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Six Steps to Fix the US Immigration System: What Can the Administration Do?

Posted in US Immigration Policy, Immigrant Integration, Labor Migration, Mobility and Security by migrationpolicy on March 14th, 2011

AdministrativeFixesImmigration.jpgAt this event, MPI releases a new report, Executive Action on Immigration: Six Ways to Make the System Work Better, that outlines recommendations for executive actions that the administration can implement to improve the immigration system. Here to discuss their report are the authors: Donald Kerwin, MPI Vice President for Programs; Doris Meissner, Director, US Immigration Policy Program at MPI; and Margie McHugh, Co-Director of MPI's National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy. Joining the discussion are: Eva Millona, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Coalition, and Juan P. Osuna, Acting Director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review at the US Department of Justice.

Delegation and Divergence: A Study of 287(g) State and Local Immigration Enforcement

Posted in US Immigration Policy, Immigrant Integration, Mobility and Security by migrationpolicy on January 31st, 2011

287g Event at MPIThis event discusses the release of the MPI report, Delegation and Divergence: A Study of 287(g) State and Local Immigration Enforcement. The report, and the discussion, assessed implementation and U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) oversight of the nation’s 72 active 287(g) programs, examining whether local enforcement matches up with ICE’s articulated priorities. The study provides ICE data nationally and by jurisdiction on non-citizens referred for removal through 287(g) as well as the criminal offenses for which they were detained, and assesses the impact of enforcement on local communities. The discussion was opened by Muzaffar Chishti, Director, MPI office at NYU School of Law, then followed by report author Randy Capps, MPI Demographer and Senior Policy Analyst. Also commenting was LeRoy Kirkegard, Captain of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO).

Download the report here. Watch event audio here.

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin Addresses MPI Speakers Series

Posted in US Immigration Policy, Mobility and Security by migrationpolicy on October 14th, 2010

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin came to the Migration Policy Institute on Oct. 14, 2010 to address its Leadership Visions speakers series. During his remarks and Q&A with MPI Senior Fellow Doris Meissner and the audience, Commissioner Bersin discussed enforcement at the Southwest border, comprehensive immigration reform, security challenges, the status of the Secure Border Initiative, and other policy areas and initiatives facing his 57,000-person agency. His appearance followed earlier Leadership Visions addresses by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas and Homeland Security Assistant Secretary John Morton, who heads U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Securing Human Mobility in the Age of Risk: New Challenges for Travel, Migration, and Borders

Posted in US Immigration Policy, Mobility and Security, International Migration by migrationpolicy on April 22nd, 2010

A book discussion with author Susan Ginsburg, MPI nonresident fellow and former senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission; ACLU Policy Counsel and former FBI agent Michael German; Luis Rubio, President, Center of Research for Development (CIDAC) and instructor at Mexico's intelligence agency school; and Don Kerwin, MPI Vice President for Programs. The book makes the case that the nation’s post-9/11 approach to immigration and border security is off-kilter and not keeping pace with the scope and complexity of people’s movement around the world, and proposes a new paradigm that seeks to secure mobility while moving away from a system that too often conflates border and immigration enforcement with counterterrorism.

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