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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.
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
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”
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
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.
TRUST Report on Texas Immigration Bills (July 2011)
(58 KB - 8/8/2011)
A 7/21/11 report from Texas Residents United for a Stronger Texas (TRUST) summarizing Texas legislative activity on immigration issues during the most recent regular session. Courtesy of MALDEF. AILA Doc. No. 11080867.
AILA Doc. No. 11080867.
TRAC Releases New Data on Immigration-Related Convictions for April 2011
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report showing that, based on data from DOJ, the government reported 8734 new immigration-related convictions during April 2011. According to TRAC, this figure is up 2.9 percent over the previous month. AILA Doc. No. 11080172.
AILA Doc. No. 11080172.
TRAC Releases New Data on Immigration-Related Prosecutions for April 2011
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report showing that, based on data from DOJ, the government reported 9540 new immigration-related prosecutions during April 2011. According to TRAC, this figure is up 4.1 percent over the previous month. AILA Doc. No. 11080171.
AILA Doc. No. 11080171.
TRAC Report Shows Unlawful Re-Entry as Most Common Lead Charge
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.
AILA Doc. No. 11080170.
IWPR Study: Organizations Working With Latina Immigrants
(1593 KB - 7/20/2011)
Institute for Women’s Policy Research’s two-year study, recommending strategies for effective and accessible services to Latina immigrants and advocating for immigrant rights on the state and national level. AILA Doc. No. 11072064.
AILA Doc. No. 11072064.
MPI Report on the Enforcement of Labor Standards and Low-Wage Immigrants
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.
AILA Doc. No. 11071570.
GAO Report on the Status of CNMI Transition to Federal Immigration Law
(91 KB - 7/15/2011)
GAO report provides an update on the immigration and border patrol operations by DHS in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), and identifies several issues that are still pending in the CNMI transition to federal immigration law. AILA Doc. No. 11071560.
AILA Doc. No. 11071560.
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.
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.
AILA Doc. No. 11071267.
CRS Report on TPS
(158 KB - 7/12/2011)
A 6/30/11 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report discussing humanitarian migrants, temporary protected status (TPS), nationalities that are designated for temporary protections, recent TPS legislation, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11071266.
AILA Doc. No. 11071266.
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.
AILA Doc. No. 11071265.
PHR Report: Indefinite Detention in the U.S.
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.
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
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.
AILA Doc. No. 11061535.
Brookings Report Finds Shift in the Immigrant Workforce’s Skill Level
A report released by the Brookings Institution examining the variation in immigrant educational attainment across the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas, which finds that high-skilled temporary and permanent immigrants outnumber low-skilled immigrants. AILA Doc. No. 11060961.
AILA Doc. No. 11060961.
TRAC Report on the Growing Immigration Case Backlog Despite Additional Judge Appointments
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.
AILA Doc. No. 11060862.
MPI Report on Reducing Unauthorized Employment
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.
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.
AILA Doc. No. 11051765.
MPI Report on Evolving Demographic and Economic Trends in Mexico and Central America
A May 2011 report by the MPI/Woodrow Wilson Center Regional Migration Study Group on the demographic and human-capital dynamics that have shaped the immigration influx into the U.S. from Mexico and Central America and how such trends are expected to evolve in the future. AILA Doc. No. 11051264.
AILA Doc. No. 11051264.
U.S. Chamber Immigration Myths and Facts Report
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.
AILA Doc. No. 11050635.
Appleseed Report on the Screening and Protection of Children at the U.S.-Mexico Border
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. 110540660.
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.
AILA Doc. No. 11050530.
MPI Report on Immigrant Integration in the U.S.
A May 2011 Migration Policy Institute (MPI) report that examines the integration of immigrants using such indicators as language proficiency, political participation, and social interaction with host communities, as well as the laissez faire policy approach to integration. AILA Doc. No. 11050265.
AILA Doc. No. 11050265.
DMI Report on the Local Costs of Enforcing Federal Immigration Laws
Drum Major Institute (DMI) report on the costs associated with federal immigration programs, such as 287(g) and Secure Communities, which require local enforcement. The report argues such programs impose high costs on city budgets and are counterproductive to public safety. AILA Doc. No. 11042531.
AILA Doc. No. 11042531.
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.
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.
AILA Doc. No. 11042136.
CRS Report on the Changing Demographic Profile of the U.S.
(564 KB - 4/21/2011)
A 3/31/11 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on the U.S. demographic changes that have occurred since 1950, including how immigration has influenced both the size and age structure of the U.S. population, and how such changes will reshape the nation through 2050. AILA Doc. No. 11042131.
AILA Doc. No. 11042131.
GAO Report on Employment Verification
(91 KB - 4/15/2011)
GAO report 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.
AILA Doc. No. 11041563.
GAO Report on Border Patrol Operations on Federal Lands Along the Southwest Border
(133 KB - 4/15/2011)
GAO report regarding border patrol operations along the southwest border and the requirement that when Border Patrol is on federal land, they must comply with federal land management laws and that information sharing and communication gaps continue to exist between agencies. AILA Doc. No. 11041562.
