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Briefing Date:12/08/2011
Topic:Budgeting for Immigration Enforcement: A Path to Better Performance

National Research Council
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Committee on Law and Justice
Committee on Estimating Costs of Immigration Enforcement in the Department of Justice


Congressional Briefings
Thursday, December 8, 2011
H-309 The Capitol Bldg. – 10:00 a.m.
B353 Rayburn House Office Bldg. – 12:00 p.m.
322 Hart Senate Office Bldg. – 3:30 p.m.


Budgeting for Immigration Enforcement:
A Path to Better Performance

Immigration enforcement is carried out by a complex legal and administrative system, operating under frequently changing legislative mandates and policy guidance, with authority and funding spread across several agencies in two executive departments and the courts. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is responsible for conducting immigration enforcement both at the border and in the United States; the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is responsible for conducting immigration removal procedures and criminal trials and for prosecuting people charged with immigration-related crimes. DOJ confronts at least five technical challenges to modeling its resource needs for immigration enforcement that are specific to the immigration enforcement system. Despite the inherent limitations, budgeting for immigration enforcement can be improved by changing the method for budgeting.

Requested by Congress in P.L. 111-8, Budgeting for Immigration Enforcement addresses how to improve budgeting for the federal immigration enforcement system, specifically focusing on the parts of that system that are operated and funded by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

These series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on December 9, 2011 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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