The FBI admits it can’t vet the incoming swarm of refugees, and Senate and House judiciary chairmen blast Obama for the serious national security risks and economic costs of his refugee policy.
In a September 15 letter to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) expressed his concern about a USCIS memorandum published on August 17, 2015 (and going into effect on August 31) that purports to “reform” the L-1B nonimmigrant visa category.
The White House press secretary’s office issued a release on September 17 (Constitution Day) stating that President Obama had launched the “Stand Stronger” Citizenship Awareness Campaign to “encourage eligible immigrants to take an important step in their American journey and commit to citizenship.”
While most Americans opposed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are concerned primarily about the impact such “trade” agreements would have on American jobs and U.S. sovereignty, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and others are also concerned that a TPP would make radical changes to U.S. immigration policy without answering to Congress.
Two archbishops from the Middle East have complained that the United States unfairly discriminates against Christians from their region when they apply for U.S. visas.
The large number of migrants from Muslim-majority countries being granted U.S. immigration visas has raised concerns among those who are fearful of terrorists among them.
On August 25, the conservative, non-partisan educational foundation Judicial Watch filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission requesting that the FEC investigate the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for having “knowingly hired a foreign national” who is an illegal alien, Cindy Nava, “to help craft the party’s message to Hispanics, women, and children.”
A report released on September 2 indicates that 51 percent of households headed by an immigrant (whether legal or illegal) reported that they used at least one welfare program during the past year. This figure compares with 30 percent of non-immigrants households. The study defined welfare as Medicaid and cash, food, and housing programs.
According to a report released in May by Eric Jensen, a statistician/demographer with the Census Bureau’s Population Division, the national origin of immigrants entering the United States has been shifting since 2009, with immigrants from Asia now surpassing those from Mexico.
Despite the statements of the various Republican presidential candidates, the Constitution is clear on the issue of birthright citizenship.
On August 24, the government of Mexico filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas (Austin Division) in support of a lawsuit filed against the Texas Department of State Health Services by a group of illegal aliens represented by several nonprofit civil rights organizations alleging that the state has violated the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause by rejecting their applications to obtain birth certificates for their U.S.-born children.