National Immigration Forum

Practical Solutions for Immigrants and America

Forum Publications

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.

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.

Evaluating Supplemental Border Appropriations (HR 6080)

August 12, 2010

This documentl summarizes and comments on H.R. 6080, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Border Security, passed in August 2010

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.


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