The Department of Homeland Security rolled out a new strategy for interior enforcement of immigration laws today, an event billed as phase two of the broader Secure Border Initiative. The press release that accompanied the announcement and Sec. Chertoff’s remarks sound all the right notes – more resources to find and remove immigration violators, better worksite enforcement, crackdowns on human smuggling gangs, etc. There’s very little that’s controversial about these proposals, as evidenced by the fact that nearly all of the current immigration and border bills contain strong interior enforcement provisions. But I don’t see anything radically new in the strategy, and the real test of its efficacy will be whether ICE and other relevant agencies get the resources to execute it, consistent with the Department’s FY 2007 budget request.
For more on issues of interior enforcement, see this recent CRS report.