Obama Administration to Accept More Central American Refugees
On Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry announced the Refugee Admissions Program will add an undefined number of people from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The effort is meant to head off illegal migration from these countries, which has spiked in recent months. President Obama the same day authorized $70 million for resettling refugees in the United States, the largest increase ever.
Border Crossings Continue To Surge
Central America to Send Cuban Migrants to the U.S.
Officials from Central American countries met in Guatemala City this week to create a plan to help around 8,000 Cubans who are stalled in Costa Rica reach the U.S. The countries have decided to provide flights for the Cuban migrants from Costa Rica to El Salvador then bus them to Mexico where they can cross the U.S. border.
ICE Plans to Deport Illegal Aliens From Border Surge
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is planning a nationwide campaign to locate and deport illegal aliens who have illegally crossed the border since last year. This move comes after a recent DHS report shows that deportations have declined by 25% since 2014.
Deportations Down 25% in 2015
Deportations of illegal aliens declined by 25% in 2015 according to an annual report released by the Department of Homeland Security earlier today. In 2014 DHS reported 315,943 deportations compared to 235,413 in 2015.
CBP Launches First Phase in Biometric Entry/Exit Testing
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced plans to begin collecting biometric data from non-U.S. citizens entering and exiting the country in early 2016. CBP will install six new kiosks at San Diego’s Otay Mesa port across the border from Tijuana, Mexico and hope to be collecting both entry and exit data by February.
Illegal Border Crossings On The Rise
The number of illegal alien minors coming across the border is steadily increasing hitting a record high for the month of October according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data. Around 5,000 unaccompanied minors were caught at the US-Mexico in October, double the number from October 2014 during the border surge.
DHS Halting Detentions For Certain Illegal Aliens
The Department of Homeland Security said it is complying with an order from Federal Judge Dolly M. Gee who ruled in July that ICE violated a decades old settlement by holding illegal-alien families and children in detention centers.
2014 Border Surge Continues To Stall Immigration Courts
Last year’s border surge of unaccompanied minors has stalled the immigration courts, creating an average 3 year wait time for illegal-alien adults with only one in six minors showing up for their legal hearings according to the Migration Policy Institute report.
Border Arrests Jump 52 Percent In August
According to statistics released by the U.S. Border Patrol yesterday, nearly 10,000 unaccompanied minors and families were arrested last month along the U.S.-Mexico border, a 52 percent jump from last year.
Only 40% of U.S.-Mexico Border under Operational Control
Testifying before the House Oversight Committee earlier this week, National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd estimated that the agency has only achieved operational control for approximately 40% of the U.S.-Mexico border. The Secure Fence Act of 2006 required that DHS achieve operational control along the entire border.
New poll shows high support among voters for immigration enforcement
A poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports has found that the majority of voters support increased immigration enforcement, including additional fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border and deportation for criminal illegal aliens. According to the poll's findings, 51% of likely voters support more fencing along the border, while a whopping 80% support the deportation of criminal illegal aliens.
DHS Reports New Surge of Illegal Alien Families
According to Deputy Border Patrol, Chief Ronald Vitiello, the number of illegal alien families captured at the border rose unexpectedly in July despite the harsh warm weather. This upward trend may continue after Judge Dolly M. Gee’s July 24 preliminary ruling that severely restricts the detaining of illegal alien families.
Boehner to Irish: Still Committed to 'Immigration Reform'
Traveling with a congressional delegation to Ireland last week, House Speaker John Boehner told Irish leaders he is still committed to so-called immigration reform but needs to overcome objections from his caucus. According to an Irish Times reporter, “His remarks indicate he may yet move to confront opponents of reform within his own Republican party, which is in the vanguard of resistance to it and has a majority in the House.”
White House: Border Surge to Reach 127,000 in 2015
An internal document that the Obama Administration sent to congressional appropriators last spring on the expected surge of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) has been made public with startling new information. In it, the Obama administration predicted a large number of UACs to arrive last summer and record numbers for summers to come. The document counters claims that top federal officials did not anticipate the surge last summer.
