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2007 - 2006
2007 - 2006
GAO Issues Report on Use of J-1 Waiver Physicians to Address Shortages
(297 KB - 12/1/2006)
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) report examining the number of waivers for J-1 physicians, the practice specialties, settings and locations of physicians granted waivers and the extent to which waiver physicians are accounted for in HHS’ efforts to address physician shortages.
AILA Doc. No. 06120114.
GAO Recommends that DHS Address US-VISIT Data Security Weaknesses
(464 KB - 8/3/2007)
A 7/07 GAO Report found that the systems supporting the US-VISIT program have significant information security control weaknesses that place sensitive and personally identifiable information at risk. AILA Doc. No. 07080367.
AILA Doc. No. 07080367.
GAO Releases Study on EOIR’s Caseload Performance Reporting
The GAO study addresses the trend in immigration court caseloads, how cases are assigned and managed by the OCIJ, and how the EOIR/OCIJ evaluate the performance of immigration courts. AILA Doc. No. 06091926.
AILA Doc. No. 06091926.
TRAC Study on IJs and Asylum
Study from Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University focuses on the disparities between immigration judges, and between represented vs. unrepresented cases, in asylum decisionmaking. AILA Doc. No. 06073169.
AILA Doc. No. 06073169.
OIG Report on IAFIS and IDENT Interoperability
In July 2006, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report of the FBI’s progress toward achieving biometric interoperability between its Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) and the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Automated Biometric Identification (IDENT). AILA Doc. No. 06110263.
AILA Doc. No. 06110263.
TRAC Report on Asylum Decision Disparities Among the Nation's IJs
A report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse shows large disparities in asylum decisions among the nation's immigration judges, based on information from hundreds of thousands of asylum applicants in removal proceedings that were obtained from the Immigration Court under FOIA.
AILA Doc. No. 07092461.
Human Rights Watch Report: HIV/AIDS Service for Immigrants Detained by the United States
This Human Rights Watch report investigates the quality of HIV/AIDS medical care for immigrants detained in the United States. AILA Doc. No. 07122863.
AILA Doc. No. 07122863.
FAIR Named as Hate Group
The Southern Poverty Law Center announced on 12/11//07 its designation of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) as a hate group operating in the U.S. AILA Doc. No. 07121263.
AILA Doc. No. 07121263.
GAO Report: Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act of 1998
(155 KB - 11/20/2007)
The GAO issued the seventeenth report as required by the Haitian Immigration Fairness Act of 1998. The report lists the number of Haitian nationals who have applied and been approved to adjust their status to lawful permanent residence. AILA Doc. No. 07112067.
AILA Doc. No. 07112067.
GAO Testimony: CBP Inspections at Ports of Entry
The GAO provided testimony regarding CBP inspections at ports of entry. The testimony highlights weaknesses and strengths with the CBP port of entry inspections and recommends enhanced training to assist officers in apprehending inadmissible aliens and other violators. AILA Doc. No. 07111567.
AILA Doc. No. 07111567.
GAO Report on CBP Inspections at Ports of Entry
(744 KB - 11/5/2007)
This GAO report on CBP admissibility inspections at ports of entry addresses improvements in inspection procedures, as well as remaining weaknesses. AILA Doc. No. 07110533.
AILA Doc. No. 07110533.
GAO Report on DOS Passport Card Cost Estimates
(773 KB - 11/2/2007)
This GAO report examines the Department of State’s cost estimates in determining the fee for a passport card. AILA Doc. No. 07110266.
AILA Doc. No. 07110266.
GAO Recommends Guidance for ICE Exercise of Discretion
(590 KB - 10/16/2007)
This GAO report recommends that ICE update exercise of discretion guidance to include factors officers should consider when making apprehension and removal decisions and ensure that officers are provided timely information on legal developments affecting discretionary decisions. AILA Doc. No. 07101666.
AILA Doc. No. 07101666.
GAO Report on the Diversity Visa Program and Fraud
(823 KB - 9/21/2007)
This September 2007 GAO Report on the Diversity Visa Program and its vulnerability to fraud recommends that DOS compile better data on known fraud and develop a strategy to address fraud risk. AILA Doc. No. 07092173.
AILA Doc. No. 07092173.
GAO Progress Report on DHS Mission Implementation and Management Functions
(3659 KB - 9/6/2007)
This GAO report reflects on DHS's progress since its establishment. The report includes progress evaluations of border security, immigration enforcement and immigration services. AILA Doc. No. 07090666.
AILA Doc. No. 07090666.
GAO Reiterates Recommendations on US-VISIT Management and Expenditure Plans
(1119 KB - 9/4/2007)
An August 2007 GAO Report reiterates prior recommendations on DHS’s US-VISIT management and expenditure plans. Also, it recommends that the DHS Secretary report on the reasons for not fully addressing prior recommendations or the legislative conditions required by the Department of Homeland Security Act of 2007. AILA Doc. No. 07090475.
AILA Doc. No. 07090475.
