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Nolan Rappaport: Is DHS Enforcing Our Immigration Laws?

Washington insider Nolan Rappaport takes a look at the controversies surrounding DHS' enforcement of current immigration laws.

Immigration-Related Worksite Enforcement: Performance Measures

"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 and deter illegal employment.” According...

DHS on Immigration Enforcement During Tropical Storm Karen

"To the extent that Tropical Storm/Hurricane Karen (Karen) impacts law enforcement operations and/or the storm triggers the need for an officially ordered evacuation or an emergency government response, U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's...

ICE on ACA, Enforcement

"The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), Pub. L. No. 111-148, 124 Stat. 224, and the Social Security Act (SSA) require that individuals seeking coverage under a qualified health plan offered on a Health Insurance Marketplace or through an insurance affordability program (i.e., premium...

Why 'Enforcement First' is Backwards: Dan Kowalski

The GOP released a one-page ' Standards for Immigration Reform ' on Jan. 30, 2014. It calls for border security and interior enforcement first, before any visa reform. They've got it backwards. Here's why .

Changes To Immigration Enforcement Potentially Coming ‘Pretty Soon’ - Jeh Johnson

"The Obama administration will announce “pretty soon” how it plans to remodel enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws and potentially “realign” deportation policies, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told ABC News in an exclusive interview. This comes...

The Deportation Dilemma: Reconciling Tough and Humane Enforcement (MPI Report)

"The United States has deported a record number of unauthorized immigrants and other removable noncitizens in recent years. More than 4.5 million noncitizens have been removed since Congress passed sweeping legislation in 1996 to toughen the nation’s immigration enforcement system. The pace...

Does E-Verify Participation Lead to I-9 Fines?

"If you have been following their press releases, complaints, and settlement agreements over the past several months, the Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) has announced a number of settlements under the general heading...

One of These Things Is Not Like the Others...

Maybe DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson missed this episode of Sesame Street. His November 20, 2014 memo to ICE, CBP and USCIS specifies three tiered priorities for the "Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants." At the top, Priority 1 (threats to national security, border security...

CRS on Border Security

"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 a substantial drop in illegal inflows in 2007-2011...

Felons, Families and Prosecutorial Discretion - Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia

"O n November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of executive actions on immigration aimed at reducing deportations for people who present positive equities such as a close family relationship or long term residence in the US. In announcing these actions, the President used the phrase...

House Bill to Seal Border Unrealistic, CBO Finds

"Last week, the House Homeland Security Committee sent to the House floor H.R. 399 , the “ Secure our Borders First ” Act. The measure would mandate 100 percent “ operational control ”—defined as “the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States”—of...

ICE on Enforcement: House Testimony, Clarification

STATEMENT OF SARAH R. SALDAÑA DIRECTOR, U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY REGARDING A HEARING ON “A REVIEW OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR THE APPREHENSION, DETENTION, AND RELEASE OF NON-CITIZENS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT...

Free Webinars: All You Need to Know About Immigration Enforcement

"This summer, join Advancing Justice | AAJC for a three-part webinar series, free and open to the public, exploring immigration enforcement through detention and deportation. Enforcement-only approaches to immigration, such as workplace raids by immigration agents, local police enforcement of...

MPI Report: Most Undocumented Immigrants Will Stay Under Obama’s New Policies

"Under new immigration enforcement programs the Obama administration is putting in place across the country, the vast majority of unauthorized immigrants — up to 87 percent — would not be the focus of deportation operations and would have “a degree of protection” to remain...

In Harm's Way: Family Separation, Immigration Enforcement Programs and Security on the US-Mexico Border

"The Consequence Delivery System (CDS) is a suite of border and immigration enforcement programs designed to increase the penalties associated with unauthorized migration in order to convince people not to return (Rosenblum 2013). Despite its inauguration in 2011, many aspects of the CDS are not...

ICE Immigration Enforcement Efforts Reach Less Than 0.02% of U.S. Employers - CRS Report

"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 U.S. employers." - Immigration-Related Worksite...

Enforcement Priorities Create Docketing Crisis for Immigration Courts

NBC Bay Area, Aug. 19, 2016 - "Nationwide EOIR had more than a half million (500,051) pending cases. What makes things different this year is that after March 1, 2016, EOIR began prioritizing cases the Department of Homeland Security considered “Priority 1 category for civil immigration enforcement...

Technical Corrections to Immigration Enforcement Regulations

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 175 / Friday, September 9, 2016 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is amending its regulations to update various provisions that list specific immigration officials who are authorized to perform various immigration functions, including the issuance of notices...

DHS Sec. Johnson to Congress: DACA Info Should Not Be Used for Enforcement (with exceptions) - Letter

DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson, Dec. 30, 2016 - "Dear Representative Chu: On behalf of the Administration, I write in response to the letter you and 110 other members of Congress sent the President on December 5. In your letter, you ask us "to do everything within [ our] power to safeguard the personal...

Network Posts FAQ for Community Groups - Immigration Enforcement Executive Actions: Interior Enforcement

Immigrant Justice Network, Jan. 26, 2017 - "On January 25th, 2017, Trump issued two Executive Orders related to interior immigration enforcement policies. Taken together, these new policies are extremely harsh, and install a new deportation and detention enforcement scheme. This advisory is intended...

DHS Immigration Memos Ratchet Up Border, Interior Enforcement (Feb. 20, 2017; Fact Sheets; Q&As)

Two memos, both dated Feb. 20, 2017 and signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly, authorize CBP, ICE and USCIS to significantly increase interior and border enforcement efforts: Implementing the President's Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements Policies Enforcement of the Immigration...

Can Sessions Force 'Sanctuary' States, Cities to Kowtow?

On Monday, March 27, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened to withhold - and even "claw back" - federal grants to so-called "sanctuary" jurisdictions. Legal experts dispute Sessions' authority to do that. Two recent documents from the Congressional Research...

Sessions Issues Criminal Immigration Enforcement Memo to Federal Prosecutors

April 11, 2017, MEMORANDUM FOR ALL FEDERAL PROSECUTORS, Renewed Commitment to Criminal Immigration Enforcement

NIPNLG Practice Advisory: Remedies to DHS Enforcement at Courthouses and Other Protected Locations

NIPNLG, Apr. 12, 2017 - "Few are aware that Congress provided statutory remedies in 8 U.S.C. § 1229(e) that may enable an individual who the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) arrests at certain protected locations to terminate removal proceedings. At a time when DHS enforcement is terrifying...