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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.

Senators Grassley and Feinstein Introduce Bill to End EB-5 Program

Yesterday Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced bill S.232 to end the EB-5 visa program and reallocate the visas to the employment-based visas categories.

President Trump Signs Two Executive Orders on Immigration

Today Pres. Trump signed two executive orders that authorize the immediate construction of a wall on the southern border, stops federal funding to sanctuary jurisdictions and ends the catch and release policy.

Illegal Alien Sues San Francisco for Breaking Sanctuary City Policy

An illegal alien, Pedro Figueroa Zarceno, is suing the city of San Francisco for violating their sanctuary city policy by reporting him to ICE. Under their sanctuary policy, city resources are not allowed to be used to enforce federal immigration laws.

Trump Advocates for Merit-Based Immigration

President-elect Donald Trump said in an interview with Fox News that his administration will work towards a legal immigration system where new immigrants are chosen based on their skills rather than the current system that heavily favors extended family members. Trump said his administration would release the details of a plan that could possibly include protections for the roughly 1 million illegal aliens who benefited from Pres. Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Rep. Chaffetz Introduces Legislation to Reduce Asylum Fraud

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) introduced his Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act (H.R. 391) yesterday, which would narrow the “credible fear” standards that illegal aliens must meet in order to make an asylum claim. Rep. Chaffetz first introduced this bill in 2015 as a response to the surge of unaccompanied alien children (UACs) at the southern border.

Jeff Sessions’ Opening Statement for Senate Confirmation Hearing

Jeff Sessions Opening Statement

Here is the full text of Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions’ opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the confirmation hearing beginning today.

Tancredo: Mandatory E-Verify Should Be Trump’s Top Immigration Priority

Former Congressman Tancredo wrote on op-ed for Breitbart calling on the incoming Trump administration to make E-verify mandatory for employers their top immigration priority. E-Verify if free to employers and has an error rate of less than 1%. NumbersUSA has made mandating E-verify the first step in fixing our broken immigration enforcement system.

Rep. Lou Barletta Introduces Bill to Defund Sanctuary Cities

Yesterday Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Penn.) introduced the Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Act, H.R. 83, which would stop any federal funding to any jurisdictions who refuse to work with federal immigration officials. This is the third time Rep. Barletta has introduced this bill.

Rep. Lou Barletta Introduces Bill to Defund Sanctuary Cities

Yesterday Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Penn.) introduced the Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Act, H.R. 83, which would stop any federal funding to any jurisdictions who refuse to work with federal immigration officials. This is the third time Rep. Barletta has introduced this bill.

Congress Renewed EB-5 Investor Visa in CR

At the beginning of the month Congress renewed the EB-5 visa program, which was set to expire, for another four-and-a-half months when they passed their continuing resolution. This visa program has been impaired by fraud and abuse and while most of the lawmakers agree that the program needs to be reformed they could not agree on what type of reforms and so they punted the decision to the new incoming administration and Congress.

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