Jessica M. Vaughan is Director of Policy Studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, a research institute in Washington DC.

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July 24, 2019, 3:41 PM EDT
(Photo by Juancho Torres/Getty Images) Only 584 of nearly 67,000 recent Venezuelan overstayers have been deported.
July 9, 2019, 3:00 PM EDT
U.S. Capitol building (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
January 31, 2019, 3:56 PM EST
Our colleague David North has reported the good news that three countries have been booted from the annual list of countries whose citizens are eligible to participate in the H-2 guestworker visa programs, due to high overstay rates. But the list still includes many other countries with high rates of non-compliance and overstays that should disqualify them, or at least result in some kind of probationary status or require enhanced screening. The number of participating countries now stands at 80, which is slightly down from the peak of 85 in 2017, but still much higher than 2008, when only 28 countries were eligible (see Figure 1).
November 15, 2018, 11:11 AM EST
Proponents of a controversial bill to end provisions in immigration law designed to prevent large immigrant-sending countries from monopolizing the limited number of green cards — the per-country caps — have attracted support in large part by portraying the caps as unfair national-origins discrimination against citizens of India. Ironically, several of the Indian companies who are lobbying for this bill are now defending themselves in federal court against lawsuits alleging that they practice egregious national-origins discrimination in favor of Indian workers over U.S. workers.
October 10, 2018, 12:27 PM EDT
The cost of adjudicating DACA applications has been subsidized by other immigration benefits applicants to the tune of $316.5 million over the last three years, according to information released by USCIS on Friday. This subsidy was needed because the Obama administration did not impose an application fee for DACA status. Most immigration benefits applicants pay for the application for the status they are seeking, with additional fees for a work permit and fingerprint collection; DACA applicants only had to pay for the work permits and fingerprints, leaving legal immigrants and visa applicants to pick up the tab for the cost of adjudicating their eligibility for DACA.
July 19, 2018, 12:13 PM EDT
A report prepared by ICE's Boston field office illustrates the nature of ICE's criminal alien caseload in that state, and reveals the public safety problems created by court-imposed and locally adopted sanctuary policies. According to the report, over a 10-week period in the spring of 2018, 456 deportable criminal aliens were arrested in Massachusetts for a wide variety of state crimes. However, ICE was able to get custody of only about half of these criminal aliens, either because local agencies did not honor ICE's detainers or otherwise cooperate with ICE, or because the local agency released the criminal aliens before ICE could issue a detainer. The report provides several chilling examples of offenders who were freed by local authorities, including some who had committed horrific crimes, and including some who were released in Lawrence, Mass., a sanctuary city that has drawn attention for its role as a hub for opioid distribution in New England.
June 21, 2018, 11:36 AM EDT
The two competing immigration bills up for a vote in the House on Thursday offer significantly different amnesty provisions, and would have very different effects on future immigration flows. The so-called "compromise bill" crafted by House Speaker Paul Ryan would result in a net increase of 2.12 million more green cards through amnesty and chain migration over the next 15 years. In contrast, the bill crafted by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (HR 4760) would result in a net decrease in green cards of 1.23 million over the next 15 years because it offers a much smaller amnesty and makes prompt, deep cuts to chain migration categories.
January 22, 2018, 3:20 PM EST
More than 500 individuals who obtained DACA benefits that were later revoked due to criminal and/or gang involvement apparently are still living in the country and at large, according to statistics provided by USCIS to Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. These cases are 25 percent of those who lost DACA status due to criminal and/or gang activity as of November 2017. Only about 30 percent of the ex-DACA criminal aliens have been removed or were in ICE custody as of November 2017.
January 15, 2018, 4:26 PM EST
A group of six senators has come up with what they call a "bipartisan deal" on a DACA amnesty, but judging by details obtained by the Center, the aim is actually maximum amnesty, minimum border security and no cuts to legal immigration, and not a good faith effort to reach a deal with either the House of Representatives or the president.
December 12, 2017, 4:27 PM EST
No matter how much we improve our vetting, the sheer momentum of chain migration-driven immigration from terror-afflicted parts of the world is itself a national security risk.
December 7, 2017, 10:16 AM EST
The immigration enforcement numbers for Fiscal Year 2017 released Tuesday by the Trump administration show very good progress in restoring the integrity of our immigration system and reversing the disastrous policies of the previous administration. In particular, I am encouraged to see a 25 percent increase in interior removals, which had plunged to a 10-year low last year, and an increase in enforcement directed at criminals and fugitives – and particularly gang members.
September 13, 2017, 12:26 PM EDT
Transnational gangs are a unique and growing public safety threat in America, not only due to their members' propensity for violence and their focus on recruiting schoolchildren, but also because of their relationship with gang leaders based outside of the United States.
July 27, 2017, 3:42 PM EDT
The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Tuesday that sanctuary jurisdictions will lose access to certain federal law enforcement grants in 2017 if they prohibit officials from communicating with ICE, if they block ICE from interviewing jail inmates, or if they fail to notify ICE of the pending release of criminal aliens ICE is seeking to deport. These particular grants, known as the Byrne Justice Assistance Grants, are the largest source of federal criminal justice funds for state, local, and tribal authorities.
June 6, 2017, 9:24 AM EDT
Despite the positive identification as gang members, the youths were transferred to low-security facilities around the country.
December 1, 2016, 4:24 PM EST
An average of 255 illegal alien youths were taken into custody every day this month.
September 19, 2014, 9:53 AM EDT
In the wake of recent disturbing events in the Middle East, including the execution of two American journalists by ISIS, the House Homeland Security committee called a hearing this week to examine steps taken by national security agencies to address the threat from abroad.