News

GAO: 40% of Fires on U.S.- Mexico Border Caused by Illegal Aliens

Published:  

The Government Accountability Office released a new report, stating that between 2006-2010, illegal aliens started 40% if the human-ignited wildfires along the U.S. - Mexico border. The study was carried out by the independent GAO, the investigative arm of the Congress, at the request of Senator John McCain of Arizona. The GAO investigated 77 of the reported 422 human-caused fires. Of the 77 fires investigated, federal officals concluded that 30 were ignited by illegal border crossers. 

News

NAFBPO Calls for New Immigration Policy to be Rescinded

Published:  

The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO) released a statement early last week voicing their opposition to President Obama's plan to individually review the deportation cases of 300,000 illegal aliens. The plan will permit hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens to remain in the U.S. despite their involvement in deportation proceedings.

Blog

Congress Steps up Efforts in 2nd Quarter

Jonathan Osborne's picture

Published:  

  by  Jonathan Osborne

Last week marked the end of the second quarter of the 112th Congress. While the first quarter was somewhat lethargic, the second quarter has proven to be very productive, even if some of the Freshman Members still require a remedial education. Indeed, some of these freshmen campaigned on strong “true reformer” immigration messages, yet have done nothing but make procedural/party-line votes and colorful excuses since joining the Congress.

News

END VISA LOTTERY: 3 More Bill Co-Sponsors (Forbes, McKinley & Posey)

Reps. Forbes, McKinley & Posey

Published:  

Reps. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), David McKinley (R-W.V.), and Bill Posey (R-Fla.) have co-sponsored the bi-partisan SAFE for America Act of 2011 that would end the Visa Lottery. The Visa Lottery issues 50,000 green cards based on "random selection" instead of humanitarian need, family connection, or other economic or cultural value to the United States.

News

Sen. Grassley and Rep. Smith Say REAL ID Delay Endangers American Lives

Sen. Grassley & Rep. Smith

Published:  

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep Lamar Smith (R-Texas) have sent a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano criticizing her decision to delay the implementation of REAL ID by 20 months. States were supposed to be REAL ID compliant by May of this year, but the deadline has been extended to January 15, 2013.

News

CIS: Nearly 200,000 Children Born in U.S. to Temporary Foreign Visitors

Published:  

A new report by the Center for Immigration Studies finds that 200,000 children were born to women who were lawfully admitted to the United States on a temporary basis. These 200,000 children receive automatic citizenship to the United States despite the mother's allegiance to another nation. The Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 (H.R.140) would end the practice of birthright citizenship.

Blog

Napolitano tells Congress we have historic control of the border. The House says otherwise.

Jonathan Osborne's picture

Published:  

  by  Jonathan Osborne

Last month, the Government Accountability Office issued a report saying that the Department of Homeland Security had less than 50 percent 'operational control' of the Southwest Border. The House Homeland Security Committee brought in DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to discuss the findings of the report, but instead, the Members and Napolitano quibbled over the definition of 'operational control'.

News

New GAO Report Says Less Than Half of Southwest Border is Secure

Published:  

A new study from the Government Accountability Office finds that less than half of the 2,000-mile border with Mexico is "operationally controlled" by the Border Patrol. The study says the Southwest border with Mexico "is vulnerable to cross-border illegal activity." The study evaluated the Border Patrol's ability to detect and respond to cross-border illegal activity and detect and respond to illegal activity at the border or after entry into the United States.

Blog

House Homeland Security Subcommittee Tries to Create a Definition for 'Border Control'

Jonathan Osborne's picture

Published:  

  by  Jonathan Osborne

The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security hosted a hearing Tuesday morning on the definition of “Operational Control” of the border. With new rumors of an immigration bill developing in the Senate, it has become important to define the meaning of “operational control.” Chairwoman Candice Miller (R-Mich) even admitted that “it’s starting to become a buzz word…but we really don’t know what it means.”

Blog

DHS Says Border is More Secure Than Ever; Doesn't Mean More Can't Be Done

Chris Chmielenski's picture

Published:  

  by  Chris Chmielenski

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano was in El Paso, Texas earlier this week where she once again insisted that the Southwestern border is more secure now than ever before. While statistics show how that might be true, uncontrollable illegal crossings will continue without a broader enforcement solution that includes E-Verify.

News

Napolitano Advises Afghanis on Securing Border

Published:  

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano is visiting Afghanistan with a contingent of border security and customs officials to advise their Afghan counterparts on border control, according to a DHS press release. Her surprise visit comes before charges have been filed in the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry near the U.S. border.

News

15 Million Apply for Visa Lottery

Published:  

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a record 15 million people applied this year for the visa lottery – a program that hands out 50,000 green cards per year based on chance. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R –Va.), the author of a bill to terminate the visa lottery, says the program threatens national security, results in the unfair administration of our immigration laws, and encourages a cottage industry for fraudulent opportunists.

