Virtual immigration hearings during COVID could have gone better, GAO says

The pandemic created big challenges for the nation’s immigration courts, which are used to doing business in person. Inconsistent policies and a lack…

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FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2016, file photo, pedestrians cross into Juarez, Mexico as U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers of the Special Response Team unit, patrol the Paso del Norte Port of Entry in El Paso, Texas. The state of California is freeing up to $28 million to assist immigrants arriving at the state's border with Mexico to be released with notices to appear in court, marking a sharp contrast with other border states that have emerged as foes of President Joe Biden's immigration policies.(AP Photo/Ivan Pierre Aguirre, File)

Immigration judges struggling to work through inadequate technology, pandemic, union pushback

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Sammies finalist from DHS developed technique for scanning visa applications faster

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Bicyclists ride past an inner perimeter of security fencing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sunday, March 21, 2021, after portions of an outer perimeter of fencing were removed overnight to allow public access. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Will it ever be time for federal employees to return to their regular offices?

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(AP Photo/Christian Chavez)Migrants deported from the U.S. walk into Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Mexico announced that U.S. advisers on border and immigration issues will meet with Mexican officials on Tuesday to discuss migration and development in Central America, as a surge of migrants has hit the U.S. southern border. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)

HHS looking for federal employees to volunteer at the southern border

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Border Patrol agent Justin Castrejon looks toward where the border wall makes its way over a mountain Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, near Tecate, Calif. President Donald Trump’s reshaping of U.S. immigration policy may be most felt in his undoing of asylum. Castrejon says migrants pay $8,000 to $10,000 to be guided through the mountains and picked up by a driver once they reach a road. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

CBP creates new position to handle administrative load at Mexico border

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GAO nudging agencies to take care of priority recommendations

In the last couple of weeks, GAO has reissued reminders on open recommendations. It’s a long list.

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Poor communication, planning led to massively underused border facility

When its Mexico border apprehensions soared last year, Customs and Border Protection hired a contractor to build a temporary detention center. It could…

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Defense Department assures Congress, no more money moved to pay for border wall

In today’s Federal Newscast, Deputy Secretary David Norquist says it’s unlikely DoD will be asked to do another round of reprogramming in 2021, after it moved more than $7 billion to fund wall construction.

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