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  • TRAC Report on Immigration Prosecutions (1/13/2009)
    A Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report reveals that an unusually large surge in immigration prosecutions in the last months of FY2008 resulted in the annual count of such filings more than quadrupling during the Bush Administration.
    AILA Doc. No. 09011360.
  • TRAC Reports Decrease in Asylum Denial Rate Disparities (6/22/2009)
    A TRAC report reveals that judge-by-judge asylum disparities in the Immigration Courts are down. Accompanying this report are over 250 detailed reports providing the year-by-year record of individual Immigration Judges.
    AILA Doc. No. 09062264.
  • TRAC Report Finds Immigration Courts Still Not Completed (7/2/2009)
    Three years after EOIR’s 22 measures were announced to reform the immigration courts; a TRAC report assesses what has and has not been accomplished. This report updates a 2008 TRAC study that offered an assessment at the two-year mark.
    AILA Doc. No. 09070262.
  • Cardozo Immigration Justice Law Clinic on Immigration Raids (2/4/2009)
    Cardozo Immigration Justice Clinic report titled "Constitution on ICE: A Report on Immigration Home Raid Operations," on constitutional violations that have occurred during ICE home raids including results from two FOIA lawsuits.
    AILA Doc. No. 09020462.
  • GAO Report on DHS Management Integration(914 KB - 12/16/2009)
    On 11/20/09, the GAO provided Congress with a report on actions that DHS has taken towards management integration at the Department.
    AILA Doc. No. 09121665.
  • TRAC Report on ICE Detention Facility Transfers (12/3/2009)
    A Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report indicates that the number of individuals held in ICE custody in FY2009 is estimated at 369,483 detainees, more than twice the FY1999 total. And that an increasing proportion of all detainees are being transferred.
    AILA Doc. No. 09120370.
  • GAO Report on DHS US-VISIT(1022 KB - 11/19/2009)
    GAO released a report on US-VISIT, recommending that the DHS Secretary ensure that an integrated master schedule for the department’s Comprehensive Exit project be developed. DHS concurred with GAO’s recommendation.
    AILA Doc. No. 09111968.
  • Attorneys’ Perspectives on the Rights of Detained Immigrants(447 KB - 11/10/2009)
    This study on sampled attorneys who represent detained immigrants and public defenders who are appointed to represent detained immigrants for criminal violations. The study collected reports of violations of clients’ rights and includes results on barriers to representation and medical care.
    AILA Doc. No. 09111064.
  • Report on Immigration Enforcement and Workers’ Rights (11/5/2009)
    On 10/27/09, AFL-CIO, American Rights at Work and the National Employment Law Project issued a report titled ICED OUT: How Immigration Enforcement Has Interfered with Workers’ Rights.
    AILA Doc. No. 09110563.
  • Report on NYC Pro Bono Project at Varick Federal Detention Center(92 KB - 11/3/2009)
    The City Bar Justice Center issued a report on the NYC Know Your Rights Project, a collaboration of the Center, the Legal Aid Society, and the AILA NYC Chapter, where pro bono attorneys provide counseling to detainees at a weekly clinic at the Varick Federal Detention Center.
    AILA Doc. No. 09110362.
  • CRS Report on Legal Ethics in Immigration Matters(194 KB - 10/30/2009)
    This Congressional Research Service report provides an overview of issues relating to the unauthorized practice of law and the laws and rules that may be used to deal with unethical conduct by lawyers and other representatives (notarios) or consultants in immigration matters.
    AILA Doc. No. 09103069.
  • Report on New Regulations Aimed at Temporary Worker Visas(796 KB - 10/16/2009)
    Former USCIS chief counsel Lynden Melmed outlines changes in progress for temporary worker visas in this Immigration Works policy brief.
    AILA Doc. No. 09101668.
  • TRAC Report Shows Immigration Prosecutions at Record Level in FY2009 (9/28/2009)
    The latest case-by-case data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) from DOJ for the first nine months of FY2009 indicates that the prosecution of federal immigration cases has continued to surge in the Obama Administration.
