National Immigration Forum

Practical Solutions for Immigrants and America

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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.

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.

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