The IG's report listed a number of challenges across the Homeland Security Department over the last year through investigations and audits, but it didn't contain any recommendations.
Immigration authorities need to better assess the cost effectiveness of an alternative-to-detention program that releases illegal aliens into the community as they await removal proceedings, congressional investigators said in a Nov. 13 report.
The Homeland Security Department's backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests nearly doubled in fiscal 2013 – rising to 51,761 – due to record-setting requests for immigration-related records, a recently released departmental report said.
A federal appeals court struck down an Arizona law Oct. 15 that denied bail to undocumented immigrants charged with certain serious felonies even if they're not a flight risk or dangerous.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he's worried about foreign fighters, who go overseas to join terrorist groups, learn how to fight and return to carry out potential attacks, as well as the domestic-based "lone wolf" attacks inspired by such groups.
A federal appeals court Oct. 6 ruled that federal agents were wrong when they held two non-U.S. citizens in Massachusetts in "mandatory detention" without giving them an opportunity for bail during their immigration proceedings.
The effectiveness of a Homeland Security Department program designed to deny terrorists, criminals and other ineligible applicants from receiving U.S. visas is unclear, an internal audit found.
Another wave of unaccompanied minors crossing the border into the United States from Central America is likely to occur before long, an expert on Central America and organized crime said Sept. 12 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
In fiscal 2014, through Aug. 31, more than 66,000 unaccompanied children up to 17 years old were apprehended at the southwest border. In fiscal 2013, that number was just north of 35,000.
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.