Thursday, March 8, 2012

Report Challenges Attack on Secure Communities

Finds No Evidence of Racial Profiling

A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies examines the outcomes of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Secure Communities program and how those outcomes have been misleadingly described in one widely-circulated study published by the Earl Warren Institute at the University of California, Berkeley Law School. The Center's report, second in a three-part series, uses the same database of actual case histories provided by ICE as the Warren Institute report.

The groups that first obtained the ICE records have claimed that they reveal a disturbing pattern of abuse of authority by ICE, including wrongful arrests of thousands of U.S. citizens, a pattern of racial profiling against Latinos, and denial of due process for aliens in removal proceedings. These allegations have been uncritically passed on by major news media outlets and repeated by members of Congress. While the database does provide an interesting and relatively rare snapshot of the ICE caseload, the Center found that the records did not support any of the racial profiling allegations.

The Center's findings are online here

The Warren Institute report asserts that 93 percent of the individuals apprehended were 'Latino'. Yet ICE databases do not contain information relating to a person's race or ethnicity. Such judgments of race and ethnicity based solely on nationality are speculative and prone to error.

The Warren Institute authors claimed there is ethnic bias in the operation of Secure Communities because 93 percent of arrested aliens in the dataset were Latino, while only 77 percent of the illegal-immigrant population nationwide is Latino. This is a faulty analysis because most of cases in the database were drawn from just three southwest border states (Arizona, Texas, and California), where the illegal-immigrant population is disproportionately Latino.

We found that the presumed ethnic profile of the cases in this database (based on country of nationality) very closely matches the ethnic profile of the actual population of criminal aliens nationwide and also in the states where most of the SC arrests took place. According to a variety of government and independent sources, the population of criminal aliens nationwide and in Texas, California, and Arizona, where most of the arrests in the database took place, is approximately 90 percent Latino, which is nearly identical to the percentage of Latino detainees in the database (93 percent).

We found that the percentage of presumed Latino arrests in the database (93 percent) was lower than the percentage of Latino DHS arrests and removals nationwide (94-98 percent). If Secure Communities is inviting racial profiling against Latinos, then the percentage should be higher, not lower.

Neither the information in the database nor in other reputable academic or government studies supports the Warren Institute allegations that the Secure Communities program is having a negative effect on community policing and masking illegal racial-profiling practices.

Part 1 of the Center's look at the Warren Institute report is here

The above is a press release from from Center for Immigration Studies. 1522 K St. NW, Suite 820, Washington, DC 20005, (202) 466-8185 fax: (202) 466-8076. Email: Contacts: Jessica Vaughan,, (508) 346-3380
Bryan Griffith,, (202) 630-6533

The Center for Immigration Studies is an independent research institution which examines the impact of immigration on the United States. The Center for Immigration Studies is not affiliated with any other organization

Canadian immigration boss hints at seeking younger, well-spoken immigrant from end-year

In what was a busy week even by his usual frenetic standards, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney issued a flurry of statements on the immigration file over the last few days.

Leading the list was a broad hint indicating Canada would look for younger immigrants with better language (English and French) speaking skills and strong industry training that could pass pre-assessment requirements. As examples he cited doctors and welders.

The government would also prefer those with firm job offers — which could mean further boosting the temporary worker program — while possibly raising the threshold for those seeking investor program.

“I will continue to make changes,” he promised at the National Metropolis Conference last week. “Immigration is playing an increasingly important role in our economy and we need a system that does a better job of attracting the people who have the skills that are in demand and getting them here quickly,” he said.

The government would also continue to favour certain foreign students.

While recognizing there had been several improvements under his watch, Kenney agreed that more challenges lie ahead in seeing his vision realized. He noted, for instance, that the current points system used to assess federal skilled worker applicants needs to be more flexible and intelligent.

He also promised to do more to reduce the legacy of backlogs, where there are wait times of seven years or longer in some categories.

“Canadians need and deserve a system that boldly puts Canada’s best interests first,” he said.

Sponsorship restrictions

Canada has also put in place a bar on sponsorship in an ongoing effort to deter people from using a marriage of convenience to come to Canada, Kenney announced.

Regulatory changes now in force mean sponsored spouses or partners will have to wait five years from the day they are granted permanent residence status in Canada to sponsor a new spouse or partner.

Until now, a sponsored spouse or partner arriving in Canada as a permanent resident could leave their sponsor and sponsor another spouse or partner themselves.

Super Visa super success: Kenney

More than 1,000 Parent and Grandparent Super Visa applications have been approved in less than three months since the Super Visa program took flight, for an overall approval rate of 77 per cent, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced this week.

“I’m pleased that the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa is working as intended,” he said.

Among its other touted attractions the Super Visa aims at a processing time of eight weeks or less. But critics continued to point out the insurance requirement priced this visa out of the reach of many immigrants.

NDP joins act

NDP Immigration and Citizenship critic Don Davies is introducing two bills to “make Canada’s visitor visa system more fair and transparent”.

The first bill requires the government to provide a detailed explanation when applicants are denied a temporary resident or visitor visa. The second will allow a person to appeal a rejection if they feel an error has been made.


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