July 05, 2011
In the 112th Congress, legislation has been introduced to mandate the use of the E-Verify electronic worker verification system nationwide outside of an effort at broader immigration reform. Several states this year considered such legislation, and rejected it, in the face of business opposition. A mandate to use E-Verify without providing a path to legal status for its largely undocumented workforce would be particularly devastating for the U.S. agricultural sector. States that have adopted...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
February 23, 2011
A summary of the immigration-related priorities in the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget request for the 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 Homeland Security.
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.
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.