Improve Border Enforcement

The Department of Homeland Security reported in December that they reached their target of 18,000 border patrol agents protecting the land and sea borders of the United States, most of who are stationed along the U.S.-Mexico border. The border patrol uses a variety of tools to deter and apprehend smugglers and potential illegal immigrants, including using dune buggies to combat drug smuggling on the California-Baja California border, mounted patrols to combat human smugglers, and helicopters equipped with thermal imaging devices to find illegal alien convoys at night.

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Military Veteran: The ENLIST Act Threatens National Security

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In this Real Clear Defense op-ed, military veteran Robin Boggs denounces Rep. Jeff Denham’s (R-Calif.) ENLIST Act saying it would not improve military readiness. The ENLIST Act would give illegal aliens who meet certain requirements Legal Permanent Residence (LPR) status if they join the military. The amnesty bill currently has over 200 sponsors and several have tried to sneak the bill into the defense budget.

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July Border Apprehensions Down 47% from Last Year

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The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) just released a new report showing that border apprehensions increased by 15% from June but remains 47% lower than July 2016. July saw the highest number of border apprehensions since Pres. Trump took office though total apprehensions are still 22% lower than the same time period in FY16.

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Slight Increase in Border Apprehensions in May, Still Lower Than FY16

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The latest U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) report shows that border apprehensions increased by 27% from last month but remains 64% lower than May 2016. The CBP concluded that this seasonal uptick matches historical trends and expects the number to increase through the summer months.

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Obama Admin. Knowingly Admitted At Least 16 MS-13 Gang Members into the U.S.

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A Customs and Border Protection whistleblower turned over documents showing that under the Obama administration CBP officials released at least 16 teenagers they knew had ties to the deadly MS-13 gang. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said the documents showed that the teenagers were caught crossing the border in 2014 but then were shipped to juvenile homes across the country.

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Rep. Labrador Introduces Davis-Oliver Act

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House Judiciary Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Vice-Chairman Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) introduced the Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act (H.R. 2431) yesterday that would strengthen interior enforcement. The bill would protect and encourage jurisdictions to cooperate with ICE detainer requests and would target sanctuary jurisdictions by withholding federal grants. The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a markup of the bill on Thursday.

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DHS IG Report: Overloaded Deportation Officers Missing Opportunities

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A new report from the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General found that ICE deportation officers are so overloaded that they lose track of aliens that have been released pending their deportation, including some posing national security risks. Under the Obama Administration, deportation officers based in Washington, D.C., handled more than 10,000 released deportable aliens per person on average, while those in Atlanta averaged more than 5,000 released to the streets. Due to caseload and lack of direction, “ICE is almost certainly not deporting all the aliens who could be deported and will likely not be able to keep up with growing numbers of deportable aliens,” the report said.

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Texas AG Leads 15-State Coalition to Support Pres. Trump's Revised Immigration Order

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with 13 other state attorneys general and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, have filed a friend-of-the-court amicus brief to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals supporting Pres. Trump’s revised executive order. The executive order was blocked by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit before its March 16 start date.

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47 ICE Detainer Requests Declined by Sanctuary Jurisdictions Last Week

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Sanctuary Jurisdictions declined 47 detainer requests last week that had been issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. These jurisdictions rejected detainer requests for illegal aliens who had been charged or convicted with crimes, including domestic violence, sexual assault, and assault.

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Rasmussen Poll: Likely Voters Believe that Sanctuary Policies Make Their Communities Less Safe

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Rasmussen Reports released a poll on Friday showing that a plurality of likely U.S. voters believe that sanctuary city polices make their communities less safe. Only 17% said that they believe that these policies make their communities more safe.

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AG Sessions: Admin Will Withhold Federal Funding from Sanctuary Jurisdictions

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced during yesterday's White House press briefing that the administration will begin withholding federal funding from jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration laws. Pres. Trump’s Jan. 25 executive order instructed DHS to identify sanctuary jurisdictions and federal funding that could be cut off to these jurisdictions.

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Pres. Trump Signs Revised Refugee Executive Order

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Pres. Donald Trump signed a new executive order today that rescinds his Jan. 27 refugee order reworking several of the original provisions while keeping others intact. The new order, which goes into effect on March 16, will pause the issuance of new visas for six countries identified as hot spots for terror for 90 days, pause the refugee resettlement program for 120 days, and cap overall refugee resettlement for FY2017 at 50,000.

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Five Countries Listed in Trump EO Refuse to Repatriate Deported Aliens

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Five of the seven countries included in Pres. Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order are on the list of recalcitrant countries who refuse to repatriate deported aliens, and the administration could block the issuance of new visas to these countries under current law, according to the Immigration Reform Law Institute. Additionally, an earlier executive order signed by Pres. Trump called for blocking visas to recalcitrant countries.

