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New Program Will Exempt Police From Sanctuary-Detainer Restrictions

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced a new program designed for local law-enforcement agencies that want to honor immigration detainers but are prohibited from doing so under state and/or local sanctuary policies. According to a press release, ICE created the Warrant Service Officer (WSO) program at the request of the National Sheriffs' Association and the Major County Sheriffs of America.

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Florida Legislature Clears Anti-Sanctuary Bill

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Yesterday, the Florida state legislature passed SB 168, a bill that would prohibit local governments from adopting illegal-alien sanctuary policies and ensure that criminal aliens are not released into local communities. It now heads to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who had asked the legislature to pass anti-sanctuary legislation. Thanking the legislature for delivering, he said, "Local law enforcement agencies can and should work with the federal government to ensure that accountability and justice are one in our state."

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Democrats Slam Reinstatement of SSA 'No-Match' Letters

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A group of House Democrats wrote the Social Security Administration (SSA) demanding the retraction of an order that reinstated Employer Correction Request Notices, also known as “no-match” letters. The letters inform employers that information reported on an employee’s W-2 form does not match SSA’s records. While the letters are intended to give employers a chance to clear up typos in an employee’s name or Social Security number, they also expose instances of illegal aliens using fake IDs or stolen identities to get a job.

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CBP: New Technologies Result in More Apprehensions of Visa Overstayers

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Customs and Border Protections officials this week announced that new biometric entry/exit technologies have allowed it to verify 57% more visa overstayers than the previous year. This is a significant step forward in the implementation of an entry/exit system first mandated by Congress in 1996.

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RSC Budget Proposes to Strengthen Immigration System

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The Republican Study Committee's budget proposal for FY2020 suggests reducing low-skilled immigration, requiring all businesses to use E-Verify, and increasing both border and interior enforcement. The budget outline provides a starting point for House GOP lawmakers considering the committee is comprised of 140 Republican House Members, or more than 70% of the caucus.

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ICE Agents Fight Asylum Fraud at SW Border

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is reallocating resources to the Southwest border to investigate human smuggling operations and the use of fraudulent documents among asylum seekers. The effort will shore up investigative and deportation capabilities temporarily while the Administration seeks additional funds from Congress to address the growing migrant crisis.

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President: Speed Up Asylum Adjudication, Bar Work Permits for Illegal Border Crossers

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President Trump yesterday signed a memorandum designed to “ensure legitimate asylum-seekers can access asylum while more efficiently processing and removing illegal migrants who are not eligible and who do not qualify.” The President directed his Administration to propose certain regulations and reassign DHS staff to speed up asylum adjudication and the deportation of aliens with final removal orders.

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Study: 98,000 Illegal Aliens Graduate High School Each Year

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A Migration Policy Institute study found that 125,000 illegal aliens reach the age of 18 each year, and 98,000 graduate high school. When MPI last studied the so-called “Dreamer” population in 2003, 80,000 reached the age of 18 each year and 98,000 graduated high school each year. Congress is considering two bills that would legalize illegal-alien graduates who meet certain residency and other requirements.

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