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Biden Administration’s Updated Immigration Enforcement Priorities

Biden Administration’s Updated Immigration Enforcement Priorities Note: this resource serves as an update to the LEITF’s previous publication comparing the Obama, Trump, and Biden administration immigration enforcement priorities. On September 30, 2021, DHS released Guidelines for the Enforcement of Civil Immigration Law, new immigration enforcement priorities that emphasize the use of prosecutorial discretion to seek […]

Oct 27

Backgrounder: Jurisdictions Permitting LPR Hiring

Backgrounder: Jurisdictions Permitting LPR Hiring To download a PDF version, click here. Police departments and sheriff’s offices across the United States continue to struggle to find qualified candidates to serve as officers. While most jurisdictions require that law enforcement officer candidates be U.S. citizens, a growing number have removed citizenship as a requirement for candidates, […]

Aug 17

Fact Sheet: Byrne-JAG Program

For PDF version, click here. What is the Byrne-JAG Program? The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program (“Byrne-JAG”) is a formula grant program that provides federal criminal justice funding to law enforcement agencies across the United States. Byrne-JAG provides states, territories, tribes, local governments, and governmental agencies with nearly $250 million of annual […]

Apr 27

Fact Sheet on VAWA, T Visas and U Visas

For a PDF version, click here. Congress first acknowledged the precarious position of immigrant victims of crime in 1994 with the passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The bill specifically focused on victims of domestic abuse, who were often forced to choose between reporting the crime to law enforcement—risking loss of possible legal […]

Apr 27

Comparison of the Obama, Trump, and Biden Administration Immigration Enforcement Priorities

For a PDF version, click here. 10/27/21 update: On September 30, DHS released Guidelines for the Enforcement of Civil Immigration Law, new immigration enforcement priorities that emphasize the use of prosecutorial discretion to seek targeted enforcement. For updated information on these priorities from the Biden administration, please click here. Introduction Over the past decade, the […]

Apr 22

Inventory of Promising Practices and Programs for Immigrant and Refugee Outreach

The LEITF and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) have put together a resource inventory of promising practices and programs for immigrant and refugee outreach.  The list of programs includes brief summaries and contact information for agency personnel who can provide further details about the programs. The programs have been organized by the following topics: […]

Dec 08

Building Trust with Immigrant Communities: Best Practices for Law Enforcement Agencies in Smaller Cities and Towns

The Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force (LEITF) and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) collaborated to produce a new report: Building Trust with Immigrant Communities: Best Practices for Law Enforcement Agencies in Smaller Cities and Towns. This report highlights low-cost, innovative strategies that have proven effective in developing relationships with immigrant communities. Fourteen LEITF police […]

May 18

Fact Sheet: Warrant Service Officer (WSO) Program

FACT SHEET: Warrant Service Officer (WSO) Program   What is the WSO program? U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the launch of the Warrant Service Officer (WSO) program on May 6, 2019. ICE called the WSO program “a new collaborative program intended for local law-enforcement that wish to honor immigration detainers but are prohibited […]

Jun 04

Profiles: Immigrants in Law Enforcement Contributing to Public Safety

INTRODUCTION While immigrants are part of the communities we serve, they are also fellow officers and colleagues working alongside us. We decided to publish these profiles of immigrants working with us to protect our communities and promote public safety to highlight some of the men and women on whom we rely to help America be […]

Jun 29

Fact Sheet: Immigrants and Crime

FACT SHEET: Immigrants and Crime   Introduction The issue of public safety and immigration is of keen interest to law enforcement officials. Recent public discourse has raised questions: Are immigrants, particularly undocumented immigrants, more prone to commit crime? Will public safety will be improved through tougher immigration enforcement? This brief provides an overview of crimes […]

Jun 26

Fact Sheet: Immigrant Youth and MS-13

FACT SHEET: Immigrant Youth and MS-13   MS-13 has its roots in the U.S.   Many young immigrants who fled Central America because of ongoing civil wars in the 1980s arrived in Los Angeles. They found that local American street gangs dominated the scene. They reacted by forming a gang of their own, which became […]

Dec 12

Background on Local Law Enforcement’s Role in Immigration Enforcement – § 287(g) Agreements

FORUM POLICY National Immigration Forum   Introduction Congress created the 287(g) program in 1996 to increase federal immigration enforcement capacity. Voluntary agreements under Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) enlist and authorize state and local law enforcement personnel to carry out immigration enforcement actions. Under 287(g), a local jurisdiction may enter into […]

Sep 08

Background on ‘Sanctuary Jurisdictions’ – 8 U.S.C. § 1373

LAURENCE BENENSON Assistant Director for Policy & Advocacy National Immigration Forum   Introduction No formal, legal definition of the term “sanctuary jurisdiction” exists in the U.S. Code or under federal regulations. Some define “sanctuary jurisdiction” as one that fails to cooperate with the federal government as required by a once-obscure provision of the Immigration and […]

Sep 08

Ability to Hire LPRs Would Help Local Law Enforcement

Permission Would Bolster Recruitment, Diversity

Jun 16

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The Legal Questions Around Immigration Detainers

LAURENCE BENENSON Assistant Director for Policy & Advocacy National Immigration Forum   Click here to read the white paper, “A Path to Public Safety: The Legal Questions around Immigration Detainers.”   So-called sanctuary jurisdictions have caused great controversy. Lost amid the debate is the fact that, whatever their approach toward immigrants, most state and local law […]

Feb 27