administrative law

Impeach

1) To discredit, for example, to show that a witness is not believable -- perhaps because the witness made statements that are inconsistent with present testimony, or has a reputation for not being a truthful person. 2) The process of charging a public official, such as the U.S. president or a federal judge, with a crime or misconduct, which results in a trial by the senate to determine whether the official should be removed from office.

Department of State (DOS)

A U.S. department that handles foreign relations under the leadership of the Secretary of State. Among its many functions, DOS operates U.S. embassies and consulates in other countries. Generally, the DOS determines who is entitled to a visa or green card when an application is filed outside the United States. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), under the Department of Homeland Security, regulates immigration processing inside the United States.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

A government agency created in 2003 to handle immigration and other security-related matters. Within DHS's immigration responsibilities, it oversees U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS, which replaced the former Immigration and Naturalzation Service or INS); as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

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