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72 Terrorists Came to U.S. from Terror Hot Spots

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The Center of Immigration Studies (CIS) has reviewed a Senate report on individuals convicted in terror cases since 9/11 and found that 72 individuals came from one of the seven countries listed in Pres. Trump’s executive order as a hot spot for terror. His order was blocked by both a Federal District Judge James Robart and the Ninth Circuit Court last week. Judge Robart claimed that there was no evidence that individuals from these countries posed a national security risk.

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Ninth Circuit Chooses Politics Over National Security

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) issued by Federal District Judge James Robart against Pres. Trump's Jan. 27 executive order. While the Ninth Circuit's job in this ruling was simply to decide whether the executive order was lawful and constitutional, it essentially ignored that question and based its decision on politics.

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Federal Courts Block Trump EO

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Two federal courts blocked Pres. Trump's immigration executive order that pauses both the refugee resettlement program and the entry of immigrants and nonimmigrants from seven countries identified by Congress and Pres. Obama as hot spots for terror. In response, the Trump administration said it will honor the rulings, but that it will continue to fight for the executive order in court.

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Fact Sheet: Trump's Executive Order on Protecting America from Foreign Terrorists

This is a downloadable fact sheet about what Pres. Trump’s Protecting America from Foreign Terrorists executive order actually does versus the inflated myths that have been circulated. This fact sheet was authored by NumbersUSA’s Director of Gov't Relations, Rosemary Jenks.

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'Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry': The Basics of Pres. Trump's Executive Order

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On Friday, January 27, President Trump signed an executive order regarding the admittance of individuals from certain countries that Congress previously identified as posing security risks to the United States.

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Trump & DHS respond to media outrage by reasserting priority of security in new order on refugees

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Less than 48 hours after issuing an executive order pausing the U.S. refugee resettlement program, both Pres. Trump and the Department of Homeland Security issued statements indicating no openness to backing down in the face of intense news media criticism.

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Rep. Babin Introduces Criminal Alien Deportation Enforcement Act

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This week Rep. Brian Babin re-introduced his Criminal Alien Deportation Enforcement Act (H.R. 82), which would cut foreign aid and travel visas to countries who refuse to accept their illegal criminal aliens back into their country after they have been ordered deported from the U.S. Rep. Babin first introduced this bill 2016 and the bill received 52 cosponsors.

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DHS Nominee Kelly Vows to 'Faithfully Execute the Laws on the Books'

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Appearing in a confirmation hearing yesterday, Homeland Security Secretary nominee Gen. John Kelly called for a multifaceted approach to securing the border and criticized the Obama Administration for giving “a pass” to most illegal aliens. He said that the law would "guide” his decisions if confirmed, and that he would “rapidly” process illegal aliens for return to the countries.

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Sanctuary Cities Released Over 2,000 Criminal Illegal Aliens in 2016

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According DHS’ official 2016 immigration enforcement report sanctuary cities released over 2,000 criminal illegal aliens back into their communities instead of working with ICE. This presents security concerns since under the Obama administration ICE only goes after the most serious criminal aliens.

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Conway: No Immigration Policies Based on Religion

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Kellyanne Conway, the newly-named counselor to President-elect Donald Trump, said the incoming Administration will not develop policies triggering heightened security based on an individual’s religious affiliation. She said Mr. Trump’s policies will instead focus on heightened vetting for individuals from terrorism-producing countries.

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Chairman McCaul Outlines Homeland Security Overhaul

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House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Tex., unveiled a plan to overhaul homeland security that includes: “extreme vetting” of foreign travelers; revamping the visa application process; immediate suspension of all immigration, including refugees, from high-risk areas; building a wall and increasing border assets; ending catch-and-release policies; reforming asylum standards; deporting criminal aliens; ending sanctuary cities; implementing a full entry-exit system; re-examining guest-worker programs; and mandating E-Verify.

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Former Southern Command Chief Gen. John Kelly Selected for DHS Secretary

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Multiple media reports say President-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired Gen. John F. Kelly to head up the Department of Homeland Security. Before retiring, Gen. Kelly served as Chief of Southern Command, which oversees military operations across Central and South America and the Caribbean.

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Rep. Babin Calls on Congress to Deny Refugee Resettlement Funding Increase

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Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) wrote an op-ed in The Daily Caller calling on Congress to deny Pres. Obama’s demand to increase funding to the refugee resettlement program to $3.9 billion. This is nearly a 250% increase that will support settling refugees and illegal alien border-crossers in the United States.

