DHS Watch was created in 2018 to uphold an immigration system that is competently administered, accountable, and adheres to long-held American values on immigration. DHS Watch shines a light on policies and administration that fail to adhere to basic principles of good governance.

On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that DHS is using cell phone activity data — from American citizens as well as immigrants — for the purpose of immigration enforcement. According to the report, “The location data is drawn from ordinary cellphone apps, including those for games, weather and e-commerce, for which the user has… Continue »

The Trump Administration’s Travel Ban Against Women of Child-bearing Age Without any new action by Congress, the Trump administration posted a new regulation, effective tomorrow, that bans women of child-bearing age from being issued a visitor visa simply because they could be pregnant. The bottom line: a vast group of women visitors to the U.S.… Continue »

Congress Conducts Oversight Today Today, the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Border Security is holding a hearing, “Assessing the Adequacy of DHS Efforts to Prevent Child Deaths in Custody.” Under the Trump administration, six children have died under DHS custody or just after release from custody. This is the same federal department with agents… Continue »

What You May Have Missed Over the Holidays Regarding the Trump Administration’s Assault on U.S. Asylum Policy There was no break over the holidays for the growing humanitarian crisis and violence against asylum seekers at the southern border due to the Trump administration’s asylum policies, according to multiple media reports over the last few weeks.… Continue »

Today, Human Rights First (HRF) issued a report entitled, “Human Rights Fiasco:  The Trump Administration’s Dangerous Asylum Returns Continue,” that compiles “overwhelming evidence that this illegal policy [Trump administration’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy] is a human rights catastrophe.” Yet, almost a year into this problematic program, the Trump administration “continue[s] to implement, defend, and expand… Continue »

On a day many families were coming together to begin celebrating Thanksgiving, the DHS Inspector General (OIG) released a final report analyzing the horrific details of the Trump administration’s separation of thousands of families under the Zero Tolerance policy. What became clear in the OIG’s analysis was that the Trump administration was well aware of… Continue »

How did he rise to the top of DHS despite serious questions about the legality of his appointment? What was his role in Trump’s family separation policy? Chad Wolf is now the acting secretary for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), though his elevation to acting secretary is in question by Congress. He is taking… Continue »

The House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations has announced that it will hold a hearing on Tuesday, November 19, to examine the “human rights and legal implications of the Trump administration’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy.” For months, human rights advocates and media reports have been documenting and calling out… Continue »

Is it a Hatch Act Violation?   Yesterday, Senator Menendez, as the Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), released a minority committee staff report outlining a highly irregular, improper, and illegal process used by the Trump administration to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for almost 400,000 people from El Salvador, Haiti, and Honduras.… Continue »

On Wednesday, Acting USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli testified before Congress about his decision to end deferred action for critically ill children and their families. He admitted it was his decision to end this USCIS policy, reiterated that it was the current Acting Secretary’s decision to reinstate it, and refused to commit to keeping the policy… Continue »