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ICE Budget Increases While Deportations Continue to Fall

ICE Deportations Down

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A new chart released by the Senate Subcommittee Immigration and the National Interest, headed by Chairman Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), shows that deportations have declined by 43% in the last three years while the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) budget for the detention and removal of aliens has grown by 25%.

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House Panel: 86,000 Criminal Aliens Released Over 3 Years, 19,723 in FY 15

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At a hearing today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said “In a three-year period, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has released more than 86,000 criminal aliens into the American public…These are people that were here illegally, got caught committing a crime, were convicted of that crime and instead of deporting them, they were just released back out in the United States of America.” Chairman Chaffetz said the released aliens had been convicted of over 231,000 crimes.

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Border Apprehensions Rising, Driven by Record Number of Illegal-Alien Family Units

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According to new Border Patrol statistics, apprehensions at the southern border rose for the third consecutive month led by increases in illegal-alien family units. The Border Patrol apprehended 32,117 family units so far in fiscal year 2016, more than double the amount for this period last year and a 62% increase over the record number in fiscal year 2014 for that period. The numbers suggest a new border surge from Central American countries of record proportions.

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Md. Sheriff: Weakened Immigration Enforcement Caused Rise in Alien Gangs, 'Senseless Crimes'

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Sheriff Charles Jenkins of Frederick County, Md. told a House panel that “(o)pen borders, reckless sanctuary policies, and failure to enforce our immigration laws have greatly impacted public safety and national security throughout every jurisdiction of this country. He linked the surge in unaccompanied alien minors crossing the border to a rise in alien gang crime, including attempted murder, armed robbery and the rape and sexual assault of children.

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Current prison reform bill would release criminal aliens into U.S. (with no deportations)

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  by  Chris Chmielenski

Unfortunately, the legislation being considered by Congress in response to concerns about overly-long prison sentences for Americans has been crafted to primarily benefit criminal aliens. That's the conclusion of our legislative affairs team after several weeks of scrutinizing documents and reports, and of meeting with a number of experts on the issue.

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42 House Republicans Ask Appropriations Committee to Defund Sanctuary Cities

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.)

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42 House Republicans, led by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), sent a letter to the Appropriation Committees in charge of funding the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department asking them to deny federal funding to any jurisdictions that uphold sanctuary policies for illegal aliens.

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Border Patrol Agent Reveals DHS Has 'No Intention' of Deporting Illegal Aliens

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In testimony released by the House Judiciary Committee on Monday Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, confirmed that he and other border patrol agents were told to release illegal aliens caught at the border since DHS had “no intention” of deporting them.

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Rep. Walter Jones Cosponsors E-Verify and Local Law Enforcement Bills

Rep. Walter Jones 5 for 5 Immigration Bills

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Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) has cosponsored Rep. Lamar Smith’s bill to mandate E-Verify and Rep. Trey Gowdy’s bill that would strengthen interior enforcement. This makes Rep. Jones one of only three members of Congress to cosponsor all NumberUSA’s 5 Great Immigration Solution Bills, the other two members are Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) and Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.).

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124 Criminal Aliens Charged With Homicide After Being Released By ICE Since 2010

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At the request of the Senate Judiciary Committee, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) disclosed information about criminal aliens they have released since 2010, including information that shows that 124 criminal aliens were charged with homicides after being released from ICE custody.

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Arizona Sheriff Says Pres. Obama Has Prevented Border Control From Enforcing Immigration Laws

Pinal County Sheriff, Paul Babeu

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At a news conference on Tuesday in Florence, AZ Pinal County Sheriff, Paul Babeu denounced Pres. Obama’s immigration policies that hinder border agents from enforcing immigration laws. He criticized the administration for cutting the number of border agents and not allowing them to patrol high-traffic smuggling routes efficiently.

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Wisconsin Assembly Passes Anti-Sanctuary City Bill

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The Wisconsin Assembly passed legislation (AB 450) yesterday that would penalize local governments for maintaining policies that prevent officers from reporting the immigration status of anyone charged with a crime. If a judge finds a city in violation, state aid could be reduced by between $500 and $5,000 for each day the sanctuary policy remains in place. The measure now goes to the Senate.

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Sens. Sessions and Cruz Introduce New Bill To Help ICE Agents Enforce Immigration Laws

Sen. Cruz and Sen. Sessions Release ICE Legislation

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Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced the ICE Agent Support Act of 2016 (S.2538) this week that would give Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) the resources necessary to help the agency enforce immigration laws. The bill would allow the agency to collect fines from illegal aliens for refusing to leave the U.S. after being ordered to do so, using false documents, or engaging in marriage fraud.

