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Immigration Policy Center’s Perspectives on Immigration Detainers
(1021 KB - 12/18/2013)
Immigration Policy Center’s
on the faulty legal arguments behind immigration detainers.
AILA Doc. No. 13121845.
GAO Testimony on DHS’s Efforts to Improve Employee Morale and Fill Senior Leadership Vacancies
(979 KB - 12/12/2013)
GAO testimony from a 12/12/13 hearing before the Committee on Homeland Security in the House of Representatives on DHS’s efforts to improve employee morale, which is 7% points lower at DHS than the government-wide average, and to fill senior leadership vacancies.
AILA Doc. No. 13121244.
TRAC Report Shows Immigration Prosecutions Reached All-time High in FY2013
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report with latest available DOJ data showing that during FY2013, immigration prosecutions reached an all-time high, with new cases being filed against 97,384 defendants, an increase up 5.9% over the past fiscal year.
AILA Doc. No. 13112543.
GAO Report on Sexual Assault in Detention
(1958 KB - 11/21/2013)
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report, “Immigration Detention: Additional Actions Could Strengthen DHS Efforts to Address Sexual Abuse," after reviewing documentation of 215 sexual abuse and assault allegations reported to ICE headquarters between October 2009 and March 2013.
AILA Doc. No. 13112136.
CRS Report on Judicial Review of Immigration Matters
(713 KB - 11/20/2013)
Congressional Research Service (CRS) report with an overview of judicial review of immigration matters, including visa denials and revocations, removal orders and detention, naturalization delays, expedited removal of inadmissible arriving aliens, expatriation, and legalization denials.
AILA Doc. No. 13112042.
Report Calls for Improvements to DHS Notice to Appear (NTA) Procedure
Center for Immigrants’ Rights report, “To File or Not to File a Notice to Appear: Improving the Government’s Use of Prosecutorial Discretion,” arguing that DHS should consistently consider prosecutorial discretion (PD) and increase its use of favorable PD in the issuance and filing of NTAs.
AILA Doc. No. 13102844.
TRAC Report Finds New ICE Detainer Guidelines Have Little Impact
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report finds that since the stricter detainer guidelines were issued in December 2012, fewer than one in nine of the ICE detainers met the agency’s stated goal of targeting individuals who pose a serious threat to public safety or national security.
AILA Doc. No. 13100241.
American Immigration Council Report: The Cost of Doing Nothing
(1901 KB - 9/27/2013)
The American Immigration Council’s Immigration Policy Center released a report, “The Cost of Doing Nothing,” which outlines the dollars, lives, and opportunities that are lost in the wait for comprehensive immigration reform.
AILA Doc. No. 13092705.
Center for American Progress Report on DACA
Center for American Progress September 2013 report with nationwide analysis of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) applicants, including comparing where DACA applicants came from, which states have the most successful DACA outreach, and how DACA has worked during its first year.
AILA Doc. No. 13092340.
National Conference of State Legislatures Report on State Immigration Activity
National Conference of State Legislatures report on state immigration laws and resolutions enacted between January and June 2013, addressing a variety of issues including DACA, driver’s license eligibility, instate tuition benefits, and resolutions commending contributions of immigrants.
AILA Doc. No. 13091751.
TRAC Report on the Nature of Charge in New Filings Seeking Removal Orders
Transactional Records Access Clearing House (TRAC) report demonstrating that only a small proportion of the filings in immigration courts seeking to deport noncitizens have been based on alleged criminal activity. Charts are updated with new data as it is available.
AILA Doc. No. 13091142.
TRAC Report on New Filings Seeking Removal Orders
Transactional Records Access Clearing House (TRAC) report showing the number of new filings seeking removal orders in immigration courts. Charts are updated with new data as it is available.
AILA Doc. No. 13091141.
CRS Report on Refugee Admissions and Resettlement Policy
(319 KB - 9/10/2013)
Congressional Research Service report, “Refugee Admissions and Resettlement Policy”, with an overview on refugee admissions and adjudication, including information of FY2013 ceilings and allocations and special refugee provisions.
