 12989. AILA Doc. No. 08061061.
Baker Leadership Journal Article Responds to NYT Editorial
On 6/9/08 Stewart Baker, Assistant Secretary for Policy, DHS, published a piece on the DHS Leadership Journal blog in response to a 6/3/08 New York Times editorial entitled “The Great Immigration Panic.” AILA Doc. No. 08061063.
Chertoff Announces 2-Year EADs in State of Immigration Address
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On 6/9/08 Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff and Commerce Secretary Gutierrez gave an address on the “State of Immigration.” Embedded in the statement is the announcement that USCIS will begin issuing 2-year EADs to individuals with a pending adjustment of status application. AILA Doc. No. 08061060.
DHS Announces Improvements in Customer Service for Travelers
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On 6/6/08 DHS announced new customer service initiatives for travelers, including the Global Entry Program and the Passenger Service Program, where CBP Program Service Managers will serve as a dedicated point of contact for identifying and resolving passenger issues. In addition the Model Ports Initiative is expanding to include 18 more airports. AILA Doc. No. 08060934.
DHS FAQs on VWP Electronic System for Travel Authorization
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DHS FAQs and fact sheet on the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). AILA Doc. No. 08060380
Paul Schneider Confirmed as Deputy Secretary of DHS
On 6/5/08 DHS announced that the Senate confirmed Paul A. Schneider as Deputy Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security. AILA Doc. No. 08060566.
Baker’s Third DHS Leadership Journal Piece on E-Verify
On 6/2/08 the DHS Leadership Journal published another piece by Stewart Baker, Assistant Secretary for Policy, DHS, on E-Verify. AILA Doc. No. 08060568.
DHS Journal Piece on the Visa Waiver Program's Electronic System for Travel Authorization
On 6/3/08 the DHS Leadership Journal published a piece by Stewart Baker, Assistant Secretary for Policy, DHS, on the interim final rule regarding the Visa Waiver Program's Electronic System for Travel Authorization. AILA Doc. No. 08060565.
Secretary Chertoff's Remarks on Electronic Pre-Travel Authorization for VWP Travelers
DHS Secretary Chertoff’s 6/3/08 remarks following the announcement of an interim final rule on the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), an electronic pre-travel authorization system for travelers from Visa Waiver Program countries. Required use of ESTA for VWP travelers will take effect next year. AILA Doc. No. 08060466.
US-VISIT Update Announces Public Hearing on Biometric Exit Procedures
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A 5/29/08 US-VISIT Update announces an upcoming public hearing regarding a proposed rule to establish biometric procedures for international travelers at U.S. airports and sea ports. The meeting is scheduled for 6/13/08. AILA Doc. No. 08052970.
Baker Addresses E-Verify’s System Capacity
A 5/21/08 DHS Leadership Journal blog post by Stewart Baker, Assistant Secretary for Policy, DHS, addressing E-Verify’s capacity to handle a large number of users and new hires. AILA Doc. No. 08052267.
DHS Announces Aviation Security & Travel Screening Changes
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A 4/28/08 DHS press release announced that airlines will be able to systematically verify and store a passenger’s date of birth to clear up watch list misidentifications, enabling more passengers to check in remotely. DHS Secretary Chertoff’s remarks follow the press release. AILA Doc. No. 08042965.
DHS Proposes Rule to Have Airlines, Commercial Vessels Collect Biometrics from Foreign Nationals Upon Exit
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On 4/22/08 DHS announced a proposed rule that would have commercial airline and vessel carriers collect biometrics from foreign nationals subject to US-VISIT requirements upon their exit. AILA Doc. No. 08042231.
DHS Signs Visa Waiver Agreement with Korea
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On 4/18/08 DHS announced that Secretary Chertoff signed a Visa Waiver Program Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with the Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Yu Myung-hwan. Secretary Chertoff’s remarks follow the press release. AILA Doc. No. 08041837.
Statement of Secretary Michael Chertoff Regarding Exercise of Waiver Authority
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Remarks by DHS Secretary Chertoff on the exercising by DHS of its authority to issue waivers to to speed border construction projects. AILA Doc. No. 08040881.
Press Release on DHS's Waiver of Laws to Speed Border Construction
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DHS to issue two waivers of certain laws to expedite security improvements at the southwest border. AILA Doc. No. 08040880.
Secretary Chertoff Holds Q & A Session with Bloggers
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At a 4/2/08 roundtable, DHS Secretary Chertoff answered questions on the border fence, REAL ID, comprehensive immigration reform, DHS’s role in international affairs, no-match letters and more. AILA Doc. No. 08040767.
DHS Announces Interim Final Rule Extending OPT for Qualified Students
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A 4/4/08 DHS Press Release announced an interim final rule extending the period of Optional Practical Training (OPT) for qualified F-1 nonimmigrant students. AILA Doc. No. 08040430.
Elaine Duke Nominated as DHS’s Under Secretary for Management
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On 4/3/08, DHS released Secretary Chertoff’s remarks on the nomination of Elaine Duke as DHS Under Secretary for Management. AILA Doc. No. 08040475.