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Pres. Obama's Budget Cuts SCAAP Funding, Endorses CIR

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Pres. Obama issued the final budget proposal of his tenure, making one last push for passage of “comprehensive immigration reform.” The President’s proposed budget would also end the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) that reimburses state and local prisons for housing criminal illegal aliens. It’s unlikely that Congress will even vote on the proposal.

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Obama Admin. Reinstates Catch And Release Policy

Pres, Obama Catch and Release

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The Obama administration has reinstated the catch and release policy forcing Border Patrol to release any illegal aliens “claiming” to have been in the country since January 2014, without ordering them to appear at a deportation hearing. This essentially ignores our immigration laws and grants illegal aliens the right to remain in the country.

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Florida House Passes Anti-Sanctuary City Measure

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The Florida House yesterday passed a bill (HB 675) that would penalize local governments for adopting illegal-alien sanctuary policies – i.e., those that limit cooperation with federal immigration enforcement officials -- and would provide a cause of action for personal injury or wrongful death caused by a city’s sanctuary policies. The bill now moves to the Florida Senate where it faces an uncertain fate.

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Immigration Enforcement Efforts Down Over Past 5 Years

Immigration Enforcement Efforts Down

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The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) analyzed data from Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) to show that criminal prosecutions for immigration offenses have dropped 36% over the last five years and due to sanctuary cities policies, the detention of illegal aliens in jails is down by two-thirds.

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Remembering HR4437

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  by  Andrew Good
Yesterday marks 10 years since the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted to pass then-Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner's H.R. 4437: the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005. It passed 239-182 on a bipartisan basis, with key support from 36 Democrats voting in favor.

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Taxpayers File Lawsuit Against Sanctuary Ordinance In San Francisco

San Francisco sanctuary policy

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San Francisco taxpayers have filed a lawsuit (Cynthia Cerietti v. Ross Mirkarimi) to end the sanctuary ordinance that prohibits the Sheriff’s Department in San Francisco County from notifying the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of the immigration status of any inmate in the Sheriff Department’s custody.

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ICE: Not Enough Illegal Aliens Eligible For Deportation, Gives Away $113 Million

Assistant Homeland Security Secretary, Sarah R. Saldana ICE

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Assistant Homeland Security Secretary, Sarah R. Saldana, testified to Congress on Wednesday that ICE had given away $113 million designated for deportations to other departments, because there were not enough illegal aliens to deport while also admitting that more than 179,000 illegal aliens who have committed crimes are roaming free in the United States. 

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Speaker Boehner to Resign Leaving Checkered Immigration Legacy

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  by  Van Esser

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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Sanctuary Cities Bill Likely to End-Run Senate Committee

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The Senate Judiciary Committee will not mark up Sen. Vitter’s (R-La.) Stop Sanctuary Cities Act (S. 1814) as planned today, Politico reports. Republicans are still working though differences on the measure. Sources on the Hill tell NumbersUSA that once Members agree on language, Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is likely to bypass committee and move to consider the bill on the Senate floor.

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Rep. Matt Salmon urges administration to stop releasing criminal illegal aliens

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Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) has sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security demanding that they stop releasing criminal illegal aliens onto the streets, enabling them to commit more crimes. The response from Rep. Salmon comes after learning that the administration had released three violent criminal illegal aliens into Pinal County just south of Phoenix.

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New poll shows high support among voters for immigration enforcement

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A poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports has found that the majority of voters support increased immigration enforcement, including additional fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border and deportation for criminal illegal aliens. According to the poll's findings, 51% of likely voters support more fencing along the border, while a whopping 80% support the deportation of criminal illegal aliens.

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Maryland Governor Reinstates Cooperation with DHS Over Illegal-Alien Detainees

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has agreed to detain illegal aliens in state custody for pickup and eventual deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). His predecessor, Martin O’Malley (D), last year established a policy of refusing ICE detainer requests, which resulted in the release of criminal aliens from the state-run Baltimore City Detention Center onto the streets.

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Conflicting Immigration Policies Blamed For California Women’s Murder

Santa Maria Police California Immigration Detainer Requests

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Five days after being released from jail on a weapons charge illegal alien, Victor Aureliano Martinez, with illegal alien Jose Fernando Villagomez assaulted and killed Marilyn Pharis, a civilian Air Force contractor. Local law enforcement blames conflicting state and federal laws regarding immigration detainer requests as the reason why Martinez, who has been arrested multiple times, was allowed to remain in the US illegally.

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House Passes Partial Sanctuary Policies Fix

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The House passed legislation that would block certain federal funds to jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with ICE agents, and would authorize the Department of Justice to block policing grants to localities that similarly adopt sanctuary policies. The legislation is weaker than that the House passed earlier this year and does not address the Obama Administration’s sanctuary policies, such as the mass release criminal aliens.

