Eliminate Visa Lottery

The visa lottery program was established in 1990 and awards approximately 50,000 permanent resident visas to foreign nationals by conducting a random lottery. According to testimony of the State Department’s Inspector General during the 109th Congress, “the Diversity Visa program contains significant risks to national security from hostile intelligence officers, criminals, and terrorists attempting to use the program for entry into the United States as permanent residents.”

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NumbersUSA Endorses Gen. Kelly for Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security

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The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin confirmation hearings this week for Pres.-elect Donald Trump's Secretary of Homeland Security nominee Gen. John Kelly. In advance of the hearing, NumbersUSA President and Founder Roy Beck sent the following letter of endorsement to Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.)

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NumbersUSA endorses Sen. Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

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The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin confirmation hearings next week for Pres.-elect Donald Trump's Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama. In advance of the hearing, NumbersUSA President and Founder Roy Beck sent the following letter of endorsement to Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley.

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Congress Renewed EB-5 Investor Visa in CR

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At the beginning of the month Congress renewed the EB-5 visa program, which was set to expire, for another four-and-a-half months when they passed their continuing resolution. This visa program has been impaired by fraud and abuse and while most of the lawmakers agree that the program needs to be reformed they could not agree on what type of reforms and so they punted the decision to the new incoming administration and Congress.

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Sen. Cotton: Make Immigration Policy Benefit American Workers

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In a New York Times op-ed entitled “Fix Immigration. It’s What Voters Want” Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., argues President-elect Trump “has a clear mandate not only to stop illegal immigration, but also to finally cut the generation-long influx of low-skilled immigrants that undermines American workers.” He says the nation needs an immigration policy that focuses less on powerful special interests and more on everyone else.

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Puzder: 'I will fiercely defend American workers'

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Pres.-elect Donald Trump's nomination of Andy Puzder for Labor Secretary alarmed immigration-reduction activists with his past support for the Gang of 8 amnesty bill that would have tripled the number of lifetime work permits issued over 10 years. But Puzder released a statement over the weekend declaring his commitment to Trump's campaign pledge to protect American workers and their wages from foreign worker competition.

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Report: Carnival Joins List of Companies Forcing American Workers to Train Guest Worker Replacements

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Breitbart reports Carnival Cruise Line workers in Florida, California and Washington State were told they will be terminated on February 3rd and must train their foreign replacements. Carnival denies the workers’ claims but the company admitted it is shifting technology operations to Capgemini, a French firm that has helped U.S. companies import thousands of guest workers to fill middle-class jobs.

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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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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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CIS: Total Immigrant Population Hits Record High of 43.3 Million in 2015

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A new Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) report analyzed the latest American Community Survey (ACS) data, conducted by the Census Bureau, and found that the immigrant population (legal and illegal) hit a record high of 43.3 million with about 1.5 million new immigrants settling in the U.S. each year.

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H-4 Visa Work Permit Lawsuit Dismissed

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U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan dismissed a challenge to a DHS rule allowing the spouses of H-1B guest workers to get work permits. Save Jobs USA, a group of former Southern California Edison tech workers, alleged the rule would create more job competition for those already facing substantial H-1B competition but the judge said the plaintiff failed to prove H-4 visa holders would displace Save Jobs USA workers.

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Number of Adult Immigrants Quadrupled in 232 Counties from 1990 to 2014

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A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies uses data from the 1990 and 2000 Censes and 2010-2014 the American Community Survey (ACS) to show how the adult immigrant population (illegal and legal) has grown from 1990 to 2014 at the county level. The analysis shows that in 232 U.S. counties the number of adult immigrants has quadrupled in 14 years.

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Grassley, Leahy: Reform EB-5 or Let it Expire

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., told Senate leadership they oppose a straight reauthorization of the fraud-ridden EB-5 visa program in a FY17 continuing resolution (CR) or appropriations bill. The program must be reformed or allowed to expire on September 30th, they said.

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New L-1 Visa Form Asks Foreign Workers for More Details About Past Employment

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a new I-129S form that will ask for specific details about a foreign workers’ prior work history in an effort to address fraud concerns. The new form has doubled in length from four pages to eight in order to gather information, especially in determining what “specialized knowledge” an applicant has and if it meets the L-1 visa conditions.

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Proposed Rule Again Tests Limits of USCIS 'Discretion'

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is proposing a rule that relies on the agency’s parole authority to give foreign nationals temporary permission to be in the United States to “start or scale their businesses.” Current law allows USCIS to use parole authority in dire, individual humanitarian cases, not to benefit broad categories of beneficiaries. As such the proposal, like the court-blocked DAPA/extended DACA amnesty, directly challenges the limits of agency discretion under immigration law.

