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DHS Issues Guide for Filing DHS-Related Complaints

The DHS published a guide on how to file a complaint with the DHS in April of 2015. Any person dealing with the DHS should study this document carefully. For this post, I will provide a summary of where the guide discusses complaint procedures that should be of interest for those dealing with the DHS in the immigration context. I will include the pages in the guide on which information for filing the specific complaint may be found.

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DOS Provides "Crosswalk Charts" for 9 FAM and 9 FAMe

The Department of State (DOS) has completely renumbered and rewritten chapter 9 of the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM). DOS has provided two cross-reference (crosswalk) charts to help us adjust from the old 9 FAM to the new 9 FAMe.

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Senator James Lankford's "Federal Fumbles" Covers Example of ICE Waste

For years, Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma released an annual “Government Wastebook.” Each addition was free to download from the Senator’s website and took a humorous look at some of the more absurd ways that the federal government wastes our tax money and fails at its responsibilities. Senator Coburn retired in 2014. Fortunately, Republican Senator James Lankford, who succeeded Senator Coburn in a special election, has continued Senator Coburn’s annual tradition.

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Using Collateral Estoppel Against the United States Government in Immigration Matters

Collateral estoppel is a legal doctrine that precludes subsequent litigation of legal determinations of fact and law that have already resulted in final judgments. The rationale behind collateral estoppel is to prevent abuse of limited judicial resources and harassment. Collateral estoppel can only be applied in circumstances where (1) the issue sought to be relitigated is identical to the issue decided during a prior proceeding; (2) the prior proceeding ended with a final determination on the merits; and (3) the party against whom collateral estoppel is being asserted was a party to the prior proceeding. See Hydranautics v. FilmTec Corp., 204 F.3d 880, 885 (9th Cir. 2000).

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Asylum and Refugee Q&A With the Nebraska Service Center

On November 12, 2015, an interesting Q and A was conducted with the Nebraska Service Center (NSC) about asylee and refugee issues.

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2016 Presidential Candidate Profile: Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush was an exceptional Governor and has an impressive command of the complicated issues that our next President will face. While he lacks the charisma of some of his rivals, he more than makes up for it with his record and policy acumen.

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Religion and Refugees: The President vs. the Statute

The debate over whether to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees has illuminated one point quite clearly: a disturbing number of pundits and politicians either do not understand what refugee status entails, or are willfully misrepresenting facts to the public. However, a terrific blog post by Andrew C. McCarthy at the Corner Blog on the National Review Online goes against the trend that I described.

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2016 Presidential Candidate Profile: Ted Cruz

I have concerns with Senator Cruz’s electability in a general election. Nevertheless, Senator Cruz is the most conservative candidate in the field, one of the most outspoken defenders of Israel, and very intelligent and qualified. I believe that he would be an effective President if elected, and that he is worthy of strong consideration in the primary.

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2016 Presidential Candidate Profile: Donald Trump

I appreciate greatly being able to freely vote for my representatives every election day. Unlike Donald Trump, I do not miss voting. Because of this, I ask my fellow Republicans to please – please – stop supporting damaging the Republican Party by supporting him in the polls.

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2016 Presidential Candidate Profile: Marco Rubio

Senator Rubio is my second choice from the strong Republican field, and I believe he is our best prospect for winning the White House in 2016. Please read to learn more about why I think he deserves your strong consideration if you are able to vote in your state’s Republican primary or caucus.

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