National Immigration Forum

Practical Solutions for Immigrants and America

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FY 2012 Homeland Security Appropriations

January 25, 2012

A brief summary of the immigration-related components of the Fiscal Year 2012 budget for the Department of Homeland Security, including appropriations allocated for Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

2011 National Guard Deployments to the Southwest Border

December 06, 2011

This fact sheet contains basic information on the deployment of the National Guard on the southwest border, including number, location, cost and the role the Guard is playing.

Cut Here: Reducing Wasteful Spending on Immigration Enforcement

November 15, 2011

This paper puts a spotlight on the amount of money our government currently spends on enforcing our broken immigration laws, and how much that spending has increased in recent years. Much of the spending is for programs that are not cost effective, and the government could save hundreds of millions of dollars if spending on these programs was reduced or eliminated. Billions more could be saved by reforming our immigration laws in a comprehensive, allowing enforcement resources to be focused on...

America’s Immigration System Undermines Competitiveness

November 07, 2011

This paper explains problems caused by our broken employment-based immigration system as they concern immigrants with special skills needed by American employers. Long backlogs due to an outdated visa quota system are driving talented immigrants to our competitors. The paper contains a set of recommendations to alleviate the problems.

Wanted: Sensible Immigration Enforcement

October 07, 2011

This brief paper argues that billions of dollars are being wasted on immigration enforcement because Congress has not updated our immigration laws. Resources are being spent to remove immigrants who have been living in the U.S. for years, contributing to our economy, and that diverts resources from a focus on public safety or national security threats. If immigrants who have been working in the U.S. and otherwise obeying our laws were given legal status through immigration reform, instead of...

The DREAM Act: Investing in America’s Future

September 22, 2011

This paper briefly explains the basic requirements contained in the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act and explains why it is needed to provide a path to legal status for undocumented immigrant students.

America’s Immigration System Wastes Tax Dollars

September 22, 2011

This fact sheet highlights a few ways in which taxpayer dollars are wasted enforcing broken immigration laws that cannot realistically be effectively enforced until Congress passes broad immigration reforms.

Making the Naturalization Process Less Daunting by Reforming the USCIS Fee Structure

September 22, 2011

This paper discusses fee increases in the naturalization process that have been driven in part by surcharges immigrants must pay on their naturalization and other fees to cover the costs of work done by the immigration agency that has little or nothing to do with the processing of the immigrant’s application. The paper briefly discusses a different approach for funding those activities not related to processing an immigrant’s naturalization or other application.

AgJOBS: Stabilizing the Agricultural Workforce

September 22, 2011

This one-page paper briefly makes the case for legislation called AgJOBS, which would legalize the status of agricultural workers in the U.S. It lists examples of the economic damage that is expected to take place if the undocumented workers on which our farms now depend were to be deported.

Safe Borders, Sane Policies

September 22, 2011

This brief paper explains some facts about enforcement resources on the border and how those resources have been increased in recent years. It suggests that by continuing to pour money in to border enforcement, the government is wasting money, and it lists ideas for cutting down on wasteful spending on border enforcement.


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