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House Republicans Ask Appropriators to Block Funds for Implementing Obama's Executive Amnesties

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Rep. Paul Gosar, Ariz., and 14 other House Republicans asked appropriators developing the fiscal year 2016 DHS spending bill to prohibit funding for the president’s most recent executive amnesties. Now that the House budget resolution has passed, House Appropriations Committees will begin to draft FY ’16 spending bills after Members return from recess.

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House Democrats Issue “Toolkit” for Avoiding Deportation

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Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, D-Ill., and other House Democrats announced their new "Family Defender Toolkit," which is designed to help illegal aliens avoid deportation if they are detained by an ICE agent, and to gather the documents necessary to apply for President Obama’s executive amnesties. House Democrats have been holding events around to country to educate illegal aliens about the DAPA and expanded DACA amnesties.

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Senate approves amendment to expand expedited removals to deal with border surges

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The Senate passed a border amendment to its budget resolution late Thursday night that attempts to prevent future border surges like the one experienced last summer along the U.S.-Mexico border. The amendment, offered by Sen. John McCain (#360), passed by a 58-to-42 margin, but not before a bit of drama.

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Senate to Consider Immigration Amendments under Budget Resolution

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The Senate is considering amendments to the fiscal year 2016 budget resolution under a so-called vote-a-rama that could produce votes on at least 100 amendments. The budget resolution is not an appropriations or substantive bill; it lays out Congress’ spending and policy objectives for a given fiscal year and is non-binding. In the realm of immigration, amendments are expected that instruct Congress to clarify birthright citizenship and massively increase the number of work permits issued to foreign tech workers.

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5th Circuit Court to Hear Appeal of Judge’s Executive-Amnesty Injunction

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The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will hold a hearing on the Justice Department’s request to stay Judge Andrew Hanen’s temporary injunction in the case lodged by 26 governors and attorneys general against the Administration and its executive amnesties. The court also agreed to take up an expedited appeal of the merits of Judge Hanen's injunctive order.

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Deputy Attorney General Nominee Stands By Administration's Executive Amnesty Stance

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At a hearing on her nomination to become Deputy Attorney General, Sally Yates refused to answer a Senator’s question about whether she personally considered the President’s executive amnesties to be lawful. However, citing her role as Acting Deputy Attorney General, Yates said she stands by the Administration's pleadings in cases before a federal district judge in Texas and the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, according to a report in Politico.

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Law Professor Highlights Federal Judge's Rebutal of Claim that Obama's Amnesty Strengthens National Security

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South Texas College of Law professor Josh Blackman debunks the Justice Department's claim that Pres. Obama's unconstitutional amnesties were about boosting national security in an article published in the National Review. The Justice Department tried to argue before Federal District Judge Andrew Hanen last week that Obama's amnesties were an attempt to bring bring illegal aliens "out of the shadows" and that work permits and social security cards were used as an 'incentive' to sign up.

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Deportations down nearly 50% since 2012

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Data released by the Obama Administration show that the number of deportations in the first five months of fiscal year 2015 are nearly half of what they were in 2012 before Pres. Obama announced his executive amnesties. According to the data provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the rate of deportations is down 43% compared with three years ago.

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Testimony: Obama’s Executive Amnesties Violate Federal Law, Constitution

Kris Kobach

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The Senate Judiciary Oversight Subcommittee heard testimony from Kris Kobach citing three reasons why the president's executive amnesties are unlawful: “(1) the executive actions do not comply with the requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA); (2) even if they did comply with the APA, they would still be in direct violation of substantive provisions of federal law; and (3) even if they did not violate federal law, they would still be unconstitutional.”

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Is there an immigration bell among the drought alarms?

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Immigration policy now drives more than three-quarters of U.S. population growth. Without changes to immigration, the U.S. is projected to add nearly 100 million people (the equivalent of two and a half California's) by the year 2051, putting additional pressure on our water supply -- a very real side effect of current immigration levels.

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