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Trump Admin. Approved Over 100,000 DACA Applications in 3rd Quarter of FY17

A new U.S.  Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) report shows that between April 1 and June 31, 102,568 DACA applications were approved. This is a slight decrease from the second quarter when 124,799 applications were approved.

Trump Meets with Dem Leadership to Discuss Immigration

Last night Pres. Trump met with Senate and House Minority Leaders Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to discuss DACA and border security issues. NumberUSA has released the statement below about this meeting.

Statement by Rosemary Jenks, Director of Government Relations, NumbersUSA:

EBI: “The Bible Does Not Teach Open Borders”

The Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration (EBI) sent a letter to Pres. Trump and GOP leadership advising them that they believe the Bible does not support open border ideals or should be used to support amnesty programs such as DACA. This letter comes as the Trump administration is finalizing their plan to end Pres. Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty.

West Virginia Voters: Cut LEGAL Immigration by at Least Half

By a more than 4-to-1 margin, West Virginians say they want legal immigration -- that has been averaging around one million a year -- reduced to a half-million or less. That is the preference of nearly all demographic groups, West Virginia’s Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Union Households, conservatives, liberals, moderates, Catholics, Evangelicals, Protestants and those of other religions and no religion, according to a survey conducted by Pulse Opinion Research of 1,000 West Virginians likely to vote in next year's midterm congressional elections.

Two Sanctuary Cities Prove Compliance with Federal Immigration Laws

The Justice Department has cleared two counties that were suspected of having sanctuary city polices so they can receive federal funding. The two counties, Clark County in Nevada and Miami-Dade County in Florida, were among the 10 jurisdictions that were asked to explain their polices after the Obama administration flagged them for potentially violating federal immigration laws.

President Trump Endorses the New RAISE Act Introduced by Sens. Cotton and Perdue

This morning at the White House in front of the national press corps, President Trump endorsed the new RAISE Act that would reduce overall legal immigration by 50% and put employment-based green cards on a skills-based points system.

Here is the official statement that Roy Beck, NumbersUSA President issued to the press:

18 New Texas Counties Sign 287(g) Agreements with ICE

At an event in Grapevine, Texas ICE formally announced that 18 new 287(g) agreements had been signed throughout the state of Texas. This brings the total number of agreements to 60, almost double from the number of active agreements in 2016.

ICE Considers Charging Sanctuary City Leaders with Smuggling

Today ICE said they are contemplating charging sanctuary city leaders with violating federal anti-smuggling laws for protecting illegal aliens and refusing to cooperate with federal immigration laws.

House Judiciary Committee Passes Bill to Reduce Asylum Fraud

The House Judiciary Committee approved yesterday the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act (H.R. 391), which would narrow the “credible fear” standards that illegal aliens must meet in order to make an asylum claim. The bill, which passed by a 19-11 vote, is sponsored by Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) after being first introduced by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).

Oregon State Legislators Start Petition to End Sanctuary City Law

Three state legislators are leading the effort to repeal Oregon’s sanctuary law that prohibits local and state police from enforcing federal immigration laws. The legislators have started an initiative petition in order to gain enough voter signatures to force a referendum vote in the 2018 general election.

Rep. Graves Leads Effort Against DACA Amendment

Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) is working with several House Republicans to strip Rep. Pete Aguilar’s (D-Calif.) amendment that would allow illegal aliens who receive the unconstitutional DACA executive amnesty to compete with American workers for jobs with the federal government. The amendment was passed by a voice vote as part of the FY18 Financial Services and General Government spending bill.

DHS Approves an Additional 15,000 H-2B Visas for FY17

DHS Secretary John Kelly has decided to use the authority granted to him by Congress to provide 15,000 more H-2B visas through the remainder of the fiscal year. In the latest omnibus spending bill, Congress granted authority to DHS to approve around 70,000 additional H-2B visas in FY17 over the 66,000 cap.

House Appropriations Committee Allows DACA Amnesty Recipients to Compete with Americans for Federal Jobs

The House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment late Thursday night that would allow illegal aliens who receive the unconstitutional DACA executive amnesty to compete with American workers for jobs with the federal government. The amendment, offered by Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.), was part of the FY18 Financial Services and General Government spending bill and was passed by a voice vote.

