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FOX News: ICE Agents File Suit Against Janet Napolitano

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Ten officers and agents for United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) including ICE Agents Union President Chris Crane, today filed a lawsuit against Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton challenging the Obama Administration's deferred action Directive and associated Prosecutorial Discretion Memorandum that prevent ICE officers, employees, and agents from fulfilling their sworn oath to uphold the law and defend the US Constitution.

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The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1996 added the 287(g) provision that allows the Department of Homeland Security to enter into contracts with state and local law enforcement agencies. The provision provides training for local officers who will help enforce immigration law under the supervision of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. As of August 2008, there were 63 local municipalities that were part of the 287(g) program.

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Dept. of Labor Denies Employer of H-2B Workers for Not Advertising for American Workers

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This week the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA) upheld the Dept. of Labor’s (DOL) decision to deny DDM Hauler Inc.’s request for seasonal H-2B workers. The DOL claims that the employer did not show proof that they had tried to hire American workers first by placing ads in the local newspapers as required.

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DOJ: Last Chance for Sanctuary Cities to Comply with Federal Immigration Laws

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Today the Dept. of Justice sent a final letter to eight identified sanctuary jurisdictions who were identified in May 2016 by the DOJ’s Inspector General. Four of the jurisdictions have been cleared while the other four continue to potentially violate federal immigration laws.

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DOJ: Immigration Judge Surge Reduced Nationwide Caseload

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The Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) released statistics this week that showed that the increase of immigration judges to DHS detention centers had a “positive net effect on the nationwide caseload”. Pres. Trump’s January executive called on Attorney General Sessions to temporarily reassign immigration judges in an effort to reduce the immigration court backlog.

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Pres. Trump Sets Refugee Cap at 45,000 for FY18

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Last night the Trump administration submitted its report to Congress that will set the refugee cap for FY 2018 to 45,000, a drastic decline from the 85,000 Pres. Obama set in FY16. Under the Refugee Act of 1980 the president has the power to set the refugee admissions cap and this is the lowest cap since the program began in 1975.

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5th Circuit Strikes Most Lower-Court Injunctions on Texas Anti-Sanctuary Law

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A three-judge panel of Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that parts of the Texas anti-sanctuary law can take effect while the merits of the case are heard in U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia’s court. Among other things, the panel narrowed Garcia’s hold on a provision requiring law enforcement officials to honor U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests. This is the highest court to date to rule on a state’s attempt to crack down on local sanctuary policies.

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House Votes on Immigration Amendments to Minibus Spending Bill

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The House approved several good immigration amendments to the minibus spending bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security and several other agencies for FY 18. The immigration amendments to H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, covered both E-Verify and sanctuary cities.

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EBI: 'The Bible Does Not Teach Open Borders'

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The Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration (EBI) sent a letter to Pres. Trump and GOP leadership advising them that they believe the Bible does not support open border ideals or should be used to support amnesty programs such as DACA. This letter comes as the Trump administration is finalizing their plan to end Pres. Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty.

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USCIS: 39,514 DACA Recipients Awarded Green Cards

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Nearly 40,000 DACA amnesty recipients have received green cards since the program began in 2012, according to new data sent to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Sen. Grassley requested the data from the Trump administration earlier this week after his request for the same data from the Obama administration was insufficiently answered.

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Judge Blocks Texas from Honoring ICE Detainers

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U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia placed a preliminary injunction on a Texas law that requires jail officials to honor all requests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to hold illegal aliens for pickup and deportation. He also enjoined another measure that prohibits “a pattern or practice that 'materially limits' the enforcement of immigration laws.” The provisions, which were to go into effect September 1st, are part of the anti-sanctuary legislation (SB 4) Gov. Greg Abbott signed earlier this year.

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Illinois Governor Signs Measure Shielding Criminal Aliens

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Bucking a federal effort to crack down on illegal-alien sanctuary policies, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) this week signed SB 31, a bill that makes it more difficult for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to pick up criminal aliens for deportation. Commenting on the new law, a Justice Department official told Fox News, "(W)hen cities and states refuse to help enforce immigration laws, our nation is less safe…Failure to deport aliens who are convicted for criminal offenses puts whole communities at risk — especially immigrant communities in the very sanctuary jurisdictions that seek to protect the perpetrators."

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LA Company Pays Over $100,000 to American Workers in Discrimination Settlement

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The Dept. of Justice announced that Barrios Street Realty Inc. has paid around $108,000 to 12 U.S. workers as part of their settlement agreement. The settlement is an effort to resolve claims that the Louisiana based company gave preference to foreign H-2B workers and discriminated against Americans workers.

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Trump Admin. Issues Visa Sanctions on 4 Recalcitrant Countries

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DHS and the State Department have confirmed that they have issued visa sanctions against four countries that have refused accept back their foreign nationals that have been ordered deported from the U.S. The administration declined to name the four recalcitrant countries but sources claim they are Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.

