Claire Bergeron is a former Associate Policy Analyst with the U.S. Immigration Program at the Migration Policy Institute, where she worked on immigration enforcement issues and co-authored the “Policy Beat” for the Migration Information Source, the Institute's online journal.
Prior to joining MPI, Ms. Bergeron worked as a paralegal and Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Accredited Representative at the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) in Chicago.
She holds a BA in anthropology and legal studies from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Georgeotwn University Law Center, where she was a member of the editorial board for the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.
2013 proved a year of significant highs and lows in the quest to reform the U.S. immigration system, with enough political and legislative twists to keep even veteran observers of Congress guessing and leave politicians and pundits confused about the prospects for enacting reform in 2014.
The U.S. government spends more on federal immigration enforcement than on all other principal federal criminal law enforcement agencies combined, allocating nearly $187 billion since 1986. This report traces the evolution of the immigration enforcement system, analyzing how programs and policies resulted in a complex, interconnected, cross-agency system.