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ICE Issuing Fewer Detainers, but Compliance With Enforcement Priorities in Question

ICE Issuing Fewer Detainers, but Compliance With Enforcement Priorities in Question

New data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) shows that while the government’s use of detainers is decreasing, the number of detainers issued for individuals without criminal convictions remains high. TRAC’s report, released last Friday, looks at Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) use of detainers in April 2015, the most recent month for […]

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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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Congressional Hearings Highlight Need for Practical, Comprehensive Solutions That Promote Public Safety

Congressional Hearings Highlight Need for Practical, Comprehensive Solutions That Promote Public Safety

The tragic murder of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco this month prompted Congress to schedule two hearings this week—one held today in the Senate Judiciary Committee and another scheduled for Thursday in the House Judiciary Committee. While several family members of victims shared their heart-wrenching stories of loss in today’s Senate hearing, one witness, Reverend […]

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Anti-Immigrant Group Thinks the Border Can Be Sealed

Written by on July 20, 2015 in Enforcement, Myths, Nativists, Restrictionists with 0 Comments
Anti-Immigrant Group Thinks the Border Can Be Sealed

If there is one thing that the past few decades of immigration enforcement has made clear, it’s that unauthorized immigration responds much more to the U.S. job market and the natural desire for family reunification than it does to border fences or the ubiquitous presence of armed immigration agents. Since the last major overhaul of […]

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Commissioner Kerlikowske Offers Vision of Change at CBP

Written by on April 24, 2015 in Customs and Border Protection, 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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Effectiveness of DHS’ “Consequences Delivery System” Questioned

Written by on April 3, 2015 in Border, Department of Homeland Security, Enforcement with 2 Comments
Effectiveness of DHS’  “Consequences Delivery System” Questioned

By Daniel Martinez, Assistant Professor of Sociology, The George Washington University and Jeremy Slack, Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Texas at El Paso. Despite billions of tax-payer dollars spent by the government on border security and immigration enforcement each year, the effectiveness of such an onerous expense has been long questioned. In an […]

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Government Report Blasts Border Patrol Drones as Ineffective, Wasteful

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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Do the President’s New Immigration Policies Really Mark the End of Secure Communities?

Written by on December 30, 2014 in Secure Communities with 0 Comments
Do the President’s New Immigration Policies Really Mark the End of Secure Communities?

The misnamed Secure Communities program has been plagued with problems since its inception—most fundamentally, its failure to make communities more “secure.” Critics of the program have cited to its adverse impact on community policing, asserted that it encourages racial profiling, and highlighted the mounting evidence that many individuals encountered and subsequently removed through the program […]

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Why Fewer Detainers Does Not Equal Fewer Deportations

Written by on November 17, 2014 in Detainers, Enforcement with 2 Comments
Why Fewer Detainers Does Not Equal Fewer Deportations

Throughout the last two years, states and counties increasingly have stopped honoring ICE detainer requests. This huge shift is in response to local political opposition as well as legal and liability concerns spurred by federal court rulings. Recent data shows that ICE also may be modifying its detainer practices. Yet even while ICE detainers drop, […]

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Why 250 Counties Have Stopped Honoring Local ICE Detainers

Written by on September 22, 2014 in Detainers, Enforcement with 4 Comments
Why 250 Counties Have Stopped Honoring Local ICE Detainers

Across the nation, local sheriff’s offices in 250 counties have stopped honoring detainer requests from (ICE) officials because of constitutional, public safety, and economic concerns. After a spate of federal rulings earlier this year found that detainers were not mandatory, local officials increasingly have come to the conclusion that honoring detainer requests from Immigration and Customs […]

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