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Issue Briefs and Other Resources   
NILC Comments on Docket Number DHS-2009-0013 Privacy Act of 1974:

Implementation of Exemptions; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services-009 Compliance Tracking and Monitoring System (CTMS) Notice (comments submitted 6/22/09, PDF)   


NILC Comments on Docket Number DHS-2009-0015 Privacy Act of 1974:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services-009 Compliance Tracking and Monitoring System (CTMS) System of Record Notice (comments submitted 6/22/09, PDF)   


System of Records Notice (SORN); Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE); E-Verify

In its SORN (73 FR 75445-52 (Dec. 11, 2008)), DHS announces (1) “the expansion of the scope of [SAVE] to include verification of citizenship and immigration status for any lawful purpose, not just for government benefit granting purposes as described in previous [Privacy Impact Assessments],” and (2) “the expansion of the scope of E-Verify to indicate that it is no longer solely voluntary in some cases and no longer solely for new employees.”  NILC opposes these expansions (see comments submitted (PDF) on 1/12/09 to the Dept. of Homeland Security chief privacy officer).   


DHS Issues Final Rule Subjecting Lawful Permanent Residents to US-VISIT Requirements (AILA, 12/18/08)


Freedom of Information Act: OPEN Government Act Restores Promise of FOIA (James C. Ho, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, 12/31/07)   


Administration Announces Harsh New Immigration Measures (article) and List of announced measures:

"Improving Border Security and Immigration Within Existing Law" (Depts. of Homeland Security & Commerce, 8/10/07, PDF)    


INS data accuracy (PDF) (8/27/03)     


Official Crime Information Should Be Accurate

(PDF) – In her opinion essay published in The Miami Herald (4/28/03), NILC policy attorney Joan Friedland discusses the U.S. Justice Dept.'s information problem.