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This Week May Be the Beginning of the End of Immigration Enforcement

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Our Capitol Hill Team has been gathering information from elected officials and staffers all evening, and the picture is clear that the planned vote this week on re-authorizing the E-Verify system is a battle over whether the federal government will continue to enforce immigration laws at all.

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Va. Jails Now Check Immigration Status of Foreign Inmates

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A Virginia law took effect this month which requires local jails to contact ICE to check the immigration status of all foreign-born inmates, irrespective of whether they are in the country legally. While the law hasn’t received as much attention as the 287(g)-related illegal alien crackdown in Prince William County, Va., it will benefit other jurisdictions seeking to identify and deport illegal alien inmates. The law may not have the force multiplier effect that results from Prince William’s policy, however.

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NJ Sen. Menendez Now Blocking E-Verify

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E-Verify (the effective program to keep illegal aliens out of U.S. jobs) now is facing danger in the Senate, as well as the House (see my previous blogs on House troubles).

The NumbersUSA Capitol Hill Team has been told that Sen. Menendez (D-N.J.) has put a "hold" on legislation to reauthorize the E-Verify workplace verification program. That means the Senate is barred from voting to keep it alive. Without a vote, E-Verify will die in November.

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58 Illegal Aliens Arrested in Ohio Enforcement Actions

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Yesterday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 58 illegal aliens during eight enforcement actions in the Ohio towns of Ashland, Fremont, Norwalk, Oberlin, Oregon, Sandusky, Vermilion and Youngstown. All were employed in the Norwalk-based Casa Fiesta restaurant chain. Agents also searched a Norwalk home after a warrant was issued.The raids were the result of a one-year criminal investigation, according to an ICE press release.

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Big Business Lobbyists Want Another Chance To Kill E-Verify In 3 Years

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The most effective government program against illegal immigration is again under attack behind the scenes in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Your NumbersUSA Capitol Hill Team just called me and urged that you pick up a phone this afternoon and help the Hill Team protect the E-Verify program that keeps illegal foreign workers out of U.S. jobs.

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Immigration Reduction Champion Wins “Mayor of the Year” Award

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Hazelton Mayor Lou Barletta, a hero to many across the country for his leadership in combating illegal immigration at the local level, has been named “Mayor of the Year” by the Pennsylvania State Mayors Association. This honor from his Pennsylvania peers is particularly rewarding in light of the way open-borders members of the media have tried to disparage his good character and reputation.

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Widow Blames San Francisco Sanctuary Policy for Murder of Husband, Two Sons

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Danielle Bologna is calling for changes in San Francisco’s sanctuary policy after charges were filed against an illegal alien gang member for the murder of her husband and two sons. In an appearance on FOX News last night, she said "It should have been resolved at the beginning, when this guy had done more than one crime in the city…I want justice.

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More Agricultural Entities Using H-2A Guestworker Program

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Stepped-up federal immigration enforcement efforts are causing farmers and growers to use the H-2A guestworker program more, the Seattle Times reports. The H-2A program allows agricultural employers to hire foreign workers if the state work force agency certifies no citizens or legal immigrants are available to do the work. Unscrupulous farmers and growers that had being using illegal alien labor now fear getting caught in the enforcement web, so they are turning to the legal alternative that had been there for them all along.

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2 Pro-Enforcement Democratic Incumbents Handily Defeat Primary Challenges

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We have good results from Primary elections for two Democratic incumbent congressmen who bucked their Party leadership on immigration. Both faced vigorous Primary challenges from candidates backed by Democrats who said the incumbents were too centrist. We are well aware that Democrats who stand for reduced immigration levels will do better in the General elections, but we are particularly gratified to see that standing for sensible immigration also is a good political sell in Democratic Primaries.

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