GAO Report Examines Visa Wait Times at Consular Posts
(750 KB - 8/3/2007)
A 7/07 GAO Report examines visa wait times at consular posts and how the Department of State plans to keep pace with the increasing demand for visas. AILA Doc. No. 07080366.
AILA Doc. No. 07080366.
GAO Report on Security Enhanced Passports, Visas and Border Crossing Cards
(1315 KB - 7/31/2007)
A 7/07 GAO Report on the security of passports, visas and border crossing cards makes recommendations to DHS and DOS to minimize the risk of fraud. AILA Doc. No. 07073170.
AILA Doc. No. 07073170.
GAO Found that Citizenship Documentation Requirement Resulted in a Decline in Medicaid Enrollment among Eligible Applicants
(401 KB - 7/25/2007)
In a June 2007 GAO study, States reported that the Medicaid citizenship documentation requirement has resulted in barriers to access for some eligible citizens. AILA Doc. No. 07072532.
AILA Doc. No. 07072532.
Police Chiefs Guide to Immigration Issues
Link to 7/07 guidance issued by the International Association of Chiefs of Police with respect to immigration. AILA Doc. No. 07072530.
AILA Doc. No. 07072530.
GAO Reviews USCIS' Transformation and Expenditure Plans
(597 KB - 7/23/2007)
The DHS appropriations Act for FY 07 mandated that GAO review USCIS' transformation plans before the agency can obligate 47 million in funding. On 7/17/07 GAO released a briefing to congressional staff. AILA Doc. No. 07072360.
AILA Doc. No. 07072360.
Human Rights Watch Assesses the Impact of Deportation Policy on Immigrants and Their Families
A July 2007 Human Rights Watch report entitled "Forced Apart: Families Separated and Immigrants Harmed by U.S. Deportation Policy" addresses the ways in which AEDPA and IIRAIRA have impacted immigrants and their families. AILA Doc. No. 07071961.
AILA Doc. No. 07071961.
GAO Report on Alien Detention Standards
(1501 KB - 7/6/2007)
On 7/6/07 the GAO released a report on ICE's implementation of its detention standards for aliens in custody. AILA Doc. No. 07070662.
AILA Doc. No. 07070662.
GAO Report on Challenges in Attracting International Students to the U.S.
On 6/29/07 the GAO released a report entitled “Challenges in Attracting Students to the United States and Implications for Global Competitiveness.” AILA Doc. No. 07070565.
AILA Doc. No. 07070565.
GAO Report on US-VISIT Biometric Exit Capability
(88 KB - 6/28/2007)
This GAO Report is on DHS’s U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) program to collect information on some foreign nationals at ports-of-entry when entering and exiting the U.S. The GAO found that improvements could be made in plans for data collection from exits. AILA Doc. No. 07062866.
AILA Doc. No. 07062866.
GAO Report: DHS Immigration Attorney Staffing Lacks Data and Documentation
This GAO report evaluates ICE, USCIS and CBP attorney staffing procedures. AILA Doc. No. 07051766.
AILA Doc. No. 07051766.
GAO Report on CBP and TSA Passenger Prescreening Pilot Programs
This GAO report addresses CBP and TSA airline passenger prescreening pilot programs. AILA Doc. No. 07051764.
AILA Doc. No. 07051764.
CRS Report to Congress on Comprehensive Immigration Reform
(72 KB - 2/27/2007)
Summary of the the major elements of comprehensive immigration reform, prepared and presented to Congress by the Congressional Research Service. AILA Doc. No. 07022774.
AILA Doc. No. 07022774.
The Toll on Immigration Policy After September 11
(155 KB - 2/20/2007)
Report soon to published in the Minnesota Law Review detailing how national security concerns have come to inapporpriately dominate the much-needed debate over comprehensive immigration reform. AILA Doc. No. 07022040.
AILA Doc. No. 07022040.
CRS Report on Visa Issuances: Policy, Issues and Legislation
(169 KB - 2/7/2007)
The 01/24/07 CRS report includes an overview of visa issuance procedures, as well as discussion of visa screening policies, key laws revising visa policy from the 107th -109th Congresses, and select issues in the 110th Congress. AILA Doc. No. 07020763.
AILA Doc. No. 07020763.
CRS Report on the Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity
(186 KB - 10/31/2006)
CRS report outlining the immigration consequences for aliens found guilty of criminal activity. The report also surveys recent legislation, including provisions in H.R. 4437, S. 2611, and H.R. 6094.
AILA Doc. No. 06103163.
CRS Report on Foreign Students in the United States
(212 KB - 10/17/2006)
The Congressional Research Service issues a comprehensive report on foreign students in the United States. According to the report, regarding foreign student visas, competitiveness concerns are now replacing security concerns, reversing a trend started soon after 9/11. AILA Doc. No. 06101767.
AILA Doc. No. 06101767.
Human Rights First Reports On Impact of Material Support Bar
Human Rights First report, “Abandoning the Persecuted: Victims of Terrorism and Oppression Barred from Asylum,” explores the legal terms “material support” to “terrorist organizations” and how it impacts refugees and asylees. AILA Doc. No. 06100661.