Mexico Apprehends and Deports More Central Americans Than the United States
The Associated Press reports that Mexico apprehended 92,889 Central Americans between October 2014 and April 2015, while the United States detained 70,226 "other than Mexican" illegal aliens during that period, the majority of whom are Guatemalan, Honduran and El Salvadoran citizens. But the important issue is the disposition of these illegal aliens and there, AP notes, “Mexico has proved the more efficient."
Mexican caught with US fake driver’s license, social security, birth certificate
Amidst the cacophony on immigration reform, a latest arrest shows as to how illegal immigrants are using dubious means to first enter the US and then live there using stolen identities.
U.S. national security officials in Texas were taken aback when they found almost complete set of documents belonging to a fellow Border Patrol agent. This was something that they hadn’t bargained for in this manner.
El Paso Sector Agents Halt Presence of Sex Offenders
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Press Release
Deming, New Mexico – Border Patrol Agents in Deming, New Mexico arrested a registered sex offender Tuesday with an extensive criminal history, capping a month of numerous sex offender arrests made throughout the El Paso Sector.
Senate approves amendment to expand expedited removals to deal with border surges
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.
Senate to Consider Immigration Amendments under Budget Resolution
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.
Border Patrol Agent says 6 in 10 Illegal Aliens Cross Border Unabeted
While testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, Border Patrol agent Chris Cabrera indicated that nearly 6 out of 10 illegal aliens cross into the United States without being apprehended. Cabrera is an agent at the Rio Grande Valley Sector in Texas and is the vice president of National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) Local 3307, a union for border agents.
2016 Republican Presidential Hopefuls Talk Immigration at Iowa Agriculture Summit
Several potential Republican nominees for president converged on the Iowa Agricultural Summit to lay out their message and position themselves for a general election race in 2016. While several potential candidates laid out their position on illegal immigration, ranging from enforcement of existing laws to amnesty for illegal aliens, only a few spoke on legal immigration.
Report: Debate Over Legalizing Illegal Aliens 'A Primary Cause' for Border Surge
A report released on Friday cited the causes for the surge of illegal aliens across the border late last summer. According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, the debate over legalizing illegal aliens was “a primary cause” of thousands of Central Americans crossing into the United States illegally.
Border agents ordered to help immigrants avoid deportation
World Magazine -- Rob Holmes
Under a new Obama administration directive, immigration agents have been ordered to screen illegal immigrants to help them avoid deportation. The order quickly followed President Barack Obama’s executive order creating a program to help undocumented migrants gain temporary legal status.
GOP nixes vote on border bill
Washington Times -- Stephen Dinan
House Republican leaders Monday abruptly canceled votes this week on their border security bill, blaming the weather but also earning more time to work out disagreements within their own caucus that had threatened to scuttle the legislation.
Under the new schedule announced Monday afternoon, the House will no longer vote on any bills Monday evening, but will spend Tuesday and Wednesday working on bills dealing with human trafficking and liquid natural gas.
NumbersUSA cannot support H.R. 399 in its current form
NumbersUSA cannot support HR 399, the Secure Our Borders First Act, in its current form. While Chairman McCaul made some improvements in this bill over last Congress', NumbersUSA does not believe that HR 399, as it came out of the Homeland Security Committee last week, will actually secure our borders.
USCIS Council President Speaks Out on Executive Amnesty, Border Control Bill
Kenneth Palinkas, President of the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council, released a statement yesterday condemning President Obama's executive amnesty, the lack of action in the Senate to reverse the executive actions, and the upcoming border security bill. Palinkas stated the "grave peril" that President Obama's "skewed priorities" in granting executive amnesty to millions of illegal aliens puts the 12,000 adjudicators and personnel he represents at USCIS in.
REP. DAVE BRAT AIMS TO SLAY ANOTHER GOLIATH: TAKES ON MCCAUL’S BORDER BILL
Breitbart News -- Matthew Boyle
David has his sights set on another Goliath.
