Immigration Alert: DHS Seeks Public Comments on Expanded Data Collection Effective October 18, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing plans to collect additional information and social media data on all immigrants.

The scope of data collection is potentially very broad, and affected groups include green card holders, naturalized citizens, and relatives and associates of any individuals subject to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

DHS will modify a current DHS system of records that contains information regarding transactions involving an individual as he or she passes through the U.S. immigration process. These records will also be used to assist DHS with detecting violations of immigration and nationality laws; supporting the referral of such violations for prosecution or other appropriate enforcement action; supporting law enforcement efforts and inspection processes at the U.S. borders; and to carry out DHS enforcement, immigration, intelligence, and or other homeland security functions.

DHS is soliciting public comments by October 18, 2017, when key substantive provisions go into effect. For details, please see the Federal RegisterĀ Notice.

Gibney will closely monitor this and provide updates. For more information, please contact your designated Gibney representative or emailĀ