National Immigration Forum

Practical Solutions for Immigrants and America

Forum Publications

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...

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...

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