The Department of Homeland Security released two implementation memos today providing guidance to DHS personnel regarding President Trump’s Executive Orders restricting immigration and refugee policies.
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The DHS Border Memo: Ramping Up Expedited Removal and Raising Tensions with Mexico and with Due Process
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly has just sent two memos to the White House for review that could fundamentally reshape U.S. immigration enforcement and exacerbate tensions with Mexico.
Now that President Trump has signed an executive order requiring the federal government to begin constructing a border wall with Mexico, let’s go over what we can expect to see happening over the coming months.
A summary of the Trump administration's executive order on “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States."
A summary of the Trump administration's new executive order concerning “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements.”
According to the BBC, the US Customs and Border Patrol has published a Federal Register notice that would change the terms of entry for visitors to the United States arriving under the Visa Waiver Program or using the tradtional I-94 visa program. The updated application
Passenger Name Records (or PNR) are the data collected by an airline at the time of a passenger's reservation. The data in a PNR is often very detailed and robust. It may, for example, include a cell phone number for text updates or an email address. It will typically also include an address, a credit card number, the name of the traveler, seat selection and flight data, and a link to other travelers who are in the same group or made reservations at the same time. Beyond these basics the PNR can also include a host of other miscellaneous data, like frequent flyer numbers and such.
Under the shadow of Mexico’s twin volcanoes in the tiny mountainous village of San Mateo Ozolco, Erasmo Aparicio stands outside his house, arms crossed, black hood pulled down over his hair. “Fucking Mexico, no fucking money,” he spits out in defiant English.
Now a campesino by his own description making 100 pesos---or just under $7---a day, he’s a long way from the $9 an hour he was making preparing fish in one of Philadelphia’s Italian restaurants.
Earlier this month, the Justice Department issued revised Guidance for Federal Law Enforcement Agencies on the Use of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, National Origin, Religion, Sexual Orientation, or Gender Identity. The prior version---issued in June 2003---didn’t cover profiling on the basis of religion or national origin, and exempted national security and border investigations altogether.
DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson gave a very useful speech earlier this week at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Entitled "Border Security in the 21st Century," it provides a detailed overview of how our effort to secure the border (most notably, of course, the southwestern border) has matured in this century. The entire text is well worth a read, but some highlights include: