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Obama Admin. Knowingly Admitted At Least 16 MS-13 Gang Members into the U.S.

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A Customs and Border Protection whistleblower turned over documents showing that under the Obama administration CBP officials released at least 16 teenagers they knew had ties to the deadly MS-13 gang. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said the documents showed that the teenagers were caught crossing the border in 2014 but then were shipped to juvenile homes across the country.

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Justice Dept. Clarifies Sanctuary Jurisdiction Sanctions

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo clarifying the type of grants jurisdictions could lose if they fail to comply with the president’s Jan. 25 executive order and federal anti-sanctuary law. Only jurisdictions that "willfully refuse to comply with 8 U.S.C. 1373" will be considered sanctuary jurisdictions. The at-risk grants are those administered by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security.

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USCIS Prepares for E-Verify Expansion

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Mark Schwartz, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) Chief Information Office, said the agency is “streamlining the [E-Verify] process and making it capable of scaling if we bring more employers” into the system. E-Verify is currently voluntary, except for federal contractors and employers in states that require its use to varying degrees. But Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) introduced all-employer legislation in January and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) is expected to offer another bill soon.

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Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Trump Admin Not to Increase H-2B Visas

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Led by Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), a bipartisan group of Senators sent a letter to DHS Secretary John Kelly and Labor Secretary Alex Acosta urging them not to increase the number of H-2B visas in 2017 despite authorization by Congress in the recently passed omnibus spending bill. Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) also signed the letter.

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Pew: More Foreign OPT Students Remaining in the U.S. to Work

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A recent report by the Pew Research Center shows that more foreign students are using the Optional Practical Training (OPT) visa program to gain employment and stay in the U.S. until they can receive an H-1B visa. This prevents many American graduates, who attended the same colleges and universities, from being hired in those fields.

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Rep. Labrador Introduces Davis-Oliver Act

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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.

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