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17- Month OPT Extension Set To Expire

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The Optional Practical Training (OPT) program’s 17-month extension for foreign STEM students will expire on February 12, 2016 unless the Department of Homeland Security asks a federal district court for an extension. The program allows foreign students to work in the United States for a short period of time after graduation to gain experience before returning to their home country, but the extension was put on hold by a federal court earlier this year.

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Sens. Cruz and Sessions introduce strong H-1B reform bill

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Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) have introduced the American Jobs First Act, S.2394, that would make dramatic improvements to the H-1B visa program, including the establishment of a minimum salary and the creation of a cooling off period that would prevent employers from using the program within two years of employee strikes, lay-offs, furloughs, or other types of non-voluntary, not-for-cause dismissals. The legislation would also end the visa lottery.

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Camarota: NAS Report Lacks Balance

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  by  Eric Ruark

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) has published a report, The Integration of Immigrants into American Society, 50 years after the passage of the Hart-Cellar Act, which eventually resulted in an almost four-fold increase in immigration to the United States. The recent NAS report is similar to one it published in 1997 in that it trumpets the positives of immigration while ignoring the negative consequences of expansionist immigration policies. The report 18 years ago played up the fact that adding millions of immigrants “grows the economy” simply by increasing annual GDP, and it downplayed the enormous fiscal burdens and effects on American workers that result.

The new report deals with issues of assimilation, or as the NAS terms it, integration. Steven Camarota at the Center for Immigration Studies looked at the report and has written up his initial thoughts. Camarota, who is one of the nation’s foremost experts on U.S. immigration policy, was disappointed in the lack of balance in the NAS “findings.”

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Pres. Obama's Executive Action to Increase Work Permits for Foreign Workers

Obama Leaked Amnesty Memo Foreign Workers

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A leaked memo reveals that Pres. Obama’s new executive action will fast-track thousands of work permits to green card applicants, even if the applicant is in the country illegally. This program will increase the number of foreign citizens who are able to obtain an employment authorization document (EAD) and work in the United States. 

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Speaker Boehner to Resign Leaving Checkered Immigration Legacy

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Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced this morning he will resign from Congress at the end of October. The Speaker leaves behind a long history of pressing his caucus to legalize illegal aliens and increase already historically-high legal immigration levels. This, and his lack of interest in fighting President Obama’s executive amnesties, led to some of the biggest clashes within the House Republican Caucus.

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World Vision: Goal is Securing Refugees for Eventual Return Home, Not Resettlement

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In a recent interview with an Australian news outlet Tim Costello, CEO of the humanitarian organization World Vision, said the best way to handle the European refugee crisis is to secure the refugees in place so they can eventually return to their own countries. He dismissed resettlement as a primary goal because the refugees “want to go back home, not come [to Austrialia], not go to Europe.”

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GAO Says EB-5 Visa Program At Risk For Fraud

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A recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that the EB-5 Visa program is at risk for fraud and is not providing the economic benefits it was supposed to create. The EB-5 visa program, which allows foreigners to obtain green cards if they invest at least $500,000 in American businesses, was designed to help create jobs and increase foreign investment in the U.S. economy.

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Another Company Forces Laid Off Employees to Train Foreign-Worker Replacements

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In a continuation of a troubling trend, a Florida based company was found to be replacing American IT workers with foreign-workers this week. Catalina Marketing has replaced about 50 IT workers in favor of H-1B visa holders from one of the largest outsourcing firms used by companies in the U.S., Mindtree.

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Sen. Ted Cruz to oppose TPA without meaningful immigration provision

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) wrote an op-ed today for Breitbart.com, announcing that he will oppose the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill passed by the House unless it includes Sen. Jeff Sessions' (R-Ala.) amendment that unequivocally prohibits trade agreements from allowing new foreign workers to take U.S. jobs. The announcement represents a reversal in position for Sen. Cruz.

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After House Passage, Trade Promotion Authority Faces Senate Hurdles

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Using procedural sleight-of-hand, the House passed Trade Promotion Authority legislation that would facilitate the passage of trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and could lead to guest worker increases without congressional input. The measure now moves to the Senate, where it could face a filibuster during debate next week.

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Republican Leaders Seek Another Trade Promotion Authority Vote

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After failing last week to pass a package of legislation that tethered fast-track trade authority with aid to workers displaced by trade deals, the House plans to try again, possibly on Thursday, to move the legislation separately with assurances that both will become law. Roll Call reports the House Rules Committee is meeting today to adopt a rule that would govern floor debate on the measures.

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House Blocks Advance of Trade Promotion Authority Legislation

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The House voted down a financial aid plan for workers displaced by trade deals and, in so doing, dealt a blow to the fast-track trade authority sought by President Obama. The Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) measure was subsequently approved by a narrow margin but, under the rules for debate, the overall package could not advance unless both parts cleared the House.