After taking down then House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a primary last year, Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) is aiming to slay a border bill from House Homeland Security Committee chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX)—a bill Brat says is a “Trojan Horse” for amnesty.
Amended Border Security Bill Passes House Committee
On Wednesday, the House Committee on Homeland Security passed an amended version H.R. 399, the Secure our Borders First Act of 2015, by a vote of 18-to-12. The bill, introduced by Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas), would require the Secretary of Homeland Security to gain and maintain operational control of the international borders of the United States.
House taking up border bill next week
Politico -- Seung Min Kim
House Republican leadership plans to bring a border-security bill to the floor next week — the first move on immigration reform this year following last week’s House vote to roll back President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration.
The GOP leadership announced the plans at a closed-door party meeting Wednesday morning, sources said. The legislation comes from House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas), who unveiled the 72-page bill last week.
Rep. McCaul introduces Border Security bill
House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) has introduced H.R. 399, the Secure the Borders First Act, that would require the Department of Homeland Security to obtain operational control of the border and complete the Congressionally-mandated biometric entry/exit system, but the timeline set forth in the bill wouldn't require most provisions to take effect for 5-7 years. Since the bill is called the "Secure the Borders First Act", there should be no further legislation or guest worker programs until the border is fully secured 5-7 years from now.
Deportations Drop to New Low for President Obama
Deportations of illegal aliens in the past year have dropped lower than any other time in President Obama's tenure, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The report is another example that refutes the Obama administration's claim for "record deportations".
Report: Pres. Obama to grant amnesty to 4.5 million illegal aliens next week
Fox News is reporting that Pres. Obama will announce a 10-point executive action on immigration next week that will grant deferred action to at least 4.5 million illegal aliens. The report does not stipulate whether or not the action will issue work permits to illegal aliens, but does indicate that illegal-alien parents of U.S. citizen children would be eligible to receive the amnesty. The action will also expand the President's 2012 executive action, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Border Patrol statistics show changing migration pattern
The Washington Post -- Andrew Becker
Most of the people the Border Patrol stopped from sneaking into the country last year were from countries other than Mexico, according to agency statistics, a shift that might have provided fodder for politicians leading up to Tuesday’s election.
But they didn’t get much of a chance. The Border Patrol’s annual statistics were posted on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Web site for about five hours on Oct. 10, then taken down.
Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell Calls Out Obama's 'Naive Immigration Policy'
In an op-ed for The Daily Caller, former Secretary of State Ken Blackwell rails against "Obama's pro-amnesty agenda". Blackwell calls Pres. Obama's unwillingness to institute a travel ban on Ebola-stricken countries "an extension of his larger, pro-amnesty, open border position."
BP Agent: Border Apprehensions down to 30%
Border Patrol agent, Chris Cabrera, told FoxNews on Thursday that border patrol agents are only apprehending about 30% of illegal border crossings. He also said nothing has been done to beef up border security since in light of warnings that there could be a mass migration to the United States should the Ebola outbreak reach Central America.
250,000 Texas Members Of NumbersUSA Launch TV Ad Asking Obama To Stop Talking Amnesty And Start Securing Border
NumbersUSA launched TV ads in Dallas-Fort Worth and Harlingen-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas today calling on President Obama to stop talking amnesty and start securing the Texas border. The ads call attention to costs associated with increased flows of illegal aliens as a result of the Obama administration's past amnesty, ongoing calls for amnesty and actions to dismantle immigration enforcement. The ads are funded by the 250,000 Texas members of NumbersUSA.
Second wave of illegal border crossings expected this fall
An official with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants expects a second wave of at least 30,000 unaccompanied alien children to illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border this fall. Tiffany Nelms told the Washington Examiner that the flow has temporarily slowed because of the summer heat, making the journey across Mexico and into the United States more difficult.
House to vote on emergency supplemental; GOP Senators push for vote on House version
The House of Representatives adjourns for its month-long August recess later today, but before it does, it will vote on H.R.5230, its emergency supplemental border bill. The bill gives Pres. Obama $659 million to deal with the border surge, but doesn't address the cause of the problem -- his executive amnesties and promises of future amnesties. In the Senate, GOP Senators are pushing Majority Leader Harry Reid for a vote on the House bill as well.