Blog

New CIS Video Exposes Security Weaknesses on Southwest Border

Chris Chmielenski's picture

Published:  

  by  Chris Chmielenski

Over the past two weeks, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have called their respective chambers back to Washington from the summer recess to pass a $600 million border-spending bill. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano decreed the border secure with the supplemental funding, but a new video released by the Center for Immigration Studies shows quite a different reality.

News

Wall Street Journal Story Captures Border Fear

Glenn Spencer (Courtesy: American Border Patrol)

Published:  

A Wall Street Journal article from guest columnist Leo Banks (Tuscon Weekly) captures the fear for personal safety among residents of the Southwest border. Last week, Banks' visited a service for Arizona rancher Robert Krentz who was recently killed on his property by a suspected illegal alien, and he said that the issue of illegal immigration is different from most Americans.

News

Expansion of Visa Waiver to Greece Could Lead to More Illegal Immigration

US-VISIT Scanner

Published:  

President Barack Obama announced yesterday that Greece would join more than 30 other nations that make up the Visa Waiver program - a program that allows citizens of the country to visit the United States for less than 90 days without a visa. Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee Lamar Smith, however, believes expanding the program to Greece will increase illegal immigration and threaten national security.

News

Congress Considering Rolling back 9/11 Commission Recommendation

Published:  

After the tragic events of eight years ago, the bi-partisan 9/11 Commission recommended changes to our nation's faulty immigration system that allowed terrorists to obtain identification and board planes. It was the one recommendation that Congress acted on, passing the REAL ID Act of 2005. But Congress, as recommended by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, is now considering a repeal of REAL ID.

NumbersUSA News

Officials warn of swine flu deaths in U.S.

Published:  

"Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano echoed the warning and called it "very likely that we will see more serious presentations of illness and some deaths as we go through this flu cycle."

"In a normal seasonal influenza cycle, we would anticipate, across the United States, 35,000 deaths," Ms. Napolitano said. "Of course, this is not a seasonal flu, but I think it would not be unexpected that there will be some more severe illness and some deaths as we proceed forward...." 

NumbersUSA News

Secretary of State Clinton reaches out to Mexico

Published:  

"Rushing to mend rifts with the United States' southern neighbor, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday praised Mexico's progress against drug cartels, offered an olive branch in a fierce trade spat and promised action on the long-dormant issue of immigration reform....

Under President George W. Bush, the White House had championed bills to legalize millions of illegal immigrants currently in the United States. All those attempts failed in Congress.

NumbersUSA News

Fact Sheet: DHS End-of-Year Accomplishments

Published:  

Under President George W. Bush’s leadership, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has achieved considerable success in protecting the nation from dangerous people and goods, securing the nation’s critical infrastructure, strengthening emergency preparedness and response and unifying department operations. More than seven years without an attack on U.S. soil is a testament to this department’s 218,000 employees, the intelligence community and the nation’s first responders and law enforcement officers.

NumbersUSA News

Rep. Lamar Smith: Napolitano Poor on Immigration and Border Security

Published:  

President-Elect Obama’s pick to be secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Arizona Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano, has received media praise for being a “centrist,” while the facts about her record as a policymaker continue to be overlooked. But don’t be fooled by the hype. Gov. Napolitano talks tough, but her record of immigration enforcement is weak. While she may sound pro-enforcement, her policies reflect a pro-amnesty agenda. http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=29922

By Rep.

Blog

Not too Late to Remember our Veterans

Roy Beck's picture

Published:  

  by  Roy Beck

The NumbersUSA staff had a fascinating, meaningful time at our Veterans Day lunch Tuesday, as each person recounted the broad stories of each veteran in his or her family. If you didn't do something like this at your place of work (or if you got the day off), I hope you will encourage it Wednesday. We become a true national community by our shared values and especially by shared sacrifices we make for each other. There are many kinds of sacrifice to celebrate and recount, but this week belongs to the stories of those who donned the uniform in service of our country.

News

LAX Employee Arrested For Illegal-Alien Smuggling

Published:  

An ICE sting operation at LAX airport last week caught a long-term airport employee in the process of helping 15 illegal aliens, including two with criminal records who had previously been deported, skirt customs and immigration checks. ICE officials said they didn't know how long the alleged smuggling had been going on, the Los Angeles Times reports.

News

ICE Arrests 42 Illegal Aliens at Dulles Airport

Published:  

ICE has conducted its second raid of the week at a critical infrastructure facility, this time at Dulles International Airport in Virginia where agents arrested 42 illegal aliens yesterday. Earlier in the week, an ICE raid at a military parachute company in North Carolina resulted in the arrest of 59 illegal aliens. Dulles was the target of a similar operation in 2006 that netted 55 illegal aliens.ICE interviewed more than 200 individuals to verify their identities, immigration status, and eligibility for lawful employment in the U.S., according to a related ICE press release.

News

59 Illegal Aliens Arrested at N.C. Military Parachute Company

Published:  

In what is billed as the largest bust in western North Carolina, ICE took into custody 59 illegal aliens who making parachutes for the U.S. armed forces at the Mills Manufacturing Corp. in Woodfin, North Carolina. A related ICE press release suggests the enforcement action neutralized a potential national security vulnerability.

Pages