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Senate Clears Way for Trade Promotion Authority Passage

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Senators voted to invoke cloture on legislation to set up fast-track procedures for the passage of trade deals negotiated by the president. The 62-38 vote ends debate on the bill and clears the way for a vote on passage, possibly before the Memorial Day recess. Prior to the vote, Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., blocked two amendments Sen. Sessions offered to prevent the executive branch from abusing trade authority.

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Obama Admin. Looks to End Local Immigration Enforcement

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A report released by the Obama Administration states that the federal government should cease utilizing local and state police while enforcing immigration law. The recommendation comes as part of a task force, in conjunction with the Department of Justice, set up by the president to help rebuild trust between police and the communities they work in.

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Rep. Posey introduces Visa Lottery Elimination Bill

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Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.) has introduced H.R. 2278, the SAFE for America Act, that would eliminate the annual Visa Lottery. The Visa Lottery issues 55,000 greencards per year to foreign citizens of countries that have lower rates of immigration to the United States. The greencards are awarded, however, through a random lottery drawing and without consideration of the recipients educational attainment or work skills.

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You keep using that poll. I do not think it means what you think it means

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  by  Jeremy Beck

Ever since Scott Walker name-dropped Jeff Sessions, the question of immigration levels - and whether they should be increased, decreased, or left the same - has occasionally creeped into the national immigration conversation. We should have had this debate two years ago, when a gang of eight Senators introduced legislation to double future immigration, but the media never showed any interest.

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House approves Brooks Amendment stripping amnesty provision from defense bill

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The House of Representatives approved an amendment offered by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) on Thursday night that strips an amnesty provision from the National Defense Authorization Act. The provision would have encouraged the Secretary of Defense to waive military enlistment requirements for illegal aliens who received amnesty through Pres. Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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IG Report: Failure to Track Releases Under 'Prosecutorial Discretion' Could Have National Security, Public Safety Implications

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The Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security released a report finding that DHS does not consistently track its uses of prosecutorial discretion in immigration enforcement, which may compromise national security and public safety.

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House Committee allows floor vote on anti-amnesty Brooks amendment

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The House Rules Committee approved votes for 135 amendments last night to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), including an amendment offered by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) that would strip out language, encouraging the Secretary of Defense to waive enlistment requirements for illegal aliens. The Committee also blocked Rep. Jeff Denham's (R-Calif.) military amnesty amendment from a floor vote.

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Sen. Cruz Offers Amendment to Block Trade Bill from Changing Immigration Law

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) filed an amendment yesterday to the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill to "lock in assurances that this legislation cannot be used to change federal immigration law." Senate Democrats blocked the bill from coming to the floor earlier this week, however, after negotiations, the bill will come back to the floor for a vote.

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Cato Institute Files Amicus Brief Supporting State Lawsuit Against Executive Amnesty

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The Cato Institute, along with several law professors, has filed an amicus brief supporting the lawsuit filed by 26 states challenging President Obama's executive action to grant amnesty and work permits to millions of illegal aliens. Joining Cato in the brief are South Texas College of Law professor, Josh Blackman, George Mason University School of Law professor, Jeremy A. Rabkin, and Roger Williams University School of Law professor, Peter S. Margulies.

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