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.
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.