[Intelforum] Secrecy News -- 11/17/11
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from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2011, Issue No. 107
November 17, 2011
Secrecy News Blog: http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/
** TARGETING CRIMINAL ALIENS, AND MORE FROM CRS
TARGETING CRIMINAL ALIENS, AND MORE FROM CRS
U.S. government programs to identify and deport criminal aliens were
detailed in an exhaustive report from the Congressional Research Service.
The Department of Homeland Security has four programs that deal with
criminal aliens, which are discussed in the report.
"While consensus exists on the overarching goal to identify and remove
serious criminal aliens, these programs have generated controversy," CRS
said, on grounds that "the programs may have adverse impacts on
police-community relations, may result in racial profiling, and may result
in the detention of people who have not been convicted of criminal offenses
and may not be subject to removal."
CRS estimated that the number of noncitizens incarcerated in federal and
state prisons and local jails - "a subset of all criminal aliens" - was
173,000 in 2009.
See "Interior Immigration Enforcement: Programs Targeting Criminal
Aliens," October 21, 2011:
The New York Times reported today that DHS "will begin a review on
Thursday of all deportation cases before the immigration courts... with the
goal of speeding deportations of convicted criminals and halting those of
many illegal immigrants with no criminal record." See "U.S. to Review
Cases Seeking Deportations" by Julia Preston, New York Times, November 17.
Some other new Congressional Research Service reports obtained by Secrecy
News are linked below. Pursuant to congressional policy, CRS has been
prohibited from making them directly available to the public.
"Military Retirement Reform: A Review of Proposals and Options for
Congress," November 17, 2011:
"FY2012 Appropriations Overview: Status of Discretionary Appropriations
Legislation," November 10, 2011:
"U.S. Natural Gas Exports: New Opportunities, Uncertain Outcomes,"
November 4, 2011:
"Legislative Branch Agency Appointments: History, Processes, and Recent
Proposals," November 1, 2011:
"Economic Growth and the Unemployment Rate," October 28, 2011:
"Presidential Policy Directive 8 and the National Preparedness System:
Background and Issues for Congress," October 21, 2011:
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