Immigration and Crime

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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Texas Governor Invokes Nonsensical Statistics on Immigrant Crime in His State

Written by on August 5, 2014 in Border Enforcement, Immigration and Crime with 1 Comment
Texas Governor Invokes Nonsensical Statistics on Immigrant Crime in His State

After more than a century’s worth of studies and reports, you’d think that politicians would have gotten the message: not only are the vast majority of immigrants not criminals, but immigrants are less likely to be criminals than native-born Americans. This is true for both unauthorized immigrants and those who are legally present in the […]

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Homeland Security Secretary Responds to House Republicans and Flawed Anti-Immigrant Report

Homeland Security Secretary Responds to House Republicans and Flawed Anti-Immigrant Report

Only days after President Obama asked Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to hold off his deportation review in order to give House Republicans space to move immigration reform negotiations forward, some of those same House Republicans in the Judiciary Committee held an “oversight hearing” of DHS. The hearing turned out to be little more […]

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New Report Sheds Little Light on Deportation Debate

New Report Sheds Little Light on Deportation Debate

A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) sheds little light on the ongoing debate around who does and does not get deported from the United States. The report would have us believe that the federal government is knowingly letting tens of thousands of violent foreign-born criminals go free. It’s certainly a sensational […]

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Nuevo Informe Examina Peso de Casos de Inmigración en Tribunales Federales

Nuevo Informe Examina Peso de Casos de Inmigración en Tribunales Federales

Mientras que el gobierno de Obama afirma que sus esfuerzos en la aplicación de las leyes de inmigración se centran en la aprehensión de delincuentes y terroristas peligrosos, las estadísticas federales indican que una gran cantidad de tiempo, esfuerzo y dinero se dedica a detener y deportar inmigrantes que no representan una amenaza para nadie. […]

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New Report Analyzes Immigration Cases Clogging Federal Courts

New Report Analyzes Immigration Cases Clogging Federal Courts

While the Obama administration claims that its immigration-enforcement efforts are focused on the apprehension of dangerous criminals and terrorists, federal statistics indicate that a great deal of time, effort, and money are devoted to locking up and deporting immigrants who aren’t a threat to anyone. In fact, a large number of deportees have only committed […]

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Can We Really Deport Justin Bieber for That?

Written by on January 17, 2014 in Enforcement, Immigration and Crime with 3 Comments
Can We Really Deport Justin Bieber for That?

As lawmakers continue to debate immigration reform, Justin Bieber may have provided us with an excellent opportunity to examine how aggressive and unforgiving our deportation system has become. Police raided Bieber’s Los Angeles mansion following allegations that he egged his neighbor’s house. Police also found drugs in his home. This is the latest in a […]

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New ICE Deportation Statistics Are No Cause for Celebration

Written by on December 20, 2013 in Detention, Enforcement, Immigration and Crime, Reform with 0 Comments
New ICE Deportation Statistics Are No Cause for Celebration

There is little to cheer in the new deportation statistics released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). While the numbers document a 10 percent decline in the total number of deportations compared to last year, they also reveal the extent to which immigration enforcement resources are still devoted to apprehending, detaining, and deporting individuals […]

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New Reports Expose Subculture of Cruelty Within the U.S. Border Patrol

Written by on December 10, 2013 in Detention, Enforcement, Immigration and Crime with 0 Comments
New Reports Expose Subculture of Cruelty Within the U.S. Border Patrol

There is a subculture of cruelty within the Border Patrol—and, more broadly, within the entire machinery of the U.S. deportation regime. From the ranks of frontline Border Patrol agents to the guards in private, for-profit detention facilities, the abuse of detainees is widely tolerated and even accepted. This is the central finding to emerge from […]

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The Punishment Should Fit the Crime for Immigrants, Too

The Punishment Should Fit the Crime for Immigrants, Too

The punishment should fit the crime. That maxim is as old as law itself, dating at least as far back as the Old Testament and Hammurabi’s Code.  It’s firmly rooted in our Constitution’s Due Process Clause and the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against excessive fines and cruel and unusual punishment. That principle—referred to as proportionality—appears in […]

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