Civil Monetary Penalties Inflation Adjustment
This rule amends the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations to adjust for inflation certain civil monetary penalties assessed under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The adjusted penalties are calculated according to a statutory formula, and will be effective for violations occurring on or after the effective date. This rule also amends the Department of Justice (DOJ) regulations to eliminate duplicative language and to substitute cross-references to the relevant regulations.
Forwarding of Asylum Applications to the Department of State
The Department of Justice is planning to amend its regulations to alter the process by which the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) forwards asylum applications for consideration by the Department of State (DOS). Currently, EOIR forwards to DOS all asylum applications that are submitted initially in removal proceedings before an immigration judge. The proposed rule would amend the regulations to provide for sending asylum applications to DOS on a discretionary basis. For example, EOIR could forward an application in order to ascertain whether DOS has information relevant to the applicant's eligibility for asylum. This change would increase the efficiency of DOS's review of asylum applications and is consistent with similar changes already made by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Reorganization of Regulations on Control of Employment of Aliens
This final rule adopts without change an interim rule with request for comments published in the Federal Register on January 15, 2009. The interim rule amended regulations of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), Department of Justice, by deleting the unnecessary, duplicative provisions in part 1274a of chapter V in title 8 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) that are the responsibility of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This rule also revised the remaining provisions in part 1274a to reference the applicable DHS regulations.