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Challenges to H-1B Applications Increased by 45% from Last Year

Reuters reported that data provided by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) shows that between Jan.1 and Aug. 31 of this year, USCIS issued 85,000 challenges or “requests for evidence” (RFEs) to H-1B petitions. This is a 45% increase compared to the same period last year which only issued around 59,000 RFEs.

Sen. Cotton: Put American Workers First

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) discussed the RAISE Act and how it would benefit American workers during an appearance on Meet the Press on Sunday. The show's host, Chuck Todd, had asked Sen. Cotton about a potential trade of the DACA amnesty for border security, but Sen. Cotton instead steered the conversation to the impacts of mass immigration on American workers.

HR Society Endorses Mandatory E-Verify Bill

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) supports Rep. Lamar Smith’s (R-Texas) Legal Workforce Act, which would require all employers to use E-Verify within two years. The bill would fulfill NumbersUSA's top enforcement priority by eliminating the jobs magnet for illegal aliens.

NUSA Op-Ed: Amnesty for ‘Dreamers’ Won’t Solve Policy Flaw Creating DACA Dilemma

NumbersUSA President, Roy Beck, wrote an op-ed that was published on The Hill’s website today on what caused the DACA dilemma and how another amnesty will only increase, not end, this problem.

Rep. Lamar Smith Introduces House Version of the RAISE Act

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) has introduced the Immigration in the National Interest Act, which is the House companion bill to Sen. Tom Cotton’s (R-Ark.) RAISE Act. The RAISE Act would end chain migration and the visa lottery and transform the existing employment-based system to a merit-based one.

House Votes on Immigration Amendments to Minibus Spending Bill

The House approved several good immigration amendments to the minibus spending bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security and several other agencies for FY 18. The immigration amendments to H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, covered both E-Verify and sanctuary cities.

Sen. Cotton Calls for Passage of RAISE Act

During an interview with CBS This Morning, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) called for the passage of his RAISE Act legislation that would end chain migration and the visa lottery and transform the existing employment-based system to a merit-based one. Sen. Cotton was brought on to discuss his reaction to Pres. Trump ending the DACA executive amnesty.

TX AG to WH: We Will Not Delay DACA Lawsuit

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office said yesterday that Texas and the nine other states will not delay the Sept. 5 deadline for Pres. Trump to end DACA. If the administration continues to issue work permits under DACA the 10 states will amend their current DAPA case to include DACA.

LA Company Pays Over $100,000 to American Workers in Discrimination Settlement

The Dept. of Justice announced that Barrios Street Realty Inc. has paid around $108,000 to 12 U.S. workers as part of their settlement agreement. The settlement is an effort to resolve claims that the Louisiana based gave preference to foreign H-2B workers and discriminated against Americans workers.

Trump Admin. Considering Cuts to J-1 Summer Work Visas

The Trump administration is considering reductions in the J-1 visa category, specifically the summer work and travel program. The program has been criticized by both Democrats and Republicans for increasing competition for American workers, especially teenagers, and this category’s high visa overstay rate.

Trump Admin. Issues Visa Sanctions on 4 Recalcitrant Countries

DHS and the State Department have confirmed that they have issued visa sanctions against four countries that have refused accept back their foreign nationals that have been ordered deported from the U.S. The administration declined to name the four recalcitrant countries but sources claim they are Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.

Trump Admin. Issues Visa Sanctions on 4 Recalcitrant Countries

DHS and the State Department have confirmed that they have issued visa sanctions against four countries that have refused accept back their foreign nationals that have been ordered deported from the U.S. The administration declined to name the four recalcitrant countries but sources claim they are Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.

Mass. Police Chiefs Support Bill to Honor ICE Detainers

The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and the Major City Police Chiefs Association sent a letter to state legislators asking them to support Gov. Charlie Baker’s “commonsense” bill that would allow the police to honor ICE detainer requests. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled last month that holding people beyond their jail sentence, even for an ICE detainer, violated state law.

Pew Study on H-1B Visa Salaries Flawed

In a recent study the Pew Research Center said that according to their findings, employers planned in FY16 on paying foreign H-1B visa workers higher salaries than those earned by Americans in similar fields. However, other experts have said that the methods used are flawed and, “not worthy of Pew or experienced researchers to put out”.

Denver Strengthens Sanctuary City Policy

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock

The Denver City Council and Mayor Michael Hancock have proposed a new ordinance which would further limit cooperation between Denver local law enforcement and ICE. The sanctuary city currently does not honor ICE detainer requests and this new policy would limit ICE’s ability to work within Denver’s local jails to interview and apprehend criminal illegal aliens.

