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  • CRS Report on Immigration Options for Foreign Nationals with STEM Degrees(894 KB - 12/26/2012)
    A Congressional Research Service report on options for foreign nationals with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees, including temporary and permanent options for students and employees, as well as a legislative history of STEM bills.
    AILA Doc. No. 12122644.
  • TRAC Report on Deportation Orders Going Down 25% from Last Year's Pace (12/21/2012)
    Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report showing that during November 2012, the government reported 14,926 new ICE filings seeking deportation orders, which is down 24.8% from levels in FY2012.
    AILA Doc. No. 12122142.
  • CRS Report on Immigration of Temporary Lower-Skilled Workers(910 KB - 12/19/2012)
    A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on immigration options for temporary lower-skilled workers that discusses existing visa programs for temporary lower-skilled workers, including regulatory changes since 2008.
    AILA Doc. No. 12121940.
  • TRAC Report on Continued Decline in Criminal Immigration Prosecutions (11/19/2012)
    Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) November 2012 report showing continued decline in number of criminal prosecutions resulting from referrals made by ICE and CBP agents, with 81,496 prosecutions filed in the last 12 months, nearly 10% fewer than in August 2011.
    AILA Doc. No. 12111948.
  • NGO Report on Ten Worst Prisons for Immigrants in America (11/15/2012)
    Detention Watch Network (DWN) report from 11/15/12 outlining acute and chronic human right violations occurring in immigration detention in the United States today, identifying ten prisons and jails that are among the worst where immigrants are detained by the U.S. government.
    AILA Doc. No. 12111551.
  • Report on Immigration Restrictions & America’s Growing Need for Healthcare Professionals (11/15/2012)
    National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) November 2012 report on Congressional and executive branch’s failure to establish immigration policies that would allow a sufficient number of foreign-born doctors, nurses and other medical personnel to work in the U.S.
    AILA Doc. No. 12111550.
  • GAO Report on Reducing Employer Application Burden in H-2A Visa Program(1680 KB - 10/15/2012)
    A GAO report on reducing DHS/DOL administrative delays experienced by employers in the H-2A visa program, including the recommendation to allow employers the ability to submit one application for groups of similar H-2A workers needed in a single season.
    AILA Doc. No. 12101547.
  • UNHCR Report on Detention Guidelines for Asylum Seekers(1341 KB - 9/21/2012)
    UNHCR report entitled “Detention Guidelines: Guidelines on the Applicable Criteria and Standards relating to the Detention of Asylum-Seekers and Alternatives to Detention” on the rights to liberty and security of person and to freedom of movement which apply to asylum-seekers.
    AILA Doc. No. 12092142.
  • CRS Report on Authority of State & Local Police to Enforce Immigration Laws(783 KB - 9/19/2012)
    A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report called “Authority of State and Local Police to Enforce Federal Immigration Law” discussing authority of state and local law enforcement to investigate and arrest of persons believed to have violated federal immigration laws.
    AILA Doc. No. 12091956.
  • CRS Report on Arizona v. United States(750 KB - 9/19/2012)
    Congressional Research Service (CRS) report from 9/10/12 called “Arizona v. United States: A Limited Role for States in Immigration Enforcement” which considers the implications that the decision may have for immigration enforcement activity by states and localities.
    AILA Doc. No. 12091955.
  • NFAP Report: DOL Proposed LCA Threatens Personal and Commercial Privacy Interests (9/18/2012)
    National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) report highlights the problems with DOL’s proposed LCA changes, including threats to personal and commercial privacy, the potential for identify theft, and the addition of undue burdens on employers.
    AILA Doc. No. 12091840.
  • CRS Report on Immigration Detainers(813 KB - 9/13/2012)
    Congressional Research Service (CRS) report from 8/31/12 called “Immigration Detainers: Legal Issues” surveying the various legal authorities governing immigration detainers, including the standard detainer form (Form I-247) sent by ICE to other law enforcement agencies.
    AILA Doc. No. 12091359.
  • GAO Report on Enhancing Visa Fraud Prevention by State Department(2319 KB - 9/10/2012)
    A GAO report on State Department officials stating that visa fraud most commonly involves applicants for temporary visits to the United States who submit false documentation to overcome the presumption that they intend to illegally immigrate.
    AILA Doc. No. 12091053.
  • CAP Report on Consequences of Legalization Versus Mass Deportation (8/30/2012)
    Center for American Progress report describing direct impacts of either deporting or legalizing undocumented workers, showing economic contributions of immigrants, both documented and undocumented, for seven states.
    AILA Doc. No. 12083052.
  • TRAC Report on Increase in Deportations as Orders Fall (8/13/2012)
    Transaction Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report showing that 39,426 people were deported during May 2012. Nearly one in three- or 11,735- were removed from the country under the ‘expedited removal’ authority which allows ICE to bypass the immigration courts.
