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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President Paints Immigration as National Security Issue in Video Statement from the White House

President Paints Immigration as National Security Issue in Video Statement from the White House

The President released a video statement last night emphasizing the importance of Congress acting on immigration.  The president characterized immigration as a national security issue outlining loopholes within the system that are allowing gang members, like those affiliated with MS-13, and other criminals to infiltrate American society. My Administration has identified three major priorities for creating a safe, modern and lawful immigration system: fully securing the border, ending chain migration, and canceling the visa lottery. Congress must secure the immigration…

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White House Floats Possibility of Keeping Immigration Levels at Current Levels for More Than a Decade

White House Floats Possibility of Keeping Immigration Levels at Current Levels for More Than a Decade

The White House has floated a new proposal ahead of a critical immigration debate that is set to dominate Capitol Hill next week.  Under the proposal, immigration would stay at current levels – about 1.1. million people a year – for the next ten years. President Trump has said repeatedly that he wants to see an immigration bill accomplish four main goals: find a solution to the DACA program, fund a border wall and end both chain migration and visa…

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McConnell Set to Open Immigration Debate with No Particular Bill in Mind, Wants to Let a “Thousand Flowers Bloom”

McConnell Set to Open Immigration Debate with No Particular Bill in Mind, Wants to Let a “Thousand Flowers Bloom”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has moved to begin debate on an immigration bill in the Senate in an unorthodox way – by not starting with an immigration bill.  McConnell said that he will not use a bill as the starting point for negotiation.  Instead, he will let senators propose amendments straightaway, allowing, essentially, an immigration bill to be built from scratch. “The bill I move to, which will not have underlying immigration text, will have an amendment process that…

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General Mattis: DACA Recipients Serving in the Military Will Not Be Deported

General Mattis: DACA Recipients Serving in the Military Will Not Be Deported

Secretary of Defense James Mattis is vowing not to deport any DACA recipients serving in the military even if the program expires.  “We would always stand by one of our people,” the general said.  “They will not be subject to any kind of deportation,” he added. Mattis said the protections will apply to those who are on active duty, in the active reserves, have already signed a contract with the military and are waiting to go to boot camp and…

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Undocumented Immigrant Had Been Deported Twice, Facing Federal Immigration Charges in Death of Two, Including NFL Player

Undocumented Immigrant Had Been Deported Twice, Facing Federal Immigration Charges in Death of Two, Including NFL Player

An undocumented immigrant has been charged in the deaths of two people, one of them an NFL player, as a result of a drunk driving incident.  The man, 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Zavala is facing federal immigration charges after re-entering the country after two prior deportations. Orrego-Zavala is accused of hitting 26-year-old Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver, 54-yearl-old Jeffrey Monroe while driving drunk on a highway in Indianapolis early Sunday morning. It was revealed shortly after the incident…

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President’s Approval Rating At 90% with Republicans

President’s Approval Rating At 90% with Republicans

A recent Gallup survey shows a wide discrepancy between President Donald Trump’s approval rating among voters of different political parties.  The president’s approval rating among Republicans is an exceptionally high 90%, while among Democrats it is a low 6%.  Among independents it is 33%.  The president’s overall approval rating among all voters is 40%. There was a slight uptick in the president’s approval rating last week, which coincided with the State of the Union Address given a week ago.  The…

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Schumer and McConnell Hatch Deal That Would Keep Government Open, Funded Through 2019

Schumer and McConnell Hatch Deal That Would Keep Government Open, Funded Through 2019

Senate Leaders, Democrat Chuck Schumer and Republican Mitch McConnell announced that they are close to a deal on the budget that would keep the government funded for two years, Schumer said from the floor of the Senate today.  The deal would keep the government funded for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 and would avoid the prospect of another government shutdown. The plan was laid out in this way: The senate will vote on a one year defense appropriations bill either…

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President Says Democrats Want Open Borders, Chief of Staff John Kelly Believes Trump Now Has Moral High Ground on DACA

President Says Democrats Want Open Borders, Chief of Staff John Kelly Believes Trump Now Has Moral High Ground on DACA

President Trump has assailed Democrats for refusing to negotiate on his proposed immigration reform plan.  “[Democrats]…oppose this deal, they aren’t serious about DACA-they just want open borders,” the president wrote on Twitter earlier today. Donald J. Trump on Twitter Polling shows nearly 7 in 10 Americans support an immigration reform package that includes DACA, fully secures the border, ends chain migration & cancels the visa lottery. If D’s oppose this deal, they aren’t serious about DACA-they just want open borders….

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Two Days Away from Another Government Shutdown, Lawmakers Have Yet to Make a Move

Two Days Away from Another Government Shutdown, Lawmakers Have Yet to Make a Move

Two days away from a government shutdown, there is still is no indication how, or when, the debate over a sweeping immigration reform bill will begin.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to bring bills covering immigration, defense and other issues to the floor for votes if no solutions were set forth in the spending bill that needed to pass before February 8 in order to keep the government open. Conservatives are pushing McConnell to bring the White House’s plan…

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