Author: Chad Brandt

AILA Summary of Trump Memorandum Implementing Immediate Heightened Screening

Summary of “Presidential Memorandum on Implementing Immediate Heightened Screening and Vetting of Applications for Visas and Other Immigration Benefits” On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” The new order takes effect on March 16, 2017, and expressly revokes the January 27, 2017 order of the same name.1 Also on March 6, 2017, the President issued a memorandum to the Secretary of State, Attorney General, and Secretary of Homeland Security. The full title of that memorandum is Implementing Immediate Heightened Screening and Vetting of Applications...

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Statement by Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly on President’s Executive Order Signed Today

“Fourteen years ago on March 1, 2003, DHS was established. We did so as a nation because we needed to rethink our approach to homeland security. Many will recall the conclusions we reached then; that we needed to overcome a “lack of imagination” with regard to the threats we faced, and, second, that we needed to overcome our collective inability to take the dots of intelligence and arrange them into a more comprehensive picture of the threats posed to America and our way of life. “Though much has changed since then, both in the world and at DHS, it...

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AILA Summary and Analysis of the DHS Memo on Interior Enforcement

On Wednesday January 25, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order, “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” announcing a massive expansion in interior immigration enforcement. On February 20, 2017, DHS Secretary John Kelly issued a memorandum outlining an implementation plan for that Executive Order titled “Enforcement of the Immigration Laws to Serve the National Interest” (Memorandum).1 The Memorandum leads with notice that all “existing conflicting directives, memoranda, or field guidance” regarding immigration enforcement and priorities for removal are immediately rescinded, to the extent of the conflict, and names specifically the November 20, 2014 DHS memoranda...

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Implementing the President’s Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements Policies

New Department of Homeland Security Policies: Implementing the President’s Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements Policies DHS Secretary John F. Kelly issued a new policy memo that offered more detail on plans for the agency to hire thousands of additional enforcement agents, expand the pool of immigrants who are prioritized for removal, speed up deportation hearings and enlist local law enforcement to help make arrests. This memorandum implements the Executive Order entitled “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements,” issued by the President on January 25, 2017, which establishes the President’s policy regarding effective border security and immigration enforcement through faithful execution of the laws of...

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Enforcement of the Immigration Laws to Serve the National Interest

New Department of Homeland Security Policies: Enforcement of the Immigration Laws to Serve the National Interest DHS Secretary John F. Kelly issued a new policy memo that offered more detail on plans for the agency to hire thousands of additional enforcement agents, expand the pool of immigrants who are prioritized for removal, speed up deportation hearings and enlist local law enforcement to help make arrests. This memorandum implements the Executive Order entitled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.” issued by the President on January 25, 2017. It constitutes guidance for all Department personnel regarding the enforcement of the immigration laws...

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