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.
CNS News has made a startling discovery about some of the services that are available to illegal alien unaccompanied minors. Health and Human Service’s Office of Refuge Resettlement (ORR) confirmed to CNS that abortion is one of the emergency medical services that are required to be made available by federally funded caregivers of Unaccompanied Children (UC) who have been sexually assaulted and have become pregnant.
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.
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.”
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, during a House Oversight Committee hearing last week, stated that illegal immigrants granted work permits under the Obama administration’s amnesty orders will qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Brownsville issued an order of temporary injunction on February 16 that blocks the federal government from implementing the Obama immigration’s use of executive actions to grant amnesty to four million illegal aliens.
The cost of educating the tens of thousands of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) who poured across our borders in the spring and summer of 2014 is having a continued effect on the cost — and quality — of public education. A new report from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which campaigns for an end to illegal immigration, focuses on the negative effects the greatly increased number of students enrolled in English proficiency classes is having on seven school districts in the Washington, D.C., metro area.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on February 10 that because the House-passed legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security is “stuck” in the Senate, the only alternative is for the House to amend the bill.