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Data & Statistics

  • 2014 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics
    "Statistical data on immigration have been published annually by the U S government since the 1860s Over the years, the federal agencies responsible for reporting on immigration have changed, as have the content, format, and t… more

General Resources

Government Reports

  • Authority of State and Local Police to Enforce Federal Immigration Law [September 10, 2012]
    "The power to prescribe rules as to which aliens may enter the United States and which aliens may be removed resides solely with the federal government, and primarily with Congress. Concomitant to its exclusive power to determ… more
    Garcia, Michael John; Manuel, Kate
  • Brief History of Comprehensive Immigration Reform Efforts in the 109th and 110th Congresses to Inform Policy Discussions in the 113th Congress [February 27, 2013]
    "Leaders in both chambers of Congress have listed immigration reform as a legislative priority in the 113th Congress. Most policymakers agree that the main issues in 'comprehensive immigration reform' (CIR) include increased b… more
    Wasem, Ruth Ellen
  • Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman: Annual Report 2012
    "The Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman (Ombudsman's Office) 2012 Annual Report includes the following: An overview of the Ombudsman's Office mission and services; A review of U.S. Citizenship and I… more
  • Immigration Legislation and Issues in the 112th Congress [September 11, 2012]
    "Despite President Obama's calls for a national conversation on immigration reform, immigration has not been a front-burner issue for the 112th Congress. Unlike in some past years, there has been little discussion in this Cong… more
    Bruno, Andorra
  • Immigration of Foreign Nationals with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Degrees [November 26, 2012]
    "Although the United States remains the leading host country for international students in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) fields, the global competition for talent has intensified. A record number of S… more
    Wasem, Ruth Ellen
  • Immigration: Policy Considerations Related to Guest Worker Programs [March 16, 2010]
    "The United States has two main programs for temporarily importing low-skilled workers, or guest workers. Agricultural guest workers enter through the H-2A visa program, and other guest workers enter through the H-2B visa progr… more
    Bruno, Andorra
  • Immigration Provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) [February 15, 2013]
    "The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) includes provisions to assist foreign nationals who have been victims of domestic abuse. These provisions, initially enacted by Congress with the Immigration Act of 1990 and the Viole… more
    Kandel, William
  • Immigration-Related Detention: Current Legislative Issues [January 12, 2012]
    "There are many policy issues surrounding detention of aliens. The Illegal Immigrant Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA) increased the number of aliens subject to mandatory detention, and raised concerns a… more
    Siskin, Alison
  • Immigration-Related Worksite Enforcement: Performance Measures [May 10, 2012]
    "In April 2009, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued new guidance on immigration-related worksite enforcement--the enforcement of prohibitions on the employment of unauthorized aliens in the United States. In the w… more
    Bruno, Andorra
  • Interior Immigration Enforcement: Programs Targeting Criminal Aliens [December 20, 2012]
    "Congress has a long-standing interest in seeing that immigration enforcement agencies identify and deport criminal aliens. The expeditious removal of such aliens has been a statutory priority since 1986, and the Department of… more
    Kandel, William; Rosenblum, Marc R.
  • Management of Immigration Cases and Appeals by the Executive Office for Immigration Review
    "The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) conducted a review to examine the Department of Justice's (Department) Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) processing and management of immigration cases and appeals involv… more
  • Numerical Limits on Employment-Based Immigration: Analysis of the Per-Country Ceilings [October 11, 2011]
    "The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) specifies a complex set of numerical limits and preference categories that include economic priorities among the criteria for admission. The INA allocates 140,000 visas annually for e… more
    Wasem, Ruth Ellen
  • Overstay Enforcement: Additional Mechanisms for Collecting, Assessing, and Sharing Data Could Strengthen DHS's Efforts but Would Have Costs, Report to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate
    "According to Pew Hispanic Center estimates, approximately 4 million to 5.5 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States entered the country legally on a temporary basis but then overstayed their authorized periods of ad… more
  • Overview of Immigration Issues in the 112th Congress [January 12, 2012]
    "There is a broad-based consensus that the U.S. immigration system is broken. This consensus erodes, however, as soon as the options to reform the U.S. immigration system are debated. Substantial efforts to comprehensively ref… more
    Wassem, Ruth Ellen
  • Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Enforcement: Legal Issues [January 17, 2013]
    "The term 'prosecutorial discretion' is commonly used to describe the wide latitude that prosecutors have in determining when, whom, how, and even whether to prosecute apparent violations of the law. The Immigration and Natura… more
    Manuel, Kate; Garvey, Todd
  • Protecting the Homeland: ICE Response to the Task Force on Secure Communities Findings and Recommendations
    "The Task Force on Secure Communities is a subcommittee of the HSAC [Homeland Security Advisory Council] and was created in June 2011 at the request of the Secretary of Homeland Security. The HSAC, which is composed of leaders… more
  • Unauthorized Aliens: Policy Options for Providing Targeted Immigration Relief [February 13, 2013]
    "For many years, the unauthorized alien population has been seen as a public policy challenge. Addressing this population, estimated to number more than 11 million today, may take on added urgency in 2013 if the 113th Congress… more
    Bruno, Andorra
  • U.S. Immigration Policy: Chart Book of Key Trends [March 7, 2013]
    "This report is a chart book of selected immigration trends that touch on the main elements of comprehensive immigration reform (CIR). The main issues in the immigration debate typically include increases to border security an… more
    Wasem, Ruth Ellen
  • U.S. Immigration Policy on Permanent Admissions [March 13, 2012]
    "Four major principles underlie current U.S. policy on permanent immigration: the reunification of families, the admission of immigrants with needed skills, the protection of refugees, and the diversity of admissions by countr… more
    Wassem, Ruth Ellen

