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Trump targets illegal immigrants who were given reprieves from deportation by Obama
Reuters

In September 2014, Gilberto Velasquez, a 38-year-old house painter from El Salvador, received life-changing news: The U.S. government had decided to shelve its deportation action against him.

The move was part of a policy change initiated by then-President Barack Obama in 2011 to pull back from deporting immigrants who had formed deep ties in the United States and whom the government considered no threat to public safety...

Last month, things changed again for the painter, who has lived in the United States illegally since 2005 and has a U.S.-born child. He received news...

'What is a sanctuary city?' Sessions memo clarifies
Breitbart.com
  Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum Monday clarifying the definition of so-called “sanctuary jurisdictions” for the purposes of President Donald Trump’s executive order.   Pressuring sanctuary jurisdictions to cooperate in the enforcement of federal immigration laws has been one of the most prominent policy goals of the DOJ under Attorney General Sessions. The administration’s support for this policy was established in a January executive order.   Monday’s memo clarifies the Department of Justice’s plans for implementing that executive order.   Sessions makes...
ICE ERO immigration arrests climb nearly 40 percent
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the 100 days since President Donald J. Trump signed Executive Orders (EOs) regarding immigration enforcement priorities, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has arrested more than 41,000 individuals who are either known or suspected of being in the country illegally. This reflects an increase of 37.6 percent over the same period in 2016.   Between Jan. 22 and April 29, 2017, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) deportation officers administratively arrested 41,318 individuals on civil immigration charges. Between Jan. 24 and April 30, 2016,...
Victory in Texas: Governor Abbott Signs Anti-Sanctuary Bill
FAIR - State & Local Government Relations

On Sunday, May 7, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) signed Senate Bill (SB) 4, strong anti-sanctuary legislation to promote public safety and ensure law enforcement is able to fully cooperate with federal immigration officials. (Texas Tribune, May 7, 2017) Texas is the second state to pass a state-wide anti-sanctuary law this year. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) signed a bill into law outlawing sanctuary cities in March. (US News, Mar. 27, 2017)

Specifically, SB 4 prohibits state and local entities from adopting, enforcing, or endorsing policies that prohibit or materially...

Obama DOJ Reprimanded SPLC for Hateful Attacks on Immigration Control Groups
Judicial Watch

The radical leftist group that helped a gunman commit an act of terrorism against a conservative organization was officially reprimanded by the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) for its hateful attacks, according to documents obtained by Judicial Watch. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is an extremist nonprofit that lists conservative organizations that disagree with it on social issues on a catalogue of “hate groups.” The previously undisclosed DOJ rebuke is a vindication for groups targeted by the SPLC’s witch hunts and is especially impactful because the Obama administration was...

IRLI Files Brief in U.S. Supreme Court in Support of Arizona's Right to Refuse Benefits to Illegal Aliens
Returning the Rule of Law to the People of Arizona
Immigration Reform Law Institute

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) filed a friend-of-the-court brief (attached here) in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the State of Arizona which was sued by an illegal alien pressure group to force the state into granting eligibility for driver's licenses to millions of illegal aliens falling under the Obama Administration's lawless Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In the case of Brewer v. Arizona Dream Act Coalition (Civil Action No. 16-1180), Arizona is asking the Supreme Court to hear the case and reverse the U.S. Court...

Pres. Trump's first 100 days make improvements to immigration enforcement and begin laying the groundwork for worker visa reforms
NumbersUSA

Tomorrow marks President Donald Trump's 100th day in office, and immigration has been a key component of his 100-day agenda. Thus far, Trump has solely relied on his executive powers to stem the tide of illegal border crossings and beef up interior enforcement. And while he's taken some good first steps in addressing legal immigration, he's yet to take strong action on protecting American workers from the steady flow of cheap foreign labor that drives down wages and increases job competition for workers.

THE HIGH POINTS

Past presidents and candidates have talked tough on...

DACA Deported After Breaking Immigration Laws Again
Federation of American Immigration Reform

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deported a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) illegal alien two months ago—believed to be the first enforcement action taken against a recipient of President Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty program. DHS has confirmed that in February it returned Juan Manual Montes, a 23-year old illegal alien DACA recipient, to his home country of Mexico in February after catching him climbing over the border fence in Calexico, California. (Washington Examiner, Apr. 19, 2017) In a Spanish-language interview while detained, Montes admitted under oath to...

Immigration Hawks Ascend to Senior DHS Positions

Two leading advocates for reforming illegal and legal immigration enforcement were appointed by President Donald Trump to serve as senior advisors for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Jon Feere, the former legal analyst for the Center for Immigration Studies, and Julie Kirchner, the previous executive director for the Federation of American Immigration Reform (FAIR), have both been appointed to senior positions.

Feere, who work with the Trump campaign and transition team on immigration policy, will serve as the senior adviser to the Immigration and Customs...

Courthouses as Sanctuaries?

There are over 300 jurisdictions today that obstruct cooperation with federal immigration efforts, by enacting laws or policies prohibiting police agencies from honoring immigration detainers or providing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents with the information needed to identify and apprehend alien criminals.

One of those sanctuaries is Multnomah County, Ore., in which an activist open-borders mentality apparently percolates through all three branches of government.

The county sheriff was recently interviewed after his office released a convicted sex...

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