Overstays: The Lesser-Known Illegal Immigration Issue

Brian Heslin EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The goal of this thesis is to bring light to the lesser-reported type of “illegal immigrant” in the United States—individuals who overstay their visas’ allowed length of admission—and develop a policy to appropriately deal with this issue. By definition, illegal immigrant is applied to an individual who violates a countries laws.[1] 

The Olive Branch and the Maple Leaf: A Comparative Analysis of Refugee Policies in Canada and the United States and the Potential for Blended Reform

Robert Tisdale EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The topic of immigration continues to be a divisive issue in political and social circles in the United States. Congress’s inability to craft legislatively viable immigration reform is indicative of this situation and the stalemate in which the country currently finds itself. In addition to issues surrounding the southern border, another

Out through the Out Door: Policy Options in the Fight against Visa Overstays

Michael Spina EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Every year, tens of millions of non-immigrants visit the United States for business, pleasure, school, or work. The expenditures of these foreign travelers provide revenue to U.S. businesses and create jobs across the country. While the vast majority of nonimmigrant visitors lawfully depart the United States each year, not every visitor

U.S. Refugee Policy in the Era of Homeland Security: A Comparative Government Analysis

Reiss Kuczera EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Since the 20th century, America has seized opportunities to lead the international community and subsequently claim global power status and influence. It proved its military might in both world wars, and for decades, it has championed human rights around the world. Although humanitarian policies often serve the country’s self-interests politically, humanitarian

Flight Plight: An Examination of Contemporary Humanitarian Immigration from Honduras, Cuba and Syria to the United States with Considerations for National Security

Catherine Ventura EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Immigration has always been a major component of the United States’ national strategy. Humanitarian immigration refers to programs specifically designed to assist refugees, asylum-seekers and other populations of forced migrants. The United States has historically taken pride in the values represented by its humanitarian immigration programs. However, the programs that address

What’s In A Name: A Comparative Analysis of the United States REAL ID Act and The United Kingdom National Identity Scheme

Karrie Anne Jefferson EXECUTIVE SUMMARY   Since September 11, 2001, many governments have considered developing national identity management systems. Beyond identification, politicians and proponents of these systems have touted such benefits as combating terrorism, preventing identity theft, facilitating travel, and combating illegal work and benefit fraud. For these reasons, the United States and United Kingdom

Reducing Homeland Insecurities: Ending Abuse of the Asylum and Credible Fear Program

Anja Freudenthal EXECUTIVE SUMMARY During the summer of 2012, a major shift began in the number of undocumented individuals crossing from the Mexican border into the United States. While the number of individuals apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (hereafter referred to simply as CBP) and detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (hereafter