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Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) has introduced S. 3379, the “Surface Transportation and Maritime Security Act,” which would establish within the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) the “Surface Transportation and Maritime Security Advisory Committee.”

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine indicated that “first-generation immigrants are more costly to governments, mainly at the state and local levels, than are the native-born, in large part due to the costs of educating their children.”

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson citing an Immigration and Customs Enforcement document that validated their concerns that the Obama administration’s refugee resettlement program is “creating national security risks.”

Large numbers of Haitian migrants are traveling to Central America, then journeying 2,500 miles north to the United States, where they cross the border illegaly and then claim asylum.

Recent news reports revealed that Stone Mountain, Georgia, and Boise, Idaho, have each received more Syrian refugees than New York City and Los Angeles combined.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission sent a letter to Robert Carey, director of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement, stating that unless the federal government “unconditionally” approves the state’s new plan controlling refugee placements within Texas, the state agency will “exit” the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program.

On September 17, our nation saw violent attacks by natives of two countries where terrorism has a strong presence — the bombings in New York and New Jersey by Ahmad Khan Rahami, a native of Afghanistan, and a knife attack on nine shoppers in a St. Cloud, Minnesota, mall by Dahir Adan, a Somali immigrant.

A statement posted at the State Department website on September 20 noted: “President Barack Obama will host a Leaders’ Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis on the margins of [the 71st Regular Session of the UN General Assembly] on September 20, 2016.” 

Ahmad Khan Rahami, a native of Afghanistan who is a suspect in the bombings in New York City and New Jersey over the weekend, was taken into custody following a shootout with police in Linden, New Jersey.

A new study by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) stated that the economic impact of conflict in the Middle East and North Africa is “massive and persistent” and is responsible for soaring inflation, which hurts the value of currencies, and has resulted in a flood of refugees to neighboring nations.

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