Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Toward a Better Immigration System: Fixing Immigration Governance at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security: a New Report by MPI
The Migration Policy Institute has released a new and timely report, Toward a Better Immigration System: Fixing Immigration Governance at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The report, authored by Doris Meissner and Ruth Ellen Wasem takes a deep dive into the structure and function of DHS and ask what it would actually take for the agency to foster a more coherent set of policies and fix existing problems. As they explain in the introduction:
The report’s analyses and recommendations reflect research and discussions with more than 50 individuals, including former senior DHS career and non-career government officials and immigration stakeholders who work closely with DHS on immigration matters. The report identifies four organizational areas that are key to the vitality of the immigration system: the missions of the immigration components, institutional structures, funding priorities, and institutional culture.
The report presents 17 recommendations. Among them are two overarching recommendations that should be adopted to better manage crises and to advance an immigration policy agenda that serves key national interests going forward.
For those interested in hearing more from the authors, they present on the new report in a terrific episode of "This Week in Immigration," a podcast by the Bipartisan Policy Institute.