U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Brownsville gained nationwide attention when he issued an injunction on February 16 blocking President Obama's executive action to grant amnesty to four million illegal aliens. On Tuesday, he refused the administration's request to lift the injunction. However, the Obama administration’s Department of Justice, apparently anticipating that Hanen would deny their request to limit the injunction only to Texas, also filed an appeal with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
The Obama administration lost one and won one Tuesday in federal court decisions on the president’s executive actions regarding the enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws.
New York City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Queens) is leading an effort to draft legislation to let non-citizens vote in New York City’s municipal elections. Though the final details have not been worked out and a bill has not yet been introduced in the city council, advance discussion of the legislation reveals that it would provide voting privileges to documented residents who have lived in New York City for at least six months. Such individuals would not be allowed to vote in state or federal elections.
Nine federal agencies determine where a refugee will be resettled in the United States — not the communities that will receive the refugees and be faced with providing the many social services that government is expected to provide in today’s culture. It is reasonable to ask that local communities be given a say into whether or not they feel capable of absorbing refugees into their community, and how many refugees each feels comfortable in accommodating. Furthermore, that process should begin at the local level — not end there.
In an article published by Voice of America on March 31, VOA’s Senior Analyst Victor Morales cited U.S. Census Bureau estimates that by 2045, the United States will have a population of approximately 389 million people. Furthermore, for the first time in the nation’s history, the majority of people living in the United States will be non-white.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), working in coordination with the U.S. State Department, conducted a teleconference on March 31 to provide information about its Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee/Parole Program.
After largely failing to prod state governments into developing a national identification system known as “REAL ID,” Republican lawmakers in Congress are yet again quietly pushing another Obama-backed scheme that would more directly force every American to have a national ID card containing sensitive biometric data. The controversial plan, embedded in an immigration-enforcement bill, has been in the works for years, but has consistently been met with stiff opposition from liberty-minded grassroots organizations and activists. While the plan has failed in previous Congresses thanks to a groundswell of opposition, critics of the measure say that without prompt action, the unconstitutional scheme could soon become a reality.
The legislation, officially dubbed the "Legal Workforce Act" (H.R. 1147), is ostensibly aimed at preventing illegal immigrants from obtaining jobs in the United States.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit will hear oral arguments from both sides in the Department of Justice’s appeal of U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s February 16 injunction that blocked the Obama administration’s use of executive actions to grant amnesty to four million illegal aliens. After Hanen declined to grant a stay of his injunction the DOJ filed its appeal on March 12 in the New Orleans appellate court.
Members of the Houston-based Remembrance Project, which was formed to bring comfort to families of Americans killed by people in the United States illegally, recently traveled to the state capitol in Austin to support the passage of SB 185, a bill to prohibit cities from implementing policies that would interfere with local police enforcement of state or federal immigration laws.
Senator Ted Cruz, who announced his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination at Liberty University in Virginia on March 23, has been criticized by Cesar Vargas and Erika Andiola, co-directors of the radical, pro-amnesty Dream Action Coalition.
While most police departments in the country require their police officers to be U.S. citizens, some do not, with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department in Tennessee being the latest large department to consider such a policy.