National Immigration Forum

Practical Solutions for Immigrants and America

Forum Publications

Immigration Basics 2010

June 29, 2010

This publication covers basic facts and figures on immigrants in the U.S. and a basic explanation of U.S. refugee and immigration policies.

Operation Streamline and its Effects on the Courts and Law Enforcement on the Border

May 11, 2010

Operation Streamline is a government initiative to criminally prosecute persons crossing the border illegally.  This backgrounder discusses the effect of the program on law enforcement and court resources on the border, which have been diverted away from the prosecution of more serious crimes.

The Border Security Buildup: True Border Security Requires Reforming Our Broken Immigration Laws

May 04, 2010

Describes the increases in enforcement resources that have been placed on the southwest border in recent years, and questions the assumption that the borders are “out of control.”

Fact Sheet: Operation Stonegarden

February 17, 2010

This fact sheet describes Operation Stonegarden, a federal grant program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, providing funding to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to enhance their capabilities “to jointly secure U.S. borders and territories.”  The program suffers from lack of a clear agenda and from lack of guidance on how it is to improve border security.

The President’s FY2011 Department of Homeland Security Budget Immigration-Related Priorities

February 17, 2010

A summary of the immigration-related priorities in the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2011 budget request for the Department of Homeland Security.

The President’s FY2011 Budget for Department of Justice Immigration-Related Priorities

February 17, 2010

A summary of the immigration-related priorities in the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2011 budget request for the Department of Justice.

Immigration and American Values are Synonyms

January 26, 2010

Remarks delivered to the National War College by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. Immigration enforcement schemes carried out in the absence of immigration reform do not make our nation safer.

Moving Toward More Effective Immigration Detention Management

December 10, 2009

Testimony of Brittney Nystrom, Esq., National Immigration Forum, Senior Legal Advisor before the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism Subcommittee. This testimony provides a critique of ICE over-reliance on immigration detention when alternative means might be more appropriate. It also criticizes conditions of ICE detention and makes recommendations for reform of the detention system.

Immigration Enforcement & Local Law Enforcement: The ABC’s of State and Local Coordination Programs

August 11, 2009

This fact sheet gives a basic explanation of several DHS programs that coordinate with local law enforcement, including the 287(g) program, the Border Enforcement Security Task Force, the Criminal Alien Program, Intergovernmental Service Agreements, Secure Communities, and the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program.

Operation Streamline Fact Sheet

July 21, 2009

National Immigration Forum and the American Civil Liberties Union. This fact sheet describes a Bush administration initiative to press criminal charges on every person who crosses the border illegally in certain stretches of the Southwest border.

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