Media Roundup: Congress debates new bills but Obama already has the tools to reverse the border surge
A headline from the Huffington Post sums up the debate in Washington: "For Border Crisis, Many Bills But No Clear Answer."
A headline from the Huffington Post sums up the debate in Washington: "For Border Crisis, Many Bills But No Clear Answer."
President Obama’s plan for dealing with border surge aliens, which emphasizes the relocation and care of illegal border crossers over their immediate deportation, has Democrats and Republicans in Congress scrambling to develop legislation before the summer recess. But their differing plans make legislative action unlikely and give Obama cover for not doing what he should do - deport the aliens required under current law.
A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies examines the role of the 2008 human trafficking law, the William Wiberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, in the ongoing crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. In recent months, there's been a surge of Unaccompanied Alien Children crossing the border illegally, and the Obama Administration claims that the 2008 law prevents it from beginning removal proceedings against any UAC from a noncontiguous country. But the CIS report says that most individuals crossing the border illegally don't fall under the law.
A working group formed by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is putting the final touches on a response to the ongoing border crisis that would include deploying the National Guard and providing more immigration judges. The group briefed the House GOP caucus earlier today and will likely make their final recommendations public before the end of the week.
The group, headed by Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), visited both Guatemala and Honduras over the weekend and said both countries are eager to help repatriate newly-arrived illegal aliens.
Pres. Obama's request to Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funding to address the border crisis hasn't exactly been warmly received. Maybe it's because nearly half of the funds requested ($1.8 billion) would go Health and Human Services to relocate illegal aliens across the country. Or maybe it's because more than $15 million would go to immigration lawyers to defend Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) in deportation hearings that won't happen for several years -- and that's if they even show up for the hearing.
The Daily Caller obtained an unreleased poll that says 59 percent of voters who are closely following the border surge agree that "current administration policies and lack of focus on securing the border" are behind the crisis. One-third of political independents and Hispanics “strongly” blame the president. Six in 10 respondents say that unaccompanied alien children should be ordered to leave the country.
Earlier this week, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Guatemalan president Otto Perez Molina held a joint press conference to formally announce a new program that will allow Guatemalan citizens to legally travel through Mexico in their effort to enter the United States illegally. Guatemala is one of three sending countries accounting for most of the illegal aliens coming across the U.S.-Mexico border during the ongoing surge. The agreement grants Guatemalans 72 hours of legal status while they make their journey to the U.S.
Pres. Obama has sent a formal request to House Speaker John Boehner asking for $3.7 billion to help combat the ongoing border surge of illegal aliens along the Southwest border. Despite reports of the last few days, Pres. Obama did not request a policy change in the way that unaccompanied alien minors are processed if they come from a noncontiguous country. The requested funds would be used to beef up interior immigration enforcement, pay for the legal processing and potential removal of newly-arrived illegal aliens, and help relocate illegal aliens to the interior of the country.
Reports from the southern border indicate that some of the newly-arrived illegal border crossers are carrying infectious diseases and a few border patrol agents have already contracted the diseases. Physician and Congressman Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) has sent a letter to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention asking for more details on the activation of their Emergency Operations Center in response to the border crisis and what steps are being taken to safeguard Americans.
Since the border surge gained coverage from the mainstream media last month, the Obama Administration has tried to relocate tens of thousands of newly-arrived illegal aliens to communities across the country.
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Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), who represents the border sector most impacted by the ongoing border crisis, bucked Pres. Obama and his party's leadership by saying that the United States should deport all illegal border crossers immediately, regardless of what country they're from. Cuellar said that's the policy the U.S. has for illegal border crossers from Mexico, and the country should treat all illegal border crossers the same.
Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) was denied access to the illegal-alien housing facility at Ft. Sill in Oklahoma yesterday. The facility is housing 1,200 illegal aliens who were relocated after being caught and processed by Border Patrol agents in Texas. The facility is currently under the control of Health and Human Services.
Speaking at a Washington, D.C. event, Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said that immigration law enforcement and border controls must be “up and operating effectively” before the House will vote on any immigration legislation. “Enforcement has to take place first,” he said. Then the House will address legal immigration and figure out “what to do about the people who are not lawfully here.”
New photos released by Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) from his recent visit to the Rio Grande Valley border patrol sector in Texas reveals more details on the ongoing surge of illegal border crossings. Contrary to statements from the Obama Administration, saying the surge is of mostly women and children trying to escape violence in Central America, the pictures show a pretty even mix of women, children, and working-aged men who have been detained by Border Patrol officers.
