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Rep. Kenny Marchant Proposes Bill to use E-Verify for Mortgage Applications

Rep. Kenny Marchant

Rep. Kenny Marchant

Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Texas) has offered the Mortgage E-Verify Act that would require a mortgagor to be verified through E-Verify when applying for a modification of a home loan owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.

"As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, I am happy to introduce my bill, the Mortgage E-Verify Act, which would require, as a condition for modification of a home mortgage loan held by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac or insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), that the mortgagor be verified under the E-Verify program," Rep. Marchant said in a press release. "My bill will potentially save millions by cutting down on fraudulent claims from illegal immigrants and protect taxpayers from subsidizing the restructuring or renegotiation mortgages of illegal immigrants."

Rep. Marchant's bill is a result of a major case in Nevada where a loan officer submitted false income and employment documentation to help illegal aliens secure FHA loans. The scam totaled $6.2 million in loans with many going into default, costing HUD nearly $2 million. The loan officer was found guilty on 32 counts of submitting false information.

"E-Verify is a fantastic program which I have supported making permanent for employers," Rep. Marchant said. "Mandating its use as a condition for home mortgage loan modifications would help eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in the system and bring integrity to the process. In fact, the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement division (FinCEN) estimates that mortgage fraud increased 1,411 percent from 1997 to 2005. Furthermore, two-thirds of fraud reports in the last decade are due to falsified statements on loan documents. My bill would curb these abuses and protect the taxpayers."

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Sen. Chambliss (R-Ga.) -- Increase Border Control

Quotes - Thursday, March 13, 2008

“Taking immediate action towards securing our borders and stopping illegal immigration is the best way to restore credibility with the American people,” said Chambliss. “We said last year that we are going to keep pounding this issue and this amendment will set aside room in the budget to fully fund existing border security and immigration enforcement programs. It is an opportunity for the Senate to show we are prepared to move forward and do what is necessary to follow through on our promise of securing our borders first.”

The Weekly

http://www.theweekly.com/news/2008/March/13/Immigration_Enforcement.html

Sen. Isakson (R-Ga.) -- Increased Border Control

Quotes - Thursday, March 13, 2008

“There’s no greater domestic issue in this country than the problems on our southern border with Mexico, and it is time that Congress makes a commitment to make border security a reality,” Isakson said. “The Senate’s passage of this critical amendment is a step in the right direction. Border security must be a priority in the Congressional budget. America is too important, and this issue is too critical to the American people.”

The Weekly

http://www.theweekly.com/news/2008/March/13/Immigration_Enforcement.html

Publications

How the Obama Administration Inflates Deportation Statistics

Fact Sheets - Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Scott Garder Act (2011) Dear Colleague Letter

Letters & Endorsements - Tuesday, May 10, 2011

ICE Union: 'Vote of No Confidence'

Articles - Thursday, August 5, 2010

Immigration Laws not Being Enforced

Fact Sheets - Monday, October 12, 2009

Over the years, immigration legislation has mandated that the federal government establish safeguards within the immigration system. Repeatedly, these safeguards have been delayed or simply ignored jeopardizing the safety of Americans. This list details those laws and what the government hasn't done.

By Rosemary Jenks - Director of Government Relations

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Rep. Mike Coffman Press Release H.R. 2472

Articles - Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Western Hemisphere Traveler Improvement Act of 2007

Fact Sheets - Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Families for a Secure America On 9/11 Commission Response Bill

Fact Sheets - Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The 9/11 Terrorists and the REAL ID Act

Fact Sheets - Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Federal REAL ID Act Doesn Not Create a National Identity

Fact Sheets - Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Polls

Illegal Immigration Ranks 5th Among Concerns for Americans

Support Tougher Enforcement - Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The top problems survey participants named as the most important facing the country were the economy; unemployment/jobs; healthcare-related issues; federal government/politics; immigration/illegal aliens; federal budget deficit/debt; lack of money; terrorism, moral/ethics issues, national security, environment and the war in Iraq.

