When brothers don’t talk

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Senator Joseph Lieberman’s great legacy, besides giving Jon Stewart years of material, is his efforts to create the gargantuan Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and split the former Immigration and Naturalization Service into three separate agencies, Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The breakdown in the agencies’ missions, simply put, is USCIS adjudicates benefits like temporary and permanent residence statuses and citizenship determinations, CBP polices the borders and internal checkpoints,…

Immigration law changes since 9-11

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Probably no area of law saw more changes after 9-11 than immigration law in San Diego and around the country than immigration law, except maybe suitcase law. Here is a completely noncomprehensive list of changes we have seen in immigration law since 9-11: 1. The formation of the Department of Homeland Security and the division of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). In 2003, the Department of Homeland Security was formed — the last influence of Joseph Lieberman before he…

Immigration bureaus still having trouble coordinating on policy implementation.

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

For years before it actually happened in 2003, many immigration-law pundits advocated for the division of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) into different components. The idea was that the cultures of benefit granting and enforcement were incompatible. When the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was created in 2003, the immigration functions of the INS were moved from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and given to the new DHS. Within DHS, INS functions were, like a dream come true…

Ignore the dilettantes in analyzing ICE’s new memos.

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Immigration dilettantes are having a field day with the issuance of some Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) memos. Memos are policy statements of an agency directing employees how to handle certain situations. Everyone employed by someone else deals with memos. “If it gets to be over 90 degrees make sure to rest your employees 15 minutes every hour. If it gets to be over 100 degrees, send everyone home.” ICE’s memos serve to give direction to a large agency responsible…