The Dept. of Homeland Security announced a proposal to modify its current system of immigration record keeping, to include electronic data and not just paper files, as currently is the case with the department’s so-called Alien Files (A-Files). “DHS no longer considers the paper A-File as the sole repository and official record of information related to an individual’s official immigration record,” according to the announcement. In reality, an individual’s legally recognized official immigration history should encompass paper records, electronic records in the Enterprise Document Management System or USCIS Electronic Immigration System; or a combination of paper and electronic records, DHS said. Public comments are being accepted until October 18, 2017.

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