Wisconsin Voters: Cut LEGAL Immigration by at Least Half

By a 2-to-1 margin, Wisconsinites 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, including Wisconsin’s Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Catholics, Evangelicals, Protestants, Union Households, and those of other religions and no religion, residents of major cities, suburbs, and rural areas, according to a survey conducted by Pulse Opinion Research of 1,000 Wisconsinites likely to vote in next year's midterm congressional elections.

Pennsylvania Voters: Cut LEGAL Immigration by at Least Half

By almost a 3-to-1 margin, Pennsylvanians 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, including Pennsylvania's Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Union Households, Catholics, Evangelicals, Protestants and those of other religions and no religion, and residents of major cities, suburbs, and rural areas, according to a survey conducted by Pulse Opinion Research of 1,000 Pennsylvanians likely to vote in next year's midterm congressional elections.

DHS Terminates CAM Parole Program

DHS has issued a federal register notice that the Central American Minors Parole program is scheduled to be terminated. The notice states that DHS, “will no longer provide special consideration of parole for certain individuals denied refugee status in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras under the Central American Minors (CAM) Parole Program.”

Ohio Voters: Cut LEGAL Immigration by at Least Half

By a 3-to-1 margin, Ohioans 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, including Ohio'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 Ohioans likely to vote in next year's midterm congressional elections.

North Dakota Voters: Cut LEGAL Immigration by at Least Half

By more than a 2-to-1 margin, North Dakotans 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, including North Dakota's Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Catholics, Evangelicals, Protestants and those of other religions and no religion, residents of major cities, suburbs, and rural areas, according to a survey conducted by Pulse Opinion Research of 1,000 North Dakotans likely to vote in next year's midterm congressional elections.

Ken Blackwell: “Sanctuary for Whom?”

The Trump administration has been cracking down on sanctuary jurisdictions by withholding federal funding from those who refuse to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts. Attorney General Sessions sent 10 letters to sanctuary jurisdictions, flagged by the Obama administration, asking them to explain their policies.

Montana Voters: Cut LEGAL Immigration by at Least Half

By a more than 2-to-1 margin, Montanans 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, including Montana’s Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Catholics, Evangelicals, Protestants and those of other religions and no religion, residents of major cities, suburbs, and rural areas,according to a survey conducted by Pulse Opinion Research of 1,000 Montanans likely to vote in next year's midterm congressional elections.

Military Veteran: The ENLIST Act Threatens National Security

In this Real Clear Defense op-ed, military veteran Robin Boggs denounces Rep. Jeff Denham’s (R-Calif.) ENLIST Act saying it would not improve military readiness. The ENLIST Act would give illegal aliens who meet certain requirements Legal Permanent Residence (LPR) status if they join the military. The amnesty bill currently has over 200 sponsors and several have tried to sneak the bill into the defense budget.

Michigan Voters: Cut LEGAL Immigration by at Least Half

By nearly a 3-to-1 margin, Michiganders 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, including Michigan’s Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Union Households, Catholics, Evangelicals, Protestants and those of other religions and no religion, residents of major cities, suburbs, and rural areas, according to a survey conducted by Pulse Opinion Research of 1,000 Michiganders likely to vote in next year's midterm congressional elections.

Sens. Cotton and Perdue: Our Immigration Plan is Pro-Worker and Pro-Growth

In a USA Today op-ed entitled “Our Immigration Plan is Pro-Worker and Pro-Growth” Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) make the case for their RAISE Act that would update “our immigration laws to attract more ultra-high-skilled workers — and give working-class families the raise they deserve”.

July Border Apprehensions Down 47% from Last Year

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) just released a new report showing that border apprehensions increased by 15% from June but remains 47% lower than July 2016. July saw the highest number of border apprehensions since Pres. Trump took office though total apprehensions are still 22% lower than the same time period in FY16.

Indiana Voters: Cut LEGAL Immigration by at Least Half

By a more than 2-to-1 margin, Indianans 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, including Indiana's Democrats, Republicans, Independents, conservatives, liberals, moderates, Catholics, Evangelicals, Protestants and those of other religions and no religion, residents of major cities, suburbs, and rural areas, according to a survey conducted by Pulse Opinion Research of 1,000 Indianans likely to vote in next year's midterm congressional elections.

