The House of Representatives voted on March 3 to fund the Department of Homeland Security through September 30, the end of the current fiscal year. The Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015 (H.R. 240) was passed by a vote of 257-167 with undivided support from 182 Democrats. Only 75 Republicans voted for the bill, with 167 opposed.
During an interview with host Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday on March 1, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said he does not believe in amnesty for illegal aliens and that a better approach to immigration reform is to enforce the laws.
By a vote of 357-60, the House of Representatives on February 27 approved an amendment to last December’s continuing resolution that funded the Department of Homeland Security though that date — extending DHS funding though March 6.
Speaking on February 25 at a town hall event on immigration, President Obama declared that there would be “consequences” if Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employees do not follow administration policy on deportation. The event was held at Florida International University in Miami, and moderated by José Díaz-Balart on MSNBC.
Thousands of Somali refugees have settled in Minnesota since the start of the devastating civil war in their home country began in 1991. These Somalis fled their homeland to get away from the turmoil there and live in peace. However, an online video released on February 21 by a Somali-based terrorist group, al-Shabaab, that specifically named Minnesota’s Mall of America as a potential target has made many Minnesotans nervous.
The Obama administration’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to some dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status.
For the fourth time on February 23, a filibuster by Senate Democrats to block a vote on a House-passed Department of Homeland Security funding bill, which denies funding for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, was held by a 47-46 vote. (Seven senators did not vote.) Under Senate rules, 60 votes are needed to invoke cloture, which ends debate (breaking a filibuster) and allows a vote on legislation.
Senator Lindsey Graham said if Republicans de-fund the Department of Homeland Security it would be the “worst thing to do” and would only “add gasoline to the fire.”
Though President Obama said at a February 17 press conference that he disagreed with U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen’s ruling the previous day that temporarily blocked his plans to grant amnesty to four million illegal aliens — and that the Justice Department would appeal the decision — any appeals will likely take months to go through the federal courts. In the meantime, the administration’s plans to start accepting applications on February 18 from illegal aliens seeking amnesty under the DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) program have been placed on indefinite hold.
Senator Ted Cruz said the Obama administration has gone beyond using “prosecutorial discretion” to enforce immigration law, and is “counterfeiting immigration documents.”