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GAO Undercover Tests Show Passport Issuance Process Vulnerable to Fraud
(396 KB - 7/30/2010)
GAO report finding that the DOS passport issuance process continues to be vulnerable to fraud, as the agency issued five of the seven passports GAO attempted to fraudulently obtain. GAO obtained three passports, but DOS had two recovered from the mail before delivery. AILA Doc. No. 10073064.
AILA Doc. No. 10073064.
ABA Report Addresses Immigration Removal Process
Executive summary of report from the American Bar Association regarding problems in the immigration removal process and recommendations for reform.
AILA Doc. No. 10021063.
Up Against the Clock: Fixing the Broken Employment Authorization Asylum Clock
(1151 KB - 2/12/2010)
Penn State Law’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights and AIC’s Legal Action Center released a new study, "Up Against the Clock: Fixing the Broken Employment Authorization Asylum Clock." The report addresses problems and solutions to perennial asylum clock problems.
AILA Doc. No. 10021262.
TRAC Issues Report on Backlogged Immigration Matters
The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) issued a report titled Backlogged Immigration Matters Climb, finding that pending cases backlogged in immigration courts reached 228,421 matters in the first months of FY2010.
AILA Doc. No. 10031265.
TRAC Report: Immigration Case Backlog Continues to Grow
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) issued a report finding that the number of cases awaiting resolution before the immigration courts reached 242,776 matters at the end of March 2010. The average length of time cases have been waiting increased to 443 days.
AILA Doc. No. 10052576.
TRAC Reports Immigration Prosecutions Once More on the Rise
TRAC issued a news release on an increase in federal immigration prosecutions. According to TRAC, recent DOJ figures indicate that there were 8,287 immigration prosecutions in March 2010, more than in any month since July 2009.
AILA Doc. No. 10061671.
ABA House of Delegates Adopts Resolutions on Reform of Immigration Removal Adjudication System
The ABA House of Delegates, report on proposals to promote independence, fairness, efficiency, and professionalism in the adjudication on removal cases from 2/8/10, adopted five resolutions addressing reforms to the immigration removal adjudication system.
AILA Doc. No. 10021120.
GAO Report Finds Cross-Border Illegal Activity a Threat to Federal Lands
(2441 KB - 12/8/2010)
GAO report on border security threats to federal lands, finding that illegal cross-border activity remains a significant threat to federal lands and that additional actions are needed to better ensure a coordinated federal response to illegal activity on federal lands. AILA Doc. No. 10120838.
AILA Doc. No. 10120838.
CRS Report on Human Trafficking
(518 KB - 12/6/2010)
A 10/29/10 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on human trafficking. Topics include the definition of human trafficking, anti-trafficking efforts, relief for victims, and an overview of legislation and policy issues related to human trafficking. AILA Doc. No. 10120630.
AILA Doc. No. 10120630.
CSR Final Report on Prince William County’s Immigration Enforcement Policy
A November 2010 Center for Survey Research (CSR) final report from its three-year evaluation study of Prince William County’s illegal immigration enforcement policy that identifies the policy’s original goals and assesses whether the policy has achieved those goals. AILA Doc. No. 10120249.
AILA Doc. No. 10120249.
CRS Report on Immigration Reform and the 111th Congress
(184 KB - 12/2/2010)
A 10/29/10 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on the multi-tiered debate over comprehensive immigration reform and the legislative prospects of immigration-related issues in the 111th Congress. AILA Doc. No. 10120264.
AILA Doc. No. 10120264.
MPI Report: Structuring and Implementing an Immigrant Legalization Program
A Migration Policy Institute report that argues a graduated registration process which rapidly identifies, screens, and processes potential applicants is an essential first step to shaping and implementing a legalization program. AILA Doc. No. 10112374.
AILA Doc. No. 10112374.
CRS Report on the Visa Waiver Program
(218 KB - 11/23/2010)
A 10/28/10 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on the current Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and policy issues affecting the VWP, including concerns about security, adding countries to the VWP, lost and stolen passports, and overstays. AILA Doc. No. 10112369.