AILA Doc. No. 11041562.
MPI Report on Regional Cooperation between the U.S. and Mexico on Migration
An April 2011 Migration Policy Institute (MPI) report analyzing the history of U.S.-Mexico relations on migration dating from the 1890s to the current day, and identifing obstacles as well as opportunities for regional cooperation on migration issues moving forward. AILA Doc. No. 11041264.
AILA Doc. No. 11041264.
CRS Report: Asylum and “Credible Fear” Issues in U.S. Immigration Policy
(367 KB - 4/8/2011)
A 4/6/11 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report regarding current U.S. immigration policy on asylum claims, a summary of the top source countries for asylum seekers, and “credible fear” issues. AILA Doc. No. 11040861.
AILA Doc. No. 11040861.
GAO Report on Refugee Assistance
(2006 KB - 3/31/2011)
GAO report finding that little is known about the effectiveness of different approaches for improving refugees’ employment outcomes, and recommending that HHS identify effective approaches that agencies can use to help refugees become employed and self-sufficient. AILA Doc. No. 11033131.
AILA Doc. No. 11033131.
GAO Report on DHS Progress and Challenges in Securing the U.S. Borders
(386 KB - 3/30/2011)
GAO report 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.
AILA Doc. No. 11033031.
CRS Report: Overview of Immigration Issues in the 112th Congress
(232 KB - 3/25/2011)
A 3/21/11 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on immigration issues in the 112th Congress including border issues, worksite enforcement, employment eligibility verification, permanent admissions, temporary workers, and noncitizen eligibility for federal benefits. AILA Doc. No. 11032537.
AILA Doc. No. 11032537.
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.
GAO Report on the Status of Key Southwest Border Technology Programs
(296 KB - 3/17/2011)
GAO report providing preliminary observations on the status of key southwest border technology programs, such as the SBI
program and user views on its usefulness, as well as the Alternative (Southwest) Border Technology plan and associated costs. AILA Doc. No 11031730.
AILA Doc. No. 11031730.
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.
AILA Doc. No. 11031666.
MPI Report on Executive Action to Make the Immigration System Work Better
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.
AILA Doc. No. 11031571.
GAO Report: Export Controls Improvements Are Needed
(952 KB - 3/7/2011)
GAO report on export controls finds that improvements are needed to prevent unauthorized technology releases to foreign nationals, citing the large number of aliens with high-tech specialty occupation visas that may have required an export license. AILA Doc. No. 11030735.
AILA Doc. No. 11030735.
MPI Report on E-Verify
A February 2011 Migration Policy Institute report that provides a brief history of the E-Verify program, identifies strengths, weaknesses, and main areas of concern associated with the program, and makes recommendations about how it should be strengthened and expanded. AILA Doc. No. 11020835.
AILA Doc. No. 11020835.
TRAC Report: Immigration Case Backlog Still Growing in FY2011
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 267,752 by the end of December 2010, and that the case backlog is up 2.6% since an October 2010 report. AILA Doc. No. 11020730.
AILA Doc. No. 11020730.
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.
AILA Doc. No. 11020362.
GAO Report on Northern Border Security
(1751 KB - 2/2/2011)
GAO report on border security finds that DHS improved northern border security coordination through interagency forums and joint operations, and recommends that DHS enhance oversight and assessment of interagency coordination. AILA Doc. No. 11020263.
AILA Doc. No. 11020263.
MPI Report: The Evolution of Border Controls as a Mechanism to Prevent Illegal Immigration
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.
AILA Doc. No. 11020230.
TRAC Report on Federal Criminal Enforcement
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.
AILA Doc. No. 11020273.
Pew Report on Unauthorized Immigrant Population Trends
Pew Hispanic Center report on 2010 national and state trends in the unauthorized immigrant population living in the U.S., which finds that unauthorized immigrants were 3.7% of the nation’s population and made up 5.2% of the labor force in 2010. AILA Doc. No. 11020131.
AILA Doc. No. 11020131.
MPI Report on Delegation and Divergence: A Study of 287(g) State and Local Immigration Enforcement
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.
AILA Doc. No. 11013171.
CRS Report on the U.S. Foreign-Born Population
(573 KB - 1/27/2011)
A 1/18/11 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report presenting information and data on key geographic, demographic, social, and economic characteristics and trends of the foreign-born population residing in the U.S. that is relevant to prominent immigration policy issues. AILA Doc. No. 11012771.
AILA Doc. No. 11012771.
CRS Report on U.S. Refugee Resettlement Assistance
(455 KB - 1/27/2011)
A 1/4/11 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on U.S. refugee resettlement assistance includes a discussion of existing resettlement assistance programs, key challenges and issues in providing effective assistance, and policy options to reform the current system. AILA Doc. No. 11012770.
AILA Doc. No. 11012770.
GAO Report on Employment Verification
(1729 KB - 1/18/2011)
GAO report finding that since GAO last testified in June 2008, federal agencies have taken steps to improve E-Verify, but significant challenges remain. AILA Doc. No. 11011836.
AILA Doc. No. 11011836.
GAO Report on the 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.
AILA Doc. No. 11011430.
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