National Immigration Forum

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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.

The President’s FY2012 Budget 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 Justice.

The President’s FY2012 Budget Department of Homeland Security

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.

Immigration Enforcement Fiscal Overview: Where are We, and Where are We Going?

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.

Deficits, Lawsuits, Diminished Public Safety: Your State Can’t Afford SB 1070

December 30, 2010

This report looks at the legal, political, and economic cost incurred by Arizona in the wake of the passage of SB 1070.  It also discusses the threat SB 1070 poses to public safety in Arizona communities.  A number of states are considering similar legislation, and this report takes a look at the political environment in those states.

Southwest Border Security Operations

December 30, 2010

A summary of current border enforcement initiatives and those of the recent past. Includes a glossary of federal and state border enforcement operations. Updated December 2010.

The Cost of Operation Streamline

December 06, 2010

Operation Streamline is an initiative that has proved to be a very costly and has had an enormous negative impact on our criminal justice system.  This paper outlines some of Operation Streamline’s fiscal costs to the government and, more importantly, it spotlights the opportunity costs—what crimes are not being prosecuted because resources are being diverted to prosecute low-level immigration violators.

New OIG Report Shines Light on Continuing Flaws in 287(g) Program

November 05, 2010

This memo summarizes a Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (OIG) report on the 287(g) program operated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  The 287(g) program provides authority for state and local law enforcement to enforce immigration laws.  Six months after it released a report highly critical of the 287(g) program, the OIG found that ICE had still not implemented 28 of 33 recommendations made by the OIG in March 2010.

The ICE Priority Memos: What do They Mean?

September 02, 2010

This document gives a brief explanation of two recent memos drafted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement regarding priorities for immigration enforcement actions and prosecutorial discretion to be used in certain cases.  The document also provides guidance for responding to media and community inquiries concerning the ICE memos.

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