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  • CRS Report on Current TPS Policy and Issues(557 KB - 12/27/2011)
    A 12/13/11 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on the background and history of Temporary Protected Status (TPS), as well as current immigration policies and issues relating to TPS.
    AILA Doc. No. 11122748.
  • GAO Report on Needed CBP Training Protocols(1009 KB - 12/23/2011)
    GAO report on additional training steps that CBP needs to take, after finding that approximately 4,000 customs officers have not completed the immigration fundamentals and immigration law courses, although they were required to complete them.
    AILA Doc. No. 11122322.
  • Accessing Justice: The Availability and Adequacy of Counsel in Immigration Proceedings(9276 KB - 12/19/2011)
    A report from the New York Immigrant Representation Study that compares case outcomes based on key factors such as whether the immigrant was detained or non-detained, had representation, and whether or not the representation was considered adequate.
    AILA Doc. No. 11121909.
  • TRAC Report Finds ICE is Targeting Fewer Criminals in Deportation Proceedings (12/8/2011)
    The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) found that of ICE deportation proceedings initiated during July through September 2011, only 13.8% of the individuals were charged with having engaged in criminal activities.
    AILA Doc. No. 11120862.
  • GAO Report on DHS's Acquisition Policy and Transformation(1186 KB - 11/23/2011)
    GAO report finding that USCIS did not consistently follow the acquisition management approach that DHS outlined in its management directives in developing and managing the Transformation Program.
    AILA Doc. No. 11112362.
  • TIGTA Report: Undocumented Workers Claim Refundable Tax Credits(122 KB - 11/14/2011)
    A 7/7/11 report of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration finds undocumented workers received $4.2 billion in 2010 by claiming the Additional Child Tax Credit. TIGTA seeks clarification on whether refundable tax credits may be paid to undocumented workers.
    AILA Doc. No. 11111461.
  • NY State Releases “Lawyer’s Manual on Human Trafficking” (11/8/2011)
    The NY Supreme Court/NY State Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts report on human trafficking, “Lawyer’s Manual on Human Trafficking: Pursuing Justice for Victims,” including sections on immigration remedies for victims, and labor exploitation of immigrants.
    AILA Doc. No. 11110865.
  • CRS Report on Interior Immigration Enforcement(454 KB - 11/4/2011)
    A 10/21/11 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on DHS's interior immigration enforcement, including the Criminal Alien Program, Secure Communities, the 287(g) program, and the National Fugitive Operations Program.
    AILA Doc. No. 11110461.
  • CRS Report on Immigration Issues and Legislation in the 112th Congress(491 KB - 10/19/2011)
    A 9/30/11 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on immigration-related issues that have received legislative action or are of significant interest in the 112th Congress, including border security, E-Verify, detention, diversity visas, and immigrant investors.
    AILA Doc. No. 11101968.
  • CRS Report on Unauthorized Aliens Residing in the U.S.(475 KB - 10/3/2011)
    A 9/22/11 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report comparing estimates of unauthorized aliens residing in the U.S from 1986 to 2010.
    AILA Doc. No. 11100361.
  • TRAC Report on Removal Proceedings in the Decade since 9/11 (9/12/2011)
    A Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report, dated 9/9/11, providing an overview of removal proceedings initiated in the Immigration Courts, and comparing data on removal proceedings from the decades before and after 9/11/01.
    AILA Doc. No. 11091263.
  • TRAC Report Shows Unlawful Re-Entry as Most Common Lead Charge (8/1/2011)
    Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report finds that 18,552 new unlawful re-entry prosecutions were reported during the first half of FY2011, based on data from DOJ, making unlawful re-entry under 8 U.S.C. §1326 the most commonly recorded lead charge.
    AILA Doc. No. 11080170.
  • MPI Report on the Enforcement of Labor Standards and Low-Wage Immigrants (7/15/2011)
    A July 2011 Migration Policy Institute (MPI) report on elements of effective labor standards enforcement, focusing on firms with heavy concentrations of low-wage immigrant workers, argues that labor standards enforcement should be a pillar of immigrant policymaking agendas.