    AILA Doc. No. 12081348.
  • NCSL Report on 2012 State Immigration Laws (8/6/2012)
    August 2012 report from National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL) showing that lawmakers in 46 states and the District of Columbia introduced 948 bills and resolutions related to immigrants and refugees for the first half of 2012, which is a 40% drop from first half of 2011.
    AILA Doc. No. 12080647.
  • GAO Report on Secure Communities(8651 KB - 8/2/2012)
    A GAO report on addressing enforcement trends under Secure Communities, ICE’s adherence to best practices in acquiring Secure Communities–related technology, and ICE safeguards to help protect against potential civil rights abuses under Secure Communities.
    AILA Doc. No. 12080251.
  • TRAC Online Resource Tool on Deportation Proceedings (7/30/2012)
    Online resource tool from Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) which provides details of the charges filed in deportation proceedings by type of charge, state, nationality, Immigration Court and hearing location.
    AILA Doc. No. 12073048.
  • TRAC Report on Decline of ICE Deportation Filings (7/30/2012)
    Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report projecting that deportation filings will reach only 212,749 in FY2012 once all late reports are in. This would represent a drop of 10% -- more than 24,000 cases -- from the previous year during FY2011.
    AILA Doc. No. 12073045.
  • GAO Report on Strengthening Refugee Resettlement Programs(2570 KB - 7/27/2012)
    GAO report outlining the current state of refugee resettlement program and offering several recommendations to the Secretaries of State and Health and Human Services to improve refugee assistance programs in the United States.
    AILA Doc. No. 12072742.
  • CRS Memo Report on Deferred Action & Prosecutorial Discretion(794 KB - 7/25/2012)
    Congressional Research Service (CRS) report memorandum from 7/13/12 called “Analysis of June 15, 2012 DHS Memorandum, Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children” on President Obama’s decision on deferred action.
    AILA Doc. No. 12072548.
  • GAO Report on Improving Student and Exchange Visitor Program(592 KB - 7/24/2012)
    Government Accountability Office (GAO) report from 7/24/12 recommending that ICE, among other things, identify and assess program risks; consistently implement procedures for ensuring schools’ eligibility for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).
    AILA Doc. No. 12072447.
  • TRAC Report on Rising Immigration Backlog Wait Times (7/19/2012)
    Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report from July 2012 which shows that at the end of June 2012, the backlog of cases for immigration courts reached a new all-time high of 314,147 and also provides the average time that these pending cases have been waiting.
    AILA Doc. No. 12071948.
  • Report on Immigration Offenders in the Federal Justice System(4524 KB - 7/19/2012)
    DOJ report from Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) entitled “Immigration Offenders In The Federal Justice System, 2010” which presents data on criminal and civil immigration violations handled by the federal justice system over the last decade.
    AILA Doc. No. 12071945.
  • USCRI 2011 Annual Report on Refugee Resettlement (6/28/2012)
    A 2011 Annual Report from U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) highlighting the work done in 2011 to protect refugees and asylum seekers fleeing repression and helping them integrate into their new American communities around the country.
    AILA Doc. No. 12062854.
  • TRAC Report on Decline in Federal Criminal Immigration Prosecutions (6/12/2012)
    Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report that shows a 12 percent decrease of prosecutions resulting from ICE referrals and a six percent decrease in prosecutions from CBP investigations.
    AILA Doc. No. 12061245.
  • Rights Working Group Report on NSEERS Program (6/5/2012)
    Rights Working Group May 2012 report critical of Obama Administration's handling of National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) which required male visitors from predominantly Muslim nations to register with the government for fingerprinting and interrogations.
    AILA Doc. No. 12060552.
  • CRS Report on Immigration Provisions of VAWA(858 KB - 5/22/2012)
    Congressional Research Service report from 4/10/12 entitled “Immigration Provisions of VAWA” which provides an overview of how VAWA provisions work, critiques of the immigration provisions, and a summary of current legislation.
    AILA Doc. No. 12052249.
  • CRS Report on Immigration-Related Worksite Enforcement(736 KB - 5/15/2012)
    Congressional Research Service report from 5/10/12 entitled “Immigration-Related Worksite Enforcement: Performance Measures” which analyzes how rigorous and effective DHS’s worksite enforcement efforts are and have been in past years.
    AILA Doc. No. 12051540.
  • GAO Testimony on Border Patrol Strategy Challenges(693 KB - 5/8/2012)
    GAO testimony making recommendations to, among other things, strengthen border security technology, infrastructure, and partnerships building on the foundation of the 2004 National Border Patrol Strategy.
    AILA Doc. No. 12050845.
