Strengthen Interior Enforcement

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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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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Judge Partially Blocks President's Sanctuary City Order

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Northern District of California Judge William Orrick enjoined the Trump Administration from withholding most federal funds from sanctuary cities that restrict cooperation with ICE. The judge sided with the plaintiffs' argument that billions in federal grants were at stake despite the Administration's statement that sanctions were limited in scope. The ruling may be appealed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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DHS IG Report: Overloaded Deportation Officers Missing Opportunities

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A new report from the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General found that ICE deportation officers are so overloaded that they lose track of aliens that have been released pending their deportation, including some posing national security risks. Under the Obama Administration, deportation officers based in Washington, D.C., handled more than 10,000 released deportable aliens per person on average, while those in Atlanta averaged more than 5,000 released to the streets. Due to caseload and lack of direction, “ICE is almost certainly not deporting all the aliens who could be deported and will likely not be able to keep up with growing numbers of deportable aliens,” the report said.

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Map: First Detainer Report Shows 206 ICE Detainers Were Declined

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More than 200 ICE detainer requests were declined during the week of Jan. 28 – Feb. 3, according to the first Weekly Declined Detainer Outcome Report from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This weekly report was mandated by Pres. Trump in his Jan. 25 interior enforcement executive order.

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Rep. Cuellar Seeks to Enforce Current Law to Suspend Visas from Recalcitrant Countries

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In an interview with Sharyl Attkisson, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) said that he wants to see the State Department and DHS enforce current law that allows the U.S. to suspend visas from countries who refuse to take back their criminal illegal aliens. As a member of the House Committee on Appropriations he wants to affect the funding of these agencies until they enforce the law.

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Pres. Trump's FY2017 Supplemental Calls for Increased Immigration Enforcement

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Pres. Trump released a supplemental spending package to fund the government for the remainder of FY2017 that includes a large increase for the Department of Homeland Security. The proposal includes $2.6 billion to begin construction of barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border and $15 million to implement a mandatory nationwide E-Verify Program.

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New Study Shows Sanctuary Jurisdictions Risk Losing $870 Million

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A new study by The Center for American Progress has identified five major programs and grants totaling around $870 million that the federal government can withhold from jurisdictions who refuse to work with ICE. Pres. Trump’s Jan. 25 executive order instructed DHS to identify sanctuary jurisdictions and federal funding that could be cut off to these jurisdictions.

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California County Pursues Injunction Against Sanctuary Executive Order

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Santa Clara County, California filed a motion seeking a nationwide court injunction on the president’s sanctuary executive order (EO), which threatens to withhold federal funds from local governments that prohibit communications with ICE. The county sued the Trump Administration earlier in the month alleging the sanctuary sanctions are unconstitutional.

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Fifth Circuit Reinstates Texas Harboring Law

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A three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals threw out a lower court injunction that blocked Texas from enforcing a 2015 law making it a third-degree felony to “harbor” illegal aliens. The panel ruled that two Texas landlords, who has sued seeking protection from the law, did not have standing because they could not prove a credible threat of prosecution.

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80% of Americans Oppose Sanctuary Cities According to Harvard-Harris Poll

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A new poll conducted by the Harvard Center for American Political Studies and The Harris Poll of more than 2,000 registered voters found overwhelming opposition to sanctuary jurisdictions. 80% of respondents said they think cities that arrest illegal aliens for crimes should be required to turn them over to immigration authorities.

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New Kelly Memos Restore Immigration Enforcement & Rescind *Most* Obama-era Memos

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  by  Chris Chmielenski

DHS Secretary John Kelly has certainly been busy since the Senate confirmed his appointment last month, but two memos he signed yesterday are the most significant actions he's taken thus far. Kelly signed a memo titled "Enforcement of the Immigration Laws to Serve the National Interest" and another one titled "Implementing the President's Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements Policies" providing guidance to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Border Patrol, and USCIS on how to execute Pres. Trump's Jan. 25 executive orders.

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National Security Poll Finds Broad Support for Immigration Enforcement

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A new poll conducted by McLaughlin & Associates for Secure America Now found that most Americans support strengthening interior enforcement, including ending sanctuary cities and catch-and-release. The online poll surveyed 1,000 likely voters during the first week of February.