Gallup Poll

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2010/05/12/Poll-Economy-unemployment-top-problems/UPI-59331273677863/

68% of Americans Oppose Sanctuary Cities

Oppose Rewards for Illegal Migration - Monday, November 2, 2009

Sixty-eight percent of Americans oppose sanctuary cities and 50% believe that the policies lead to an increase in crime.

Sixty-five percent of the respondents say they follow news stories that involve sanctuary cities; 28% say they follow them very closely. When asked about the creation of sanctuary cities, only 13% of respondents favor their creation.

Forty-nine percent of Americans support cutting off federal funding to sanctuary cities, while 33% oppose a cutoff.

Rasmussen Reports

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/toplines/pt_survey_toplines/october_2009/toplines_sanctuary_cities_october_28_29_2009

Half of Americans Believe Immigration Should be Reduced

Prefer Lower Numbers - Friday, August 7, 2009

A Gallup poll released on August 5, 2009 shows that 50% of all Americans believe that immigration should be reduced.  This number is 11 points higher than the figure from an identical poll conducted last year.  Only 14% of Americans say immigration should be increased (down from 18%) and 32% say immigration levels should remain the same (down from 39%).

5 August 2009, Gallup

http://www.gallup.com/poll/122057/Americans-Return-Tougher-Immigration-Stance.aspx

Most Arizona Voters Put Immigration Over Health Care as More Important Reform Goal

Prefer Lower Numbers Oppose Amnesty Support Tougher Enforcement Oppose Rewards for Illegal Migration - Monday, July 27, 2009

Fifty-one percent of Arizona voters say it is more important for Congress to pass immigration reform than health care reform.

By a 65% to 20% margin, Arizona voters believe enforcing the borders is more important than legalizing the status of those already living here. Half of the state’s voters (50%) think it is possible to put an end to illegal immigration, while 34% do not.

Rasmussen Reports, 27 July 2009

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_state_surveys/arizona/most_arizona_voters_put_immigration_over_health_care_as_more_important_reform_goal

Rasmussen Poll Shows 66% of Likely Voters Believe it is Important to Reduce Illegal Immigration

Oppose Amnesty Support Tougher Enforcement Oppose Rewards for Illegal Migration Opinion Elites vs. Public - Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A new Rasmussen poll shows that 66% of likely voters believe that the government should improve border enforcement and reduce illegal immigration.  However, only 32% of America's "Political Class" agree.

The poll also shows that 77% of likely voters believe that illegal aliens should not be able to receive driver's licenses and 73% of Americans believe that police officers should automatically check to see if someone is in this country legally when that person is pulled over for a traffic violation. 

Rasmussen Reports, 14 April 2009

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics2/on_immigration_large_gap_remains_between_mainstream_america_and_political_class

Gannett Poll Finds NJ Residents Oppose Rewards for Illegal Aliens

Oppose Rewards for Illegal Migration - Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Sixty-two percent of state residents oppose granting illegal immigrants some type of limited driver's license, according to a Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll.

Only 32 percent said children of illegal immigrants deserved in-state tuition rates, while 20 percent favored the lower rates for illegal immigrants themselves.

http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20090324/NEWS01/903240343/1006/

73% Support Police Checking Immigration Status During Traffic Violations

Support Tougher Enforcement - Thursday, March 19, 2009

Seventy-three percent (73%) of U.S. voters believe that a police officer should automatically check to see if someone is in this country legally when the officer pulls that person over for a traffic violation. Only 21% disagree, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of voters also say that if law enforcement officers know of places where immigrants gather to find work, they should sometimes conduct surprise raids to identify and deport illegal immigrants. Twenty-four percent (24%) oppose surprise raids.

Rasmussen Reports

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics2/73_say_cops_should_check_immigration_status_during_traffic_stops

Immigration Ranks 10th in Priorities

Support Tougher Enforcement - Monday, January 19, 2009

In a Washington Post/ABC Poll released just before Barack Obama's inaguration, respondents ranked immigration No. 10 on a list of priorities for the administration. The economy, Iraq War, foreign policy and education were all ranked ahead of immigration. Twenty-one percent said that it was the highest priority, 48 percent said it was high priority, while 29 percent said it was low priority.

