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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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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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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  by  Eric Ruark

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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Immigrant Vetting is "as American as Apple Pie"

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In a speech Monday Donald Trump outlined his proposal for increasing immigrant vetting, which the mainstream media immediately slammed as being “un-American” and “crazy.” But as several notable scholars point out, history and the law are on Mr. Trump’s side, not theirs. For example, as Professor George Borjas of Harvard’s Kennedy School recently quipped “If [they] just do a couple of minutes of googling before reacting, it would become very apparent very quickly that immigrant vetting has a very long tradition in American history.”

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Sen. Sessions: Increasing Refugee Flow Dangerous Given Terrorism-Related Refugee Crimes

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Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said the Obama Administration is exposing the nation to danger by maximizing the intake of refugees from terrorist-producing countries. As evidence, Sen. Sessions cited examples of 20 refugees who were implicated in, or convicted for, terrorism or terrorism-related offenses in recent years. He said refugees should be supported in or close to their countries rather than resettled in the U.S.

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Obama Admin. Grants Temporary Amnesty to Syrians in the U.S. Illegally

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The Obama administration is granting Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Syrians who are currently living in the U.S. illegally. Under this program, the over 8,000 Syrians who illegally crossed the U.S. border or overstayed their visas can stay in the U.S. for another 18 months and gain access to work permits and other legal documents.

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Immigration Court Backlog Reaches Almost Half A Million Pending Cases

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A recent Syracuse University Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report shows that federal immigration courts’ backlog of cases awaiting resolution has reached an all time high of 496,704. A third of those cases involve border surge minors (69,278) and family units (74,502) which have increased as a result of the Obama administration’s catch-and-release policies.

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ICE on Track for Lowest Number of Deportations Since 2006

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A recent ICE enforcement report, released by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, shows that with 75% of FY16 over ICE is on track to complete only 230,000 deportations, the lowest number since 2006. The report showed a decline in all ICE enforcement activity meaning fewer aliens have been put on the deportation track in 2016.

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Number of Syrian Refugees Entering the U.S. Doubled In June

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The number of Syrian refugees entering the U.S. doubled from May to June 2016, from 1,060 in May to 2,381 in June. This brings the total number of Syrian refugees to 5,186 and means Pres. Obama only needs to bring in 1,604 refugees per month through September to reach his goal of 10,000 Syrian refugees for the fiscal year.

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Senate To Vote On Sanctuary City Bill

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Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) has introduced legislation that would limit funds for jurisdictions with sanctuary city polices who refuse to work with immigration officials. The legislation was fast-tracked to the Senate’s calendar, which means it will skip the usual committee process. This makes is likely that the Senate will vote on the bill, though a date has not been set yet.

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FBI Official Named New U.S. Border Patrol Chief

FBI assistant director, Mark Morgan, as the new chief of the U.S. Border Patrol

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, Gil Kerlikowske, has named FBI assistant director, Mark Morgan, as the new chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, though he has no prior experience with the agency. This is the first time in the Border Patrol’s 92-year-old history that the chief has been chosen from outside the agency.

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IG Blames Obama Admin. Policies on Murder of CT Woman

IG Blames Obama Admin. Policies on Murder of CT Woman

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At the request of Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) DHS’ Office of Inspector General released a report showing that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials “could have and should have done more to remove Jean Jacques from this country before he had the chance to brutally murder Casey Chadwick."

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Report: Obama, Past Presidents Barred Entry of Groups Thought Dangerous

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The Daily Caller reports that President Obama and his predecessors on multiple occasions issued executive orders that banned groups of potentially-dangerous people from entering the United States. Obama and others have claimed Donald Trump’s proposed temporarily ban is unconstitutional and un-American but there is clear precedent and authority under current law, the report notes.

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House GOP National Security Plan Features Immigration Enforcement, Better Admissions Screening

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House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., announced a House Republican national security strategy that highlights border security, overhauling the nation’s immigration system, interior immigration enforcement, and improved screening of admissions. Among other things the plan calls for developing the means to track illegal aliens within the U.S., detaining and removing criminal aliens and restoring overall immigration enforcement. The plan also slams President Obama for “utterly false claims that security is improving.”

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Mass. Governor Reverses State Police Sanctuary Policy

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker issued a new policy that allows state police to detain certain removable aliens at the request of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau. The move reverses a sanctuary policy imposed by former Gov. Deval Patrick that barred State Police from honoring ICE detention requests and limited communication between agencies.

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Suspected Terrorist Apprehended After Crossing Southern U.S. Border Illegally

Border Patrol Apprehends Suspected Terrorist

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At least a dozen men from terrorist hotspots in the Middle East have been apprehended after using smuggling rings to illegally enter the U.S. through the southern border. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) obtained documents that confirmed the fears that terrorists are using the southern border and lenient immigration enforcement polices to infiltrate the U.S., contrary to what the Obama administration has claimed.

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UN Director: Syrians Leaving For Educational Opportunities Not Fleeing From War

Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva Syrian Migrants Not Refugees

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The Obama Administration continues to work towards reaching its goal of accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees before the end of the fiscal year, but a top U.N official said last week that most of those fleeing Syria are not refugees at all. Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, said most Syrians are fleeing to pursue educational opportunities.

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