    AILA Doc. No. 09092865.
  • MPI Report on Immigration Detention (9/11/2009)
    In September 2009, MPI released a report on ICE’s responsibilities for immigration detention facilities.
    AILA Doc. No. 09091171.
  • GAO Report on Border Patrol Checkpoints(8478 KB - 9/1/2009)
    An August 2009 report by the GAO finds that CBP checkpoints have improved CBP’s ability to apprehend undocumented aliens but that lack of management oversight and unclear checkpoint data collection guidance resulted in the overstatement of checkpoint performance results.
    AILA Doc. No. 09090161.
  • ABA Recommendations for Immigration Proceedings (8/4/2009)
    The ABA released recommendations to Congress and the Obama Administration for ensuring fairness and due process in immigration enforcement and proceedings.
    AILA Doc. No. 09080462.
  • NFAP Brief on a Commission to Regulate Immigration(178 KB - 8/3/2009)
    The National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) policy brief, arguing that employers should oppose legislation that includes a commission to regulate the future flow of workers as it will harm competitiveness, push work outside the U.S., and fail to reduce illegal immigration.
    AILA Doc. No. 09080373.
  • MPI Report Recommends Improvements to E-Verify and Pilot Testing (7/20/2009)
    The Migration Policy Institute released a report titled “The Next Generation of E-Verify: Getting Employment Verification Right.” It recommends steps to strengthen the existing E-Verify, as well as the testing of pilots for a next-generation E-Verify system.
    AILA Doc. No. 09072066.
  • CFR Task Force Report on U.S. Immigration Policy (7/8/2009)
    The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) released a report contending that America has reaped tremendous benefits from opening its doors to immigrants, and warns that the “inability of the U.S. to develop and enforce a workable system of immigration laws threatens to undermine these achievements.”
    AILA Doc. No. 09070867.
  • Petition for Rulemaking Regarding Appointment of Counsel for Immigrants in Removal Proceedings(96 KB - 7/2/2009)
    Petition from advocacy groups to DOJ to initiate a rulemaking proceeding to promulgate regulations governing the appointment of counsel for indigent individuals in proceedings.
    AILA Doc. No. 09070260.
  • TRAC Reports Increase in Immigration Court Case Backlogs (6/18/2009)
    A TRAC report reveals an increase in the number of backlogged cases in the immigration courts. Consequently, there has also been an increase in the length of time a foreign national must wait to have a case resolved, sometimes while in detention.
    AILA Doc. No. 09061865.
  • Study Finds 287(g) Programs Detrimental to Local Police Mission (5/21/2009)
    The Police Foundation released a study on the role of local police and 287(g) immigration enforcement programs, which reports that civil immigration enforcement by local police undermines their core public safety mission, diverts scarce resources and exacerbates fear in communities.
    AILA Doc. No. 09052160.
  • Migration Policy Institute on the Basics of E-Verify (5/1/2009)
    The Migration Policy Institute provides an article that reviews the history of E-Verify, how it works, the results it gives, the arguments both for and against making its use mandatory, and its unintended consequences.
    AILA Doc. No. 09050135.
  • GAO Report on the Secure Border Initiative FY2009 Expenditure Plan (5/1/2009)
    On 4/30/09 the GAO submitted the summary of an oral briefing to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees on the Secure Border Initiative expenditure plan for FY2009.
    AILA Doc. No. 09050133.
  • CRS Report on Unauthorized Employment in the U.S.(357 KB - 4/28/2009)
    This 3/2/09 CRS report on unauthorized employment in the U.S. addresses employment verification, employer sanctions, and related legislation.
    AILA Doc. No. 09042868.
  • CRS Report on the Role of State and Local Law Enforcement in Enforcing Immigration Law(276 KB - 4/28/2009)
    This 3/11/09 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report addresses policy and legal issues related to a greater role for state and local law officials in the enforcement of immigration law.
