Date(s) - 29 Jul 2013
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Abstract: Internal Immigration Enforcement refers to a federal government enforcing domestic immigration law so as to monitor, control, and regulate the activities of non-citizens living within its sovereign territory. Emerging in the United States during the mid-1960s, today virtually every western nation has immigration officers (or police) situated within metropolitan centres tasked with locating and removing unlawful non-citizens. While initially focused on ensuring the integrity of a nation’s immigration programme, in the aftermath of 9/11, contemporary immigration enforcement has become an important component of law enforcement, counter-terrorism, and national security operations. This presentation explores the historic evolution of internal immigration enforcement, discusses how today vulnerable non-citizens are at an increased risk of being wrongfully identified as threats to a community, and provides suggestions on how governments can better balance the need to protect citizens from foreign threats while at the same time safeguarding the civil rights of non-citizens living within their borders.
Bio: Kelly Sundberg is the Department Chair for Justice Studies at Mount Royal University and an Associate Professor whose research focuses on immigration enforcement, border and national security, transnational crime, and counter-terrorism. Kelly completed his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Victoria, Master of Arts in Justice and Public Safety Leadership and Training at Royal Roads University, and Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology at Monash University. Prior to his academic career, Kelly served over fourteen years as a federal investigator with the Canada Border Services Agency – Inland Immigration Enforcement Division.