Indiana Voters: Cut LEGAL Immigration by at Least Half

By a more than 2-to-1 margin, Indianans 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, including Indiana's Democrats, Republicans, Independents, conservatives, liberals, moderates, Catholics, Evangelicals, Protestants and those of other religions and no religion, residents of major cities, suburbs, and rural areas, according to a survey conducted by Pulse Opinion Research of 1,000 Indianans likely to vote in next year's midterm congressional elections.

Florida Voters: Cut LEGAL Immigration by at Least Half

By nearly a 3-to-1 margin, Floridians 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, including Florida's Democrats, Republicans, Independents, conservatives, liberals, moderates, Catholics, Evangelicals, Protestants and those of other religions and no religion, residents of major cities, suburbs, and rural areas,according to a survey conducted by Pulse Opinion Research of 1,000 Floridians likely to vote in next year's midterm congressional elections.

Voters in Swing States Support the RAISE Act

Surveys conducted by Pulse Opinion Research and sponsored by NumbersUSA show that likely mid-term voters in swing states that President Trump won support the RAISE Act by cutting legal immigration by at least 50% by eliminating chain migration and the visa lottery and capping refugee admissions.

DHS: Pres. Obama Granted 2.3 Million Work Permits to Foreign Workers in 2016

The Obama administration awarded 2.3 million work permits to foreign workers in 2016 according to a new report from the Department of Homeland Security. This number does not include new legal immigrants and those granted visas through guest-worker programs such as H-1B visas. This means that around 4 million legal foreign workers were added the U.S. economy and job market in FY16 alone.

DHS: Over Last Decade U.S. Has Imported 2.6 Million Foreign H-1B Workers

According to a recent DHS report the USCIS has approved 2,634,328 H-1B applications from FY07- June 30th, 2017. The report shows that over 100,000 foreign workers are imported to the U.S. through this program every year to compete with American workers.

Pres. Trump Mentions Merit-Based Immigration System in Ohio Speech

Last night Pres. Trump held a rally in Youngstown, OH where he mentioned working with Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue to move our immigration system to a merit-based system. In February Cotton and Perdue introduced the RAISE Act that would reduce legal immigration by up to 50% and diminish it’s impact on vulnerable American workers. 

DOJ Pulls Federal Grant Money from Sanctuary Jurisdictions

The Department of Justice announced that any jurisdiction who refuses to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts will no longer be eligible to receive money from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Programs (“Byrne JAG”). Congress can allocate up to $1.095 billion a year on the Byrne JAG program making it one of the DOJ’s largest federal grant programs for state and local jurisdictions.

ICE Director Says He Plans on Deploying More Agents to Sanctuary Cities

Thomas Homan, acting director of ICE, said during an interview that he is planning on dedicating more agents and resources to arrest illegal criminal aliens in sanctuary jurisdictions. Homan revealed that he had been approved to hire 10,000 new agents and plans on sending them to the 300 sanctuary jurisdictions who refuse to work with ICE and have denied their detainer requests.

EPI Report: No Data to Support H-2B Visa Increase

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) shows that there is no evidence of a labor shortage to support the recent H-2B visa increase. DHS Secretary John Kelly announced this week that he will use the authority granted by Congress to approve an additional 15,000 H-2B visas over the annual 66,000 cap.

House DHS Spending Bill Includes Enforcement Funding

The House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee approved a 2018 spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security that includes funding to increase border security and strengthen interior enforcement. The spending bill would fund many of the top priorities listed in Pres. Trump’s Jan. 25 immigration executive orders.

Trump Admin. Delays Pres. Obama’s Humanitarian Parole for Foreign Entrepreneurs

This week the Trump administration delayed Pres. Obama’s policy of offering humanitarian parole to foreign entrepreneurs to give them temporary legal status in the U.S. Historically this parole has only been used during a time of emergency.

Bill Gates: Help Refugees in their Home Regions

Microsoft Corp. founder and FWD.us co-founder Bill Gates said that Europe should increase foreign aid to countries instead of taking in more refugees. Gates, in an interview with the German newspaper, Welt am Sonntag, said that bringing in more migrants would motivate more to leave their home countries and flood Europe.

In San Diego ICE Arrests Have Returned to 2014 Levels

In his January 25th executive order Pres. Trump reinstated the Secure Communities program allowing ICE to broaden their enforcement priorities. Since then ICE’s interior arrests of illegal aliens have reached 2014 levels before the Obama administration initiated the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP), which limited ICE to only apprehending illegal aliens who committed felonies or multiple misdemeanors.

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