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.
Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS), an organization that has made a connection between lax federal immigration policies and California’s many socio-economic problems, has launched an ad campaign focusing on the effects of unrestrained immigration on unemployment. CAPS will run the ads on national cable news networks and local Los Angeles TV stations in anticipation of Monday’s holiday in observance of King’s birthday.
The House of Representatives voted on January 14 to approve an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security’s funding bill that would deny funds for new or renewed applications for the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program. It was one of five amendments passed to limit the Obama administration’s grants of amnesty to illegal immigrants by executive actions.
Internal training documents used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and shared by a CBP agent reveal that agents are now receiving guidelines instructing them that the overwhelming majority of illegal immigrants in the United States are now immune to detention and deportation.
Thousands of immigrants who are in the United States illegally started lining up on January 2 at Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices across California to apply for driver's licenses. Legislation giving this privilege to illegal aliens (Assembly Bill 60) was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in October 2013 but it just became effective this month.
In a closed-door meeting on January 7, House Republicans discussed the best strategy to prevent President Obama from implementing his administration’s executive action on immigration policy. That policy, put into effect by Obama’s presidential memorandum on November 21 and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s executive action memorandum on November 20, would provide for “deferred action” — or amnesty — to delay the deportations of millions of illegal aliens.
Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), is prepared to introduce legislation in the 114th Congress that would reverse President Obama’s executive action to defer deportations and grant work permits for up to five million illegal aliens. Other members of Congress have introduced bills to prohibit the use of funds to carry out the Obama executive actions granting amnesty to illegal aliens.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who has topped most recent opinion polls gauging public opinion of likely candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, has been criticized by conservatives for his advocacy of a “path for citizenship” for illegal immigrants. He has often used that term and other language that is closer to that employed by President Obama (e.g., a “broken” immigration system) than to the more accurate descriptions of these situations employed by those who advocate strict enforcement of our immigration laws.