AILA Doc. No. 10112369.
TRAC Report: ICE Seeks to Deport Wrong People
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report finding that the Immigration Courts have rejected an increasing proportion of cases in which ICE sought to remove individuals from the U.S. AILA Doc. No. 10111065.
AILA Doc. No. 10111065.
GAO Report Finds H-2B Workers Targeted for Fraud and Abuse
(262 KB - 11/2/2010)
GAO report on the H-2B visa program, finding that closed civil and criminal cases demonstrate fraud and abuse committed by employers including unfair wages, excessive fees, and fraudulent documentation submitted to federal agencies to circumvent program rules. AILA Doc. No. 10110260.
AILA Doc. No. 10110260.
TRAC Report: As FY 2010 Ends, Immigration Case Backlog Still Growing
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report on the number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts. According to TRAC, the case backlog has increased by up to 5.3 percent since its August 2010 report. AILA Doc. No. 10102264.
AILA Doc. No. 10102264.
Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center Report: One-Year Asylum Deadline
The National Immigrant Justice Center issued a report on the one-year filing deadline for asylum seekers and the impact the deadline has on refugees whose asylum cases are decided by the BIA. AILA Doc. No. 10102139.
AILA Doc. No. 10102139.
GAO Report: Southwest Border
(5344 KB - 10/20/2010)
GAO report on Border Patrol access to federal lands on the southwest border, finding that more timely access and training could improve security operations and natural resource protection. AILA Doc. No. 10102062.
AILA Doc. No. 10102062.
GAO Report: Secure Border Initiative
(1399 KB - 10/18/2010)
GAO report on the Secure Border Initiative, finding that DHS needs to strengthen management and oversight of its prime contractor. AILA Doc. No. 10101866.
AILA Doc. No. 10101866.
CRS Report on TPS: Current Immigration Policy and Issues
(151 KB - 10/12/2010)
A 09/09/10 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on temporary protected status (TPS) and related relief for humanitarian migrants. AILA Doc. No. 10101262.
AILA Doc. No. 10101262.
MPI Report: Still an Hourglass? Immigrant Workers in Middle-Skilled Jobs
A Migration Policy Institute report finding that the fastest growth in immigrant employment since 2000 has occurred in middle-skilled jobs. According to the report, immigrants are more evenly dispersed across the skills spectrum than has been widely recognized. AILA Doc. No. 10092037.
AILA Doc. No. 10092037.
MPI Report: The Demographic Impacts of Repealing Birthright Citizenship
The Migration Policy Institute issued a report, The Demographic Impacts of Repealing Birthright Citizenship, which found that repealing birthright citizenship would expand the unauthorized population by at least five million over the next four decades. AILA Doc. No. 10090979.
AILA Doc. No. 10090979.
Back to the Border: A Historical Comparison of U.S. Border Politics
An IPC report, released 9/2/10, provides analyses by two historians who situate today’s immigration controversies (including Arizona’s SB 1070, drug-related border violence, and birthright citizenship) within the context of the broader history of the border region. AILA Doc. No. 10090972.
AILA Doc. No. 10090972.
TRAC Report: Asylum Denial Rate Drops to Twenty-Five Year Low
TRAC report finding that DOJ data shows Immigration Judges asylum denial rates have reached the lowest level in the last 25 years. The webpage includes links to the full report and 253 separate reports covering individual Immigration Judges updated through June 2010. AILA Doc. No. 10090367.
AILA Doc. No. 10090367.
HRW Report: Detained and at Risk
Human Rights Watch report, Detained and at Risk, describes documented incidents and allegations of sexual abuse and harassment in U.S. immigration detention. The report also discusses recent ICE proposals to address the issue. AILA Doc. No. 10083035.
AILA Doc. No. 10083035.