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New Data Show Over 1,400 Released Criminal Aliens Committed More Crimes

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At a House Judiciary Committee hearing today, Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., disclosed new information showing the Obama Administration released from detention 1,423 criminal aliens in fiscal year 2014 who were later convicted of more crimes. These new crimes included assault, burglary, robbery, sexual assault, kidnapping, various types of homicide and manslaughter, and driving under the influence of alcohol.

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Rep. Dave Brat Cosponsors Chain Migration and Enforcement Bills

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Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) has cosponsored Rep. Jody Hice's bill to end Chain Migration and the four immigration enforcement bills approved earlier this year by the House Judiciary Committee. Rep. Brat in one of the few Members of Congress to support bills that would both help end illegal immigration and make reductions in legal immigration numbers.

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House Republicans Miss Opportunity to Reign in Executive Amnesties

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A House subcommittee yesterday missed an opportunity to permanently defund the president’s executive amnesties. The subcommittee cleared a draft DHS spending bill that defunds the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents amnesty and the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals amnesty, but only while a related federal court injunction remains in effect. The measure does not affect DHS because the injunction imposed by Texas District Court Judge Andrew Hanen already prohibits the agency from implementing those amnesties.

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Rep. Matt Salmon Introduces Interior Enforcement Bill to Deport Criminal Aliens Within 90 Days

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Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) has introduced legislation that would increase interior enforcement and expedite the deportation of criminal aliens. The bill was introduced in the wake of one of his constituents being murdered by a criminal illegal alien awaiting deportation.

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Obama Administration Implements Priority Enforcement Program, Limits Interior Enforcement

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As the courts sort out the legality of President Obama's executive action to grant amnesty and work permits to 5 million illegal aliens, the Obama administration is moving forward with its Priority Enforcement Program, which prohibits U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from targeting most illegal aliens for removal, including most of those who come into contact with state and local police.

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Sen. Sessions Introduces Bill to Strengthen Interior Enforcement

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Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has introduced legislation that would bolster the interior enforcement of federal immigration laws. The bill, S.1640, entitled the Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act, would end the mass release of criminal aliens, allow local law enforcement to assist in the enforcement of federal laws, and help ensure the just, consistent and uniform application of federal law.

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Mexico Apprehends and Deports More Central Americans Than the United States

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The Associated Press reports that Mexico apprehended 92,889 Central Americans between October 2014 and April 2015, while the United States detained 70,226 "other than Mexican" illegal aliens during that period, the majority of whom are Guatemalan, Honduran and El Salvadoran citizens. But the important issue is the disposition of these illegal aliens and there, AP notes, “Mexico has proved the more efficient."

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ICE Chose to Release 3,700 'Threat Level 1' Criminal Aliens in 2014

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The Washington Times obtained new data from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., that shows 57 percent of the criminal aliens released from detention pending deportation were let go on a discretionary rather than on a mandatory basis. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau considered about 3,700 of the released criminal aliens to be “Level 1” threats – its top priority for deportation – but chose alternatives to detention such as electronic monitoring.

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Report: Detention-Alternative Program Fails to Track Released Illegal Aliens

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Under pressure from illegal-alien advocacy groups, the Obama Administration has released some aliens from detention and placed them in the Intensive Supervision Appearance Program. But according to Breitbart News, a report by the Homeland Security Department’s Inspector General says the agency no longer monitors some of the released aliens and over 2,000 were arrested for committing crimes after their release.

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Obama Admin. Looks to End Local Immigration Enforcement

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A report released by the Obama Administration states that the federal government should cease utilizing local and state police while enforcing immigration law. The recommendation comes as part of a task force, in conjunction with the Department of Justice, set up by the president to help rebuild trust between police and the communities they work in.

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IG Report: Failure to Track Releases Under 'Prosecutorial Discretion' Could Have National Security, Public Safety Implications

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The Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security released a report finding that DHS does not consistently track its uses of prosecutorial discretion in immigration enforcement, which may compromise national security and public safety.

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L.A. County Ends 287(g) Program But Continues Work with ICE

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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to terminate the 287(g) Memorandum of Understanding that allowed ICE Agents to expedite the deportation of felonious illegal aliens from within county jails. However the Board authorized the County Sheriff to negotiate with ICE regarding when ICE agents can enter county jails and interview criminals who are suspected illegal aliens.

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GOP SENS. INTRODUCE BILL TO STOP OBAMA ADMINISTRATION FROM GRANTING EXEC. AMNESTY TO GANG MEMBERS

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Breitbart News -- Caroline May

Following the Obama administration’s admission that it granted executive amnesty to a known gang member — currently charged with the murder of four people in Charlotte, NC — the trio Tuesday introduced legislation to prohibit gang members from receiving such immigration benefits.

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