Washington Post/ABC Poll - January 19

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/documents/postpoll_011709.html

Transatlantic Trends: Immigration

Protect Jobs and Wages Support Tougher Enforcement - Tuesday, November 18, 2008

When asked about what governments should do to address illegal immigration, 83% of respondents supported stronger border controls, 74% supported cracking down on employers, and 68% supported deportation.

The German Marshall Fund of the United States, 2008

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No Post-election Mandate for Amnesty

Oppose Amnesty - Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Only 32% of Obama voters considered his support for amnesty as a factor in their decisions to vote for him. 67% said it was either not a factor at all, or they voted for Obama in spite of his stance on amnesty.

60% of voters said reducing illegal immigration and cracking down on employers who hire them is important to them, while only 21% supported "legalizing or creating a pathway to citizenship" for illegal aliens.

57% of voters stated that amnesty would harm American workers and further strain public resources, while only 26% believe amnesty would aid economic recovery and ease public burdens.

http://www.fairus.org/site/DocServer/zogby_2008_tabresults.pdf.pdf?docID=2262

In the News

Immigrant activists push to stop deportations

Quoted - Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Roy Beck of Numbers USA, which pushes for a more restrictive immigration policy, said expanding deportation relief could also fail. "It looks radical," he said of the notion of sharply limiting removals.

By Nicholas Riccardi - Associated Press

http://news.yahoo.com/immigrant-activists-push-stop-deportations-070841667--politics.html

Tens of thousands of immigrants illegally entered Britain under new visa system

Quoted - Tuesday, March 27, 2012

In a deeply critical study, the National Audit Office found a huge surge in students entering the country was largely fuelled by fake applications after a new visa system was introduced in 2009.

The report reveals the UK Border Agency probably let through 40,000 to 50,000 illegal students in this year, largely from India, Bangladesh and China. Most of these people have never been traced.

The number of illegal immigrants who pretended to be in education is more than ten times higher than the previous estimates.

By Rowena Mason -- The Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/9167943/Tens-of-thousands-of-immigrants-illegally-entered-Britain-under-new-visa-system.html

From ‘attrition through enforcement’ to ‘self-deportation’

Quoted - Friday, January 27, 2012

Numbers USA, an organization that promotes and organizes around attrition through enforcement, writes that “the goal is to make it extremely difficult for unauthorized persons to live and work in the United States. There is no need for taxpayers to watch the government spend billions of their dollars to round up and deport illegal aliens; they will buy their own bus or plane tickets back home if they can no longer earn a living here.”

Numbers Executive Director Roy Beck writes this week that it is “a concept of handling the illegal alien population with something between mass legalization and mass deportation. Simply put, you take away the things that drew illegal aliens here and let most of them self-deport. Most especially, you take away the jobs magnet.”

By Marcos Restrepo -- Florida Independent

http://floridaindependent.com/66246/mitt-romney-newt-gingrich-immigration

What Exactly Is 'Self-Deportation'?

Quoted - Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Center for Immigration Studies and NumbersUSA, another group that wants to slow immigration, pegged Romney early as one of the most consistent GOP candidates on the issue. "Everything is about attrition through enforcement with him," NumbersUSA President Roy Beck said in December.

Krikorian said his 2005 attrition-through-enforcement paper crystallized the various solutions that immigration hawks had been touting for years into a single phrase. "When I came up with the term, it was somehow 'revolutionary.' But it was inherent in everything that the pro-enforcement people have been saying all along. It's just that we needed a label." Romney has now made the label famous.

By Fawn Johnson -- National Journal

Colorado School Attracts Undocumented Students

Quoted - Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The school’s announcement has drawn some criticism from immigration hardliners in Colorado, including Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo, but others have said they are fine with school’s decision as it provides no preferential treatment to undocumented immigrants.

“I have no problem with,” said Roy Beck, the head of NumbersUSA, an organization that favors strict immigration policy. “I would not think it was a good thing if they were giving preferential treatment to illegal aliens over a student from Missouri or somebody from Peru who applied for a student visa, but this doesn’t seem like what they’re doing.”

