The two programs at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services funded on a discretionary basis would see sizable budget increases under President Obama's fiscal 2015 request.
The budget for Immigration and Customs Enforcement would drop by $255 million to $5.36 billion in fiscal 2015 under the White House budget request.
The Homeland Security Department finalized a rule Friday to prevent sexual abuse in its detention facilities by adding training for officers who work in detention facilities and boosting audit standards.
Los Angeles and Miami had established their own practices separate from ICE's agencywide guidance on whether to issue warnings or fines. For example, personnel at the Miami office told auditors that "when deciding whether to issue a warning or a fine, they considered the viability of the business and the character of the owners."
Young immigrants who received deferred action from Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2012 can now apply to renew for another two years.
Only half of immigration proceedings have resulted in deportation so far this fiscal year, shows data gathered by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. TRAC suggests that Immigration and Customs Enforcement is at fault for the shrinking deportation rate and says it should improve its screening of cases in order to bring fewer immigrants to court whom judges will allow to stay.
A mock airport facility where Customs and Border Protection plans to test devices to record biometric data from travelers exiting the country is due to open in April. At the facility in Landover, Md., CBP will test a variety of biometric devices and narrow them down to the two top performers, said Colleen Manaher, who heads the agency's Entry/Exit Transformation Office.
Asylum seekers to the United States who provided "insignificant material support" to a terrorist organization will no longer find that an automatic barrier to their application under a Feb. 5 rule issued by the departments of Homeland Security and State.
Law enforcement alone – whether in the form of strengthened border barriers, dismantling smuggling organizations, or going after illegal workers or those who employ them – will fail to solve the problem of illegal immigration, finds a new report from Migration Policy Institute.
Immigration reform would lead to higher food prices, especially if it strengthens enforcement but does not improve the agricultural guest worker system, according to a study commissioned by the American Farm Bureau. Even if immigration reform were to include heightened enforcement, provide a pathway to legalization, and offer a guest worker program like the current H-2A program, food prices would still rise 1-2 percent, the study says.