A Brief Examination of the FIRST STEP Act

Immigration concerns with the criminal justice reform bill

An analysis of the FIRST STEP Act (H.R. 5682) reveals that it could have an adverse impact on efforts to control illegal immigration and to deport criminal aliens. The legislation is likely to receive a floor vote in the House by the end of the month.

Reps. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) introduced the criminal justice reform measure in the House.

Catch and Release Escape Hatches

Loopholes that encourage illegal entry

While there are many obstacles to ending "catch and release," these are the main impediments: deficiencies in the credible fear system; the current iteration of the TVPRA; and the Flores settlement agreement.

Until these loopholes in our immigration laws are addressed through legislation, actions taken by the president will not be sufficient to secure the border.

Event: A Conversation with EOIR Director James McHenry

Tackling the Immigration Court Backlog

James McHenry, Director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), was featured in an Immigration Newsmaker conversation hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies on Tuesday, May 1 at the National Press Club.

Better Educated, but Not Better Off

A look at the education level and socioeconomic success of recent immigrants, 2007 to 2017

This analysis confirms other recent research showing a dramatic increase in the education level of newly arrived immigrants over the last decade. However, our findings show that this increase has not resulted in a significant improvement in labor force attachment, income, poverty, or welfare use for new arrivals. 

Welcoming New Americans

Editor’s Note: These remarks were delivered at a recent swearing-in ceremony for new citizens.

Congratulations, Americans!

You’ve come a long way since you first got here. Whether you came on foot or by bus, or ship, or airplane, you arrived here as strangers — many of you didn’t know the language, some didn’t have any friends or family here, and all of you were at least a little bit nervous about starting a new life in a new country.

Examination of the FIRST STEP Act
Examination of the FIRST STEP Act
Catch and Release Escape Hatches
Catch and Release Escape Hatches
Event: A Conversation with EOIR Director
Event: A Conversation with EOIR Director
Better Educated, but Not Better Off
Better Educated, but Not Better Off
Welcoming New Americans
Welcoming New Americans

Immigration concerns with the criminal justice reform bill

An analysis of the FIRST STEP Act (H.R. 5682) reveals that it could have an adverse impact on efforts to control illegal immigration and to deport criminal aliens. The legislation is likely to receive a floor vote in the House by the end of the month.

Reps. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) introduced the criminal justice reform measure in the House.

Loopholes that encourage illegal entry

While there are many obstacles to ending "catch and release," these are the main impediments: deficiencies in the credible fear system; the current iteration of the TVPRA; and the Flores settlement agreement.

Until these loopholes in our immigration laws are addressed through legislation, actions taken by the president will not be sufficient to secure the border.

Tackling the Immigration Court Backlog

James McHenry, Director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), was featured in an Immigration Newsmaker conversation hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies on Tuesday, May 1 at the National Press Club.

A look at the education level and socioeconomic success of recent immigrants, 2007 to 2017

This analysis confirms other recent research showing a dramatic increase in the education level of newly arrived immigrants over the last decade. However, our findings show that this increase has not resulted in a significant improvement in labor force attachment, income, poverty, or welfare use for new arrivals. 

Editor’s Note: These remarks were delivered at a recent swearing-in ceremony for new citizens.

Congratulations, Americans!

You’ve come a long way since you first got here. Whether you came on foot or by bus, or ship, or airplane, you arrived here as strangers — many of you didn’t know the language, some didn’t have any friends or family here, and all of you were at least a little bit nervous about starting a new life in a new country.

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Sheriffs: 287(g) Partnerships Improve Public Safety and Reduce Criminal Justice Costs

The 287(g) program provides local law enforcement entities the opportunity to partner with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and train local officers to perform immigration law enforcement functions. ICE currently has 78 law enforcement agencies in 20 states enrolled in the program, up from 30 at the end of the Obama administration, and they have trained and certified more than 1,822 individual officers.

Topics: 287(g) Program

Tennessee Sanctuary City Bill Being Grossly Misrepresented

[From an op-ed published over the weekend in the Nashville Tennessean.]

Hysteria over "mass deportation," "vigilantism" and "profiling" that will result if the sanctuary city bill sitting on Governor Haslam’s desk is signed into law is pure propaganda ginned up by the professional left and their fellow travelers.