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Goodlatte: Background-Check Failure Causes Feds to Suspend Citizenship Approvals

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., today exposed that USCIS halted naturalization ceremonies and stopped accepting new citizenship applications after it learned that its computerized case management system had not run FBI background checks on certain citizenship applicants. Earlier this year the DHS Inspector General revealed that the system had issued hundreds of green cards to incorrect names and addresses, sparking national security fears.

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Judiciary Chairmen Criticize Obama's Unilateral Acceptance of Migrants Barred from Australia

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, criticized secret negotiations between the Obama Administration and Australia for the resettlement of migrants from terrorist-producing countries refused under the latter’s border blockade policy. The migrants are from Iran and Sudan -- both State Department-designated state sponsors of terrorism -- plus Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, and Iraq. 

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Maryland Sheriff to Screen for Dangerous Aliens in Jail Under 287(g) Program

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Harford County, Maryland Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler signed a 287(g) federal/local partnership agreement that will allow his deputies to screen for illegal aliens in the county’s jail who have committed crimes that threaten public safety or who otherwise threaten national security. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau had largely shelved the 287(g) Program in an effort to shield illegal aliens from deportation but the gambit also undermined the agency's policy of prioritizing criminal-alien deportations. The Harford County agreement is part of policy reversal meant to shore up the deportation of criminal aliens and save face.

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Repatriation to Recalcitrant Countries, Now Almost a Quarter Million, Still Not Obama Priority

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Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., released data indicating that nearly a quarter of the one million aliens who have final orders of removal come from countries that refuse to accept, or that delay the acceptance of, their nationals from the United States. Although the Obama Administration has options available to take action against these recalcitrant countries, these aliens are being released to the streets every day and committing crimes, Sen. Sessions says.

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Senate Hearing Shows Security Holes in Screening Process for Refugees

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The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest held a hearing yesterday to discuss Pres. Obama’s plan to increase the number of refugees to 110,000 next year, despite security risks that the vetting process presents. In the hearing Obama administration officials admitted that asylum seekers were granted refugee status in the U.S. solely on their own testimony and that refugees have been caught committing terrorism offenses in the U.S.

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3 House Members Demand DHS Revoke U.S. Citizenship to the Illegal Aliens who had Deportation Orders

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Reps. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) have sent letters to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson to investigate and revoke the over 1,800 illegal aliens who were mistakenly given U.S. citizenship due to the lack of information sharing and system failures in DHS. These actions are in response to the inspector general report that showed that over 800 illegal aliens who had orders of deportation were granted citizenship because their fingerprints had not been uploaded to the digital database.

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Leaked Memo: Refugee Fraud 'Easy to Commit,' 'Prevalent'

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, released an internal DHS memo they obtained saying the agency relaxed its requirements for refugees to prove who they are, which makes fraud “easy to commit” and hard to detect. In joint-panel testimony, ICE Director Sarah Saldana denied ever seeing the memo but the news could undermine the Administration’s push for more refugees from terror-producing countries.

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Obama Pushes Refugee Resettlement at U.N., Ignores Growing U.S. Resistance

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President Barack Obama attended a United Nations conference on refugees and migrants, and hosted a summit on refugees, where he pushed attending nations to expand resettlement and financial commitments. Obama touted his plans to increase U.S. resettlement, which are faring better on the world stage than at home.

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Over 800 Illegal Aliens with Deportation Orders Were Granted Citizenship

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DHS’ inspector general released an audit on Monday that showed that around 858 illegal aliens who had pending deportation orders were mistakenly granted citizenship. These illegal aliens, many of whom are from countries that pose national security concerns, were able to commit fraud since DHS did not have their fingerprints on file to check their identity.

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Resettlement Orgs Ask Obama for 100% Increase in FY17 Refugee/Related Admissions

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A group of 41 “non-governmental organizations” that assist refugees worldwide, including four directly involved in U.S. refugee resettlement, urged President Obama to commit to accepting 200,000 refugee and humanitarian admissions in fiscal year (FY) 2017 – a 100 percent increase over the projected FY17 level he established last year. While the president has the authority to establish the yearly refugee target, Congress must decide whether to provide funds to resettle that or an alternative number.

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Poll: Large Majorities of Voters, Immigrants Support Trump's Immigrant-Vetting Proposal

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Breitbart News reports a new Morning Consult poll found that 62 percent of voters, and 61 percent of new U.S. immigrants, support Donald Trump’s proposal to conduct ideological screening as part of immigrant vetting. First and second generation Americans registered slightly higher levels of support.

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Chairman Goodlatte: DOJ Ignoring Immigration Fraud

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House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., slammed the Department of Justice (DOJ) for refusing to investigate over 3,700 asylum cases in which the grantee was represented by attorneys convicted of perpetrating asylum fraud. He called the agency’s refusal “outrageous” and suggested it would embolden “aliens who already have an incentive to lie to obtain an immigration benefit.”

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