Pew Report: U.S. Unauthorized Immigration Flows Are Down Sharply Since Mid-Decade
Pew Hispanic Center report on the annual inflow of unauthorized immigrants to the U.S. According the report, the annual inflow of unauthorized immigrants was nearly two-thirds smaller in the March 2007 to March 2009 period than it had been from March 2000 to March 2005. AILA Doc. No. 10090168.
AILA Doc. No. 10090168.
TRAC Report Finds Immigration Court Case Backlog Continues to Grow
TRAC report finding that the number of cases awaiting resolution before the EOIR immigration courts reached a new all-time high of 247,922 by mid June 2010, according to government data obtained by TRAC. Full report details can be viewed in TRAC's backlog application. AILA Doc. No. 10081760.
AILA Doc. No. 10081760.
Pew Hispanic Center Report on Unauthorized Immigrants and Their U.S.-Born Children
(133 KB - 8/12/2010)
The Pew Hispanic Center issued a report analyzing the family structure and parenting status of unauthorized immigrants in the United States. The report discusses birth estimates, fertility rates, and household/demographic patterns of immigrant vs. native-born parents. AILA Doc. No. 10081260.
AILA Doc. No. 10081260.
GAO Report on US-VISIT Biometric Information Collection on Exiting Foreign Nationals
(1092 KB - 8/11/2010)
GAO report on evaluation of the proposed collection of biometric information on exiting foreign nations under the US-VISIT program. DHS was unable to conduct a pilot evaluation on airline collection of exit information because no airline was willing to participate. AILA Doc. No. 10081167.
AILA Doc. No. 10081167.
GAO Briefing on Border Fencing FY2010 Expenditure Plan
(2314 KB - 8/2/2010)
GAO summary of a June 2010 briefing on CBP’s Border Security Fencing, Infrastructure and Technology FY 2010 Expenditure Plan. GAO found that the expenditure plan did not fully satisfy all of the legislative conditions and committee reports’ directions. AILA Doc. No. 10080232.
AILA Doc. No. 10080232.
GAO Report on Military Naturalizations
(1326 KB - 8/2/2010)
GAO report finding USCIS generally met mandated processing deadlines for military naturalizations, but processing applicants deployed overseas is a challenge. GAO found that not all A-files contained documentation required in USCIS April 2009 guidance. AILA Doc. No. 10080231.
AILA Doc. No. 10080231.
TRAC Finds Current ICE Removals of Noncitizens Exceed Numbers under Bush Administration
TRAC report finding that ICE data shows a ten percent increase between the number of noncitizens removed during the first nine months of FY 2010 as the result of ICE enforcement compared to the same period in FY 2008, the last fiscal year of the Bush administration. AILA Doc. No. 10080230.
AILA Doc. No. 10080230.
HRW and ACLU Release Deportation by Default Report
A report from Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union on “Deportation by Default: Mental Disability, Unfair Hearings and Indefinite Detention in the US Immigration System." The report includes input from the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center. AILA Doc. No. 10072662.
AILA Doc. No. 10072662.
CRS Report on Mexico-U.S. Relations: Issues for Congress
(720 KB - 7/21/2010)
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report on Mexico-U.S. relations, including border security cooperation with Mexico, human rights issues, migration trends, reaction to AZ law SB 1070, and legislation in the 111th Congress. AILA Doc. No. 10072168.
AILA Doc. No. 10072168.
GAO Report on U.S. Northern Border Delays
(2062 KB - 7/21/2010)
GAO found that CBP lacks the data needed to assess the FAST Program at northern border ports. GAO also reported that CBP officers were not receiving the required number of weeks of on-the job training at 5 of the 6 ports of entry visited. AILA Doc. No. 10072164.
AILA Doc. No. 10072164.
NYC Bar Association Report on the Constitutionality of Arizona Immigration Law S.B. 1070
(471 KB - 7/20/2010)
Report from the New York City Bar Association that examines the Arizona Revised Statutes known as “SB 1070 Anti-Immigration Act,” as amended by HB 2162. AILA Doc. No. 10072032.
AILA Doc. No. 10072032.
