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Obama Admin. Expands Central American Minors Resettlement Program

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The Obama Administration announced yesterday that it will expand the Central American Minors program that was first established as a response to the 2014 border surge. The program looks to resettle unaccompanied alien children to the United States directly from their home countries in an attempt to discourage them from traveling though Mexico and crossing the border illegally.

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Democrats' Immigration Platform Focuses on Amnesty, Calls for 'Limits' to Legal Immigration

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The immigration section of the 2016 Democrat Platform, "Fixing our Broken Immigration System", calls for lifetime work permits for illegal aliens, continued support for Pres. Obama's executive amnesties, extra protections of Unaccompanied Alien Children from Central America, and rewards for illegal aliens, including access to the healthcare exchanges. The Party's platform, approved on Monday, does, however, call for "reasonable limits" on legal immigration.

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At this week's convention: Great quotes on immigration connection with lives of American workers

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  by  Roy Beck

Although immigration has often been talked about at political conventions of the past, I don't think the economic effect on jobs and wages has ever been as prominent as in addresses this week in Cleveland. Following are some of the most direct references from the stage:

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Immigration Court Backlog Reaches Almost Half A Million Pending Cases

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A recent Syracuse University Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report shows that federal immigration courts’ backlog of cases awaiting resolution has reached an all time high of 496,704. A third of those cases involve border surge minors (69,278) and family units (74,502) which have increased as a result of the Obama administration’s catch-and-release policies.

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ICE on Track for Lowest Number of Deportations Since 2006

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A recent ICE enforcement report, released by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, shows that with 75% of FY16 over ICE is on track to complete only 230,000 deportations, the lowest number since 2006. The report showed a decline in all ICE enforcement activity meaning fewer aliens have been put on the deportation track in 2016.

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Rep. Pascrell Introduces Legislation to Reform H-1B/L-1 Visa Programs

Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.) introduced the H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2016

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Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.) introduced the H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2016, that would attempt to close the loopholes that allow employers to use the visas to replace American workers. The bill was co-sponsored by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.).

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Obama Admin. Petitions Supreme Court to Rehear Amnesty Case

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The Obama administration has asked the Supreme Court to rehear the DAPA case after a new Supreme Court Justice is confirmed in response of the 4-4 tie they announced last month. The tie affirmed the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that temporarily blocks implementation of President Obama's DAPA and extended DACA amnesties but leaves no permanent federal ruling on the case.

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GOP Immigration Platform focuses on American Workers and Enforcement

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The immigration section of 2016 Republican Platform calls for a system that serves the national interest of the United States, focuses on protecting the American worker, opposes amnesty for illegal aliens, and promotes E-Verify, interior enforcement, and border security. The Party's platform, approved on Monday, states that immigration "must protect American working families and their wages, for citizens and legal immigrants alike, in a way that will improve the economy."

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India to Challenge Visa Reductions in International Court

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India says it will contest a bill to reform the H-1B and L-1 visa programs, if passed, saying it would violate international trade agreements. Last week, Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) introduced the H-B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2016 that would prevent companies from misusing these visas to replace American workers.

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