By Andrew O'Reilly -- Fox News Latino

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/01/17/colorado-school-allows-undocumented-students-in-state-tuition/

Alabama’s tough new illegal immigration law cuts state unemployment

Quoted - Monday, December 19, 2011

Another voice in the illegal immigration debate is NumbersUSA Director Roy Beck and he had this to say, “The chief difficulties that America faces because of current immigration are not triggered by who the immigrants are but by how many there are. The task before the nation in setting a fair level of immigration is not about race or some vision of homogeneous white America; it is about protecting and enhancing the United States’ unique experiment in democracy for all Americans, including recent immigrants, regardless of their particular ethnicity.”

By Kimberly Dvorak - Examiner

http://www.examiner.com/county-political-buzz-in-san-diego/alabama-s-tough-new-illegal-immigration-law-cuts-state-unemployment

Napolitano defends immigration enforcement policy

Quoted - Thursday, October 6, 2011

But Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, which wants to reduce immigration to the U.S., said the policy encourages people to overstay their visas and remain in this country illegally.

"Yes, if you ask the American people whether the government should go after the worst of the worst or the people helping in the PTA, they'll say go after the worst of the worst," Beck said. "The problem is that the administration is basically telling people that if you come here and overstay your visa and have never been convicted of a violent crime, we will never deport you. It's presence amnesty."

Beck said he sees a mixed message from Napolitano and the administration.

By Erin Kelly -- Arizona Republic

But Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, which wants to reduce immigration to the U.S., said the policy encourages people to overstay their visas and remain in this country illegally.

"Yes, if you ask the American people whether the government should go after the worst of the worst or the people helping in the PTA, they'll say go after the worst of the worst," Beck said. "The problem is that the administration is basically telling people that if you come here and overstay your visa and have never been convicted of a violent crime, we will never deport you. It's presence amnesty."

Beck said he sees a mixed message from Napolitano and the administration.

"On one hand, they're trying to convince the nation as a whole that they're tougher than (former President) George W. Bush because they're deporting more people," he said. "On the other hand, they're trying to convince Hispanic voters that they're not really all that tough. It's an interesting high-wire act."

By Erin Kelly -- Arizona Republic

Show More http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2011/10/05/20111005napolitano-defends-immigration-enforcement.html

After 9/11, Immigration Became About Homeland Security

Quoted - Thursday, September 8, 2011

For Roy Beck, president of Numbers USA, which advocates limiting immigration overall, this new focus on enforcement was a relief since it changed a growing pattern of legalization legislation. "There have been zero amnesties passed since 9/11," he says. "It may be that 9/11 did change the environment so that it became harder for Congress to continue to pass an amnesty every couple years."

By Mallie Jane Kim -- U.S. News and World Report

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2011/09/08/after-911-immigration-became-about-homeland-security-attacks-shifted-the-conversation-heavily-toward-terrorism-and-enforcement_print.html

Federal, state agencies promote labor rights at consulate

Quoted - Monday, August 29, 2011

The federal government's active promotion of labor rights for illegal immigrants irks Roy Beck, executive director of Virginia-based Numbers USA, which favors more stringent immigration laws.

"It just follows the pattern of the labor secretary," Beck said. "In these matters, she's the secretary of illegal labor rather than of legal labor."

Events such as Monday's are "a signal that, 'Yeah, we have these immigration laws, but we're not very serious about them,' " Beck said. "The signal that ought to be sent is, 'If you come in contact with the federal government you'll be put in deportation proceedings.' "

BY DAVID OLSON -- Press Enterprise (Riverside, CA)

http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_labor30.3ec6b0b.html

Obama says deportation of criminals up 70 percent under his administration

Quoted - Friday, May 13, 2011

Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, a group that favors reducing immigration into the United States, said it's true that the deportation rate, particularly deportation of convicted criminals, has been higher under Obama.

