DHS Releases FY16 Entry/Exit Overstay Report

The Department of Homeland Security has released the Entry/Exit Overstay Report for fiscal year 2016. The report provides data on departures and overstays by country, and it includes individuals who entered the U.S. as nonimmigrant visitors through an air or sea Port of Entry (POE) and were expected to depart in 2016. The in-scope population […]
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Information and Statistics on CBP Electronic Device Searches

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has released statistics on electronic device searches. In the first six months of 2017, CBP has searched the electronic devices of 14,993 individuals. This accounts for about 0.008 percent of the 189 million international travelers that have arrived in the United States. Compare this to 2015 when CBP searched the […]
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Economists Urge Trump to Modernize Immigration System

Since taking office, President Trump has made numerous efforts to reform the U.S. immigration system. He has issued two travel bans, both of which were blocked in federal court, and he has remained true to his campaign promise of building a wall along the southern border. His restrictive policies continue to make headlines and have […]
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Trump Effort to Withhold Funds from Sanctuary Cities Blocked by Federal Judge

On January 25, 2017 President Trump issued an executive order titled, “ENHANCING PUBLIC SAFETY IN THE INTERIOR OF THE UNITED STATES.” Section 9 of that order, which directed the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to withhold federal funds from “sanctuary cities,” was blocked by District Court Judge William H. […]
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Airlines Told to ‘Be Prepared’ for Expanded Electronics Ban

U.S. officials have told airlines to “be prepared” for an expanded ban on carry-on electronic devices allowed on airplanes. On Tuesday, Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan confirmed to reporters that the administration is considering expanding the ban on laptops, which currently applies to U.S.-bound flights from eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa. […]
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DOS Issues Public Notice Concerning Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants

In March, President Trump directed the Secretary of State, the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security to implement additional protocols and procedures focused on revamping the visa application process. The Department of State has responded, and a public notice was just released detailing a list of supplemental questions for visa applicants who have […]
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DHS Issues Warning on Recent Telephone Scams

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued a fraud alert notifying the public about a scam using the DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) hotline telephone number. In the calls, scammers have identified themselves as U.S. immigration employees and have altered their caller ID to seem like the call is coming from the […]
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