Immigration Law

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ICE Immigration Enforcement Efforts Reach Less Than 0.02% of U.S. Employers - CRS Report
Posted on 14 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Despite the increases in recent years ... the number of Final Orders for civil money penalties remains very low relative to the number of U.S. employers. Employers receiving Final Orders in FY2014, as shown in Table 1, represent less than .02% of... Read More

CRS on Immigration of Temporary Lower-Skilled Workers
Posted on 9 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. employers in various industries argue that they need to hire foreign workers to perform low-skilled jobs. A threshold question about importing temporary lower-skilled workers, sometimes referred to as guest workers, is whether U.S. employers... Read More

Immigration-Related Worksite Enforcement: Performance Measures
Posted on 9 Sep 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In 2009, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued new guidance on immigration-related worksite enforcement. Under the guidelines, DHS “will use all available civil and administrative tools, including civil fines and debarment, to penalize... Read More

CRS on ICE Detainers / Holds
Posted on 10 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[T]his report surveys the various authorities governing immigration detainers, including the standard detainer form (Form I-247) sent by ICE to other law enforcement agencies. The report also discusses key legal issues raised by immigration detainers... Read More

Tags: detainers , holds , crs , ICE

CRS on Border Security
Posted on 2 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Drawing on multiple data sources, the report suggests conclusions about the state of border security. Robust investments at the border were not associated with reduced illegal inflows during the 1980s and 1990s, but a range of evidence suggests... Read More

CRS - The Obama Administration’s November 2014 Immigration Initiatives: Questions and Answers
Posted on 5 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The Obama Administration’s November 2014 Immigration Initiatives: Questions and Answers - Kate M. Manuel, Legislative Attorney, November 24, 2014 . Read More

Tags: immigration , Obama , Q&A , crs

CRS on Immigration-Related Worksite Enforcement: Performance Measures
Posted on 8 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The data provided here on Final Orders, administrative fines, administrative and criminal arrests, criminal indictments and prosecutions, and criminal fines offer a way to assess DHS’s worksite enforcement strategy over the years and in its... Read More

Unlawfully Present Aliens, Driver’s Licenses, and Other State-Issued ID: Select Legal Issues
Posted on 16 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

By Kate M. Manuel. Legislative Attorney, and Michael John Garcia, Legislative Attorney, Congressional Research Service, March 28, 2014 . Read More

CRS on Immigration Detainers: From S-Comm to PEP
Posted on 12 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Numerous questions about immigration detainers have been raised recently as a result of the Secure Communities program. These questions include (1) whether DHS’s detainer regulations and practices are beyond its statutory authority; (2) whether... Read More

Unaccompanied Alien Children - Legal Issues: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Posted on 30 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Recent reports about the increasing number of alien minors apprehended at the U.S. border without a parent or legal guardian have prompted numerous questions about so-called unaccompanied alien children (UACs). Some of these questions pertain to... Read More

Permanent Legal Immigration to the United States: Policy Overview
Posted on 20 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"If the 113th Congress takes up comprehensive immigration reform (CIR), many maintain that revision of the legal immigration system should be one of the major components of a CIR proposal. This primer on legal permanent immigration law, policies... Read More

Tags: wasem , policy , reform , crs , cir

Unauthorized Aliens: Policy Options for Providing Targeted Immigration Relief
Posted on 25 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"To help inform policy discussions about addressing the unauthorized alien population in these targeted ways, this report will analyze components of the unauthorized population and discuss policy options to provide relief to selected subgroups of... Read More

Border Security: Immigration Enforcement Between Ports of Entry
Posted on 16 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[E]nhanced border enforcement may have contributed to a number of secondary costs and benefits. To the extent that border enforcement successfully deters illegal entries—an effect that is also difficult to measure since deterrence ultimately... Read More

Tags: report , crs , border

CRS on Unaccompanied Alien Children (May 11, 2016)
Posted on 20 May 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CRS, May 11, 2016 - "Unaccompanied alien children are defined in statute as children who: lack lawful immigration status in the United States; are under the age of 18; and are without a parent or legal guardian in the United States or without a parent... Read More

Marc Rosenblum, CRS: What Would a Secure Border Look Like?
Posted on 26 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The relationship between border security and unauthorized migration is a key issue for many people interested in immigration reform. Two questions loom large in this discussion: how many unauthorized migrants enter the United States? Of those attempting... Read More