"My sense is that Obama deserves credit, for all the complaints about him, that he has done maybe a little better than Bush on deportations," Beck said. "I think the main context, though, is that the amount of deportations under Bush was rather small."

And even under Obama, Beck said, the administration is talking about fewer than 400,000 deportations in a country with an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants.

Politifact.com

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2011/may/11/barack-obama/obama-says-deportation-criminals-70-percent-under-/

High deportation figures are misleading

In the News - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Immigration activists have sharply criticized President Obama for a rising volume of deportations, labeling him the "deporter in chief" and staging large protests that have harmed his standing with some Latinos, a key group of voters for Democrats.

By Brian Bennett -- Los Angeles Times

Immigration activists have sharply criticized President Obama for a rising volume of deportations, labeling him the "deporter in chief" and staging large protests that have harmed his standing with some Latinos, a key group of voters for Democrats.

But the portrait of a steadily increasing number of deportations rests on statistics that conceal almost as much as they disclose. A closer examination shows that immigrants living illegally in most of the continental U.S. are less likely to be deported today than before Obama came to office, according to immigration data.

By Brian Bennett -- Los Angeles Times

Show More http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-obama-deportations-20140402,0,545192,full.story#axzz2xjSqL8O0

Seven immigrant workers arrested in Vermont

In the News - Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Seven undocumented immigrants, part of a construction crew working on an independent living project at the University of Vermont, have been accused by the U.S. Border Patrol of being in the country illegally, federal officials said Monday.

By Mike Donoghue

http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20120417/NEWS07/120416036/Seven-immigrant-workers-arrested-Vermont-?odyssey=tab

President should back up his rhetoric with real reform

In the News - Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Last year, the Judiciary Committee approved two important pieces of legislation to stem the flow of illegal immigration and protect America’s communities from dangerous criminal immigrants. Despite promises of bipartisanship, the president has not expressed support for either one of these proposals.

By Rep. Lamar Smith -- The Hill

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/207643-rep-lamar-smith-r-texas

Workers taken in Asheville immigration raid on Shogun Buffet

In the News - Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Twelve restaurant workers were detained in an immigration raid off Brevard Road Tuesday, according to a local immigrants rights group. . .

Volker said agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained eight people from Latin American countries and four Asian immigrants ranging in age from 23 to around 40. Volkmer said some of the immigrants were from Mexico and El Salvador.

 

By Joel Burgess -- Asheville Citizen Times

http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20111130/NEWS01/311300072/Workers-taken-in-Asheville-immigration-raid-on-Shogun-Buffet?odyssey=tab

Detroit box company raided, manager arrested in immigration probe

In the News - Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Federal agents arrested a manager at a cardboard box company in southwest Detroit this morning on charges he hired undocumented workers.

Edward Schlacht, 48, a supervisor at Grigg Box Company, was taken into custody this morning by agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

By Tresa Baldas and Tammy Stables Battaglia -- Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/article/20111129/NEWS01/111129026/Detroit-box-company-raided-by-immigration-officials?odyssey=tab

Most illegal immigrants deported last year were criminals

In the News - Tuesday, October 18, 2011

WASHINGTON – The U.S. deported nearly 400,000 illegal immigrants last year, and an increasing number of them were convicted criminals, according to figures set for release Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security.

Deportations have been on the rise for the past decade, and the 396,906 illegal immigrants deported in fiscal year 2011 is the highest number yet, according to the figures.

By Alan Gomez and Kevin Johnson -- USA Today

WASHINGTON – The U.S.
deported nearly 400,000 illegal immigrants last year, and an increasing number
of them were convicted criminals, according to figures set for release Tuesday
by the Department of Homeland Security.

Deportations have been on the rise for the
past decade, and the 396,906 illegal immigrants deported in fiscal year 2011 is
the highest number yet, according to the figures.

Under the Obama administration, Homeland
Security issued new priorities to focus deportations on convicted criminals, people
who pose threats to national security and repeated border-crossers. Last year,
55% of those deported were convicted criminals, the highest percentage in
nearly a decade.