DHS Announces that All 50 States Have Been Granted REAL ID Deadline Extensions
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On 4/2/08 DHS announced that the department has granted REAL ID extensions to all 56 jurisdictions, ensuring that driver’s licenses and ID cards across the country will continue to be acceptable for official federal purposes following the 5/11/08 deadline. AILA Doc. No. 08040367.
DHS Creates E-mail Address to Report Unlawful Conduct by USCIS Employees
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DHS’s Office of Inspector General posted a notice on the USCIS website with an e-mail address to be used to report misconduct, wasteful activities, and allegations of civil rights or civil liberties abuse by USCIS employees. AILA Doc. No. 08040270.
DHS Update on REAL ID Deadline Extensions
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On 4/1/08 DHS announced that it has granted extensions to 49 out of 50 states to meet REAL ID requirements. AILA Doc. No. 08040267.
DHS Releases FAQs on WHTI Land and Sea Final Rule
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A 3/27/08 DHS released FAQs on the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative’s final rule on travel document requirements at land and sea ports of entry. AILA Doc. No. 08032765.
DHS and DOS Announce WHTI Land and Sea Port-of-Entry Final Rule
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On 3/27/08 DHS and DOS announced the final rule for the land and sea portion of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, which requires travelers to present a secure citizenship and identity document for land and sea travel into the U.S. The rule is being published a year in advance of its 6/1/09 effective date. AILA Doc. No. 08032764.
DHS Begins Collecting 10 Fingerprints at JFK International Airport
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On 3/25/08 DHS announced that it has begun collecting 10 fingerprints from international visitors arriving at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. AILA Doc. No. 08032535.
DHS Announces Release of No-Match Supplemental Proposed Rule
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A 3/21/08 DHS press release announced the release of a no-match supplemental proposed rule, following the August 2007 final rule, which was temporarily enjoined by a California District Court. AILA Doc. No. 08032135.
DHS Signs Visa Waiver Program Agreements with Slovakia, Hungary and Lithuania
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On 3/17/08 DHS announced that Secretary Chertoff signed Visa Waiver Program Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with ministers from Slovakia, Hungary and Lithuania. AILA Doc. No. 08031830.
DHS Secretary Chertoff’s Statement on USCIS Director Gonzalez’s Resignation
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On 3/13/08 DHS Secretary Chertoff released a statement regarding the resignation of USCIS Director Emilio Gonzalez, effective April 1, 2008. AILA Doc. No. 08031432.
DHS Issues Fact Sheet on Iraqi Refugee Processing
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On 3/11/08 DHS issued a FACT Sheet on Iraqi Refugee Processing, which addresses the Refugee Admissions Program, the resettlement process, determining eligibility and other matters. AILA Doc. No. 08031334.
DHS Signs Visa Waiver Program Agreements with Estonia and Latvia
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On 3/12/08 DHS announced that Secretary Chertoff signed Visa Waiver Program Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with ministers from Estonia and Latvia. AILA Doc. No. 08031332.
DHS Issued a Five-Year Anniversary Fact Sheet on Progress and Priorities
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A 3/6/08 DHS Fact Sheet itemizes the department’s priorities upon its five-year anniversary including border issues, passenger name record agreements, US-VISIT, WHTI requirements, E-verify and more. AILA Doc. No. 08031160.
Secretary Chertoff’s Remarks at a Briefing on DHS’s Fifth Year Anniversary
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At a briefing on the DHS’s fifth year anniversary, Secretary Michael Chertoff took time to clarify that P-28 is part of SBInet. He went on to address the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, expected timetables for new no-match regulations, E-verify, and the REAL ID 5/11/08 deadline for states. AILA Doc. No. 08031064.
DHS Secretary Chertoff’s Statement on Appointment of New CIS Ombudsman
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On 3/4/08 DHS released a statement on the appointment of Michael Dougherty as CIS Ombudsman. AILA Doc. No. 08030563.
Remarks by DHS Secretary Chertoff at Roundtable with Bloggers
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At a roundtable with bloggers, DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff addressed US VISIT, passenger name record data, REAL ID, background checks and more. AILA Doc. No. 08030462.
DHS Fact Sheet on Border Security and Interior Enforcement
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A 2/29/08 DHS Fact Sheet addresses border and interior enforcement efforts, including E-Verify and No-Match letters. AILA Doc. No. 08030367.
Paul A. Schneider Nominated as Deputy Secretary of DHS
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On 2/26/08 President Bush nominated Paul A. Schneider as Deputy Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security. AILA Doc. No. 08022760.
DHS Secretary Chertoff and Attorney General Mukasey Hold a Briefing on Enforcement and Border Issues
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The remarks of DHS Secretary Cher off and Attorney General Mukasey at a briefing on immigration enforcement and border security address the southern border, changes in port-of-entry document requirements, ICE worksite raids, E-verify, FBI name checks, the P-28 program, no-match litigation, REAL ID and more. AILA Doc. No. 08022569.
DHS Begins Collecting 10 Fingerprints at International Airport in Detroit
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On 2/19/08 DHS announced that it has begun collecting 10 fingerprints from international visitors arriving at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. AILA Doc. No. 08021963.