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Mass. Police Chiefs Support Bill to Honor ICE Detainers

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The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and the Major City Police Chiefs Association sent a letter to state legislators asking them to support Gov. Charlie Baker’s “commonsense” bill that would allow the police to honor ICE detainer requests. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled last month that holding people beyond their jail sentence, even for an ICE detainer, violated state law.

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Denver Strengthens Sanctuary City Policy

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The Denver City Council and Mayor Michael Hancock have proposed a new ordinance which would further limit cooperation between Denver local law enforcement and ICE. The sanctuary city currently does not honor ICE detainer requests and this new policy would limit ICE’s ability to work within Denver’s local jails to interview and apprehend criminal illegal aliens.

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Ken Blackwell: "Sanctuary for Whom?"

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Ken Blackwell, the former Treasurer and Secretary of the State of Ohio, is a strong advocate for the rights of states and limitations of federal power. But in a Huffington Post column, he explains why the federal government has full rights to withhold money from states and localities that act as "sanctuary" jurisdictions to undermine federal immigration enforcement.

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Two Sanctuary Cities Prove Compliance with Federal Immigration Laws

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The Justice Department has cleared two counties that were suspected of having sanctuary city polices so they can receive federal funding. The two counties, Clark County in Nevada and Miami-Dade County in Florida, were among the 10 jurisdictions that were asked to explain their polices after the Obama administration flagged them for potentially violating federal immigration laws.

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Construction Advisor: E-Verify Protects Contractors From Increased Risk, Scrutiny

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Writing in the online magazine For Construction Pros, construction industry advisor Remmie Butchko recommends that contractors use E-Verify to avoid the “costly fines, potential lawsuits and possible reputational damage” associated with hiring illegal aliens. He says the construction industry employs many foreign workers so contractors that use a relaxed hiring process open themselves up to increased risk and scrutiny.

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DOJ Pulls Federal Grant Money from Sanctuary Jurisdictions

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The Department of Justice announced that any jurisdiction who refuses to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts will no longer be eligible to receive money from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Programs (“Byrne JAG”). Congress can allocate up to $1.095 billion a year on the Byrne JAG program making it one of the DOJ’s largest federal grant programs for state and local jurisdictions.

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Oregon State Legislators Start Petition to End Sanctuary City Law

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Three state legislators are leading the effort to repeal Oregon’s sanctuary law that prohibits local and state police from enforcing federal immigration laws. The legislators have started an initiative petition in order to gain enough voter signatures to force a referendum vote in the 2018 general election.

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ICE to Focus More on Sanctuary Cities

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement will dedicate more agents and resources to arrest illegal criminal aliens in sanctuary jurisdictions the agency's acting director Thomas Homan said. ICE has received approval to hire 10,000 new agents and most will be sent to the 300 sanctuary jurisdictions who refuse to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts.

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House DHS Spending Bill Includes Enforcement Funding

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The House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee approved a 2018 spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security that includes funding to increase border security and strengthen interior enforcement. The spending bill would fund many of the top priorities listed in Pres. Trump’s Jan. 25 immigration executive orders.

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HR Consultant: Companies Should Adopt E-Verify Before it's Mandatory

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Human Resources (HR) consultant David Creelman suggests that it will be easier and cheaper for companies to implement E-Verify at their own pace rather than wait for a federal or state mandate. Creelman said that E-Verify is “a sensible system that is neither difficult nor expensive…[and] will help ensure you hire eligible and documented workers.” 

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In San Diego ICE Arrests Have Returned to 2014 Levels

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In his January 25th executive order Pres. Trump reinstated the Secure Communities program allowing ICE to broaden their enforcement priorities. Since then ICE’s interior arrests of illegal aliens have reached 2014 levels before the Obama administration initiated the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP), which limited ICE to only apprehending illegal aliens who committed felonies or multiple misdemeanors.

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DHS Secretary Kelly Ends DAPA Amnesty

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DHS Secretary John Kelly partially fulfilled one of President Trump's key campaign promises on Thursday night when he rescinded the DAPA amnesty. The illegal and unconstitutional executive amnesty issued by former President Barack Obama would have granted an estimated 5 million work permits to illegal aliens who were the parents of U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent Residents.

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CIS: Massive Immigration Court Backlog Due to Continuance Cases

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Analysis from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) of a new Government Accountability Office report found that a massive backlog of pending immigration cases is due more to the amount of time immigration courts are taking to hear cases than the actual number of aliens in proceedings. The GAO report found that immigration courts are facing a massive backlog with 437,000 pending cases.

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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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ICE Releases Updated List of Recalcitrant Countries

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ICE has completed its mid-year assessment of foreign countries that cooperate with ICE in accepting back their foreign nationals that have been ordered deported from the United States. Countries that refuse to accept, or that delay the acceptance of, their nationals are considered to be uncooperative or recalcitrant.

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Anne Arundel County, Maryland to Join 287(g) Program

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A Maryland County is close to finalizing a 287(g) agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that will allow corrections officers to use federal databases to screen new inmates for immigration violations, warrants and prior crimes. Anne Arundel County also wants to house illegal aliens for ICE at its correctional center.

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