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COLUMN: Foresight Finds: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Edition

Exploring Emerging Trends in Immigration Enforcement

Welcome to our latest installment of foresight finds, where we delve into the evolving landscape of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This month, we uncover five emerging trends that are reshaping the realm of immigration enforcement and border security. Join us as we navigate the complexities of these developments and their implications: 

  1. Global Aging Population and Migration: An aging global population, particularly in developed countries, is leading to a growing demand for migrant workers to support healthcare and other sectors. This demographic shift is creating new migration patterns and altering the socioeconomic landscape. The shifting demographics and the increased demand for migrant labor in healthcare and elder care may require adjustments to enforcement priorities and the need to develop targeted policies that facilitate the legal migration of workers required in these critical sectors, all while balancing security concerns. 
  2. Virtual Reality (VR) for Cultural and Language Training: Virtual reality technology is becoming an effective tool for cultural and language training, offering immersive experiences that can prepare individuals for integration into new countries. This technology can simulate real-life scenarios, providing valuable training for both immigrants and enforcement personnel. The use of VR for cultural and language training could enhance staff training, improving the ability to engage with diverse communities and manage sensitive situations more effectively. Additionally, promoting the use of such technologies among immigrants could facilitate their integration and compliance with immigration laws, potentially reducing tensions and fostering mutual understanding. 
  3. Explosion of the Gig Economy and Remote Work: The gig economy and remote work options are experiencing explosive growth, reshaping the traditional concept of employment and work visas. With a significant portion of the global workforce embracing non-traditional, location-independent roles, new challenges could emerge in regulating employment-based immigration. As physical presence becomes less tied to job opportunities, reevaluating work visa policies and enforcement strategies becomes imperative. Adapting to the changing dynamics of the labor market will be essential for ensuring the integrity of immigration systems while facilitating legitimate workforce mobility. 
  4. Social Impact Bonds for Immigration Services: Innovative financing models, such as social impact bonds, are gaining traction in funding immigration services and integration programs. These bonds enable private investors to fund social initiatives, with repayment contingent on achieving predefined outcomes. By leveraging social impact bonds, there could be new funding streams to enhance the availability and quality of immigration-related services. Collaborating with private sector partners and philanthropic organizations can foster innovation and improve the effectiveness of immigration enforcement and integration efforts. 
  5. Virtual Reality (VR) Immigration Courts and Integration Programs: Advancements in Virtual Reality (VR) technology are poised to revolutionize immigration processes, including court proceedings and integration programs. Imagine VR immigration courts where judges, attorneys, and immigrants participate in hearings from remote locations, offering greater accessibility and efficiency. Additionally, VR can enhance language learning, cultural orientation, and job training programs for immigrants, fostering more immersive and effective integration experiences. Embracing VR technology presents an opportunity to streamline operations, reduce costs, and improve access to justice and services for immigrants. 

Join us next month as we continue to explore the dynamic landscape of Homeland Security. If you have insights or questions to share, please reach out to Robin Champ and Mark Bills. 