By Alan Gomez and Kevin Johnson -- USA Today

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Feds must be tougher on illegal immigration

In the News - Thursday, September 29, 2011

The illegal immigration debate hit home last week as the owners of the Cancun Mexican restaurants and the Fajita Grill were arrested on charges of conspiring to harbor illegal aliens and employing illegal aliens.

The soft, slow response of the federal authorities to the violations allegedly perpetrated by these Mexican restaurants is a perfect example of why we have an illegal immigrant problem in this country. The investigation into the Fajita Grill began in 2008, before the Cancun restaurant ever opened in Biddeford. Does it really take three years to check a few people’s citizenship status?

Journal Tribune (ME) Editorial

http://www.journaltribune.com/articles/2011/09/29/editorial/doc4e84881d6acff425584590.txt

Falfurrias Woman is Killed After Car Crashes Through Bedroom

In the News - Saturday, August 6, 2011

A Falfurrias woman is dead after police say a vehicle full of illegal immigrants drove through her house. Family members identify that woman as 70-year-old Bertha Gonzalez.

Police say Gonzalez was asleep when a Chevy Suburban crashed through her bedroom around 2:00 Saturday morning. They say the driver of that car and his seven passengers are all illegal immigrants.

By Lindsay Curtis -- KZTV10 News (Texas)

http://www.kztv10.com/news/falfurrias-woman-is-killed-after-car-crashes-through-bedroom/

Hispanics like law and order too

In the News - Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Some pundits and political operatives — mostly Democrats — have already announced the demise of the Republican Party. They point to the growth of the Hispanic community and assert that the GOP needs to embrace amnesty for illegal immigrants to attract Hispanic voters.

But in the 1986 election, after a Republican president signed into law the largest amnesty for illegal immigrants in American history, only 23 percent of Hispanics voted for Republican candidates.

More recently, a November 2009 Zogby poll found that 82 percent of likely Hispanic voters strongly or somewhat support reducing the illegal immigrant population over time by enforcing existing immigration laws, such as requiring employers to verify the legal status of workers and increasing border enforcement.

By: Rep. Lamar Smith -- Politico.com

Some pundits and political operatives — mostly Democrats — have already announced the demise of the Republican Party. They point to the growth of the Hispanic community and assert that the GOP needs to embrace amnesty for illegal immigrants to attract Hispanic voters.



But in the 1986 election, after a Republican president signed into law the largest amnesty for illegal immigrants in American history, only 23 percent of Hispanics voted for Republican candidates.



More recently, a November 2009 Zogby poll found that 82 percent of likely Hispanic voters strongly or somewhat support reducing the illegal immigrant population over time by enforcing existing immigration laws, such as requiring employers to verify the legal status of workers and increasing border enforcement.



Exit polls reported by CNN reveal that 38 percent of Hispanic voters cast ballots for House Republican candidates in 2010, significantly more than in 2006 (30 percent) and 2008 (29 percent). And this level of Hispanic support for Republican candidates came despite widespread pre-election claims by advocates for illegal immigration that a pro-rule-of-law stand would alienate Hispanic voters.

By: Rep. Lamar Smith -- Politico.com

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White House Resists Push to Stop Deportations, Members of Congress Say

In the News - Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The White House is urging lawmakers to back away from a campaign led by Hispanic Democrats to block deportations involving U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants, a move that risks antagonizing Latino voters crucial to President Barack Obama’s re-election.

Several members of Congress who were scheduled to attend a March 31 news conference on the issue said administration officials contacted them to voice concern about their participation. Until U.S. immigration law is overhauled, the lawmakers say, Obama should use his executive power to protect families facing deportation or separation because at least one parent is an illegal immigrant.

By Hans Nichols -- Bloomberg

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-05/white-house-resists-push-to-stop-deportations-lawmakers-say.html

Congressional Testimony

Whether Attempted Implementation of the Senate Immigration Bill Will Result in an Administrative and National Security Nightmare

Congressional Testimony - Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Jordan Commission -- Executive Summary on Illegal Immigration

Congressional Testimony - Thursday, September 1, 1994

U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, 1994

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