Jeff Flake Isn’t Giving Up on Immigration Reform, Says Will Force a Vote on His Proposal as Soon as Senate Returns from Recess

Jeff Flake Isn’t Giving Up on Immigration Reform, Says Will Force a Vote on His Proposal as Soon as Senate Returns from Recess

Senator Jeff Flake isn’t giving up on immigration reform.  The junior Senator from Arizona said that he plans to force a vote on a proposal as soon as the Senate returns from its winter recess after next week.  Flake proposed a fallback option for immigration reform last week when it looked like larger plans being put forth by Senators from both sides of the aisle were going to fall through. A Republican plan that would’ve granted a pathway to citizenship…

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U.S. Immigration Officials Round Up Dozens of Illegal Immigrants in Southern California, Many of Them Violent Felons, In Largest Sweep of the Year

U.S. Immigration Officials Round Up Dozens of Illegal Immigrants in Southern California, Many of Them Violent Felons, In Largest Sweep of the Year

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers took a total of 212 people into custody during a five-day immigration sweep at business sites in southern California this week.  In all, ICE officers inspected 122 businesses in a worksite enforcement operation around Los Angeles conducted from last Sunday to Thursday. Of the 212 immigrants taken into custody, 195 of them were convicted criminals that had been issued final orders of removal and failed to leave the country, or had been previously removed…

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Senate’s Failure to Act Leaves Hundreds of Thousands of DREAMers in Limbo

Senate’s Failure to Act Leaves Hundreds of Thousands of DREAMers in Limbo

Hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children are left in limbo as immigration reform once again failed to pass in the Congress this week.  The fate of DREAMers is up in the air as Congress enters a week-long recess and a March 5th deadline for the DACA program, which protects those immigrants from deportation, looms. Republicans in the Senate put forth a plan last week that would have granted nearly 2 million…

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Immigration Reform Dies Again

Immigration Reform Dies Again

Republicans made a last-ditch effort to pass a DACA solution this week only to have it thwarted by Democrats.  Are we seeing the beginning of a midterm election strategy by Democrats?  We discuss DACA and the failure of Congress to once again get an immigration bill passed in today’s episode.   http://media.blubrry.com/itn/p/content.blubrry.com/itn/Immigration_Reform_Dies_Again.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

A Bipartisan Plan to Fix DACA, Fund Border Wall Draws Harsh Criticism, Then Fails in the Senate

A Bipartisan Plan to Fix DACA, Fund Border Wall Draws Harsh Criticism, Then Fails in the Senate

A bipartisan plan put forth by a group of twenty-two senators has drawn the ire of the White House and other agencies in the Trump administration, and failed in a vote in the Senate.  “The changes proposed by Senators Schumer-Rounds-Collins would effectively make the United States a Sanctuary Nation where ignoring the rule of law is encouraged,” the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement. The bill would grant a 10-12-year pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants who were…

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McConnell: Open Debate on Immigration Does Not Mean Unlimited Debate

McConnell: Open Debate on Immigration Does Not Mean Unlimited Debate

Senator Mitch McConnell is making one thing clear: it is now or never on immigration.  The Majority Leader has vowed to have an open debate policy when it came to an immigration bill this week, notably allowing an “opportunity for a thousand flowers to bloom,” he said. But McConnell is making it clear that open-debate doesn’t mean endless debate.  And yesterday he said debate on an immigration bill will end this week, giving the Senate 2-3 days to come up…

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19 States Attorneys General Threaten to Sue Trump Administration if Question About Citizenship is Included in the 2020 Census

19 States Attorneys General Threaten to Sue Trump Administration if Question About Citizenship is Included in the 2020 Census

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is threatening to sue the Trump administration if it adds a question about citizenship the 2020 U.S. Census Bureau questionnaire.  Becerra is co-leading a coalition of 19 attorneys general that have voiced strong opposition to the inclusion of a question determining a respondent’s citizenship status. “The California Department of Justice is putting President Trump on notice: if a citizenship question is added to the 2020 U.S. Census Bureau questionnaire, we are prepared to take any…

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Second Federal Judge Strikes Down DACA End

Second Federal Judge Strikes Down DACA End

U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis of New York has become the second federal judge to place an injunction the Trump administration’s ending of the DACA program, the program that protects from deportation undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country at a young age.  Judge William Alsup of Federal District Court in San Francisco placed a nationwide injunction on the ending of the program in January. Garaufis wrote that the Trump administration could not end DACA until a “decision on…

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Republican Senators Unveil Immigration Bill that Solves DACA, Funds the Wall and Grandfathers Family Visa Applications

Republican Senators Unveil Immigration Bill that Solves DACA, Funds the Wall and Grandfathers Family Visa Applications

Republican Senators have introduced a bill in the Senate that addresses all of the President’s major legislative concerns when it comes to immigration.  The Senate has vowed to take immigration legislation up this week ahead of a winter recess next week a looming March 5 end of the DACA program. The Secure and Succeed Act, sponsored by Senators Cotton, Grassley, Cornyn, Tillis, Perdue, Lankford, and Ernst, provides a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million undocumented immigrants who were brought to the…

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Arrests of Both Criminal and Noncriminal Immigrants Up After First Year of Trump Administration

Arrests of Both Criminal and Noncriminal Immigrants Up After First Year of Trump Administration

Arrests of noncriminal immigrants more than doubled last year under the Trump administration according to a new analysis by The Washington Post.  According to the report 37,734 noncriminal immigrants were detailed in 2017. Arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials of undocumented immigrants have increased by 40% in President Trump’s first year in office. The number of immigrants who were convicted of crimes last year, 105,736, was also a small increase. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has instructed the Justice Department…

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