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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...