AILA Doc. No. 13091054.
CRS Report on Immigration Provisions of VAWA
(443 KB - 9/10/2013)
Congressional Research Service 8/9/13 publication, “Immigration Provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)”, which provides an update on the immigration provisions in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, which was signed into law (P.L. 113-4) on 3/7/13.
AILA Doc. No. 13091047.
CRS Report on Immigration-Related Worksite Enforcement
(309 KB - 9/9/2013)
Congressional Research Service 8/7/13 publication, “Immigration-Related Worksite Enforcement: Performance Measures,” which provides a summary of ICE’s worksite enforcement program and enforcement activity by DOL.
AILA Doc. No. 13090942.
GAO Report Reviewing CBP’s Integrity-Related Programs
(149 KB - 8/30/2013)
U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) 8/28/13 report following up on its December 2012 report on CBP efforts to ensure integrity in its workforce. While CBP has not finalized its comprehensive integrity strategy, training courses are systematic and required throughout an employee’s career.
AILA Doc. No. 13083040.
GAO Report on Border Security and CBP Officer Training
(630 KB - 8/30/2013)
U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) 8/28/13 report evaluating CBP’s progress on GAO’s December 2011 four recommendations on CBP training. Three of the four recommendations have been implemented with the fourth in progress.
AILA Doc. No. 13083061.
CRS’ Summary of Comprehensive Immigration Reform in the 113th Congress
(240 KB - 8/27/2013)
Congressional Research Service’s (CRS) July 10, 2013 publication, Comprehensive Immigration Reform in the 113th Congress: Short Summary of Senate-Passed S. 744, which briefly outlines major provisions of the CIR bill amended and passed by the Senate on June 27, 2013.
AILA Doc. No. 13082741.
ACLU of Southern California Report: “Muslims Need Not Apply”
Report from ACLU of Southern California titled “Muslims Need Not Apply,” about how a USCIS national security program known as the “Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program” (CARRP) impacts Muslim or perceived-to-by Muslim applicants.
AILA Doc. No. 13082354.
Brookings Report with Statistics on the DACA Program
Brookings report on the first year of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, with statistics drawn from a FOIA request to DHS requesting information on the size of the program, demographics, geographic distribution, age, and year of arrival of applicants.
TRAC Report on Immigration Court Cases Closed Based on Prosecutorial Discretion
Transactional Records Access Clearing House (TRAC) tool allowing for searching on the breakdown of immigration court cases closed based on prosecutorial discretion by immigration court and hearing location. Charts are updated with new data as it is available.
AILA Doc. No. 13081244.
FOIA Response with Internal Documents by USCIS on Deferred Action
(661 KB - 7/31/2013)
FOIA response provides internal documents by USCIS on non-DACA deferred action since June 17, 2011. Special thanks to Pennsylvania State University and Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia.
AILA Doc. No. 13073152.
GAO Report on Need for Improved Transparency and Reliability of H-2A Program Data
(1181 KB - 7/31/2013)
U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) 7/2/13 letter to DOL on recommendations to improve the transparency and reliability of DOL’s data on the H-2A program, as DOL’s annual performance reports sometime differed from its public data files posted on its website.
AILA Doc. No. 13073145.
GAO Report on Overstay Enforcement and the Biometric Entry/Exit System
(1183 KB - 7/31/2013)
U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) July 2013 report to Congressional requesters on overstay enforcement, recommending that DHS assess and document the reliability of its data, and establish time frames and milestones for a “biometric air exit evaluation” framework.
AILA Doc. No. 13073144.
TRAC Report Indicating Number of ICE Detainers Dropped by 19%
Transactional Records Access Clearing House (TRAC) report indicating that during the first four months of FY2013, the number of ICE detainers issued declined by 19%. The largest number of detainers were issued by the Enforcement and Removal Operations Criminal Alien Program.
AILA Doc. No. 13072541.
