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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ICE Sweeps Up Minor Offenders with Families, Using Heavy-Handed Approach

Written by on March 13, 2015 in Uncategorized with 3 Comments
ICE Sweeps Up Minor Offenders with Families, Using Heavy-Handed Approach

On Monday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced it had arrested over 2,000 immigrants with criminal convictions, by re-instituting a periodic sweep ICE calls “Operation Cross Check.” ICE’s head called those arrested the “worst of the worst.” But reality does not match the rhetoric. Rather, ICE’s arrests show that ICE will continue to deport […]

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DHS Funding Controversy Over, But Enforcement-First Approach Remains

Written by on March 6, 2015 in Enforcement with 1 Comment
DHS Funding Controversy Over, But Enforcement-First Approach Remains

Over five months into fiscal year 2015, the President on Wednesday finally signed the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’) appropriations bill, after Congress twice narrowly averted shutting down the agency. Congressional members called it a “clean” bill, without House Republicans’ efforts to repeal President Obama’s recent executive actions (well within the President’s authority). But the […]

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Report Shows Deported Parents Will Return to Kids in U.S., Risking Harsh Penalties

Written by on February 19, 2015 in Enforcement with 1 Comment
Report Shows Deported Parents Will Return to Kids in U.S., Risking Harsh Penalties

President Obama last November announced executive action to temporarily defer deportations for potentially 3.7 million unauthorized immigrant parents of children with U.S. citizenship or green cards, so as to focus enforcement resources on public safety threats and others. A new study by the University of California-Davis Center for Poverty Research provides further support for the […]

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Setting the Record Straight on Immigrant Work Authorization

Written by on February 11, 2015 in Employment Authorization, Immigration 101 with 0 Comments
Setting the Record Straight on Immigrant Work Authorization

The anti-immigrant Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) issued a report last week alleging a “huge parallel immigrant work authorization system outside the bounds of the laws.” Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) seized upon it to demand a “full investigation.” Yet the issuance of work permits is not new, huge, or unlawful. In fact, the report merely […]

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Senate Hearing Shows Deferred Action Programs are Beneficial to Social Security

Written by on February 5, 2015 in DACA/DAPA, Economics, Executive Action with 9 Comments
Senate Hearing Shows Deferred Action Programs are Beneficial to Social Security

The Senate Homeland Security committee on Wednesday held its first hearing about President Obama’s immigration executive actions. The hearing and the witnesses testifying focused on the “implications and unanswered questions” about the deportation relief offered to some undocumented immigrants included in the president’s actions. First, the Social Security Administration’s chief actuary, Stephen C. Goss, provided testimony […]

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House Bill to Seal the Border is Unrealistic, Congressional Budget Office Finds

Written by on January 28, 2015 in Enforcement, Legislation with 1 Comment
House Bill to Seal the Border is Unrealistic, Congressional Budget Office 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 high traffic areas within two years, and the entire Southern border within five. DHS Secretary Jeh […]

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House to Vote on Bill to Further Militarize the U.S. Border

Written by on January 23, 2015 in Enforcement, Legislation with 0 Comments
House to Vote on Bill to Further Militarize the U.S. Border

With the start of the 114th Republican-controlled Congress, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, introduced H.R. 399, the “Secure Our Borders First” Act. McCaul introduced the new bill exclusively with Republican co-sponsors unlike his 2013 bill, the Border Security Results Act, that had four Democratic co-sponsors. But examining the bill’s […]

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Government Report Blasts Border Patrol Drones as Ineffective, Wasteful

Written by on January 7, 2015 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 6 Comments
Government Report Blasts Border Patrol Drones as Ineffective, Wasteful

Over the past decade, as the government has pursued an “enforcement first” strategy, U.S. Border Patrol enforcement has exploded with devastating consequences. Border Patrol has used excessive force without accountability while costing taxpayers $8 billion annually, with little clear impact on migration. Amongst this spending, as a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General report […]

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Legal Challenges to Immigration Executive Action: Long on Politics, Short on Law

Written by on December 19, 2014 in Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Legal Challenges to Immigration Executive Action: Long on Politics, Short on Law

Within hours of President Obama’s November announcement of his executive actions on immigration, collectively referred to as the Immigration Accountability Executive Action, lawsuits challenging these new policies began. The lawsuits appear to be politicized attempts to use the courts to challenge President Obama’s authority to defer deportations, even though widespread agreement exists that the president’s […]

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Committee Fails to Question Legality of President’s Immigration Executive Action

Written by on December 3, 2014 in Executive Action with 0 Comments
Committee Fails to Question Legality of President’s Immigration Executive Action

The House Judiciary Committee held a held a hearing Tuesday on President Obama’s recent Immigration Accountability Executive Action, focusing on the administration’s executive action that defers deportation for the parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. Known as the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program, this portion of executive action has provoked the […]

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