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.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has established a hotline so that illegal aliens who think that their apprehension and pending deportation may not be in compliance with the new Obama administration amnesty “priorities” may call and tell CBP about their experience.
During a February 8 interview with anchorwoman Dana Bash on CNN’s State of the Union, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson warned that approximately 30,000 DHS employees would be immediately furloughed if Congress doesn’t extend funding for the department beyond its current appropriation expiring on February 27.
During the first six years of the Obama administration — from 2009 to 2014 — the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued 982,000 new work permits to illegal immigrants or immigrants unqualified for admission, with 957,000 going to immigrants who crossed the border illegally.
During her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 28, President Obama’s nominee for the Cabinet post of attorney general, Loretta Lynch, said Obama’s executive actions on immigration are legally “reasonable.”
A report posted recently on the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website states: “CBP has seen an overall increase in the apprehension of Unaccompanied Alien Children from Central America at the Southwest Border, specifically in the Rio Grande Valley.”
More states have joined the original 18 that filed a lawsuit on December 3 against the federal government and several federal officials seeking relief against the defendants’ violations of the Constitution and federal law resulting from President Obama’s November 20 announcement that he would unilaterally suspend immigration law as applied to four million illegal immigrants.
The National Border Patrol Council (NBPC), the union that represents some 17,000 Border Patrol agents and support personnel, announced on January 23 that they are opposed to the Secure Our Borders First Act (H.R. 399), introduced in the House by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), on January 16.
One month ago, U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell issued a temporary injunction that forced Arizona to permit young "DREAMers" to apply for driver’s licenses. On Thursday, he made the injunction permanent.
President Obama mentioned immigration only briefly during his 2015 State of the Union address, touching on the highly charged issue only twice in his 6,500-word speech. As if to declare a truce on the topic for the evening, the Republican response to the address, delivered by freshman Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa, did not mention immigration once.