Category: Immigration News

Apr 24

DHS Warns ‘Caravan’

The Trump Administration has warned migrants in the “caravan” coming up through Mexico that they could face prosecution, detention, and deportation if they try to cross the U.S. border. Kristjen Nielson, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, stated, “DHS will continues to monitor the remnants of the ‘caravan’ of individuals headed to our Southern border with the apparent intention of entering the United States illegally. A sovereign nation that cannot–or worse, chooses not–to defend its borders will soon cease to be a sovereign nation. The Trump Administration is committed to enforcing our immigration laws–whether persons are part of this ‘caravan’ or not.”

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Apr 23

One in 4 of Children Have Immigrant Parent

A survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 20 million children in the U.S. (23 percent of the total) have at least one immigrant parent. More than half them live in four states, California (23 percent), Texas (13 percent), New York (8 percent) and Florida (8 percent). Approximately eight million of the children with an immigrant parent are covered under Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  

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Apr 20

Many Californians Back Strict Measures

Although California leans to the political left, many Californians support strict immigration measures. According to a recent poll, 24 percent say it is “very important” to increase deportations of illegal aliens, and 35 percent said it was “somewhat important” to do so. It also found that 49 of percent of Californians support a temporary ban on people coming to the U.S. from Muslim majority countries. The poll was conducted by UC Berkeley’s Hass Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. 

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Apr 19

Immigration Doesn’t Make Us Great

More Misinformation from the Media: Among the daily noise of a dysfunctional government, the immigration debate has dragged on in Washington for so long that we have forgotten what is really at stake. America needs immigrants to be great. U.S. economic growth is fueled by two key factors: productivity increases usually led by technology . …

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Apr 18

Evangelicals Call for Reform

An Evangelical Christian group has called for immigration reform. The group, Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration, endorses six legislative proposals:

1) Build the  border wall, as promised and funded years ago. 2 ) Upgrade Border Patrol and ICE staffing. 3) End chain migration and diversity visas. 4) End “sanctuary cities.” 5) Add voter integrity verification measures in all states. 6) Implement E-Verify in all states to help millions of Americans back to work.

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Apr 17

Sanctuaries Release Gang Members

The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) notes that sanctuary jurisdictions are releasing alien gang members rather than turning them over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for deportation. CIS states:

“According to ICE statistics provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee, over a nine-month period in FY2017, 142 gang members that ICE was seeking to deport were released by the local law enforcement agency instead of transferred to ICE custody.  Two-thirds of the releases occurred in California, which has had a strict sanctuary policy in effect since January 2014. Fifteen of the aliens were members of the MS-13 gang and 127 were members of other gangs.”

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Apr 16

Study: Most Leave for Economic Reasons

Some claim that fear of violence is the main force driving Central Americans to migrate illegally to the U.S.  This, they maintain, should give them the right to apply for asylum. 

A recent study study in Honduras, however, gives a different perspective. Conducted by a Jesuit-run research center, it found that 82.9 percent of people migrating during the previous four years left for economic reasons. Only 11.3 percent left because of violence. These figures show a significant shift from three years ago when the same organization found that 77.6 left for those motives, compared with 16.9 percent for fear of violence.

Since 2012 the the level of violence in Honduras as declined. From 2016 to 2017, the number of homicides decreased by 24.97 percent.      

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Apr 13

Northam Breaks Sanctuary Promise

Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northham broke the promise he make during his election campaign to oppose sanctuary cities in Virginia. When asked if he would sign an anti-sanctuary bill, he stated, “If that bill comes to my desk . . . I sure will. I’ve always opposed sanctuary cities.” At the time many questioned the sincerity of this statement because Northam, as lieutenant governor, cast a tie-breaking vote that killed a bill against sanctuaries.

On April 9th, Northam broke his campaign pledge by vetoing legislation which would have outlawed sanctuary cities. The legislation, HB 1257, stated “No locality shall adopt any ordinance, procedure, or policy that restricts the enforcement of sanctuary cities in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

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Apr 11

Iowa Bans Sanctuaries

Iowa has passed a law which outlaws sanctuary cities and counties in the state. It bans any action by cities and counties which “prohibits or discourages the enforcement of immigration laws.” Supporters of the legislation said it came in response to a policy in Iowa City which prohibited local assistance to immigration law enforcement.

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Apr 10

Trump: End ‘Catch and Release’

President Trump has called on federal agencies to “expeditiously end” the catch and release policy. Under that policy people who cross our border and claim asylum are set free in the U.S. with the promise that they will appear at an asylum hearing to present their claim. Often they don’t show up and blend into the population.

The alternative is to hold them in custody until their hearing comes up. It present, however, there are not enough detention facilities to meet that need. President Trump also directed the agencies to locate other  facilities, such as military bases, which might be used for detention.   

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