On March 13, 2017, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13781, titled “Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch.” Although this Executive Order does not deal with immigration policy specifically, its directives may affect executive branch agencies charged with administering the immigration laws. In this post, I will examine the Executive Order in brief and note how it may affect executive branch agencies involved in immigration policy and enforcement.
On March 15, 2017, the United States confirmed Dan Coats as the new Director of National Intelligence by a vote of 85-12. The Director of National Intelligence is a cabinet-level official who directs and oversees the National Foreign Intelligence Program as the head of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).
On March 9, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would begin accepting CW1 petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2018 cap on April 3, 2017. The CW1 category is for employers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands who are seeking to employ foreign workers who would be otherwise ineligible to work under the other nonimmigrant work visa categories.
On March 15, 2017, Judge Derrick K. Watson of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii issued a temporary restraining order against sections 2 and 6 of President Donald Trump’s Executive Order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” (“Travel Order”). The decision is titled Hawaii v. Trump, CV No. 17-0050.
On November 20, 2014, the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, released a Memorandum detailing three distinct levels of civil immigration enforcement priorities for the immigration components of the DHS. The priorities set forth in the Memorandum are guidance for the officers of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The November 2014 civil enforcement priorities have since been replaced by a new set of enforcement priorities on February 20, 2017. This article is archived for informational purposes only.