National Immigration Forum

Practical Solutions for Immigrants and America

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The Math of Immigration Detention

August 19, 2013

A backgrounder examining the cost to the taxpayer of detaining immigrants, most of whom have no criminal record and who could be placed in less expensive alternatives to detention. The paper also discusses ICE’s prosecutorial discretion policy, and its potential for reducing the number of immigrant detainees and the associated costs, if implemented broadly. There is also a brief examination of the growing role played by private prison corporations in detaining immigrants, and their political...

S. 744 - Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act

July 02, 2013

This document briefly highlights the provisions of the Senate immigration reform bill, introduced on April 17, 2013, after it passed the Senate on June 27, 2013. (Updated July 2, 2013)

Summaries of Recent Reports on Immigration Detention

October 05, 2012

This document summarizes a number of reports that have been issued by a range of groups about various aspects of the immigration detention system at the national and regional level, including (among others) conditions of detention, needed reforms, the role of the private prison industry, and detention as it pertains to particular populations.

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...

The President’s FY 2013 Budget: Department of Homeland Security

February 15, 2012

On February 13, 2012, the President released his Fiscal Year 2013 budget. This paper contains a summary of the immigration-related items in the budget of the Department of Homeland Security.

FY 2012 Homeland Security Appropriations

January 25, 2012

A brief summary of the immigration-related components of the Fiscal Year 2012 budget for the Department of Homeland Security, including appropriations allocated for Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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.

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.

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