May 27, 2011
USCIS has begun to move away from a model in which virtually all of its activities, including those having nothing to do with the adjudication of applications of fee-paying customers, are paid for by fees collected from those customers. A House Appropriations bill would reverse that initiative, likely requiring USCIS to again raise fees to cover its costs.
May 25, 2011
Few Americans appreciate the scope of border operations that are now in place. Border enforcement efforts span five Departments using at least a dozen federal agencies, involve tens of thousands of federal law enforcement agents, and range across programs to counter smuggling, organized crime, trafficking, gun running, illegal immigration, narcotics trade, gang activity, and illicit financial dealing. This paper provides an explanation of current federal border enforcement manpower across the...
April 06, 2011
This document looks at the term “operational control” in the context of border enforcement, and discusses the different definitions used by politicians and administrators. A definition included in the Secure Fence Act of 2006 is unrealistic, as it would require completely sealing the border. The Border Patrol sees operational control in terms of resource deployment based on risk assessment.
March 25, 2011
This paper presents an in-depth look at the ways that immigrants end up in local custody and are held in detention on the basis of their immigration status. It also looks at the fiscal impact to local entities of keeping immigrants detained for the federal government.
March 25, 2011
As many state legislative sessions draw to a close, momentum for passage of laws similar to Arizona’s SB 1070 has slowed. This has been in part thanks to the opposition of business leaders who are concerned about what these laws may do to the business climate in their states, and to that of law enforcement leaders who are concerned that getting involved in federal immigration enforcement will detract from their ability to keep their communities safe. Additionally, even supporters of such laws...
March 16, 2011
This backgrounder explains an immigration detainer (issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requesting a law enforcement entity to hold an individual that ICE is interested in), lists problems associated with detainers, and reviews civil rights lawsuits that have been filed in response to the abuse of detainers.
February 26, 2011
This backgrounder describes the history of a government initiative to help immigrants integrate, and explains how the Continuing Resolution passed by the House to fund the government for the remainder of the government’s fiscal year 2011 will eliminate funding for this important initiative.
February 23, 2011
A summary of the immigration-related priorities in the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget request for the Department of Justice.
February 23, 2011
A summary of the immigration-related priorities in the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget request for the Department of Homeland Security.
February 12, 2011
This backgrounder reviews the record government spending on immigration enforcement now taking place, and questions whether so much enforcement without reforming our immigration laws is worth the taxpayer dollars being spent. It concludes with some recommendations for enforcement spending going forward.