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National Immigration Project Assesses Biden Administration’s Track Record on Enforcement, Detention, and Criminalization of Immigrants

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Posted: May. 4, 2023

For Immediate Release
May 4, 2023 

Arianna Rosales,

Washington, DC – Following President Biden’s 2024 re-election bid announcement, the National Immigration Project today released a report card assessing the administration’s progress on enforcement, detention, and the criminalization of immigrants of color. 

At the beginning of the administration, the National Immigration Project issued policy priorities for executive action, and has since pursued advocacy with the administration on these priorities alongside a broad range of partners. Now, more than two years into the administration and following the President’s re-election bid, we reflect back on those priorities and what progress the administration has – and has not – made.

The report card segments the priorities into 5 major categories, urging the Biden administration to:

  • Disentangle local and immigration law enforcement
  • End the criminalization of migrants 
  • End immigration detention 
  • Create a right to return home
  • Address the punitive and unjust immigration court system

Download the report card here. 

Said Sirine Shebaya, Executive Director of the National Immigration Project: 

"For more than 50 years, the National Immigration Project has fought to protect the rights of all people, including those most targeted by our immigration and criminal laws. With members and partners across the country, we are committed to advocating for policies that will not only undo the harms of previous administrations, but also create a bold new way forward for immigrant communities.

“While the administration, particularly in its early days, was making progress on addressing some of the most harmful aspects of interior enforcement and detention, there is still a long way to go to ensure that our communities are safe and thriving. At this critical moment, we urge the administration to re-engage with advocates and to take concrete action to eliminate the most harmful aspects of the immigration enforcement and detention apparatus.”



The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG) is a national non-profit organization that provides technical assistance and support to community-based immigrant organizations, legal practitioners, and all advocates seeking and working to advance the rights of noncitizens. NIPNLG utilizes impact litigation, advocacy, and public education to pursue its mission. Learn more at Follow NIPNLG on social media: National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild on Facebook, @NIPNLG on Twitter and Instagram.