  • TRAC Report on Decrease in Criminal Charges in Deportation Proceedings (5/8/2012)
    TRAC report outlining that ICE is identifying fewer individuals as deportable owing to alleged criminal activity. During the most recent quarter from January-March 2012, ICE deported 5,450 individuals on criminal grounds.
    AILA Doc. No. 12050840.
  • AILA Comments on ACUS Immigration Removal Adjudications Report(659 KB - 5/4/2012)
    AILA comments on the Administrative Conference of the United States’ draft report and recommendations on potential improvements to immigration removal adjudication in EOIR.
    AILA Doc. No. 12050475.
  • TRAC Report on Historic Drop in Deportation Orders (4/24/2012)
    TRAC report on decrease in deportation orders for January-March 2012, resulting in immigration courts issuing 2,429 fewer deportation orders than in the previous quarter, even as immigration court backlogs increased.
    AILA Doc. No. 12042448.
  • TRAC Publishes Latest Data on Prosecutorial Discretion (4/19/2012)
    TRAC report detailing data on ICE’s prosecutorial discretion initiative from the August 2011 announcement through March 28, 2012, including the total number of cases closed, results from the Baltimore and Denver pilot projects, and figures from other courts around the nation.
    AILA Doc. No. 12041945.
  • CRS Report on U.S. Immigration Policy on Permanent Residence(1009 KB - 4/13/2012)
    Congressional Research Service report published on 3/13/12 on U.S. immigration policy on permanent residence, including current policy on lawful permanent residence, admission trends, visa backlogs, and current legislation.
    AILA Doc. No. 12041349.
  • CRS Report on DREAM Act Legislation(769 KB - 4/13/2012)
    Congressional Research Service report published on 3/21/12 on DREAM Act legislation, including estimated number of potential DREAM Act beneficiaries and updates on recent legislation.
    AILA Doc. No. 12041346.
  • Report on Human Rights Violations at U.S. Southwest Border (3/28/2012)
    Two-year study conducted by Amnesty International USA on human rights violations associated with immigration enforcement at the border and in the interior of the United States.
    AILA Doc. No. 12032845.
  • GAO Testimony on Visa Waiver Program(684 KB - 3/27/2012)
    GAO testimony on suggested recommendations for strengthening plans to address certain risks of the Visa Waiver Program and for visa overstay enforcement efforts by DHS.
    AILA Doc. No. 12032712.
  • Report on Failure of Immigration Detention Reform (3/26/2012)
    Report by New York University School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic on the expansion and failed reform of immigration detention in Essex County, New Jersey.
    AILA Doc. No. 12032644.
  • CRS Report on Immigration Issues in the 112th Congress(253 KB - 3/1/2012)
    Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on immigration issues in the 112th Congress, including border control and visa security, legal immigration, documentation and verification, interior enforcement, citizenship, and refugees and other humanitarian populations.
    AILA Doc. No. 12030170.
  • Report on High Denial Rates of L-1 and H-1B Petitions at USCIS (2/9/2012)
    National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) policy brief report analyzing data obtained from USCIS showing a trend of high rates of denials and RFEs in cases for L-1 (intra-company transferees) and H-1B professionals by USCIS adjudicators.
    AILA Doc. No. 12020964.
  • CRS Report on Legislative on Immigration-Related Detentions(679 KB - 2/6/2012)
    A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on congressional legislation on a range of provisions and perspectives concerning the detention of noncitizens.
    AILA Doc. No. 12020667.
  • CRS Report on Numerical Limits of Employment-Based Immigration(802 KB - 1/27/2012)
    A 12/6/11 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report analyzing the numerical limits of employment-based immigration by country.
    AILA Doc. No. 12012780.
  • CRS Report on Visa Waiver Program(560 KB - 1/27/2012)
    A 12/2/11 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on the visa waiver program including related policy issues and proposed legislation.
    AILA Doc. No. 12012778.
  • CRS Report on Unauthorized Aliens’ Access to Federal Benefits(566 KB - 1/27/2012)
    A 12/9/11 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report focusing on the policy and legislative debate surrounding unauthorized aliens’ access to federal benefits.
    AILA Doc. No. 12012777.
  • CRS Report on Border Security Between Ports of Entry(666 KB - 1/17/2012)
    A 1/6/12 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report raising additional questions about future investments at the border and the relationship between border enforcement and the broader debate about U.S. immigration policy.
    AILA Doc. No. 12011765.
  • 2011 Report on State Anti-Immigrant Bills (1/10/2012)
    A 2011 report from National Council of La Raza (NCLR) called “The Wrong Approach: State Anti-Immigration Legislation in 2011” which offers a comprehensive state-by-state breakdown of the status of anti-immigrant bills introduced over the past calendar year.
    AILA Doc. No. 12011070.
 
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