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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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Cisco Will Lay off 5,500 American Workers While Pushing for More Foreign Workers

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Cisco Systems, Inc., a giant tech company, plans on laying off 5,500 employees or about 7% of its global workforce starting in the next few weeks. The Cisco company has been a champion for increasing H-1B visas and is currently the 28th biggest user of H-1Bs in the U.S.

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Immigrant Vetting is "as American as Apple Pie"

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  by  Van Esser

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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Summer Vacation Report: Immigration Problems in Bahamian Paradise

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  by  Van Esser

Having just returned from a week-long vacation in The Bahamas with my family, I’d like to report back on some unexpected immigration-related findings. It seems that The Bahamas – a true paradise filled with gorgeous vistas and wonderful people – is subject to the same kind of illegal and legal immigration problems that plague the United States. We spoke to many native Bahamians and, when the conversation turned to employment, virtually all complained about foreign nationals, especially guest workers, taking jobs.

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Tech Companies Perpetuate Education Myth in Order to Increase H-1B Visas 

Microsoft Perpetuate Education Myth

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Microsoft hosted a mini-conference last week, which was attended by other tech companies such as Facebook and Amazon, that claimed that the U.S. should increase the number of H-1B visas because other countries, such as India, produce better IT professionals than American schools. However, evidence shows that the hundred of thousands of H-1B professionals that come to the U.S. every year are less educated than American workers.

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India to Challenge Visa Reductions in International Court

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India says it will contest a bill to reform the H-1B and L-1 visa programs, if passed, saying it would violate international trade agreements. Last week, Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) introduced the H-B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2016 that would prevent companies from misusing these visas to replace American workers.

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David Brooks: Immigration System Has Been 'Overflooded'

David Brooks, a New York Times columnist

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During ‘PBS NewsHour’ on Friday David Brooks, a New York Times columnist, attributed high immigration levels as a root cause of the Brexit vote and that similar attitudes can be found in the U.S. He said, “I’m as pro-immigration as the day is long, but we’ve asked a lot of people who are suffering in this economy to accept extremely, radically high immigration levels. And we’ve probably overflooded the system.”

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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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American Workers Replaced By Foreign H-1B Workers Speak Out

The New York Times

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As the trend of replacing American workers with cheaper, foreign labor through H-1B visas continues to escalate, the New York Times has found some workers who are willing to speak out about how it affects their job opportunities and wages. In some cases, the American workers were forced to train their replacements for months in order to receive their severance pay when they were eventually laid off.

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Foreign work visas are band-aids covering over systemic problems keeping Americans from being self-supporting

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  by  Roy Beck

When Baltimore, Maryland and Ferguson, Missouri exploded in civil unrest the last two years, police incidents were the catalysts. But many commentators, including Pres. Obama, suggested that joblessness and economic hopelessness – especially among the young – were the fuel that sustained the street rage.

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Senate Hearing Shows No Labor Shortage To Support H-2B Visa Increase

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Expert witnesses told a Senate panel on Wednesday that there is no evidence to support the idea that H-2B visa workers fill in labor shortages for jobs that employers claim "Americans will not do". The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest held the hearing to discuss how the H-2B visa impacts American job opportunities and wages before a likely debate over the issue in Congress this summer.

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Tesla Motors Misuses B-1 Visas To Import Cheap Labor

Tesla Motors B-1 Visa

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A new investigative report showed that Tesla Motors’ contract company, Eisenmann, paid a smaller Slovenian company, Vuzem, to hire foreign workers through the B-1 visa program. The companies misrepresented the foreign workers in order to obtain the visas so they could import cheaper, foreign labor instead of hiring American workers.

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Sen. Sessions Sends Letter To Senate Appropriators To Stop H-2B Increase

Sen. Jeff Sessions H-2B Appropriations letter

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Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, sent a letter to top Senate Appropriators in an effort to stop a bid by House and Senate Members to make the H-2B increase provision, that was passed in last year’s omnibus bill, permanent.

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MPI: Refugee Children Receive Welfare at Higher Rate than U.S. Children

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The Migration Policy Institute released a recent report showing that “more children of refugees receive cash assistance (and other welfare benefits) than other U.S. children.” Around 30% of refugee children receive welfare benefits compared to 26% of nonrefugee immigrant children.

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Justice Department Settles Claims Involving Discrimination Against American Workers

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The Justice Department announced a settlement agreement with Barrios Street Realty Inc. concerning claims that the Lockport, Louisiana-based company discriminated against Americans by hiring foreign H-2B workers. Of the settlement, a department spokesperson Gupta said, “Federal law prohibits employers from discriminating against U.S. workers in hiring.

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Witnesses Tell Senate Panel That High Immigration Levels Hurt American Workers

Sen. Jeff Sessions Immigration and American Workers Hearing

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The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest held a hearing yesterday to discuss the impact that high immigration levels have on U.S. workers. The hearing, led by Chairman Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), discussed how high levels of immigration decrease wages and diminish job opportunities for American workers.

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