National Immigration Forum

Practical Solutions for Immigrants and America

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Analyzing Border Enforcement Operations: Interior Repatriation Programs

September 22, 2012

This paper examines the Mexican Interior Repatriation Program (MIRP), which brings certain Mexican immigrants being removed from the United States into the interior of Mexico, rather than depositing them in the border region. It also briefly examines other repatriation and enforcement operations in effect along the U.S. border with Mexico.

Deferred Action Program Moves Forward

September 14, 2012

After the first month of the implementation of the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, more than 82,000 young immigrants who were brough to the U.S. as children have submitted their request. A handful have so far been approved. This paper explains what to expect in terms of the number who may apply and the number of individuals who may be approved in the first months of the program.

Operation Streamline: Unproven Benefits Outweighed by Cost to Taxpayers

September 12, 2012

This paper examines Operation Streamline, an immigration enforcement program along the Southwest border in which persons caught crossing the border illegally are prosecuted criminally rather than through the immigration courts. The paper details the enormous cost of running this program, and its impact on the criminal justice system’s ability to prosecute more serious crimes. For all its costs and impact on the criminal justice system, the program has never been evaluated for...

Immigration Backlogs are Separating American Families 

July 26, 2012

This Backgrounder explains how our out-of-date family immigration system is preventing families from re-unifying in a timely manner. There is an explanation of how current visa quotas, last updated in 1990, impacts the various categories of family preference immigration. Included are recommendations for updating the admissions system in the family categories and for removing other legal barriers to family unification.

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in the 112th Congress

July 20, 2012

This document summarizes the immigration-related provisions of the House and Senate versions of the Violence Against Women Act re-authorization bills and includes a brief update on the status of those bills.

Allowing Immigrant Youth to Stay and Work Makes Good Economic Sense for the U.S.

July 11, 2012

This brief paper explains how the Obama Administration’s decision to stop deporting certain young undocumented immigrants and allowing them to work will ultimately benefit the U.S. economy. Those benefits would be magnified if Congress acted to put these young people on a path to citizenship.

Comment re: Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers of Inadmissibility for Certain Immediate Relatives

May 25, 2012

The National Immigration Forum’s comment on a Proposed Rule issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that would make an important change in processing waivers for certain immigrants seeking to legalize their status. This comment points out weaknesses in the Proposed Rule and makes suggestions for improving it.

VAWA Reauthorization

May 10, 2012

This document briefly summarizes immigration-related provisions included in the House and Senate versions of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bills.

Entry without Inspection (EWI) & Family Unity Waiver in a Nutshell

April 06, 2012

This document briefly explains how immigrants trigger a bar to their re-entry to the U.S., and how the new proposed application process for the waiver to this bar to re-entry would reduce family separation.

Questions and Answers about Prosecutorial Discretion and Immigration Law Enforcement

March 19, 2012

This fact sheet answers key questions about the Department of Homeland Security’s use of its prosecutorial discretion to focus its immigration enforcement on threats to public safety. The papers explains what prosecutorial discretion is, how it is being implemented by DHS, and what its limitations are. The paper also lays out a set of concerns about how the policy has been implemented so far.

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