Immigration Enforcement & Policing


NNIRR works with grassroots groups and organizations on a number of issues affecting immigrant and refugee communities around the country. Immigration policing (commonly referred to as "enforcement") serves to deepen the kinds of abuses and rights violations facing our communities at the US-Mexico border, in the US interior and increasingly at the US-Canadian border. 

The federal government has many tools at their disposal to criminalize immigrant communities where they live, work, worship, study and play. Communities around the country are organizing, building alliances and coalitions, documenting and denouncing abuses, and raising their voices for justice & human rights.

NNIRR Reports

Through our national human rights abuse documentation initiative, HURRICANE, we have documented hundreds of cases of rights violations and abuse since 2006, pointing to a disturbing pattern of impunity, rampant due process violations, and a glaring lack of accountability and oversight. 

NNIRR has published a number of reports addressing abusive and discriminatory immigration enforcement in the U.S. They include:

It is available for purchase here.

Over-Raided, Under Seige is the first report produced by NNIRR’s initiative HURRICANE: The Human Rights Immigrant Community Action Network.

The report documents how the U.S. government is systematically violating the human rights of immigrant families, communities and workers. It details over 100 stories of abuse and some 200 immigration raids during the period between between 2006 - 2007.

Published in 2009 by HURRICANE: The Human Rights Immigrant Community Action Network. Guilty by Immigration Status reveals the "disturbing pattern of abuses and rights violations" that have evolved through the dramatic expansion and consolidation of an "immigration control regime" in the U.S.

This report is available for download here.

Produced by HURRICANE: The Human Rights Immigrant Community Action NetworkInjustice for All is a 58 page-report of rights abuses from 2009 through mid-2010. This report provides an executive summary, findings, full analyses of the issues, policy recommendations, 100 Stories Chronology of Abuses, and eleven testimonial essays from communities in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, North Carolina, Illinois and New York.

Read the Executive Summary here. Purchase the full report here.


Other Reports & Resources

A Price Too High: US Families Torn Apart By Deporations for Drug Offenses is a critical resource for understanding immigration and policing within the context of drug policy within the United States. The report was publushed in 2015 by Human Rights Watch and explores the consequences of deportation proceedings for minor drug ofenses. 

Read and download the report here.