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Prior to Trade Votes, Sen. Sessions Details Need to Defeat Fast-Track

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In an attempt to generate more opposition to the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., issued a statement that highlights the dangers of the fast-track process. He said that under TPA, trade deals like the Trans Pacific Partnership or the Trade in Services Agreement could establish broad goals for increasing immigration and the President could implement those changes through executive action or easily change our laws through the fast-track process.

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Sens. Durbin and Sessions Announce Investigation into H-1B Abuse

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A bipartisan coalition of Senators announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has launched an investigation of Infosys and Tata, two foreign outsourcing companies. According to Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), these companies imported H-1B guestworkers to replace hundreds of American workers at Southern Cal Edison, one of the country’s largest power companies.

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Trade Deal Immigration 'Fix' Falls Short

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Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, secured an agreement from House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., to add new trade negotiation objectives to the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act that seek to ensure that trade deals will not change U.S. immigration law or expand access to visas. However this immigration "fix" does not allay the concerns of other Republicans who say the bill, which is separate from Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation, may not be signed into law and worry that a trade "living agreement' can be changed without recourse after congressional consideration.

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More self-censoring by media of wage & immigration connections

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"U.S. Workers Ask: Where's My Raise?" proclaims the Wall Street Journal in a serious June 3 analysis of many reasons for the stagnant wage situation for millions of Americans. But, as usual for mainstream media, the Journal totally ignored one of the most obvious factors: out-of-control immigration that adds to the country's giant labor surplus that allows employers to hold down wages.

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Major breakthrough in MSM coverage of displaced American IT workers

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  by  Jeremy Beck

Yesterday afternoon, the New York Times published a blockbuster story, "Last Task After Disney Layoffs: Train Foreign Replacements," by Julia Preston. The Times' story is a big deal. NumbersUSA members negatively impacted by the H-1B visa program have long expressed frustration that their plight was ignored by the mainstream media. Many of them have personally contacted reporters, left comments online, and written letters to editors in an effort to be heard. Their efforts are paying off. With the Times' story, their concerns have gone mainstream.

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TPA 'Safeguards' Won't Protect American Workers

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Proponents of Trade Promotion Authority legislation say built-in “safeguards” will allow Congress to protect American workers from the adverse impacts of immigration provisions in trade deals. But they know these safeguards are mere window dressing when a president refuses to be bound by the law and has latitude under a “living agreement” such as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) to change the deal without further congressional approval.

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Senate Clears Way for Trade Promotion Authority Passage

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Senators voted to invoke cloture on legislation to set up fast-track procedures for the passage of trade deals negotiated by the president. The 62-38 vote ends debate on the bill and clears the way for a vote on passage, possibly before the Memorial Day recess. Prior to the vote, Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., blocked two amendments Sen. Sessions offered to prevent the executive branch from abusing trade authority.

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You keep using that poll. I do not think it means what you think it means

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  by  Jeremy Beck

Ever since Scott Walker name-dropped Jeff Sessions, the question of immigration levels - and whether they should be increased, decreased, or left the same - has occasionally creeped into the national immigration conversation. We should have had this debate two years ago, when a gang of eight Senators introduced legislation to double future immigration, but the media never showed any interest.

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Sen. Cruz Offers Amendment to Block Trade Bill from Changing Immigration Law

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) filed an amendment yesterday to the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill to "lock in assurances that this legislation cannot be used to change federal immigration law." Senate Democrats blocked the bill from coming to the floor earlier this week, however, after negotiations, the bill will come back to the floor for a vote.

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Senate Democrats Block Fast-Track Trade Bill

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The Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation that would grant Pres. Obama fast-track negotiating power over the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement was blocked by Senate Democrats today in a mostly party line vote. While NumbersUSA takes no position on trade bills in general, we oppose TPA because it would strip Congress of its authority to amend future free trade agreements, including any immigration provisions they may contain.

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Sen. Isakson says Trade Deal Won't Affect Immigration, Sen. Sessions Disagrees

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During Saturday's GOP Weekly address, Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) called on Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). The move would state overall trade negotiating objectives of the United States while giving President Obama special authority to finish negotiating one of the world’s largest trade accords. During his address, he stated that “trade promotion authority does not give any president any new authority to expand immigration or change other laws without the approval of the Congress of the United States”

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Cuban Immigration Policies: Poll Reveals Floridians Want to End Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966

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Latin Post -- Rodrigo Ugarte

As relations between the U.S. and Cuba begin normalizing some have begun questioning the special immigration policies that favor Cuban migrants. Though the Obama administration has said the laws will remain in place, public opinion on the laws is shifting.

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Senator tells House to go first on immigration reform

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World Magazine -- J.C. Derrick

The U.S. Senate has no plans to write immigration legislation during the 114th Congress, according to the chairman of the committee in which it would originate.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the new chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made the comments while laying out the panel’s agenda during a press conference Monday at the National Press Club.

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Congressional Research Service Links Mass Immigration to Wages

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A new report from the Congressional Research Service links the increase in immigration in recent decades to the decline of the median income for the bottom 90% of income tax filers. The report, prepared for the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, shows that as the percentage of foreign-born residents declined between 1945 and the early-1970s, the median income for middle-class Americans increased. But after the foreign-born percentage began to increase after 1970, middle-class wages stagnated before plummeting after 2000.