For nearly a month, the Southwest border, and especially the Rio Grande Valley sector in Texas, has been overrun by illegal border crossings, many of which have been unaccompanied minors while Americans have been forced to sit back and watch. That starts to change today as the House of Representatives brings the Department of Defense Authorization Act of 2015 to the floor, and a few Members are offering amendments to provide some relief to the Border Patrol's efforts.
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) has sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner regarding the situation along the Southwest border where thousands of unaccompanied minors are streaming across the border illegally.
Late afternoon on Saturday, June 7, 2014, a message resonated loudly at the Republican Party of Texas 2014 Convention, a message to all Texas elected officials and to the “Inside the Beltway” DC political elite: Place Americans first. Secure our borders. Uphold current U.S. laws. Read about the defeat of the anti-American worker "Texas Solution."
A Texas TV station reports the Border Patrol is releasing women and children that recently entered the United States illegally if they are considered no threat to national security. The agency confirmed the releases, explaining the decision was prompted by an uptick in border apprehensions and already crowded detention facilities.
If you were to do a quick Google news search of “California drought and population growth,” you’d be lucky to find more than a few passing statements buried deep within articles regurgitating the same information. All of the news coverage on the devastating drought focuses on short-term problems and shallow solutions. Most writing about the drought assume that population growth is a factor that won’t help California’s water shortage. Unfortunately, I have yet to find any news coverage that attempts to come up with real solutions to rapid population growth in the We
In a Telemundo interview that will air Jan. 12th, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte says he sees “no reason” why illegal aliens shouldn’t be legalized if border and interior enforcement measures are “up and operating.” Goodlatte also broadly discusses the GOP immigration principles Speaker Boehner said will be released soon.
Jeh Johnson, who President Obama nominated to head up the Department of Homeland Security, defended the Senate’s comprehensive amnesty bill in a letter to Republican senators. The letter also defended the Administration’s use of prosecutorial discretion to forego deportation for certain groups of illegal aliens.
Chairwoman for the bipartisan immigration commission Barbara Jordan said the United States can't have a credible immigration system without controlling illegal immigration. A new poll from Rasmussen finds that the vast majority of Americans agree with her statement. Asked if the U.S. government is "too aggressive or not aggressive enough in deporting those that are in the country illegally," 60% said the country isn't aggressive enough.
Rep. Paul Gosar, who represents a district in Arizona much impacted by illegal immigration, has challenged Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to tour the border after he called immigration reform "one of the biggest civil rights issues of our time" and called for immigration reform that included more foreign workers.
A change in the way ICE counts Border Patrol apprehensions has allowed the Obama Adminstration to claim they are deporting a record number of illegal aliens
During his press briefing on Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner said that he's "hopeful" the House will move on immigration legislation before the end of the year. With House Republicans sticking to the mantra of border security before amnesty, it's likely the chamber will soon act on H.R.1417, the McCaul-Jackson Lee "border security" bill. Our legislative analyst Grant Newman has dissected the legislation, and he reports that the bill won't secure the border and even weakens existing law.
A new Rasmussen poll shows that American voters do not believe that the federal government will secure the borders if a law is passed forcing them to do so.
ICE National Council president Chris Crane has told President Barack Obama that he has no right to push for comprehensive immigration reform.
The unions that represent Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and Citizenship and Immigration Service employees have voiced their opposition to H.R.3141, the Biometric Exit Improvement Act of 2013. Both Unions presidents have sent letters to Members of Congress and the Border Security Subcommittee Chairwoman, Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.), expressing their opposition to the legislation.
The Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council, the union that represents the nation's Border Patrol agents, Shawn Moran, has told Breitbart News that agents are being ordered to stand down and end any pursuit of drug smugglers, human smugglers, and illegal aliens. Moran said the reasons given by the administration are budgetary concerns and to ensure agents aren't working long shifts.
A federal judge ruled that Maricopa County, Arizona cannot use a 2005 anti-smuggling law to criminally charge illegal aliens who paid to be smuggled into the U.S. The law was believed to be an important factor in shifting human smuggling traffic from Arizona to other border states.
As Congress gets back to work following a long August recess, the House appears to be gearing up to vote on its own immigration bills. Rumors on the Hill suggest that a non-controversial border security bill will be the first to see a vote. The lack of controversy, however, is precisely what makes this bill a major problem; it doesn’t actually do anything, aside from weakening current law.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) plans to introduce a comprehensive amnesty bill designed to pressure Republicans to take up the immigration issue during the busy fall schedule. The legislation would combine the bill the Senate Judiciary Committee passed in May with a border-security bill the House Homeland Security Committee passed.
According to a new report from the Pew Hispanic Center, the illegal-alien population may be back on the rise. The Center had reported that the illegal-alien population in the United States had dropped slightly since the recession that started back in 2009. But new data show that the population is back on the rise with nearly 12 million illegal aliens living in the U.S.