Physical Therapy Board Suspends Exams for Graduates of Certain Overseas Programs
The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) announced the suspension of eligibility of graduates of physical therapy programs in certain countries to sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). AILA Doc. No. 10072031.
AILA Doc. No. 10072031.
GAO Report Finds Thousands of Passports Issued to Registered Sex Offenders
(515 KB - 7/14/2010)
GAO found that DOS issued U.S. passports to thousands of registered sex offenders during FY 2008. Currently, DOS has no statutory authority to deny passports to registered sex offenders, except those convicted of sex tourism. AILA Doc. No. 10071463.
AILA Doc. No. 10071463.
CRS Report: Securing America’s Borders: The Role of the Military
(137 KB - 7/7/2010)
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report on the role of the U.S. military in border enforcement including the National Guard and information on legislation in the 111th Session of Congress. AILA Doc. No. 10070769.
AILA Doc. No. 10070769.
GAO Report on Status of North Korean Refugee Resettlement and Asylum in the U.S.
(981 KB - 6/25/2010)
GAO issued a report on the status of North Korean asylum and refugee resettlement efforts. DHS/USCIS identified 33 North Koreans who have applied for asylum in the U.S. from October 2004 through March 2010. According to GAO, the actual number is likely higher. AILA Doc. No. 10062571.
AILA Doc. No. 10062571.
Appleseed Issues Report on Protecting Assets in Child Custody in the Face of Deportation
Appleseed released recently published a manual for immigrants facing deportation entitled “Protecting Assets in Child Custody in the Face of Deportation: A Guide for Practitioners Assisting Immigrant Families”. AILA Doc. No. 10062432.
AILA Doc. No. 10062432.
CRS Report: Legal Analysis of Arizona’s S.B. 1070
(469 KB - 5/27/2010)
On 05/03/10, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a legal analysis of Arizona law S.B. 1070. Topics include the major provisions of the S.B. 1070 as modified, an overview of preemption, and racial profiling issues. AILA Doc. No. 10052731.
AILA Doc. No. 10052731.
ABA Releases Report on Immigration Adjudication System Recommendations
A report prepared by Arnold & Porter LLP and released by the ABA in February 2010 entitled, “Reforming the Immigration System: Proposals to Promote Independence, Fairness, Efficiency, and Professionalism in the Adjudication of Removal Cases.” AILA Doc. No. 10051961.
AILA Doc. No. 10051961.
GAO Testimony on CNMI: DHS Should Finalize Regulations to Implement Federal Immigration Law
(271 KB - 5/19/2010)
David Gootnick, GAO Director International Affairs and Trade, testified in the House on efforts to establish federal border control in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and implement the CNRA. His remarks summarized findings from a recent GAO report. AILA Doc. No. 10051962.
AILA Doc. No. 10051962.
Report on the EB-5 Program by ICF International
(9599 KB - 5/18/2010)
ICF International 5/18/10 report on the U.S. Immigrant Investor Pilot Program (EB-5). Report includes an estimated contribution of the EB-5 program to the U.S. economy, a comparison on immigrant investor programs around the world, and an assessment of the EB-5 application and adjudication process.
AILA Doc. No. 10051859.
GAO Report on CNMI: DHS Should Finalize Regulations to Implement Federal Immigration Law
(2975 KB - 5/10/2010)
GAO issued a report that describes steps federal agencies have taken to (1) secure the border in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and (2) implement the Consolidated Natural Resources Act (CNRA) with regard to workers, visitors, and investors. AILA Doc. No. 10051066.
AILA Doc. No. 10051066.
GAO Issues Statement on the Secure Border Initiative
(262 KB - 5/6/2010)
GAO issued a statement on the Secure Border Initiative and challenges faced by DHS in deploying technology and fencing on the southwest border. The statement summarizes GAO findings and recommendations from 2007 through 2010 on SBInet and infrastructure such as fencing. AILA Doc. No. 10050661.
AILA Doc. No. 10050661.