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Robin L. Champ and Mark Bills
Robin L. Champ is a visionary leader in strategic foresight and strategy management, currently serving as the Vice President, Strategic Foresight at LBL Strategies. With a distinguished career spanning key roles in both the Department of Defense and the U.S. Secret Service, Robin brings unparalleled expertise to the table. Retired as the Chief of the Enterprise Strategy Division at the United States Secret Service, Robin led the organization’s foresight and strategic planning efforts. Notably, she also co-chaired the Federal Foresight Community of Interest, showcasing her commitment to advancing foresight practices across government. Prior to her tenure at USSS, Robin served as the Chief of the Global Futures Office at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). There, she developed a pioneering methodology encompassing stakeholder interviews, scenario-based planning, SWOT analysis, policy analysis, and crowdsourcing. This approach formed the bedrock of the Agency’s Strategic Plan, solidifying Robin’s reputation as a thought leader in the field. Robin’s influence extended even further at DTRA, where she led the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD). Through strategic studies and dialogues, she addressed critical national security and CWMD challenges, forging collaborations with esteemed institutions like the National Defense University and the U.S. Air Force Institute for National Security Studies. Her tenure at the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) saw her at the forefront of the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, where she played a pivotal role as the DLA Lead. Notably, Robin authored the DLA Transformation Roadmap and served as the Program Manager for DLA’s Balanced Scorecard, leaving an indelible mark on the agency’s strategic trajectory. In addition to her official positions, Ms. Champ is a U.S. Army proclaimed “Mad Scientist, and also serves as an “Expert in Residence” for Toffler Associates. Robin’s illustrious career has earned her accolades, including a commendation from the Vice President of the United States, the prestigious DTRA Director’s Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, and the U.S. Secret Service Director’s Impact Award. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism/Advertising from the University of Maryland, where she graduated at the pinnacle of her Advertising class. Additionally, she holds a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from NDU’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) – now the Eisenhower School, and is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executive Fellows program. A sought-after keynote speaker on foresight, Robin has graced numerous forums, including the International Association for Strategy Professionals, Federal Foresight Community of Interest, Palladium Strategy Summit, National Defense University, American Society of Microbiology, Department of Homeland Security, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy National Labs, OPM’s Federal Executive Institute, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Mark Bills has over thirty years of experience helping companies use new and emerging technologies to improve their competitive position, grow their revenues, and improve their operating performance. He has earned this experience as a business and technology executive and a management consultant to Fortune 1000® companies in many industries. Mark also has over twenty years of experience as an Adjunct Professor teaching graduate and Executive MBA courses on product development, strategy development/execution, and innovation management. Mark earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Computer Science from the University of Southern California. He has continued his learning by completing several Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Machine Learning (ML) programs.
Robin L. Champ and Mark Bills
Robin L. Champ and Mark Bills
Robin L. Champ is a visionary leader in strategic foresight and strategy management, currently serving as the Vice President, Strategic Foresight at LBL Strategies. With a distinguished career spanning key roles in both the Department of Defense and the U.S. Secret Service, Robin brings unparalleled expertise to the table. Retired as the Chief of the Enterprise Strategy Division at the United States Secret Service, Robin led the organization’s foresight and strategic planning efforts. Notably, she also co-chaired the Federal Foresight Community of Interest, showcasing her commitment to advancing foresight practices across government. Prior to her tenure at USSS, Robin served as the Chief of the Global Futures Office at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). There, she developed a pioneering methodology encompassing stakeholder interviews, scenario-based planning, SWOT analysis, policy analysis, and crowdsourcing. This approach formed the bedrock of the Agency’s Strategic Plan, solidifying Robin’s reputation as a thought leader in the field. Robin’s influence extended even further at DTRA, where she led the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD). Through strategic studies and dialogues, she addressed critical national security and CWMD challenges, forging collaborations with esteemed institutions like the National Defense University and the U.S. Air Force Institute for National Security Studies. Her tenure at the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) saw her at the forefront of the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, where she played a pivotal role as the DLA Lead. Notably, Robin authored the DLA Transformation Roadmap and served as the Program Manager for DLA’s Balanced Scorecard, leaving an indelible mark on the agency’s strategic trajectory. In addition to her official positions, Ms. Champ is a U.S. Army proclaimed “Mad Scientist, and also serves as an “Expert in Residence” for Toffler Associates. Robin’s illustrious career has earned her accolades, including a commendation from the Vice President of the United States, the prestigious DTRA Director’s Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, and the U.S. Secret Service Director’s Impact Award. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism/Advertising from the University of Maryland, where she graduated at the pinnacle of her Advertising class. Additionally, she holds a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from NDU’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) – now the Eisenhower School, and is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executive Fellows program. A sought-after keynote speaker on foresight, Robin has graced numerous forums, including the International Association for Strategy Professionals, Federal Foresight Community of Interest, Palladium Strategy Summit, National Defense University, American Society of Microbiology, Department of Homeland Security, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy National Labs, OPM’s Federal Executive Institute, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Mark Bills has over thirty years of experience helping companies use new and emerging technologies to improve their competitive position, grow their revenues, and improve their operating performance. He has earned this experience as a business and technology executive and a management consultant to Fortune 1000® companies in many industries. Mark also has over twenty years of experience as an Adjunct Professor teaching graduate and Executive MBA courses on product development, strategy development/execution, and innovation management. Mark earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Computer Science from the University of Southern California. He has continued his learning by completing several Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Machine Learning (ML) programs.

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