Sen. Tillis Threatens a “Hold” on USCIS Nominee till DHS Adds More Foreign Workers

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) has threatened to put a hold on Pres. Trump’s USCIS director nominee, Lee Francis Cissna, until DHS Secretary Kelly increases the number of H-2B visas available for this year. In the latest omnibus spending bill, Congress granted authority to DHS to approve 70,000 additional H-2B visas over the current cap of 66,000.

Pew: Foreign Students Account for the Largest Percentage of Visa Overstays in FY16

According to Pew Research Center’s analysis of a recent DHS report around 629,000 foreign visitors overstayed their visas in fiscal year 2016. Pew noted that the largest percentage of visa overstays in the report were those on student or exchange visas.

Border Apprehensions Hit 6-Year Low in June

The latest U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) report shows that border apprehensions increased by 9% from last month but remains 53% lower than June 2016. CBP officials noted that since the fiscal year began in October total apprehensions have decreased by two-thirds hitting a six-year record low.

Border Apprehensions Hit 6-Year Low in June

The latest U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) report shows that border apprehensions increased by 9% from last month but remains 53% lower than June 2016. CBP officials noted that since the fiscal year began in October total apprehensions have decreased by two-thirds hitting a six-year record low.

Pres. Trump Reinstates Operation Streamline for First–Time Border Crossers

Pres. Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions will prosecute first- time border crossers as criminals under Operation Streamline. Under Pres. Obama only repeat border-crossers could be prosecuted under the program.

Sen. Ron Johnson Calls for IRS Review of Payments to Illegal Aliens

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) recently sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to review the fraudulent payments made to illegal aliens under IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. The payments were made to those who apply the Additional Child Tax Credit which is made possible because the applicants do not have to submit their Social Security number.

New Ruling Ends Diploma Mills for H-1B Workers

The Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ruled that guest workers seeking a H-1B visa based on their advanced degree must have earned their degrees from colleges that were accredited when they received their degree. This will stop the loophole that allows foreign workers to easily obtain an advanced degree from “diploma mills” in order to be eligible for a H-1B visa.

Rep. Labrador Introduces Davis-Oliver Act

House Judiciary Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Vice-Chairman Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) introduced the Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act (H.R. 2431) yesterday that would strengthen interior enforcement. The bill would protect and encourage jurisdictions to cooperate with ICE detainer requests and would target sanctuary jurisdictions by withholding federal grants. The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a markup of the bill on Thursday.

Border Apprehensions Hit a New 17-Year Low in April

The latest Border Patrol report shows that border apprehensions continued to decline by 9% in April, hitting a new 17-year low record. Total border apprehensions have declined by 76% since Pres. Trump was elected.

DOJ Releases New Report on Number of Incarcerated Aliens

The Dept. of Justice released their first report showing the number of foreign-born inmates incarcerated in federal U.S. prisons and their immigration status. This quarterly report was mandated by Pres. Trump in his Jan. 25 interior enforcement executive order.

Pres. Trump Signs Executive Order to Review H-1B Visa Program

Pres. Trump signed his "Buy American, Hire American" executive order today that will direct government departments to review how H-1B visas are awarded and suggest changes so that only the highly-skilled and higher paid applicants receive the temporary work visa. This order is the first step towards moving the program from a random lottery approach to a merit-based system.

Sessions: ‘Catch and Release’ Immigration Policy is Over

During his visit to the U.S.-Mexico border Attorney General Jeff Sessions made remarks on the new Justice Dept. memo that sets new immigration enforcement priorities that will end the “catch and release” practices that were used under the Obama administration. The memo orders federal prosecutors to prioritize criminal charges against illegal aliens who have a record of prior deportations or other criminal convictions and those who have helped to smuggle other illegal aliens across the border.

March Border Apprehensions Hit 17-Year Low

According to written testimony from Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, less than 12,500 illegal aliens were apprehended on the U.S.-Mexico border in March, which is the lowest figure in 17 years and a 71% decline since Dec. 2016.

State Dept. to Increase Refugee Resettlement to 900 Per Week

After having the lowest number of refugees resettled for FY17 last month, a State Department spokesperson has said they will increase the number of refugees resettled to 900 individuals per week. Under this policy they would resettle 65,000 refugees by the end of the fiscal year, an increase from the 50,000 cap that Pres. Trump set in his executive order.

