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Report Analyzes Immigration Policies in year-two of the Obama Administration

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The American Immigration Council, Immigration Policy Center has released a report that analyzes the Obama administration's year-two immigration policies.  The report found that: "in 2010 as the Administration ramped up its immigration-enforcement efforts at the expense, many believe, of the very people most likely to benefit from legalization and CIR."


The following is a sample of some of the key findings of the report:



  • DHS applied its executive branch authority unevenly, taking far bolder action on removals than in other areas of immigration law.

  • CBP expanded its enforcement mandate at certain ports of entry.

  • Many of the approximately 400,000 aliens removed did not fit into the priority categories established by ICE, indicating a double standard and a lack of implementation.

  • The 287(g) "Secure Communities" program was not directed toward serious criminal offenders as advertised, and approximately one-half of the people targeted only committed misdemeanors or traffic offenses. There has also been a marked lack of transparency surrounding the program.

  • There were reports of the application of overly broad terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds, typically to refugees (who the immigration system was designed to protect), which kept cases on hold and applicants in limbo.

  • There were reports that CBP frequetly went beyond its traditional role of assessing admissibility and, instead, re-evaluated the merits of an underlying visa petition. For example, CBP would reassess foreign business travelers' visa eligibility, rather than reviewing admissibility alone, and turning people around at the airport.

  • There were numerous complaints about the overuse of Requests for Evidence (RFEs).

  • Uniform and consistent workplace enforcement standards were lacking. Employers with no egregious immigration violations were targeted by ICE, which resulted in the firing of thousands of United States workers.

  • There has been a lack of demonstrated will on the part of ICE to enforce its own priorities.

  • There was a lack on transparency and consistency with respect to the release of information, and USCIS frequently released incomplete and heavily redacted documents.

  • There has been a leadership void at DHS in terms of coordinating the policies and operations of the various immigration agencies.

  • Problems with transparency continue to plague CBP.


Click here to read the report in its entirety.

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