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Sheriffs Say Sanctuary City Policies Do Not Increase Cooperation Between Illegal Aliens and Local Police

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Several sheriffs across the country have spoken out against the idea that sanctuary city policies give illegal aliens more confidence to work with local law enforcement. Sanctuary city advocates claim that many illegal aliens will not report crimes, even if they are the victims, because they are afraid their illegal status will be discovered and they will be deported.

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Trump's orders thus far have addressed 6 of our Top 10 list of enforcement goals

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  by  Roy Beck

As the Trump Administration rolled out the new orders on immigration enforcement yesterday, we at NumbersUSA noticed a lot of very familiar ideas. Take a look at our "10 Steps to Fix Our Broken Immigration-Enforcement System." See where we stand on each.

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Pres. Trump Yet to Take Action on DACA Amnesty

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The new Trump Administration has yet to take action on one of former Pres. Obama's most famous immigration actions, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), according to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Ending the program was a campaign promise of Pres. Trump's, and his campaign website pledged to end the executive amnesty "immediately".

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Will the NYT Remember the Lessons of Wet Foot, Dry Foot?

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In praising President Obama's decision to end "wet foot, dry foot," the New York Times described the decades-old policy toward Cuban migrants as "misguided" for encouraging "Cubans to embark on perilous, and often deadly, journeys on rafts across the Florida straits and across borders in South and Central America." 

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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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CIS: Deportations at Lowest Levels Since 2006

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A new Center for Immigration Studies report shows that according to the Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS) FY16 report the number of ICE deportations hit 10-year record lows. According to the OIS report ICE only removed 65,332 illegal aliens from the interior in FY16, a 6% decrease from FY15, making it the lowest number since 2006.

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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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Will Trump Pick DHS Chief Who Has Been OPPONENT of Trump Immigration Enforcement Proposals?

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  by  Roy Beck

Many Washington champions for MORE immigration enforcement are abuzz and aghast at reports indicating that Congressman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) is considered to be high on the Trump Team's list to be the next Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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Trump tells 60 Minutes he'll deport 2-3 million people -- Who are they?

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During his first primetime interview since the election, President-elect Donald Trump told Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes that he plans to deport 2-3 million illegal aliens -- coincidently, that's the same number of aliens deported by the Obama Administration. So who are the 2-3 million that Trump says he'll deport?

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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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Border Patrol Agent: Obama Admin. Treats Illegal Border Crossings 'Like a Traffic Ticket'

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During an interview on The Laura Ingraham Show, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Chris Cabrera said that the Obama administration is trying circumvent federal immigration laws and prevent agents from securing the border. "They don’t seem to take it seriously. They seem to look at immigration violations like a traffic ticket, that it’s not really a big deal to them. And it is a big deal, especially for the fact that there are a lot of people coming across with criminal history in the United States,” Cabrera said.

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Obama Admin. Uses Hurricane Matthew to Grant Amnesty to Illegal Aliens

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A new alert by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced this month that the Obama administration would grant work permits to illegal aliens who were affected by the hurricane and would assist those who missed their deportation hearings. Hurricane Matthew devastated the eastern coastline from Florida to Virginia, which would mean that any illegal aliens who were in this region could take advantage of these “immigration relief” measures.

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CIS: Asylum Claims are 10 Times Higher Than in 2009

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A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) analyzes statistics from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to show how asylum petitions have increased since 2004. According to the report, credible fear asylum cases began to dramatically increase after the Obama administration’s catch-and-release policy was enacted in 2009.

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Federal Judge Strikes Down ICE Immigration Detainers in Six States

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A federal judge in the Northern District of Illinois voided thousands of ICE detainers requesting that deportable aliens and others be held in custody for 48 hours after their normal release to accommodate Agent pickup. The ruling increases the likelihood that aliens in at least six states will be released to the streets and disappear before they can be captured and placed in federal detention facilities.

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Obama Admin Delaying Deportation for 2014 Border Crossers

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The Obama administration has started delaying deportation proceedings for more than 56,000 illegal aliens who crossed in the 2014 border surge. The administration says that a lapse in enforcement allowed many of the illegal aliens to go free instead of being enrolled in an electronic monitoring program, saving the government from paying the daily $4-$8 fee for the GPS devices, so they have pushed back their deportation cases.

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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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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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