Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 12032760 (posted Apr. 10, 2013)"
AILA Resources on Interior Enforcement and Due Process
America is a nation of values, founded on the idea that all people are created equal and that all people have rights, no matter what they look like or where they came from. The way we enforce our immigration laws should reflect our commitment to these values. Both our laws and our enforcement policies should be grounded in civil and human rights and ensure due process, equal treatment, and fairness.
AILA Press Statements & Correspondence
A fair and functioning court system is essential to ensuring due process. Currently, the immigration court system is plagued by a lack of funding.
This year, the U.S. government will detain 34,000 immigrants per day at a cost of over $2 billion to American taxpayers -a figure not based on demonstrated need. ICE has all the tools it needs to safely release thousands of individuals it chooses to hold in detention.
In recent years increasing amounts of money have been poured into the protection of the border region--the necessity of these escalating costs is questionable, especially when considering that apprehensions at the border are at their lowest in 40 years.
Worksite Enforcement & E-Verify
Currently there are an estimated 8 million undocumented workers in the country --if these undocumented workers suddenly leave the workforce, our country would face significant, possibly devastating, economic consequences
Key to this administration's strategy have been programs that partner with local law enforcement, such as Secure Communities. These programs have come under attack due to their negative impact on community policing, susceptibility to racial profiling, and their indiscriminate approach to immigration enforcement.