National Immigration Forum

Practical Solutions for Immigrants and America

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The DREAM Act: Building the Momentum for Immigration Reform

June 03, 2011

A one pager on the latest version of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act introduced in the 112th Congress.

E-Verify Without Reform Will Not Succeed

May 27, 2011

Absent comprehensive reform of our immigration laws that includes a realistic way of legalizing the millions of undocumented workers now living and working in the U.S., imposition of the mandatory use of the E-Verify electronic work authorization verification system will meet with limited success.

Modest Investment for Immigrant Integration Should be Preserved

May 27, 2011

Immigrant integration benefits our nation as a whole.  Our democracy is strengthened when eligible immigrants become citizens and participate fully in our society and political system.  A modest government investment in immigrant integration is threatened by a spending bill now being considered in the House.

Making the Fee Structure of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services More Transparent

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.

The ABC’s of Federal Agents on the Border

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...

“Operational Control” at the Border: More than Words

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.

Immigrants Behind Bars: How, Why, and How Much?

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.

In the States: Stepping Into the Federal Void

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...

Quick Information on Immigration Detainers

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.

House Spending Bill Proposes to Reverse Government Initiative to Integrate Immigrants

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.


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