CRS Report: U.S. Immigration Policy on Haitian Migrants
(406 KB - 5/5/2010)
On 03/31/10, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report on U.S. policy on Haitian migrants including immigration trends, policy evolution, temporary protected status, federal assistance, and options for the 111th Congress. AILA Doc. No. 10050566.
AILA Doc. No. 10050566.
CRS Report: U.S. Immigration Policy on Permanent Admissions
(538 KB - 5/5/2010)
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report on U.S. policy on permanent immigration including admission trends, backlogs and waiting times, and options in the 111th Congress. AILA Doc. No. 10050565.
AILA Doc. No. 10050565.
CRS Report: Unauthorized Aliens in the United States
(5424 KB - 5/5/2010)
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report on undocumented immigrants in the U.S. including information on demographics, current law, and policy options. AILA Doc. No. 10050564.
AILA Doc. No. 10050564.
GAO Report on American Samoa and CNMI Minimum Wage Increases
(2871 KB - 4/9/2010)
GAO issued a report on the American Samoa and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands wages, employment, employer actions, earnings, and worker views since minimum wage increases began. AILA Doc. No. 10040931.
AILA Doc. No. 10040931.
CRS Report on Visa Issuances and Grounds for Exclusion Policy and Trends
(479 KB - 4/5/2010)
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued report on legislative developments in visa policy over the past 20 years and analysis of statistical trends in visa issuances and grounds for exclusion. AILA Doc. No. 10040531.
AILA Doc. No. 10040531.
TRAC Issues Report on Criminal Immigration Prosecutions
The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) issued a report on trends in criminal immigration prosecutions. The report finds that the rate of reported prosecutions during the first three months of FY 2010 decreased by 8.8% compared to 2009 quarterly figures. AILA Doc. No. 10031770.
AILA Doc. No. 10031770.
Westat Findings of the E-Verify Program Evaluation
(3158 KB - 2/25/2010)
In December 2009, Westat submitted a report to DHS that presents the results of data analyses conducted for the evaluation of the E-Verify Program focusing on the time period between September 2007 and June 2008. AILA Doc. No. 10022562.
AILA Doc. No. 10022562.
New York Times
Issues Interactive List of Immigrant Detention Centers
New York Times
issued an interactive list of jails and detention centers used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The list includes results of annual inspections.
AILA Doc. No. 10022462.
Economic Policy Institute Briefing Paper on H-1B and L-1 Visa Programs
The Economic Policy Institute released a briefing paper titled “Bridge to Immigration or Cheap Temporary Labor? The H-1B & L-1 Visa Programs Are a Source of Both.” AILA Doc. No. 10021963.
AILA Doc. No. 10021963.
TRAC Report: Detention of Criminal Aliens: What Has Congress Bought?
TRAC released a report which analyzes ICE records about detainees from FY 2005 through the first quarter of FY 2010. The report found that funding increases by Congress contributed to a 64% increase in the number of individuals ICE detained from FY 2005 to FY 2009. AILA Doc. No. 10021962.
AILA Doc. No. 10021962.
CRS Report: The Effects on U.S. Farm Workers of an Agricultural Guest Worker Program
(325 KB - 1/8/2010)
On December 28, 2009, the Congressional Reserch Service issued a new report titled: “The Effects on U.S. Farm Workers of an Agricultural Guest Worker Program.” AILA Doc. No. 10010830.
AILA Doc. No. 10010830.
AFL-CIO Report on Guest Worker Visa Programs
An AFL-CIO report entitled, “Gaming the System: Guest Worker Visa Programs and Professional and Technical Workers in the U.S.”. AILA Doc. No. 10010864.
AILA Doc. No. 10010864.
HRW Issues Report on Detention of Refugees in the US Who Fail to Adjust to LPR Status
(342 KB - 1/5/2010)
On 12/29/09, Human Rights Watch issued a report titled “Jailing Refugees Arbitrary Detention of Refugees in the US Who Fail to Adjust to Permanent Resident Status.” The report recommends changing US law to close the legal loophole that allows for detaining these refugees. AILA Doc. No. 10010566.
AILA Doc. No. 10010566.
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