Hearings & Testimony

  • Serial No. 112-107: Welcoming Business Travelers and Tourists to America Act of 2011, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session on H.R. 3039, May 17, 2012
    From the opening statement of Elton Gallegly: "Today we are conducting a hearing on H.R. 3039, the 'Welcoming Business Travelers and Tourists to America Act of 2011.' The legislation raises important issues, including how we b… more
  • Serial No. 112-39: Secure Visas Act, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session on H.R. 1741, May 11, 2011
    From the opening statement of Elton Gallegly: "Following the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, there was a great deal of discussion in Congress with respect to moving the visa issuance responsibilities from the State Depa… more
  • Serial No. 113-1: America's Immigration System: Opportunities for Legal Immigration and Enforcement of Laws Against Illegal Immigration, Hearing Before the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, February 5, 2013
    This is the February 5, 2013 hearing on "America's Immigration System: Opportunities for Legal Immigration and Enforcement of Laws Against Illegal Immigration," held before the House Committee on the Judiciary. From the openin… more
  • Serial No. J-113-4: Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Hearing Before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, February 13, 2013
    This is the February 13, 2013 hearing on "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" held before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. From the testimony of Janet Napolitano, Secretary U.S. Department of Homeland Security: "I am pleas… more

Plans & Strategies

  • Building a 21st Century Immigration System
    "Today, President Obama reiterated his deep commitment to fixing the broken immigration system and outlined his vision for a 21st century immigration policy: 1) Responsibility by the federal government to secure our borders [...… more
  • USCIS Strategic Plan 2008-2012
    US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) developed the 2008-2012 strategic plan "to integrate key mission objectives, future plans and priorities, organization improvement initiatives, and prudent resource management." … more


  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) [website]
    This site provides an introduction to the USCIS and details the various administrative and management functions and responsibilities now within the DHS that were once in the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement [website]
    This website focus' on security and enforcement of laws. The Department of Homeland Security will bring together the various border agencies into the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection and rename the Bureau of Border Secu… more