    AILA Doc. No. 11071570.
  • NFAP Report on Mandatory Employment Verification(320 KB - 7/13/2011)
    National Foundation for American Policy’s policy brief entitled “ We Should Trust, But Not E-Verify: An Analysis of H.R. 2164,” addresses the impact of implementing H.R. 2164, the Legal Workforce Act.
    AILA Doc. No. 11071365.
  • CRS Report on the Roles of DHS and DOS in Visa Security Policy(274 KB - 7/12/2011)
    A 6/30/11 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report providing an overview of visa issuances, the statutory basis of current visa policy, and consular screening procedures, as well as a discussion of current issues in visa policy, such as competing interests, and more.
    AILA Doc. No. 11071267.
  • CRS Report on Asylum and “Credible Fear” Issues(344 KB - 7/12/2011)
    A 6/29/11 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on asylum and “credible fear” issues in U.S. immigration policy provides an overview of the current asylum policy, a breakdown of source countries for asylum seekers, an analysis of approved asylum cases, and more.
    AILA Doc. No. 11071265.
  • PHR Report: Indefinite Detention in the U.S. (7/1/2011)
    A Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) report on the use of indefinite detention in the national security and immigration contexts, finds that the harms endured by indefinite detainees are unconstitutionally punitive and violate domestic and international law.
    AILA Doc. No. 11070171.
  • CRS Report: DREAM Act Legislation(383 KB - 6/29/2011)
    A 3/22/11 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report about DREAM Act Legislation in the 111th Congress, including estimates of potential DREAM Act beneficiaries, higher education benefits as related to immigration status, and a summary of recent legislation.
    AILA Doc. No. 11062969.
  • HRW Report on Transfers of Detained Immigrants (6/15/2011)
    Human Rights Watch report entitled “A Costly Move,” analyzes 12 years of data and finds that transfers separate detained immigrants, including LPRs, refugees, and undocumented people from the attorneys, witnesses, and evidence they need to defend against deportation.
    AILA Doc. No. 11061535.
  • TRAC Report on the Growing Immigration Case Backlog Despite Additional Judge Appointments (6/8/2011)
    Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report finding that the number of cases awaiting resolution before the immigration courts reached a new all-time high of 275,316 by the end of May 2011, despite the addition of 44 new immigration judges to the bench.
    AILA Doc. No. 11060862.
  • MPI Report on Reducing Unauthorized Employment (6/1/2011)
    A May 2011 Migration Policy Institute (MPI) report on policy options that involve strengthening employer sanctions and employment verification methods, improving legal immigration avenues, and pushing labor market reforms, as strategies for reducing unauthorized employment.
    AILA Doc. No. 11060164.
  • GAO Report on the Visa Waiver Program(1599 KB - 5/17/2011)
    GAO report on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) evaluates the implementation of the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), agencies’ progress in negotiating information-sharing agreements, and DHS’s timeliness in reporting on security risks posed by VWP countries.
    AILA Doc. No. 11051765.
  • U.S. Chamber Immigration Myths and Facts Report (5/6/2011)
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce May 2011 report addresses common immigration myths by providing facts about the relationship of immigrants to jobs, wages, taxes, population, crime, integration, and federal public benefits. The report argues that immigrants benefit the U.S. economy.
    AILA Doc. No. 11050635.
  • Appleseed Report on the Screening and Protection of Unaccompanied Mexican Children (5/6/2011)
    A 2011 Appleseed report on the extent to which the screening and protection of unaccompanied Mexican minors at the border and after repatriation are being conducted in the manner set forth by the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008.
    AILA Doc. No. 11050660.
  • GAO Report on DHS Efforts to Identify, Address, and Share Information on Overstays(1797 KB - 5/5/2011)
    GAO report examines the extent to which DHS takes action to address overstays, and the extent to which it identifies overstays and shares the information among its border security and immigration enforcement components as well as other federal, state, and local agencies.
    AILA Doc. No. 11050530.