DHS Announces Resignation of CIS Ombudsman Prakash Khatri
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On 2/15/08 DHS announced the resignation of CIS Ombudsman Prakash Khatri. AILA Doc. No. 08021571.
DHS Begins Collecting 10 Fingerprints at Orlando International Airport
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On 2/14/08 DHS announced that it has begun collecting 10 fingerprints from international visitors arriving at Orlando International Airport. AILA Doc. No. 08021569.
DHS Begins Collecting 10 Fingerprints at Miami International Airport
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On 2/13/08 DHS announced that it has begun collecting 10 fingerprints from international visitors arriving at Miami International Airport. AILA Doc. No. 08021357.
DHS Begins Collecting 10 Fingerprints at San Francisco International Airport
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On 2/13/08 DHS announced that it has begun collecting 10 fingerprints from international visitors arriving at San Francisco International Airport. AILA Doc. No. 08021358.
Remarks by DHS Secretary Chertoff and the British Home Secretary Following Bilateral Agenda Meeting
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n 2/11/08 DHS released remarks by Secretary Chertoff and British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith following a bilateral agenda meeting on homeland security. The remarks address passenger name record information, the Visa Waiver Program, electronic travel authorization, Secure Flight and Project 28. AILA Doc. No. 08021265.
DHS Press Release on Proposed Changes to H-2As
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DHS press release and fact sheet on a series of proposed rule modifications to provide employers with a streamlined hiring process for temporary and seasonal agricultural workers under the H-2A program. AILA Doc. No. 08020680.
DHS Fact Sheet on FY 2009 Budget Request
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On 2/4/08 DHS released a fact sheet outlining the department’s FY 2009 budget request. AILA Doc. No. 08020561.
US-VISIT Issues Letter to Stakeholders on Accomplishments and Future Plans
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As US-VISIT enters its fifth year of operation, the US-VISIT Office of Communication and Public Liaison issued a letter to stakeholders describing upcoming plans for the program. AILA Doc. No. 08020566.
DHS Begins Collecting 10 Fingerprints at Airports in Atlanta, Houston & Chicago
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On 2/1/08 DHS announced that it has begun collecting 10 fingerprints from international visitors arriving at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, George Bush Houston Intercontinental Airport, and Chicago O'Hare International Airport. AILA Doc. No. 08020141.
DHS Announces Increase in Requested Funding for Border Security and Enforcement
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On 1/31/08 DHS Secretary Chertoff announced an increase in requested funding for border security and immigration enforcement efforts in FY 2009. AILA Doc. No. 08020130.
DHS Posts Information on New Land and Sea Travel Document Procedures
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On 1/31/08 DHS updated its website with information regarding travel documents that should be presented at land and sea ports of entry as of 1/31/08. AILA Doc. No. 08013130.
DHS Increases Funding for REAL ID Grants and Extends Deadline
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On 1/29/08 DHS announced an increase in the amount of funding available to assist states with REAL ID implementation. In addition, the grant application deadline has been extended. AILA Doc. No. 08012970.
DHS Begins Collecting 10 Fingerprints at Logan
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On 1/23/08 DHS announced that it has begun collecting 10 fingerprints from international visitors arriving at Boston Logan International Airport. AILA Doc. No. 08012364.
REAL ID Final Rule Q & A
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DHS released Questions and Answers regarding the REAL ID final rule establishing minimum security standards for state issued drivers’ licenses and identification cards. AILA Doc. No. 08011462.
DHS Issues Reminder of Citizenship Document Requirements at Ports of Entry as of 1/31/08
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On 1/17/07 DHS issued a reminder that citizenship and identity documents will be required when entering the U.S. through land and sea ports of entry as of 1/31/08. Entry will no longer be permitted by oral declaration of citizenship alone. AILA Doc. No. 08011863.
FAQs on New Citizenship Document Requirements at Land Ports of Entry
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On 1/18/08 DHS released FAQs on the new border crossing procedures at land border ports of entry as of 1/31/08. AILA Doc. No. 08011865.
DHS Announces Appointment of Assistant Secretary for State and Local Law Enforcement
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On 1/16/08 DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff announced the appointment of Sheriff Edmund M. “Ted” Sexton as the department’s first Assistant Secretary for State and Local Law Enforcement. AILA Doc. No. 08011764.
DHS Secretary Chertoff’s Remarks on the REAL ID Final Rule
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DHS Secretary Chertoff’s remarks at a press conference on REAL ID summarized the final rule, and addressed the cost of its implementation and its impact on privacy. AILA Doc. No. 08011663.
DHS Begins Collecting 10 Fingerprints at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Intl. Airport
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On 1/11/08 DHS announced that it has begun collecting 10 fingerprints from international visitors arriving at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. AILA Doc. No. 08011460.
DHS Announces Release of REAL ID Final Rule
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A January 11, 2008 DHS Press Release announcing the final rule establishing minimum security standards for state issued drivers’ licenses and identification cards. AILA Doc. No. 08011136.
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