MPI: More than 10 Million Foreign Nationals Receive Taxpayer-funded Welfare Benefits
A recent report by the Migration Policy Institute, entitled Chilling Effects: The Expected Public Charge Rule and Its Impact on Legal Immigrant Families' Public Benefits Use, revealed that 10.3 million out of the 22 million foreign nationals in the U.S. receive benefits from at least one welfare program funded by taxpayer dollars. Additionally, 54.2% of foreign national children, age 17 and younger, are granted welfare benefits. The data also showed that 46.3% of foreign national welfare recipients are adults, age 18 to 54, and 47.8% are older than 54.
House GOP Leadership Announces DACA Vote, Delaying Amnesty Discharge Petition
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced that he will bring two immigration bills to the floor next week for a vote. The move managed to persuade two Republicans not to sign a discharge petition that would have forced several no-strings amnesty votes in the House.
D.C. Circuit Reverses District Court's Dismissal of Case Challenging OPT
The D.C. Circuit reversed the dismissal of a case challenging whether or not the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was authorized to create the Optional Practical Training program (OPT) and remanded the case back to the D.C. District Court last Friday. The court ruled against the agency's argument that the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), suing on behalf of American workers harmed by OPT, did not have standing to bring the suit. The court ruled that American workers do not have to prove they were rejected, after applying for a specific job that was later filled bya foreign national with OPT status.
Poll: Voters Dissatisfied with Immigration System Before Midterms
A recent poll was conducted by CBS News/YouGov of registered voters in so-called "battleground" Congressional Districts, or midterm elections for seats in the House of Representatives that the pollsters identified as "competitive" or "likely competitive."
Bipartisan Group of Senators Oppose DHS's Approval of 15,000 More H-2B Guest Workers
Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) requested in a letter addressed to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and DOL Secretary Alex Acosta that both the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) provide a written report, explaining in detail their departments' decision to expand the H-2B program.
Six Georgia Counties Sign 287(g) Agreements With ICE
Six Georgia counties have recently signed 287(g) agreements with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) today, bringing the total number of agreements to 66.
ICE Targets Ohio-based Landscaping Company for Hiring Illegal Aliens
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested 114 illegal aliens during raids today at Corso's Flower & Garden Center, an Ohio-based landscaping company. ICE agents raided two of the landscaping business' locations -- one in the city of Sandusky and the other in the city of Castilia -- where ICE Spokesperson Khaalid Walls said that agents seized "a large volume of business documents" as part of the investigation.
Employment Grows Twice as Fast for Foreign Nationals Than American Workers
A recent 2018 jobs report, released by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), shows that employment for all foreign workers in the U.S. increased by 3%, while employment for all American workers increased a little less than 1.5%. The data also shows a much higher growth rate of employment for foreign national men -- an increase of 2.7% -- compared to employment for American-born men -- a 1.7% increase.
Rep. Curbelo Files Discharge Petition for Rep. Denham's 'Queen of the Hill' Resolution
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) filed a Discharge Petition on May 9 for Rep. Jeff Denham's (R-Calif.) resolution (H.Res. 774) that will force a series of votes in the House on several DACA amnesty proposals. Twenty-three other House Republicans have signed the Petition in addition to Rep. Curbelo. So far, 193 Democrats have signed the petition bringing the total number of signers to 216 out of the 218 needed for the Petition to succeed.