DHS Offers Undocumented Immigrants ‘Feedback’ Hotlines For Exec. Amnesty

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

The Department of Homeland Security has set up executive amnesty “feedback mechanisms” for undocumented immigrants and interested parties.

In a recent email to “stakeholders,” DHS highlighted ways individuals can inquire about executive amnesty or register complaints.

“If you have questions about the new DHS enforcement priorities, the expanded deferred action programs or believe you are eligible for one of the new initiatives, please use one of the following public feedback mechanisms to have your questions answered or concerns registered with DHS,” the email, dispatched late last week, reads.

In November President Obama announced an expansion of deferred action eligibility — granting legal status and work permits to millions of undocumented immigrants — and changes to immigration enforcement priority enforcement.

DHS’ immigration agencies: Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) are largely responsible for implementing the unilateral actions.

“In anticipation of public questions and feedback, DHS has centralized its existing inquiry mechanisms for the above mentioned agency components,” the email reads going on provide links to feedback resources.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

·         If your situation involves an encounter with CBP at the United States border or checkpoint 

U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement

·         If your case involves an individual in detention or subject to removal.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

·         If you think you may be eligible for one of the new initiatives

Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman

·         If you need help with a case that is pending with USCIS and you have exhausted your options with USCIS’s customer service.

DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

·         If you have concerns regarding an abuse of civil rights or civil liberties, including profiling on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity, by DHS employees, activities, or programs.

In addition to the feedback mechanisms, the Washington Times reports that another new memo encourages undocumented immigrants to call a hotline if they think they were treated “contrary to the new DHS enforcement priorities.”

The notices come as Congress debates a DHS funding bill that would block Obama’s executive actions.