National Immigration Forum

Practical Solutions for Immigrants and America

Forum Publications

Department of Homeland Security: Complaint Process

July 05, 2011

This paper and accompanying chart explains how to file a complaint regarding violations of civil rights or civil liberties, or for misconduct by an agent of the Department of Homeland Security.  Links are provided to the various entities within DHS or the Department of Justice that take and investigate complaints.

Summary of June 17, 2011 DHS Enforcement Memos

June 22, 2011

This memo provides an analysis of two memos issued on June 17, 2011, by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton.  The ICE memos provide guidance on how ICE agents and attorneys may use their prosecutorial discretion to help the agency focus on agency priorities and to protect victims of or witnesses to crime.  According to the Forum’s analysis, the ICE memos have the potential to better align prosecutorial endeavors across DHS and to preserve resources now being wasted on...

E-Verify Without Reform Will Not Succeed

May 27, 2011

Absent comprehensive reform of our immigration laws that includes a realistic way of legalizing the millions of undocumented workers now living and working in the U.S., imposition of the mandatory use of the E-Verify electronic work authorization verification system will meet with limited success.

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.

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.

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.

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