The federal government’s system of tracking immigration status is so broken that it gives a green light to one in eight aliens who have been ordered deported, according to an audit Tuesday that found the government has gone on to approve some of those who slip through for work in sensitive areas of airports and granted them benefits such as Medicaid or food stamps.
Some of those aliens who should have been kicked out had serious criminal records, including assault and extortion convictions, according to the audit by the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general.
All told, some 800,000 immigrants are living in the U.S. who already have been ordered deported but have not yet left the country or been removed by the government.
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WASHINGTON — House leaders chose a vocal opponent of illegal immigration to head up the chamber’s immigration subcommittee, which will play an integral role in the upcoming debates on how to reform the nation’s immigration laws.
Incoming House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., announced Tuesday that Rep. Trey Gowdy, a former South Carolina prosecutor who was part of the GOP freshman wave of 2010, will head the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.
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To meet a shortage of farmworkers, some dairy farmers in New York state have decided to use robots to milk their herds rather than hiring foreign workers. The robots are manufactured in Europe and are widely used there. In the Netherlands alone about 2,000 are in use.
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A total of 102,965 illegal aliens in the “Dream Act” category have now received legal status under the Obama Administration’s unilateral declaration of amnesty proclaimed last June. Though not given a pathway to citizenship, the amnestied illegal aliens are given work permits, which allows them to compete with unemployed Americans for jobs. The administration will seek legislation next year to grant amnesty and the path to citizenship to most or all of the 11 to 12 million illegal aliens now living in the U.S.
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From La Raza’s official news release: “… immigration reform must include a clear roadmap to citizenship…”
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The University of California’s Berkeley campus announced last week that a private foundation has given $1 million to fund scholarships for illegal immigrants.
The scholarships will go to nearly 200 students who are not eligible for federal grants, government-backed loans or work-study positions, the school said.
The Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, a private family foundation, provided the scholarship grant. It is the largest scholarship for undocumented immigrants ever given to a U.S. university, the foundation said.
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Republican and Democrat amnesty supporters are disagreeing on the issue of citizenship for legalized illegal aliens. Democrats maintain that illegal aliens granted amnesty also should have a pathway to citizenship. But pro-amnesty Republicans say that amnesty should stop short of granting citizenship. They and other Republicans believe that amnesty with citizenship will substantially increase the number of Democrat voters.
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President Barack Obama promised top Latino leaders on a conference call Tuesday afternoon that once a deal is reached on the fiscal cliff, the focus of the call, he’ll throw the full force of the White House behind overhauling the country’s immigration laws.
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Riverside Sheriff Stanley Sniff said he and other sheriffs prefer not to hold minor offenders for possible deportation.
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NEW YORK — New York City Council members are proposing legislation that would sometimes prevent police from honoring an enforcement tool called an immigration detainer.
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