  • GAO Report on Convicted and Incarcerated Undocumented Immigrants(6893 KB - 4/21/2011)
    GAO report on statistics associated with incarcerated undocumented immigrants, including the number and nationalities of incarcerated undocumented immigrants, the types of offenses for which they were arrested and convicted, and the costs associated with their incarceration.
    AILA Doc. No. 11042138.
  • GAO Report on the DHS Visa Security Program(703 KB - 4/21/2011)
    GAO report on the DHS Visa Security Program (VSP) assesses the ability of ICE to measure the program’s objectives and performance, challenges to VSP operations, and ICE efforts to expand the program.
    AILA Doc. No. 11042136.
  • GAO Testimony on Employment Verification(91 KB - 4/15/2011)
    GAO testimony on E-Verify, finding that while USCIS and SSA have taken actions to prepare for possible mandatory implementation of E-Verify, challenges still existing including the accurate estimating of E-Verify costs.
    AILA Doc. No. 11041563.
  • GAO Testimony on DHS Progress and Challenges in Securing the U.S. Borders(386 KB - 3/30/2011)
    GAO testimony on DHS progress and challenges in securing the U.S. borders addresses DHS capabilities to enforce security at or near the borders, interagency coordination and oversight of information sharing and enforcement efforts, and management of technology programs.
    AILA Doc. No. 11033031.
  • IACHR Report on Immigration in the United States: Detention and Due Process(2239 KB - 3/17/2011)
    A 12/30/10 Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) report on whether policies and practices in the U.S. with respect to immigrant-related detention and due process are compatible with the country’s international obligations in the area of human rights.
    AILA Doc. No. 11031733.
  • CRS Report: U.S. Immigration Policy on Temporary Admissions(526 KB - 3/16/2011)
    A 2/28/11 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report about U.S. immigration policy on temporary admissions covers policy tensions, nonimmigrant categories, periods of admission, work authorization, grounds for removal, visa and admission trends, and more.
    AILA Doc. No. 11031666.
  • MPI Report on Executive Action to Make the Immigration System Work Better (3/15/2011)
    A March 2011 Migration Policy Institute (MPI) report suggesting six ways executive action could be used to improve the performance of the U.S. immigration system, by building on policies of principal executive branch immigration agencies, without requiring new legislation.
    AILA Doc. No. 11031571.
  • Westat Report on E-Verify Nonusers(446 KB - 2/3/2011)
    Westat report submitted to DHS in December 2010, with the results of a nationwide survey of companies that have never used E-Verify, finding that the principal reason for nonparticipation appears to be a lack of awareness about the program.
    AILA Doc. No. 11020362.
  • MPI Report: The Evolution of Border Controls as a Mechanism to Prevent Illegal Immigration (2/2/2011)
    A February 2011 Migration Policy Institute (MPI) report on the challenges of securing U.S. borders and the approach that policymakers have taken in recent years, which examines border-control technologies, their implementation, and effectiveness.
    AILA Doc. No. 11020230.
  • TRAC Report on Federal Criminal Enforcement (2/2/2011)
    The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) released a report on federal criminal enforcement and staffing showing a sharp increase in federal immigration prosecutions between FY2007 and FY2010 in districts along the Southwest border and those away from the border.
    AILA Doc. No. 11020273.
  • MPI Report on 287(g) State and Local Immigration Enforcement (1/31/2011)
    A January 2011 Migration Policy Institute report that assesses the implementation, outcomes, costs, and community impacts of the 287(g) program, which enables state and local officers to directly enforce federal immigration law and is now operating in 72 jurisdictions.
    AILA Doc. No. 11013171.
  • GAO Report on Need for Reform in H-1B Program(6332 KB - 1/14/2011)
    GAO report finding that demand for new H-1B workers tended to exceed the cap from 2000 to 2009, and that reforms are needed to minimize the risks and costs of the H-1B program. GAO recommends that DHS and DOL work to improve the efficiency and monitoring of the program.
    AILA Doc. No. 11011430.
 
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