National Immigration Forum

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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)

Immigration Enforcement Today: 2007 Reform Goals Largely Accomplished

February 01, 2013

At the onset of a new debate on broad immigration reform, this paper examines the progress made toward border security and immigration enforcement benchmarks set in 2007 immigration reform legislation. As this paper explains, the benchmarks set in that legislation have largely been met. New legislation that sets up a similar sequenced structure of enforcement plus reform will have to acknowledge the progress that has already been made.

Summaries of Recent Immigration Enforcement Reports

October 18, 2012

This document summarizes a number of reports that have been issued 2008 - 2012 by non-profit and governmental watchdog organizations documenting problems with various immigration enforcement programs.

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.

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.

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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