Report on “The State of Our Courts: A View From The Inside”
(642 KB - 7/24/2013)
The National Association of Immigration Judges April 2013 report outlining immigration court history and the need for immigration reform, stating that "without an effective and efficient immigration court system, omnibus immigration reform will not fulfill its promise.
AILA Doc. No. 13072443.
Report: The Economic Benefits of Fixing Our Broken Immigration System
(1128 KB - 7/16/2013)
A July 2013 report prepared by the National Economic Council, the Domestic Policy Council, the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and the Office of Management and Budget, for the White House, on the economic benefits of passing commonsense immigration reform, including the Senate’s S744.
AILA Doc. No. 13071642.
TRAC Report Says Legal Noncitizens Receive Longest ICE Detention
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report from June 2013 showing that individuals who were legally entitled to remain in the United States typically experienced the longest ICE detention times, sometimes stretching on for years before they won their cases and were released.
AILA Doc. No. 13060343.
TRAC Report on ICE FOIA Office Backlog Wait Times
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) May 2013 report showing that the median time FOIA requests have been waiting unanswered in ICE’s backlog has climbed 64% since March 2013 and half of ICE's backlog of pending requests have been waiting for more than 105 days unanswered.
AILA Doc. No. 13053047.
CRS Report on Immigration Enforcement & Border Security
(1099 KB - 5/29/2013)
Congressional Research Service (CRS) report entitled “Border Security: Immigration Enforcement Between Ports of Entry” on how the concentration of enforcement resources at border may increase border violence and migrant deaths, as well as encourage unauthorized people to find new ways to enter.
AILA Doc. No. 13052962.
TRAC Report on Removal Decisions of ICE Detainees
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report from May 2013 showing that out of the 1,500 individuals taken into custody by ICE on a typical work day, the latest ICE data record shows that about 1,000 were eventually removed and only 360 individuals were released after posting bond.
AILA Doc. No. 13052249.
TRAC Report on Removal Orders Granted by IJs
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report on removal orders granted by Immigration Judges. Chart is updated with new data as it is available.
AILA Doc. No. 13050645.
TRAC Tool for Calculating Average Wait Times
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) tool that calculates the average time pending cases have been waiting in immigration courts. Data will be updated as it becomes available.
AILA Doc. No. 13041142.
CRS Report on E-Verify Program
(779 KB - 4/9/2013)
Congressional Research Service (CRS) report from 3/19/13 entitled “Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification” on whether E-Verify will be considered in the 113th Congress as part of a comprehensive immigration reform bill or as separate, stand-alone legislation.
AILA Doc. No. 13040955.
CRS Report on Human Trafficking Policy and Issues
(1223 KB - 4/1/2013)
Congressional Research Service (CRS) report from 2/19/13 entitled “Trafficking in Persons: U.S. Policy and Issues for Congress” on whether U.S. policy to combat human trafficking equally treats all victims—both foreign nationals and U.S. citizens.
AILA Doc. No. 13040142.
Report on Economic Effects of Granting Citizenship to Undocumented Immigrants
Center for American Progress (CAP) 3/20/13 report showing that granting undocumented immigrants immediate citizenship would add $1.4 trillion to economic growth, increase tax revenues by $184 billion and create 203,000 jobs over the next decade.
AILA Doc. No. 13032753.
Report on Lines, Visa Categories, and Wait Times
Migration Policy Institute (MPI) March 2013 issue brief report examining who is in the immigration “line,” what are the various visa categories involved in family- and employment-based immigration, wait times, and which countries are most affected by the backlogs.
AILA Doc. No. 13032255.
Report on What Americans Want From Immigration Reform
Brookings Institution March 2013 joint report with Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) surveying of nearly 4,500 American adults with 63% of Americans thinking that immigration reform should allow a pathway to citizenship and more.
AILA Doc. No. 13032143.
CRS Report on Chart Book of Key Trends in U.S. Immigration Policy
(1167 KB - 3/19/2013)
Congressional Research Service (CRS) report from 3/7/13 called “U.S. Immigration Policy: Chart Book of Key Trends” highlighting selected immigration trends that touch on the main elements of comprehensive immigration reform.
