Federal immigration officials aren't doing enough to identify and address unique fraud and national security risks in an immigrant visa program that encourages foreign individuals to make capital investments and create jobs in the U.S. in exchange for a green card and path to citizenship, congressional investigators said in a recent report.
The DHS inspector general said it "found no evidence that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services deliberately violated" U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen's preliminary injunction, preventing the implementation of a series of executive actions that President Obama announced in November 2014 that was aimed at expanding certain immigration programs.
The bill was introduced after the July 1 killing of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco. She was allegedly shot by a Mexican national previously convicted of seven felonies and deported five times, mostly for narcotics charges.
The agency expected that it would fly four 16-hour drone patrols every day, year-round, for a total of 23,296 flight hours by fiscal 2013. However, the aircraft logged a total of 5,102 flight hours, about 80 percent less than OAM had anticipated.
From fiscal 2009 through 2014, DHS apprehended more than 200,000 unaccompanied alien children, who are identified as younger than 18 years old with no lawful immigration status and no parent or legal guardian in the United States. Over 90 percent of those apprehensions occurred along the southwest border.
Attorneys for the Border Patrol agent, Lonnie Swartz, had argued that José Antonio Elena Rodríguez was not protected under the U.S. Constitution because he was a Mexican citizen on Mexican soil at the time of the shooting.
The Homeland Security Advisory Council subcommittee report presented recommendations aimed at improving investigations into alleged corruption at CBP, but also said the agency's use-of-force policy guidelines need to revised.
The suit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, said such conditions violate the U.S. Constitution and CBP's own policies. It names Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, among others as defendants.
By a 222-204 vote, the House approved Rep. Steve King's (R-Iowa) amendment to an annual Justice Department budget bill, preventing the administration from using money to defend those executive actions.
Under the Homeland Security Department's preclearance operations, which are currenlty conducted in 15 airports across six countries, each traveler undergoes immigration, customs and agriculture inspection before boarding a direct flight to the U.S.