Immigration and Crime

Understanding the Dangerous Implications of President Trump’s Immigration Executive Order

Understanding the Dangerous Implications of President Trump’s Immigration Executive Order

On January 25, President Trump signed a pair of immigration-related executive orders, one dealing with border security and the other with immigration enforcement in the interior of the country. The order on border security has received the most public attention—particularly the “great wall” that Trump is so anxious to build. But it is the other […]

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DHS Secretary Nominee John Kelly’s Resume is Thin on Immigration

Written by on December 16, 2016 in Enforcement, Immigration and Crime with 1 Comment
DHS Secretary Nominee John Kelly’s Resume is Thin on Immigration

Earlier this month, President-elect Donald Trump selected retired General John Kelly to be his nominee for Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). There is not much in the record to indicate Kelly’s views on immigrants and immigration. In February of this year, Kelly retired as commander of the U.S. Southern Command, which is […]

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How the Vice Presidential Candidates Responded to Immigration Issues at the Debate

Written by on October 5, 2016 in Enforcement, Immigration and Crime, Reform with 0 Comments
How the Vice Presidential Candidates Responded to Immigration Issues at the Debate

During last night’s vice presidential debate, candidates U.S. Senator Tim Kaine and Indiana Governor Mike Pence engaged in a heated exchange on immigration. Kaine reiterated his running mate Hillary Clinton’s stated policy positions, while Pence attempted to soften Donald Trump’s many radical anti-immigrant statements. Debate moderator Elaine Quijano turned to immigration by noting that Trump […]

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Sorry Donald Trump, Immigration is Still Associated with Less Crime and Safer Communities

Written by on April 29, 2016 in Elections, Immigration and Crime with 0 Comments
Sorry Donald Trump, Immigration is Still Associated with Less Crime and Safer Communities

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump opened a political rally in Southern California by sharing the stage with activists who have lost loved ones at the hands of immigrants in the U.S. without legal status. While no one can minimize the pain associated with losing a family member, Trump’s motive behind placing these families at […]

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Giving the Immigration Facts a Fighting Chance

Giving the Immigration Facts a Fighting Chance

As we move through the 2016 presidential election cycle, the issue of immigration will continue to be a central topic of the debate. The United States is at a tipping point after more than two decades without meaningful upgrades to its immigration system. Current U.S. law does not provide sufficient channels for legal immigration and […]

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Talking Turkey on Immigration 2015

Talking Turkey on Immigration 2015

Today, I have the pleasure of following in the footsteps of Mary Giovagnoli, who, during her five years at the American Immigration Council, entertained and enlightened us with her annual blog about how to survive and thrive when the topic turns to immigration at the Thanksgiving Day table. With good humor, she reminded us that […]

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

Written by on July 21, 2015 in Enforcement, Immigration and Crime, Legislation with 0 Comments
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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Immigrants are Less Likely to be Criminals than the Native-Born

Written by on July 8, 2015 in Immigration and Crime with 2 Comments
Immigrants are Less Likely to be Criminals than the Native-Born

When it comes to understanding the relationship between immigration and crime, anecdotes are no substitute for evidence. And, as a new report from the American Immigration Council explains, the evidence has been clear for more than a century: high rates of immigration are associated with lower crime rates, and immigrants are less likely to commit […]

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Senate Hearing on Border Security Targets Transnational Crime

Written by on March 24, 2015 in Enforcement, Immigration and Crime, Legislation with 0 Comments
Senate Hearing on Border Security Targets Transnational Crime

At a hearing of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, which was titled “Securing the Border: Assessing the Impact of Transnational Crime,” lawmakers from both sides of the aisle were largely in agreement as to what the biggest security problem is along the northern and southern borders of the United States: the […]

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New Study Shows Deportations Don’t Reduce Crime

Written by on September 9, 2014 in Enforcement, Immigration and Crime, Interior Enforcement with 1 Comment
New Study Shows Deportations Don’t Reduce Crime

In 2008, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) introduced “Secure Communities,” which for the first time allowed DHS to check the fingerprints of any individual arrested by a local jurisdiction. Secure Communities piggybacked on prior DHS initiatives to use local police as “force multipliers” including the Criminal Alien Program, which establishes voluntary screening partnerships with […]

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