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Immigration

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From cybersecurity to transportation, IG lists major challenges facing DHS

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.

GAO: Cost effectiveness of alternative-to-detention program for illegal aliens unclear

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.

DHS's FOIA backlog nearly doubles due to record-setting, immigration-related requests

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.

Federal appeals court rejects Arizona law denying bail for undocumented immigrants

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.

Johnson worried most about foreign fighters and the 'lone wolf'

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.

US court: Feds can't give aliens 'mandatory detention' without opportunity for bail hearing

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.

Effectiveness of DHS visa security program unclear, internal audit finds

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.

Expect a new wave of unaccompanied minors crossing the US border, expert says

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.

DHS secretary: Apprehensions at southwest border continue to decline

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 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.