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The Immigration Debate


The American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF) was established in 1987 as a tax-exempt, not-for-profit educational, charitable organization. The Foundation is dedicated to increasing public understanding of immigration law and policy and the value of immigration to American society; to promoting public service and excellence in the practice of immigration law; and to advancing fundamental fairness and due process under the law for immigrants.


The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is the national association of over 9,500 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. AILA Member attorneys represent tens of thousands of U.S. families who have applied for permanent residence for their spouses, children, and other close relatives to lawfully enter and reside in the United States.


Americans for Legal Immigration (ALI-PAC) has formed to address the disparity between the public's desire for more control of illegal immigration and the actions of lawmakers. Varied polls indicate that over 75% of America's legal citizens want more done to control illegal immigration, yet the elected officials who are willing to address this concern constitute a minority of members in the US Congress and Senate at this time.


The Brookings Institution is a private nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and innovative policy solutions. For more than 90 years, Brookings has analyzed current and emerging issues and produced new ideas that matter—for the nation and the world.


Carrying Capacity Network is a national non-profit advocacy group working to secure the sustainable future of the United States. Here you'll find articles by some of the best contemporary thinkers in the fields of population stabilization, national revitalization, economic sustainability and resource conservation.


The Cato Institute (Cato Institute Center for Trade Policy Studies) was founded in 1977 by Edward H. Crane. It is a non-profit public policy research foundation headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Institute is named for Cato's Letters, a series of libertarian pamphlets that helped lay the philosophical foundation for the American Revolution.


The Center for Immigration Studies is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit research organization founded in 1985. It is the nation's only think tank devoted exclusively to research and policy analysis of the economic, social, demographic, fiscal, and other impacts of immigration on the United States.


Congressional Research Service is the public policy research arm of Congress. This legislative branch agency works exclusively for Members of Congress, their committees and their staffs. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) does not provide direct public access to its reports, requiring citizens to request them from their Member of Congress.


U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). CBP combined the inspectional workforces and broad border authorities of U.S. Customs, U.S. Immigration, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the entire U.S. Border Patrol.


The Department of Homeland Security through its components, programs and initiatives is responsible for maintaining the security of U.S. borders, providing immigration services, and welcoming visitors.


Diversity Alliance for a Sustainable America is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the education of the media, policymakers and the public about the impact of population and immigration. DASA is the only organization educating about the impact of immigration-fueled population growth that has both a Board of Directors and National Advisory Board that are controlled by very well credentialed minorities.


The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) was created on January 9, 1983, through an internal Department of Justice (DOJ) reorganization which combined the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA or Board) with the Immigration Judge function previously performed by the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) (now part of the Department of Homeland Security)


The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), a project of the Center for Community Change, is led by low-income immigrant and non-immigrant grassroots community organizations working for immigration reform and immigrant rights. Formed under CCC’s campaign on issues of poverty, welfare and low-wage work, FIRM broadens the framework of immigration and immigrant rights to include an anti-poverty agenda. The coalition consists of organizing networks, statewide immigrant rights coalitions, and faith-based and low-income groups.


The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is a national, nonprofit, public-interest, membership organization of concerned citizens who share a common belief that our nation's immigration policies must be reformed to serve the national interest. FAIR seeks to improve border security, to stop illegal immigration, and to promote immigration levels consistent with the national interest—more traditional rates of about 300,000 a year.


Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the largest investigative branch of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The agency was created after 9/11, by combining the law enforcement arms of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and the former U.S. Customs Service, to more effectively enforce our immigration and customs laws and to protect the United States against terrorist attacks. ICE does this by targeting illegal immigrants: the people, money and materials that support terrorism and other criminal activities.


The Legalization Site is a portal for access to a wide range of information including news, studies, reports, policies, laws, pending legislation, and litigation regarding amnesty and legalization programs for undocumented immigrants. This site was established by the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, CA, that focuses on the human rights and domestic civil rights of insular minorities including immigrants, refugees, children, and indigenous peoples.


The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank in Washington, DC dedicated to the study of the movement of people worldwide. MPI provides analysis, development, and evaluation of migration and refugee policies at the local, national, and international levels. It aims to meet the rising demand for pragmatic and thoughtful responses to the challenges and opportunities that large-scale migration, whether voluntary or forced, presents to communities and institutions in an increasingly integrated world.


The National Immigration Forum is the nation’s premier immigrant rights organization. The Forum is dedicated to embracing and upholding America’s tradition as a nation of immigrants. The Forum advocates and builds public support for public policies that welcome immigrants and refugees and are fair to and supportive of newcomers to our country.


The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is dedicated to protecting and promoting the rights of low income immigrants and their family members.  In the past 20 years, NILC has earned a national reputation as a leading expert on immigration, public benefits, and employment laws affecting immigrants and refugees.


The New American Opportunity Campaign (NAOC) is a campaign for comprehensive immigration reform powered by strategic, coordinated activities by immigrant advocacy, grassroots, religious and labor organizations across the United States and on Capitol Hill. The NAOC organizes and mobilizes the voices and power of the pro-immigrant movement in support of national legislation that incorporates key principles for immigration reform.


The Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS), within the Policy Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is responsible for developing, analyzing, and disseminating statistical information needed to assess the effects of immigration in the United States. Our goal is to provide high-quality statistical information that is relevant, timely, cost effective, and customer-oriented.


Population-Environment Balance, or BALANCE, is a grassroots membership organization committed to stabilizing U.S. population in order to safeguard the carrying capacity of the United States. BALANCE's goals and activities are based on the relationships between population size, quality of life, and environmental impact. We believe that safeguarding the future of the U.S. depends upon achieving a balance between population and environment.


Since ProjectUSA's founding in 1999, their mission has been to move immigration to the center of the national debate where it belongs. They recognized then that the first step toward a modern immigration policy would be to de-link the issue from race so that Americans could talk about the issue rationally.


Urban Institute: In the mid-1960s, President Johnson saw the need for independent nonpartisan analysis of the problems facing America's cities and their residents. The President created a blue-ribbon commission of civic leaders who recommended chartering a center to do that work. In 1968, the Urban Institute became that center.


Wex is an ambitious effort to construct a collaboratively-created, public-access law dictionary and encyclopedia. It is sponsored and hosted by the Legal Information Institute at the Cornell Law School.


The White House is a database of current speeches and policy research supplied by the United States government.


Wikipedia is a Web-based free-content multilingual encyclopedia project. It exists as a wiki, a website that allows any visitor to edit its content. The name Wikipedia is a portmanteau of the words wiki and encyclopedia. Wikipedia is written collaboratively by volunteers, allowing most articles to be changed by almost anyone with access to the website.



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