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, pledged to move immigration legislation forward despite the busy House fall schedule. Speaking at a House Republican event for Hispanic Heritage Month, Goodlatte said the House’s piecemeal approach to legislating immigration changes would address enforcement and security; legal immigration; and the status of illegal aliens.
A new poll from Rasmussen asked voters whether they think Congress will pass an immigration bill that includes an amnesty for 11 million illegal aliens in 2013, and only 28% of respondents said yes. That number is down from 37% in May and June who thought Congress would pass a bill. Sixty-three percent of respondents thought passage of an amnesty was unlikely in 2013.
During an appearance on CBS's Face the Nation on Sunday, former vice presidential candidate and current Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) said that illegal aliens should not receive work permits until the border is secured and interior enforcement, including E-Verify, is in place. The Schumer-Obama amnesty bill grants instant work permits to the nation's 11 million illegal aliens before any increases in border security or mandatory E-Verify are in place.
An audit of the Department of Homeland Security has found that the agency has lost track of more than 1 million foreign visitors. The foreign citizens came to the United States on temporary visas, but DHS can't confirm that they've actually left the United States. In 1996, Congress mandated the creation of an entry-exit system at all ports of entry to track visa overstayers, but it has yet to be implemented.
A new investigative report from the Arizona Republic has found that the Department of Homeland Security has refused to consider academic analysis of the situation along the Southwest border with Mexico and has refused to move forward with proposed analysis that would provide the agency with much needed data. The report states, "DHS officials don't want to know, and don't want the public to know" what's really happening along the border.
The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO) issued a press release yesterday urging Republican House leadership to forgo plans to provide amnesty for the 11 million illegal aliens in the United States. The organization instead, calls for the House to focus on enforcing the nation's laws.
"The NAFBPO urges the American public to directly request Congressmen John Boehner, Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan to abandon their dreams of amnesty, by whatever name, and get on a realistic track to ensure national security and public safety. That track leads to effective interior enforcement in every jurisdiction in all fifty states. Only then can actual border security and control become possible," the group wrote in the release.
In an interview with Breitbart.com, Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.) made it clear that the federal government should enforce existing immigration laws, secure the border, and mandate E-Verify before even considering an amnesty for the nation's 11 million illegal aliens. Earlier this year, Rep. Barrow introduced the Keeping the Promise of IRCA Act, H.R. 2124, that would fulfill the enforcement provisions in the 1986 amnesty that were never completed. The bill would provide needed resources at the border, allow ICE agents to enforce existing immigration laws, and mandate the use of E-Verify.
The head of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, has announced that she will be stepping down from her post. As Secretary of DHS, Napolitano is tasked with overseeing immigration enforcement in the interior of the nation and at the borders. During her four-year tenure, she drafted memos that grants deferred action to certain illegal aliens through the use of prosecutorial discretion. The memos are subject of a lawsuit filed by a group of ICE agents against her.
Now, we must turn our full efforts to the U.S. House and another huge grassroots effort in July.There is no question that the five-month opposition that the grassroots has waged is having good results in the House, where the Senate bill is facing an increasingly hostile reception. At some point, politicians will no longer be able to look the public in the eye and be allowed by the media to claim that we must have tens of millions more foreign workers to deal with supposed labor shortages.
Chris Crane, the National ICE Council President, today called on Senators to defeat the Corker-Hoeven amendment to S. 744 – the comprehensive amnesty bill. He said that Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) admitted needed interior enforcement provisions are absent, and that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) abandoned his commitment to ICE officers and Sheriffs to repair the bill’s provisions that gut interior enforcement.
If you haven't read the Corker-Hoeven amendment to the Senate immigration bill, you aren't alone. Congress hasn't read it either. The Gang of Eight and the cosponsors of Corker-Hoeven spent the last couple of days boasting about the amendment, and making promises about what it would do, then Majority Leader Reid sent the Senate home with a 1,000-plus-page reading assignment for the weekend. The text of the amendment wasn't released until Friday afternoon. The Senate votes on Monday. Additional handwritten changes to the amendment have yet to be distributed to every Senator.
Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) are preparing a so-called "border surge" amendment for the comprehensive amnesty bill (S. 744) that would add 20,000 Border Patrol Agents in ten years as a precondition for distributing green cards to illegal aliens. But the National Association of Former Border Patrol Agents (NAFBPO) says it would take at least 20 years to identify, train and hire that many Agents unless the process shortchanges proper training and background checks.
The labeling of Sen. John Cornyn’s (R-Tex.) border security amendment as a “poison pill” has prompted Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) to develop a related amendment. But amnesty propenents may see the pair's less flexible provisions as being even more difficult to swallow.