AILA Doc. No. 06100661.
CRS Cost Estimates of Unauthorized Immigration
(648 KB - 8/21/2006)
This Congressional Research Service report discusses the difficulties in estimating the cost of unauthorized immigration, and provides an overview of 13 studies that attempt to quantify the costs of undocumented immigrants for local, state, and federal governments. AILA Doc. No. 06082171.
AILA Doc. No. 06082171.
CRS Comparisons of Selected Admissions Provisions in S. 2611, H.R. 4437, and Current Law
(323 KB - 8/30/2006)
A 8/29/06 CRS report that compares selected provisions on temporary and permanent admissions in Title V (“Backlog Reduction”) through Subtitle B (“SKIL Act”) of S. 2611 with current law and, where applicable, H.R. 4437. AILA Doc. No. 06083061.
AILA Doc. No. 06083061.
GAO Releases Report on ICE’s Atlas Program
(751 KB - 8/2/2006)
The GAO released a report on the ICE’s Atlas program to modernize its information technology infrastructure. AILA Doc. No. 06080270.
AILA Doc. No. 06080270.
United States Military Academy Professor Studies the Relationship Between National Security & Immigration Policy
(441 KB - 7/25/2006)
This study examines the national security response in the wake of 9/11, concluding that many measures taken impose unnecessary restraints on human rights and immigration, and are counterproductive in the war on terrorism. Recommendations include passage in Congress of truly comprehensive immigration reform, and defeat of enforcement-only measures. AILA Doc. No. 06072515.
AILA Doc. No. 06072515.
CRS Issues Report Comparing Enforcement Provisions in H.R. 4437 and S.2611
(2131 KB - 7/19/2006)
Congressional Research Service report comparing enforcement provisions in H.R. 4437, S. 2611 and current law. The report is intended as one of a series analyzing the two pieces of immigration reform legislation passed in the 109th Congress by the House and the Senate. AILA Doc. No. 06071968.
AILA Doc. No. 06071968.
GAO Report on Use of Earnings Data and Unauthorized Work
(799 KB - 7/13/2006)
GAO released a report assessing DHS’s use of data received from SSA to identify unauthorized work for immigration enforcement. AILA Doc. No. 06071362.
AILA Doc. No. 06071362.
GAO Releases Report on H-1B Visa Program
GAO released a report on the H-1B visa program entitled, "Labor Could Improve Its Oversight and Increase Information Sharing with Homeland Security." AILA Doc. No. 06062275.
AILA Doc. No. 06062275.
Family, Unvalued: Discrimination, Denial and the Fate of Binational Same-Sex Couples
“Family, Unvalued: Discrimination, Denial and the Fate of Binational Same-Sex Couples under U.S. Law” documents how U.S. immigration laws discriminate against binational same-sex couples. The report documents the consequences of this discrimination and shows how it can separate not only partners from one another, but also parents from children. AILA Doc. No. 06051161.
AILA Doc. No. 06051161.
CRS Issues Report on H-1B Visa History and Trends
(276 KB - 3/30/2006)
Congressional Research Service report on H-1B legislative history and current trends. AILA Doc. No. 06033028.
AILA Doc. No. 06033028.
Zogby Poll on WHTI
(284 KB - 3/14/2006)
Results of the Zogby poll on the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. AILA Doc. No. 06031467.
AILA Doc. No. 06031467.
BESTT Coalition Press Release on Results of Zogby WHTI Poll
(137 KB - 3/14/2006)
The Borders for Economic Security, Trade and Tourism (BESTT) Coalition issues a press release regarding the results of a Zogby poll on the economic impact of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. AILA Doc. No. 06031466.
AILA Doc. No. 06031466.
CBO Cost Estimate for H.R. 4437
(32 KB - 3/7/2006)
Report from the Congressional Budget Office on the estimated costs of implementing H.R. 4437, the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005, published on December 13, 2005. AILA Doc. No. 06030765.
AILA Doc. No. 06030765.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Comments on WHTI
(226 KB - 3/2/2006)
Comments from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce highlighting areas of concern regarding the implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. AILA Doc. No. 06030278.
AILA Doc. No. 06030278.
Canadian Study Details Deleterious Effects of WHTI on U.S. Economy
(415 KB - 2/24/2006)
Province of Ontario Ministry of Tourism report on the impact of the Western Hemisphere Travel Inititiative (WHTI) on both the US and Canada. The study estimates that over the next two years, WHTI could result in a loss of $200 million Canadian spent in the U.S. by Ontarians alone. AILA Doc. No. 06022466.
AILA Doc. No. 06022466.
The Secure Flow of People: Potential Impact of the WHTI
(426 KB - 2/24/2006)
Embassy of Canada pamphlet illustrating the potential negative impact the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative will have on the U.S. and Canada. AILA Doc. No. 06022470.
AILA Doc. No. 06022470.
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