National Issues and News

ICE Deportations Hit 10-Year Low
DHS claims success because most removals were “priorities”
Center for Immigration Studies

WASHINGTON (January 12, 2017) – The Center for Immigration Studies new report analyzes the FY 2016 enforcement statistics from the Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS), released by Department of Homeland Security on the last work day of the calendar year, on the eve of a holiday weekend. The deportation numbers credited to ICE are the lowest since 2006.

Aliens removed from the interior in 2016 have declined 73 percent from 2009, the year President Obama took office; and, unfortunately for community safety, there has been a 60 percent decline from the peak in interior criminal...

Trump team seeks agency records on border barriers, surveillance
Reuters

...President-elect Donald Trump's transition team asked the Department of Homeland Security last month to assess all assets available for border wall and barrier construction.

The team also asked about the department's capacity for expanding immigrant detention and about an aerial surveillance program...

The requests were made in a Dec. 5 meeting between Trump's transition team and Department of Homeland Security officials...  for securing the U.S. borders and reversing polices put in place by the Obama administration. 

Trump's transition team did not comment in...

How Attorney General Jeff Sessions could make it easier to deport immigrants
The Desert Sun

The Department of Justice hired 59 immigration judges in 2016.

There are more immigration judges now – 296 – than at any point in the agency’s history. Given the 500,000-case backlog in the immigration court system, that current hiring spree is not expected to change.

But something that is expected to change is the person who decides who future immigration judges will be. Immigration judges are employees of the Department of Justice and, as head of that agency, the incoming attorney general will have a say in who is hired.

“Whoever is ultimately confirmed to head the...

Berlin Terror Attack and Immigration Law Violations
What America should learn from this newest horrific lesson.
Frontpage Mag

On Monday, December 19th Berlin was rocked by a deadly terror attack that killed 12 innocent victims and injured 48.  A December 21, 2016 CNN report, “Berlin attack: Police hunt Tunisian suspect after finding ID papers” named 24 year-old Tunisian, Anis Amri as the prime suspect who drove a stolen truck into pedestrians visiting a Berlin Christmas market.

The body of the truck’s driver was found in the truck.  He was shot and stabbed, likely by Amri...

According to the CNN report, Amri had entered Italy without documentation and was subsequently convicted of committing...

Rep. Steve King holds hard line against Obama DREAMers, despite Trump’s concession
The Blaze

The fate of the recipients of Obama’s “Deferred Action” program, referred to as DREAMers, is still up in the air as Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King made it very clear that he is opposed to any effort to keep the program in place.

In a CNN interview Thursday, King tried to explain how some of the illegal aliens granted “deferred status” by Obama could be dangerous criminals, much to the shock of the stunned CNN host.

The question of what should be done with Obama’s DREAMers arose after Trump seemed to signal that he might be open to extending their “deferral” status in...

FAIR: General Kelly strong choice for DHS
FAIR Also Urges Kris Kobach for Immigration Enforcement Role
  PRESS RELEASE | DECEMBER 7, 2016   “General Kelly has spent his life defending our nation and fully understands the critical role border security plays in protecting the country from the threats of terrorism, uncontrolled illegal immigration, and drugs.” —Dan Stein, President of FAIR   (Washington, D.C.)  The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) President Dan Stein hailed the selection of Retired General John Kelly as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), noting that the appointment will bring some much needed expertise and unwavering commitment to...
Immigration priorities for the 2017 Presidential transition
  FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform) has issued a new report outlining what needs to be done to bring sensible changes to our out-of-control immigration system.   “The U.S. immigration system must be reformed to reflect broad national interest, not the narrow special interests that seek cheap labor and increased political influence. This means ending illegal immigration, reducing overall levels of immigration and only admitting immigrants who have the education and skills to succeed in 21st Century America. …   “Re-establishing the Rule of Law in Immigration Policy...
How Trump can ramp up deportations
SJ Statesman Journal

Donald Trump says one of the first things he'll do when he becomes president is deport up to 3 million undocumented immigrants. It would be one of the largest such roundups in American history.

Here are answers to many questions about how he will accomplish that.

How many "criminal" undocumented immigrants are there?

In a post-election interview with CBS' 60 Minutes, Trump said he would deport 2 million to 3 million of the 11 million undocumented immigrants who are "criminal and have criminal records." The actual number depends on how one defines "criminal."...

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Obama halts amnesty push in court, bows to incoming Trump administration
The Washington Times

The administration has already taken the first step to accommodate President-elect Trump’s positions...

Judge Hanen had halted Mr. Obama’s expanded amnesty in February 2015.....ruling that the administration broke administrative law.   An appeals court twice upheld his injunction, as did the Supreme Court, in a 4-4 deadlock decision this summer....

“Given the change in Administration, the parties jointly submit that a brief stay of any further litigation in this Court ...

Judge Hanen would still have to consent to staying the proceedings.

The amnesty would...

Hidden Ipsos Poll: Public Strongly Backs Donald Trump’s Plan To ‘Pause’ Legal Immigration
Neil Munro
Hidden Ipsos Poll: Public Strongly Backs Donald Trump’s Plan To ‘Pause’ Legal Immigration
AP/DAMIAN DOVARGANES A just-released poll shows that Donald Trump’s campaign-trail immigration and labor policies have overwhelming public support, and strong opposition from just one-sixth of voters. 

The Ipsos poll shows that only about one-in-six Americans strongly oppose Trump’s policies towards immigrant labor, repatriations, sanctuary cities, Islamic migrants, employer oversight and his ground-breaking proposal to reduce legal immigration.

Trump’s labor and...

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