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Poll: American Voters Agree with Gov. Walkers Call for Lower Legal Immigration Numbers

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Gov. Scott Walker's (R-Wis.) position to protect American workers from the economic effects of mass immigration has received criticism from many as being one that will alienate voters. However, polling from Gallup has shown that a sizable number of American voters are not only dissatisfied with the current levels of immigration, but want to see them reduced.

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Gov. Walker Lays Out Immigration Stance that Supports American Workers

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During an interview on Monday, Wisconsin governor and potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker said that he would protect American workers from the economic effects of increases in both legal and illegal immigration. Walker joins former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum as the only potential presidential candidates to link high levels of immigration to American workers.

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Scott Walker suggests limiting legal immigration

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Mary Spicuzza -- Milwaukee - Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

In the wake of criticism that he has flip-flopped over illegal immigration, Gov. Scott Walker is now wading into the issue of legal immigration.

In an interview with conservative talk show host Glenn Beck Monday, the Republican governor and likely 2016 presidential candidate was asked about his shifting position on immigration.

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Fast Tracking Trade Agreements Could Abrogate Congressional Immigration Authority

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Congress will soon take up “fast track” trade promotion authority legislation that would allow President Obama to submit trade agreements to Congress for a simple-majority vote without being subject to amendment. If passed, the first likely trade deal to come up is the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which reportedly includes guest worker provisions Congress could not change.

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Study Finds USCIS Issued more than 7.4 Million Work Permits in 'Shadow System'

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The Center for Immigration Studies released more data today on the amount of work permits issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) above and beyond the legal limits set by Congress. The data show that between 2009 and 2014, USCIS issued more than 7.4 million work permits to individuals who would not automatically receive a work permit because they were either in the country illegally or entered the U.S. on a visa that didn't include one.

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Study: 18 million new immigrants since 2000, but only 9.3 million new jobs

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A new study from the Center for Immigration Studies found that more than 18 million new immigrants have entered the United States either legally or illegally since 2000, while only 9.3 million jobs were added over the same period of time. That represents two new immigrants for ever job created in the past 14 years.

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Report Shows Millions of Work Permits Issued in 'Shadow' System

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The Obama administration has issued almost 5.5 million more work permits than Congressionally set limits allow according to a report by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). The report shows that, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) data obtained by a Freedom of Information request, from 2009-2014 the agency issued 5,461,568 new work permits to immigrants, beyond the 1.1 million legal immigrants and 700,000 guest workers admitted to the U.S. each year.

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Rep. Hice Offers Bill to End Chain Migration

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Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., has introduced H.R. 604, a bill that would eliminate the extended family visa categories (e.g., married sons and daughters of citizens, etc.), thus ending “chain migration” as recommended by the bi-partisan Barbara Jordan Commission in 1997. Current immigration law allows U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents to sponsor non-nuclear, adult family members, creating an endless chain of mass legal immigration.

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New ties with Cuba won't change immigration rules

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Associated Press -- Alicia A. Caldwell

WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says the Obama administration's decision to renew diplomatic ties with Cuba won't impact immigration rules just yet.

President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. would normalize relations with the island's Communist government and open a U.S. embassy sometime next year.

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Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell Calls Out Obama's 'Naive Immigration Policy'

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In an op-ed for The Daily Caller, former Secretary of State Ken Blackwell rails against "Obama's pro-amnesty agenda". Blackwell calls Pres. Obama's unwillingness to institute a travel ban on Ebola-stricken countries "an extension of his larger, pro-amnesty, open border position."

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Santorum calls for lower immigration levels during Iowa visit

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Former U.S. Senator and potential 2016 presidential candidate, Rick Santorum, told the Iowa Republican Party on Thursday that the GOP needs to put individual Americans ahead of corporate profits and that means lowering legal immigration numbers. Santorum said that low-skilled immigrants are filling U.S. jobs and keeping wages down for working Americans.

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Pres. Obama calls anti-amnesty position 'suicide', but voters respond differently

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At a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, Pres. Obama said it would be political "suicide" for Republicans not to embrace a mass amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, and he reinforced plans to move forward with a large-scale executive action that would grant amnesty and work permits to millions of illegal aliens after the November elections.

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Our immigration/jobs ad saturated Senate battleground states

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Representing 1.5 million registered email activists and 2 million unique Facebook followers, NumbersUSA spent more than a million dollars in the three weeks running through Election Day putting this ad in front of citizens primarily in Senate battleground states through local broadcast TV and social media. 

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Best defense for 2014 = Best offense for 2015

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  by  Jeremy Beck

The clock runs out on S. 744 in January, but we have to get through the Fall and the looming lame duck session first. The lame duck has long been circled on the calendar as the most dangerous time for us, not just for legislative mischief but also for executive amnesty. As the mid-term election season heats up and boils over into the anticipated battles around the holidays, we're going to see the press-release-driven media fired up as well.

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