National Immigration Forum

Practical Solutions for Immigrants and America

Forum Publications

E-Verify: Problems Abound

September 20, 2011

This paper discusses the consequences of implementing the E-Verify employment verification system as a nationwide program without broader reforms to our immigration system that would give legal status to the five percent of our workforce that is currently undocumented.

The Importance of Naturalization: Good for Immigrants, Good for America

September 15, 2011

This one-page paper explains that immigrants want to become citizens, and that is a good thing for America. Some obstacles to citizenship are discussed, with recommendations for overcoming them.

Our Immigration System Must Be Reformed: An Overview

September 14, 2011

This paper briefly lays out some of the problems caused by our broken immigration system and details the elements of practical reforms necessary to repair our immigration laws.

America Needs a Functioning Immigration System that Serves the Needs of America

September 13, 2011

This one-pager explains in brief that our immigration system is broken, what should be done to fix it, and that the public supports realistic solutions.

Summary of the HALT Act

August 02, 2011

A summary of H.R. 2497, the “Hinder the Administration’s Legalization Temptation” Act, introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX).  The bill would take the unprecedented step of suspending several immigration law provisions relating to humanitarian relief for the remainder of President Obama’s first term, including Temporary Protected Status, cancellation of removal, parole, and waivers to certain bars to entry.  The bill would essentially prohibit the President from providing relief from...

Secure Communities

July 11, 2011

This paper looks at ICE’s Secure Communities program, examines program statistics that show a plurality of persons arrested by ICE through the Secure Communities program have no criminal history—contradicting the program’s stated objective to focus on the most serious criminal offenders.  The paper also reviews the controversy over the ability of local jurisdictions to opt out of the program, and makes a series of recommendations.

E-Verify: States Bear the Economic Burden

July 05, 2011

In the 112th Congress, legislation has been introduced to mandate the use of the E-Verify electronic worker verification system nationwide outside of an effort at broader immigration reform.  Several states this year considered such legislation, and rejected it, in the face of business opposition.  A mandate to use E-Verify without providing a path to legal status for its largely undocumented workforce would be particularly devastating for the U.S. agricultural sector.  States that have adopted...

2011 National Guard Deployments to the Southwest Border

July 05, 2011

This fact sheet contains basic information on the extension of the deployment of the National Guard on the southwest border in the summer of 2011, including number, location, and the role the Guard is playing.

Department of Homeland Security: Complaint Process

July 05, 2011

This paper and accompanying chart explains how to file a complaint regarding violations of civil rights or civil liberties, or for misconduct by an agent of the Department of Homeland Security.  Links are provided to the various entities within DHS or the Department of Justice that take and investigate complaints.

Summary of June 17, 2011 DHS Enforcement Memos

June 22, 2011

This memo provides an analysis of two memos issued on June 17, 2011, by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton.  The ICE memos provide guidance on how ICE agents and attorneys may use their prosecutorial discretion to help the agency focus on agency priorities and to protect victims of or witnesses to crime.  According to the Forum’s analysis, the ICE memos have the potential to better align prosecutorial endeavors across DHS and to preserve resources now being wasted on...


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