AILA Doc. No. 13031942.
CRS Report on Brief History of Comprehensive Immigration Reform
(784 KB - 3/7/2013)
Congressional Research Service (CRS) report from 2/27/13 called “Brief History of Comprehensive Immigration Reform Efforts in the 109th and 110th Congresses to Inform Policy Discussions in the 113th Congress” on past congressional deliberations on immigration reform.
AILA Doc. No. 13030747.
TRAC Report on Immigration Referrals and Spike in Criminal Prosecutions
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report showing 15,313 federal criminal prosecutions in December 2012, with this 14% sharp increase being entirely the result of prosecutions recommended by CBP agents in just two federal districts along U.S.-Mexico border.
AILA Doc. No. 13022843.
Report on Workers' Rights and Immigration Reform
National Employment Rights Project (NELP) February 2013 report detailing how bad-actor employers around the country are using immigration enforcement to retaliate against workers, subverting both immigration and labor laws.
AILA Doc. No. 13022765.
CRS Report on Policy Options for Providing Targeted Immigration Relief
(702 KB - 2/25/2013)
Congressional Research Service (CRS) report from 2/13/13 on policies to provide targeted relief to unauthorized persons, including statutory and legislative remedies, including amending statutory provisions to make it easier for unauthorized persons to obtain LPR status.
AILA Doc. No. 13022542.
TRAC Report on Targets of ICE Detainers
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report showing of 1 million detainers issued by ICE since FY2008, only 22.6% of the time did targeted individual have any criminal conviction and only 8.6% of charges were classified as a serious offense.
AILA Doc. No. 13022041.
TRAC Report on Deportation Orders Rising Slightly from Historic Lows
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report showing that during January 2013, the government reported 15,174 new ICE filings seeking deportation orders, which is down 23.7 percent through first 4 months of FY2013 when compared to monthly filings in FY2012.
AILA Doc. No. 13021564.
CRS Report on Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Enforcement
(772 KB - 2/4/2013)
Congressional Research Service (CRS) report from 1/17/13 called "Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Enforcement: Legal Issues" which addresses the constitutional and other legal foundations and issues related to the doctrine of prosecutorial discretion.
AILA Doc. No. 13020443.
TRAC Report on Record Year for Asylum Cases
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report showing odds of an asylum claim being denied reached an historic low in FY2012, with only 44.5% being turned down. Almost 2 out of 3 (62.6%) individuals seeking asylum lost their cases in similar actions 10 years ago.
AILA Doc. No. 13011541.
CRS Report on Permanent Legal Immigration to the United States
(797 KB - 1/10/2013)
Congressional Research Service (CRS) report from 12/17/12 called “Permanent Legal Immigration to the United States: Policy Overview” showing that nearly 65% of legal permanent residents (LPRs) entered the United States on the basis of family ties during FY2011.
AILA Doc. No. 13011047.
GAO Report on Measuring Border Security Resource Needs
(6809 KB - 1/9/2013)
GAO report showing that apprehensions decreased within each southwest border sector and by 68% in the Tucson sector from FY2006 to FY2011, due in part to changes in the U.S. economy and achievement of Border Patrol strategic objectives. But that key elements of the Strategic Plan remain undefined.
AILA Doc. No. 13010947.
Migration Policy Institute Report on Immigration Enforcement in the United States
Migration Policy Institute (MPI) January 2013 report entitled “Immigration Enforcement in the United States: The Rise of a Formidable Machinery” offering analysis of current immigration enforcement that began with passage of the Immigration Reform & Control Act (IRCA).
AILA Doc. No. 13010851.
GAO Report on CBP Efforts to Mitigate Risk of Employee Misconduct
(1565 KB - 1/3/2013)
A December 2012 GAO report on improving screening tools to mitigate risks of employee corruption and misconduct for both applicants and incumbent CBP officers on corruption-related activities, including smuggling of persons, of whom 125 have been convicted as of October 2012.
AILA Doc. No. 13010355.
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