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DHS Secretary Ends TPS Status for Haitians

Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced that they will end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) status for Haitians. The immigrants protected under this status will have 18 months to make arrangements to leave the U.S. and head back to their home country.

H-2A Visas Increased by 20% in FY17

According to the newest Dept. of Labor statistics the number of H-2A visas granted in FY17 increased by 20% from last year. The DOL approved 200,049 H-2A visas in FY17 compared to 165,741 in FY16.

State Dept.: Visa Lottery Admitted Almost 30,000 People from Terror-Sponsoring Countries since 2007

According to the latest State Department statistics since 2007, 28,783 individuals from terror-sponsoring countries (Iran, Sudan, and Syria) have received visas to enter the U.S. through the diversity visa lottery program. The visa lottery program has come under criticism after it was discovered that the New York City terror suspect entered the U.S. through the program.

GOP Finalizing DACA Deal Package

Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) and the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) say that the GOP leadership is finalizing their immigration package that would exchange new immigration enforcement measures for amnesty for Dreamers.

Trump Tells GOP Senators Not to Add DACA Deal to Spending Bill

Pres. Trump met with several Republican Senators today and told them not to add any DACA legislation to the must pass spending bill this year. Some Democrats have said they would be willing to face a government shutdown to include amnesty for Dreamers in the omnibus spending bill.

Trump Tells GOP Senators Not to Add DACA Deal to Spending Bill

Today Pres. Trump met with several Republican Senators and told them not to add any DACA legislation to the must pass spending bill this year. Some Democrats have said they would be willing to face a government shutdown to include amnesty for Dreamers in the omnibus spending bill.

Trump Tells GOP Senators Not to Add DACA Deal to Spending Bill

Today Pres. Trump met with several Republican Senators and told them not to add any DACA legislation to the must pass spending bill this year. Some Democrats have said they would be willing to face a government shutdown to include amnesty for Dreamers in the omnibus spending bill.

New USCIS Memo Removes Prior Eligibility Decisions for H-1B Renewals

A new USCIS memo shows that the agency has rescinded its policy that required immigration officers to defer to previous eligibility decisions when approving H-1B visa renewals. Under the new policy a H-1B renewal application will receive the same level of investigation as an initial application.

CIS: Key Findings in USCIS H-2B Data

The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has released their analysis of the current USCIS data of the H-2B program for FY17, which ended on Sept. 30. Through their analysis CIS found key discoveries in H-2B areas including: certification numbers, average pay, occupations, and the additional 15,000 visas granted by DHS.

CIS: Total Immigrant Population Hits Record High of 43.7 Million in 2016

A new Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) report analyzed the latest American Community Survey (ACS) data, conducted by the Census Bureau, and found that the immigrant population (legal and illegal) hit a record high of 43.7 million in July 2016. This is an increase of half a million since 2015, an increase of 3.8 million since 2010, and 12.6 million since 2000.

DOJ: Last Chance for Sanctuary Cities to Comply with Federal Immigration Laws

Today the Dept. of Justice sent a final letter to eight identified sanctuary jurisdictions who were identified in May 2016 by the DOJ’s Inspector General. Four of the jurisdictions have been cleared while the other four continue to potentially violate federal immigration laws.

DOJ: Last Chance for Sanctuary Cities to Comply with Federal Immigration Laws

Today the Dept. of Justice sent a final letter to eight identified sanctuary jurisdictions who were identified in May 2016 by the DOJ’s Inspector General. Four of the jurisdictions have been cleared while the other four continue to potentially violate federal immigration laws.

Poll: 70% Support Putting American Workers First

A new poll conducted by National Research Inc., and The Polling Company shows overwhelming support for many of the Trump administration’s new immigration policy priorities, including putting American workers first.

DOJ to Sue Colorado Corporation for Discriminating Against American Workers

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Dept. of Justice will file a lawsuit against Crop Production Services, Inc. for violating the Immigration and Nationality Act by discriminating against American workers. This will be the first lawsuit based on Pres. Trump’s ‘Buy American, Hire American’ executive order that he signed in April.

DOJ to Sue Colorado Corporation for Discriminating Against American Workers

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Dept. of Justice will file a lawsuit against Crop Production Services, Inc. for violating the Immigration and Nationality Act by discriminating against American workers. This will be the first lawsuit based on Pres. Trump’s ‘Buy American, Hire American’ executive order that he signed in April.

Pres. Trump Sets Refugee Cap at 45,000 for FY18

Last night the Trump administration submitted its report to Congress that will set the refugee cap for FY 2018 to 45,000, a drastic decline from the 85,000 Pres. Obama set in FY16. Under the Refugee Act of 1980 the president has the power to set the refugee admissions cap and this is the lowest cap since the program began in 1975.

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.

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