Cruz/Blackburn bill would end Obama's amnesties
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) have introduced legislation that would go after the root of the border crisis -- Pres. Obama's executive amnesties and threats of future ones. Reports from the border indicate that most illegal border crossers are coming to the United States because they hear back home that they'll be allowed to stay in the country. But Cruz's bill (S.2631) and Blackburn's bill (H.R.5160) would end prevent any funds from being used to extend Pres. Obama's DACA program or to issue future work permits to illegal aliens.
Outside Groups Urge Speaker Boehner to Force Pres. Obama to Enforce Existing Laws
More than 25 groups, including NumbersUSA, signed a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) urging him to force Pres. Obama to use the resources that are already at his disposal in response to the ongoing border crisis. At least 240,000 illegal aliens have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border this year, including 50,000 Unaccompanied Alien Children. Pres. Obama has asked Congress for nearly $4 billion in emergency funding - much of which wouldn't be used until FY2015 and would go towards the caring for and relocation of illegal aliens.
House GOP Discuss Immigration; Small Border Bill Expected
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called an emergency meeting this morning for House Republicans to discuss their options in a response to the ongoing illegal-alien border surge. The House is scheduled to break next week for the month-long August recess. Reports indicate that the Leadership is leaning towards moving a bill that would provide Pres. Obama with about $1 billion in emergency funding and modify the 2008 human trafficking law that has been the blame for some of the surge.
Honduran President says Obama Administration's policies caused the Border Surge
Later today, Pres. Obama will meet with leaders from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala - the three countries that are sending the most illegal-alien children to the United States during the ongoing border surge. But in advance of that meeting, Honduran President, Juan Orlando Hernández, offered his opinion on what caused the surge - the Obama Administration's lax immigration enforcement policies.
Report: 18 of 20 illegal aliens don't show up for court hearing
The Dallas Morning News is reporting that 20 illegal-alien children were schedule for a court hearing in Dallas on Tuesday, but 18 didn't show up. The report confirms fears that many of the newly-arrived illegal aliens, if released across the country, will simply disappear and not show up for the court hearings.
House Working Group Releases Recommendations for Handling Border Crisis
The House working group, formed by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and led by Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), has released their recommendations for solving the ongoing crisis along the Southwest border, including the deployment of the National Guard, a change to the 2008 human trafficking law, the establishment of repatriation centers in the sending countries, and permission for Border Patrol agents to operate on federal lands. The group has not offered legislative language, which can often be much different from a set of principles.
Here's a list of the group's recommendations:
Spread the word: No money until the President enforces the law
No money until the Administration enforces the law! That's what we want to see in comments, blogs, tweets, posts, etc. News of the surge of illegal immigration at the border keeps pouring in as Congress debates President Obama's request for $3.7 billion to address the situation as he sees fit.
Disease, crime, fraud stories beginning to be confirmed about 'Surge' illegals in government's catch & release policies
As we approach the end of the second full month of the border crisis, we're learning more about the impacts it's having on local communities across the country.
CBO: Only $25 million of Obama's requested $3.7 billion would be spent in FY2014
Only $25 million of Pres. Obama's $3.7 billion emergency funding request in response to the illegal-alien border surge would be spent in fiscal year 2014, according to an analysis of the proposal from the Congressional Budget Office. The CBO projected that the $25 million would be spent by the Department of Health and Human Services for the housing, care, and relocation of illegal-alien families, not the Department of Homeland Security that's tasked with securing the border.
Report: Gov. Perry to send National Guard Troops to Texas Border
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) is taking matters into his own hands and is ordering 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas border to help stop the illegal-alien border surge. Gov. Perry is expected to make a formal announcement later today, but by making the move before the Obama Administration takes action, Gov. Perry will oversee the Guard's operation since he's the one who deployed the troops.