AG Sessions Says They Will Withhold Federal Funding from Sanctuary Jurisdictions

Yesterday during the White House Press Briefing Attorney General Jeff Sessions took the podium to tell the media that federal law allows them to withhold federal funding from jurisdictions who refuse to enforce federal immigration laws. Pres. Trump’s Jan. 25 executive order instructed DHS to identify sanctuary jurisdictions and federal funding that could be cut off to these jurisdictions, and Sessions said they will begin withholding these funds.

Rep. Cuellar Seeks to Enforce Current Law to Suspend Visas from Recalcitrant Countries

In an interview with Sharyl Attkisson, Rep. Henry Cuellar (R-Texas) said that he wants to see the State Department and DHS enforce current law that allows the U.S. to suspend visas from countries who refuse to take back their criminal illegal aliens. As a member of the House Committee on Appropriations he wants to affect the funding of these agencies until they enforce the law.

New Study Shows Sanctuary Jurisdictions Risk Losing $870 Million

A new study by The Center for American Progress has identified five major programs and grants totaling around $870 million that the federal government can withhold from jurisdictions who refuse to work with ICE. Pres. Trump’s Jan. 25 executive order instructed DHS to identify sanctuary jurisdictions and federal funding that could be cut off to these jurisdictions.

Gov. McAuliffe Tells Reporters that DACA is Here to Stay

The Washington Examiner is reporting that after meeting with the Trump administration Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-Va.) told reporters that Pres. Trump would “absolutely not” end Pres. Obama’s DACA amnesty. Ending the program was a campaign promise of Pres. Trump's, and his campaign website pledged to end the executive amnesty "immediately".

Sen. Cotton Officially Introduces RAISE Act

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) has officially introduced the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act, S. 354, in the Senate. The bill would reduce legal immigration by up to 50% by ending future chain migration and the diversity visa lottery.

Sen. Cotton Officially Introduces RAISE Act

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) has officially introduced the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act, S. 354, in the Senate. The bill would reduce legal immigration by up to 50% by ending future chain migration and the diversity visa lottery.

Five Countries Listed in Trump EO Refuse to Repatriate Deported Aliens

Five of the seven countries included in Pres. Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order are on the list of recalcitrant countries who refuse to repatriate deported aliens, and the administration could block the issuance of new visas to these countries under current law, according to the Immigration Reform Law Institute. Additionally, an earlier executive order signed by Pres. Trump called for blocking visas to recalcitrant countries.

Sheriffs Say Sanctuary City Policies Do Not Increase Cooperation Between Illegal Aliens and Local Police

Several sheriffs across the country have spoken out against the idea that sanctuary city policies give illegal aliens more confidence to work with local law enforcement. Sanctuary city advocates claim that many illegal aliens will not report crimes, even if they are the victims, because they are afraid their illegal status will be discovered and they will be deported.

72 Terrorists Came to U.S. from Terror Hot Spots

The Center of Immigration Studies (CIS) has reviewed a Senate report on individuals convicted in terror cases since 9/11 and found that 72 individuals came from one of the seven countries listed in Pres. Trump’s executive order as a hot spot for terror. His order was blocked by both a Federal District Judge James Robart and the Ninth Circuit Court last week. Judge Robart claimed that there was no evidence that individuals from these countries posed a national security risk.

Jeff Sessions Confirmed as Attorney General

Last night Jeff Sessions was confirmed as the new Attorney General by a 52 to 47 vote. Sessions received support from all 51 Republicans and 1 Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin. Sen. Sessions marked himself as present but abstained from casting a vote himself.

Sen. Tom Cotton unveils bill to end Chain Migration & Visa Lottery

The BREAK THE CHAINS campaign has begun! This morning, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) announced that he will introduce legislation next week that would end ALL categories of Chain Migration -- and the Visa Lottery, too.

Saudi Arabia King Agrees to Support Pres. Trump’s Plan for Safe Zones

In a telephone call with Pres. Trump on Sunday night Saudi Arabia’s King Salman agreed to support safe zones in Syria and Yemen. Pres. Trump’s new executive order set the cap of new refugees for FY17 at 50,000 and prioritized creating safe zones for Syrian refugees.

Miami-Dade Mayor Ends Sanctuary Policies Amid Trump Orders

In response to Pres. Trump’s executive order cutting federal funding to sanctuary jurisdictions Miami-Dade Mayor, Carlos Gimenez, has directed local authorities to honor all ICE detainer requests, ending their sanctuary policy.

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