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Integrated Fixed Towers, the Waste Continues

April 02, 2014

Since 1997, there have been several unsuccessful attempts to implement a “virtual fence” across the Southwest border. Billions of dollars have been wasted on projects that have been scrapped or put on hold. Now, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is pushing forward with the next iteration of the virtual fence. At a time when the entire federal government, is counting pennies, is it wise to invest more money in a project with a track record that is ambiguous at best?

Immigration in the President’s FY 2015 Budget for the Department of Justice

March 11, 2014

On March 4, 2014, the President released his Fiscal Year 2015 budget. This paper contains a summary of the immigration-related items in the budget of the Department of Justice comparing the funding to the current fiscal year.

Immigration in the President’s FY 2015 for the Department of Homeland Security

March 11, 2014

On March 4, 2014, the President released his Fiscal Year 2015 budget. This paper contains a summary of the immigration-related items in the budget of the Department of Homeland Security comparing the funding to the current fiscal year.

The Importance of Citizenship

February 04, 2014

As the House begins to consider what to do with the broken immigration system, this paper focuses on citizenship as a benefit not just to immigrants but also to the nation’s economy. By legalizing immigrants without providing them an opportunity to become citizens, we lose out on the additional economic boost the path to citizenship would bring to the U.S.

Public Support for Immigration Reform with Path to Citizenship Steady as House Gets Ready for Reform

January 31, 2014

This document summarizes results from more than three dozen public opinion polls on the question of whether undocumented immigrants should be allowed to earn their way to legal status and eventual citizenship. These surveys, conducted throughout 2013 and in to 2014 as House leadership released their immigration principles, have shown unflagging support from a majority of Americans for a legalization process that includes a path to citizenship. (Updated January 31, 2014)

Community and Courtroom Responses to Immigration Detainers

December 16, 2013

This paper takes a look at some of the problems that have been created for local jurisdictions that have honored immigration detainers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In many cases around the country the abuse of an individual’s rights has led to litigation against the local jurisdiction, and several jurisdictions have changed their policies regarding ICE detainers.

The Math of Immigration Detention

August 19, 2013

A backgrounder examining the cost to the taxpayer of detaining immigrants, most of whom have no criminal record and who could be placed in less expensive alternatives to detention. The paper also discusses ICE’s prosecutorial discretion policy, and its potential for reducing the number of immigrant detainees and the associated costs, if implemented broadly. There is also a brief examination of the growing role played by private prison corporations in detaining immigrants, and their political...

S. 744 - Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act

July 02, 2013

This document briefly highlights the provisions of the Senate immigration reform bill, introduced on April 17, 2013, after it passed the Senate on June 27, 2013. (Updated July 2, 2013)

Attitudes on immigration reform: an analysis of survey research

April 25, 2013

This survey, commissioned by Americans for Tax Reform, the National Immigration Forum and the Partnership for a New American Economy, found that, when respondents heard a description of the Senate immigration reform bill, overall support was 83%. It was a survey of 800 registered voters, with an oversampling of Republican voters (400 total). Among Republican voters, support for the bill was even greater than support overall—87%.

What Does Smart and Effective Border Security Look Like?

March 01, 2013

While spending on border security has risen to record heights, this paper highlights four areas that continue to need attention: (1) adequate border agent training; (2) adequate resources and infrastructure at U.S. land ports of entry; (3) sufficient oversight mechanisms and procedures to hold agents accountable for misconduct; and (4) effective use of border technology.


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