Zach Rausnitz

Articles by Zach Rausnitz

DHS agrees to reform "voluntary" deportation following settlement with plaintiffs

DHS made the concessions in a settlement with 11 individuals who sued the government because they say they were coerced into agreeing to leave the country voluntarily.

Women in abusive marriages in their home countries can be eligible for asylum, US board rules

Women can claim asylum on the basis of being in abusive marriages that they're unable to escape in their home countries, the top U.S. immigration appeals body recently ruled.

Cultural differences complicate responses to international CBRN incidents, report says

Cultural differences can be a key hurdle in responding to chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incidents in foreign countries, says a report from the National Research Council.

Congressional Research Service finds renewed focus on domestic terrorism

Countering domestic terrorism appears to have become a top priority again at the Justice Department, according to a brief from the Congressional Research Service.

California may fund legal services for unaccompanied migrant children

California may fund legal services for unaccompanied minors who crossed the border into the United States and were apprehended by federal agents.

US courts committee backs expanded FBI authority to remotely access computers

The federal judiciary's rules committee has backed a Justice Department proposal that would broaden the ability of agents to remotely gain access to people's computers possibly involved in criminal activities.

Disease outbreak worries put pressure on US customs officers

When a deadly infectious disease like Ebola breaks out overseas, the responsibility to keep infected individuals out of the United States partly falls on customs officers with little medical training who staff long lines of travelers waiting to enter the country.

FBI tightening use of national security letters after extensive review, but typo problem persists

The FBI has made notable strides in bringing its practices around national security letters more into compliance with the law, but not when it comes to typographical errors, says a new report from the Justice Department's inspector general.

Worries mount over law enforcement using technology to disrupt protests amid Ferguson unrest

While the use of military-style tactics and equipment to quash protests in Ferguson, Mo., last week drew widespread concern about police infringing on First Amendment rights, some civil liberties advocates are increasingly concerned about software that law enforcement could potentially exploit to thwart protests as well.

Education Dept: Unaccompanied migrant children entitled to US education

The basic education rights of the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who have migrated across the southwestern border this year are no different from those of other children in the United States, the Education Department said in guidance released last week.