    AILA Doc. No. 09042867.
  • CRS Report on Foreign Workers and Labor Market Tests(829 KB - 4/28/2009)
    This 3/20/09 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report addresses labor market tests, the certification of foreign workers, and worker protections.
    AILA Doc. No. 09042866.
  • GAO Report on DHS's Efforts to Improve its FOIA Program (3/20/2009)
    A GAO study on the measures DHS has taken to enhance its FOIA program and reports that DHS has reduced its FOIA backlog by about 24%. However, the study also found that opportunities exist for DHS to improve efficiency and cost-effectiveness of FOIA processing.
    AILA Doc. No. 09032066.
  • GAO Report Finds Better Controls Needed for ICE 287(g) Program (3/5/2009)
    The GAO released a report on ICE's 287(g) program that partners local law enforcement with ICE to carry out immigration enforcement. The report finds that the program lacks controls that make it difficult for ICE to ensure that it is operating as intended.
    AILA Doc. No. 09030560.
  • GAO Report on ICE Resources for Providing Healthcare to Immigrant Detainees(323 KB - 3/2/2009)
    A GAO report addresses ICE's organizational structure and its healthcare resources for detainees, findings that health care for detainees is not uniform across facilities and that there has been growth in healthcare expenditures.
    AILA Doc. No. 09030264.
  • CRS Report on ICE Performance Measures(800 KB - 2/19/2009)
    A 12/2/08 Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report on ICE performance measures focuses on ICE’s worksite enforcement efforts.
    AILA Doc. No. 09021967.
  • Study Finds Invention Increases with Higher H-1B Admission Levels (2/13/2009)
    A December 2008 Harvard Business School working paper "The Supply Side of Invention: H-1B Visa Reforms and US Ethnic Invention" evaluates the impact of high-skilled immigrants on U.S. technology formation, finding that H-1B admissions influence the rate of patenting and invention.
    AILA Doc. No. 09021368.
  • MPI Report Assesses DHS Immigration Policy, Recommends Changes (2/11/2009)
    On 2/11/09 MPI released a report assessing the performance of CBP, ICE, and USCIS, as well as overall DHS immigration policy. It offers detailed recommendations for policy and operational changes that could be accomplished by the executive branch without legislation.
    AILA Doc. No. 09021162.
  • CRS Report on U.S. Immigration Policy on Temporary Admissions (2/4/2009)
    On 1/15/09 the Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report on statistical trends and current issues in U.S. immigration policy on temporary admissions.
    AILA Doc. No. 09020468.
  • MPI Report Finds Fugitive Program Targets Immigrants without Criminal Convictions (2/4/2009)
    The Migration Policy Institute February 2009 report, “Collateral Damage: An Examination of ICE’s Fugitive Operations Program,” reveals that 73% of ICE fugitive operations arrests were unauthorized immigrants without criminal records, not the program’s stated targets.
    AILA Doc. No. 09020461.
  • GAO Report on Suggested Improvements for Setting USCIS Fees(738 KB - 1/23/2009)
    The GAO issued a report suggesting improvements for setting USCIS fees, finding that costing methodology improvements would provide a more reliable basis for setting fees.
    AILA Doc. No. 09012381.
  • Report on Repatriation of Unaccompanied Children (1/15/2009)
    The Center for Public Policy Priorities released a report entitled "A Child Alone and Without Papers" on the return and repatriation of unaccompanied children by the U.S.
    AILA Doc. No. 09011566.
  • GAO Report on USCIS Background Check Process for LPR Applicants(550 KB - 1/5/2009)
    This GAO report reviews the USCIS background check process for LPR applicants. GAO recommends USCIS establish a timetable for addressing findings from benefit fraud assessments, as well as, the establishment of procedures that would require verification of certain evidence submitted with petitions.
    AILA Doc. No. 09010565.
 
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