Mark Noferi

Mark Noferi was the Enforcement Fellow at the American Immigration Council. His research focuses on enforcement, detention, due process, and criminal-immigration connections. Mark has published in the Michigan Journal of Race & Law and American Journal of Criminal Law, advised an economic cost-benefit study of a national immigration appointed counsel system, and testified to the New York City Council on local immigration representation funding and municipal IDs. Mark was formerly a fellow at the Center for Migration Studies in New York, and taught civil rights and immigration at Brooklyn Law School and the Seton Hall Law School Center for Social Justice. Mark clerked for the Hon. Harold Baer, Jr. in the Southern District of New York. Mark earned his J.D. from Stanford Law School and B.A. from Boston College.

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Evidence Shows Asylum Seekers Appear for Court with Alternatives to Detention and Legal Assistance

Evidence Shows Asylum Seekers Appear for Court with Alternatives to Detention and Legal Assistance

When thousands of Central American families fled violence to the United States last year, the Administration responded by opening family detention centers, which are detaining mothers and children as their asylum-based claims work through the court system. Family detention has since led to complaints of psychological harm, suicide attempts, protests and hunger strikes by detainees, […]

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One Year Later: Government Officials Request Lawyers for Immigrant Children and More Judges

Written by on July 9, 2015 in Legislation with 0 Comments
One Year Later: Government Officials Request Lawyers for Immigrant Children and More Judges

On Tuesday, the Senate Homeland Security committee held a hearing examining the U.S. government’s response to last year’s arrivals of unaccompanied children fleeing Central American violence. Despite continuing disagreements between Senators as to the cause of the increased numbers of children fleeing their homes, two solutions received uniform support from U.S. government officials: providing lawyers […]

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Temporary Protected Status for Nepal Designated Following Earthquake

Written by on June 24, 2015 in News Flash, Temporary Protected Status with 0 Comments
Temporary Protected Status for Nepal Designated Following Earthquake

On June 24, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it designated Nepal for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) based on the conditions resulting from the devastating earthquake in April. Starting immediately, Nepalese nationals in the U.S. can apply for protection against deportation, the ability to travel, and the ability to gain a work permit. […]

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Bi-Partisan House Bill Recommends Largest Increase Ever in Immigration Judges

Written by on May 21, 2015 in Immigration Courts with 3 Comments
Bi-Partisan House Bill Recommends Largest Increase Ever in Immigration Judges

This week, the House Appropriations Committee recommended the largest increase in immigration judges in history—$74 million for 55 new immigration judges, and other court improvements. The bipartisan bill acknowledges that a severe shortage of immigration judges has plagued the U.S. immigration system for years. While Congress has increased immigration enforcement funding exponentially over the past […]

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Congress Pursuing Anti-Immigrant Agenda in 2015

Written by on May 15, 2015 in Legislation with 7 Comments
Congress Pursuing Anti-Immigrant Agenda in 2015

Americans—77 percent, according to a recent Public Religion Research Institute poll—want Congress to take action on immigration reform. In the last Congress, comprehensive reform passed the Senate by two to one, and received 192 supporters in the House. Yet the new Congress in 2015 has turned the clock back. According to the Alliance for Citizenship, […]

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Ending Birthright Citizenship: (Still) Unconstitutional, Unwise, Unworkable, and Un-American

Written by on April 28, 2015 in Birthright Citizenship with 22 Comments
Ending Birthright Citizenship: (Still) Unconstitutional, Unwise, Unworkable, and Un-American

The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Birthright Citizenship: Is It The Right Policy For America?” The hearing will question whether those born in America will automatically be citizens, as they have been for over 150 years. Undoubtedly, the hearing will feature the same counterproductive anti-immigrant rhetoric that nativists have trotted out before, […]

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Commissioner Kerlikowske Offers Vision of Change at CBP

Written by on April 24, 2015 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
Commissioner Kerlikowske Offers Vision of Change at CBP

On Thursday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP’s) Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske answered questions from the House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee regarding CBP’s budget, and more generally his first year on the job. Kerlikowske’s seeming rationality, and openness to administrative changes, provided an alternative to the enforcement-first strategy that has marked Congress’ approach to border security. […]

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Why Immigration Enforcement Effectiveness Should Be Measured

Written by on April 16, 2015 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Why Immigration Enforcement Effectiveness Should Be Measured

For decades, the United States has been pursuing an “enforcement-first” approach to immigration control, spending more on immigration enforcement than all other law enforcement combined, but failing to address our dysfunctional immigration system. A new report by the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC’s) Immigration Task Force, called “Measuring the Metrics: Grading the Government on Immigration Enforcement,” […]

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Senate Hearing Examines Proposals to Increase Guest Workers

Written by on March 27, 2015 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment
Senate Hearing Examines Proposals to Increase Guest Workers

This week, the Senate Homeland Security committee examined various immigrant guest worker proposals. This was the Committee’s third “Securing the Border” hearing this week, after Tuesday’s hearing on transnational crime, and Wednesday’s hearing on root causes of Central American migration. The witnesses all agreed that increasing legal immigration would decrease unlawful immigration across the border—especially […]

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House Judiciary Committee Signs Off on Comprehensive Mass Deportation Plan

Written by on March 19, 2015 in Enforcement, Legislation with 2 Comments
House Judiciary Committee Signs Off on Comprehensive Mass Deportation Plan

Although comprehensive immigration reform was not brought to a vote by House of Representatives, the public still overwhelmingly and consistently supports reform.  Yet yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would take the opposite approach—not only repealing President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, but imposing the most draconian immigration enforcement scheme in America’s history. Immigration […]

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