Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice began reviewing compliance letters this week sent to the agency by 10 jurisdictions across the country that were put on notice by AG Sessions in May. The states and localities risk losing certain federal grants because of their sanctuary policies that shield illegal aliens from federal law enforcement.
Microsoft Corp. founder and FWD.us co-founder Bill Gates said that Europe should increase foreign aid to countries instead of taking in more refugees. Gates, in an interview with the German newspaper, Welt am Sonntag, said that bringing in more migrants would motivate more to leave their home countries and flood Europe.
Pres. Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions will prosecute first- time border crossers as criminals under Operation Streamline. Under Pres. Obama only repeat border-crossers could be prosecuted under the program.
In his January 25th executive order Pres. Trump reinstated the Secure Communities program allowing ICE to broaden their enforcement priorities. Since then ICE's interior arrests of illegal aliens have reached 2014 levels before the Obama administration initiated the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP), which limited ICE to only apprehending illegal aliens who committed felonies or multiple misdemeanors.
Ten states have asked to Trump Administration to end the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program by September 5th, and to refrain from renewing or issuing new DACA permits. Failure to do so will prompt the states to amend a case challenging the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and extended DACA programs to include the original DACA program.
AG Sessions & DOJ begin reviewing compliance letters sent by 10 sanctuary jurisdictions
FRI, JUL 7th
It was a short week due to the July 4th holiday, but there was still some significant immigration news in Washington this week.
First, the Department of Justice announced that it has begun reviewing letters that it has received from 10 sanctuary jurisdictions that were put on notice by Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier this year.
The 10 jurisdictions were identified in an Inspector General's report conducted during the Obama Administration and were chosen because of their sanctuary policies and the amount of federal law enforcement funding they receive. The list represents a mix of different levels of government and includes: the States of Connecticut and California, the Counties of Miami-Dade, Cook (Ill.), and Clark (Nev.), the Parrish of Orleans (La.), and the cities of New York, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, and Chicago.
Next, billionaire Bill Gates made headlines this week when he said that Europe should stop taking in refugees and instead help them closer to their home regions.
NumbersUSA President Roy Beck commented: "Gates' stated position on helping the most refugees possible while avoiding destabilizing other countries through resettlement sounds very much like NumbersUSA's long-standing policy on the best way to respond to refugee crises. More diverse voices -- such as the musician Bono this last year -- are recognizing there are more humanitarian ways to act than the outdated resettlement programs currently run by the U.S. government. Let's hope the U.S. Congress will soon see the light, too."
Research from the Center for Immigration Studies found that the United States can help 12 refugees in safe zones in their home regions for the same cost as permanently resettling one in the U.S.
Finally, we learned that the Trump Administration has reinstated Operation Streamline, which prosecutes first-time border crossers as criminals. The program was shut down by the Obama Administration and demonstrates another way President Trump is trying to strengthen immigration enforcement along the border.