Author: Betsy Lawrence

Time to Reboot the DHS SAVE System

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a vitally important system called “Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements” (SAVE). But often it is not used properly and many suffer the consequences. A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report shines a light on the system, one that AILA members already know is causing unnecessary headaches for immigrants and their families across the nation. SAVE is a mostly web-based system which allows benefits-granting agencies to confirm the immigration or citizenship status of applicants for federal, state, or local benefits. When checking an applicant’s status, SAVE accesses information from several different government databases...

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Hypocrisy Unbridled: The Dismantling of the International Entrepreneur Rule

This week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its intent to delay and likely eliminate a new immigration rule that if implemented would, to borrow a phrase, make America great. The “International Entrepreneur Rule” was finalized on January 17, 2017, and was set to take effect next Monday, July 17. The rule would provide immigration opportunities for a small group of international entrepreneurs who can demonstrate that they would provide a significant public benefit to the United States in the form of U.S. economic growth and job creation. With this week’s announcement, however, President Trump has negotiated the...

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