Thursday, July 22, 2010

Administration Increases Criminal Prosecutions, Border Enforcement

Similar to the immigration enforcement that preceded the introduction of the 2007 comprehensive immigration reform efforts in Congress, the Obama Administration enforcement statistics have reached the record levels of the Bush administration. The Department of Homeland Security's enforcement statistics show that ICE prosecutions are the highest level since that agency was created in 2005 according to Syracuse University's TRAC office.

On August 1st, National Guard troops will be deployed on the Mexican border, in Arizona, Texas, California, and New Mexico in an effort announced by President Obama in May.

The New York Times reported that during the past year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has conducted audits of employee files at more than 2,900 companies. The agency has levied a record $3 million in civil fines in 2010.

The enforcement efforts may be attributed to the Obama administration's litigation with Arizona to enjoin its state enforcement legislation and the speculation that there will be a lame duck Congressional immigration reform bill this Winter.