Immigration Arrests Spiked, Illegal Border Crossings Dropped in 2017
Arrests of undocumented immigrants rose and apprehensions along the Southwest border were down significantly last year, according to the end of year numbers released Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
During fiscal year 2017, there were a total of 310,531 apprehensions by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), nationwide. That’s the lowest number of arrests since 1971.
From the beginning of the Trump administration in January through the end of September, Immigration and Customs Enforecemnt (ICE) arrested 110,568 illegal immigrants, a 40% increase from the same time period the year before.
Convicted criminals, those facing criminal charges, fugitives and illegal immigrants who have been deported multiple times make up 92% of the arrests, the department says.
Senate GOP Unveils Immigration Reform, With 3 Year Work Permits for DACA Illegals
The Grand Old Party (GOP) plan, dubbed the Security, Enforcement, and Compassion United in Reform Efforts (SECURE) Act would offer three year work permits to 690,000 DACA illegal immigrants in exchange for ending chain migration, requiring mandatory screening to exclude illegals from jobs, closing asylum loopholes used by migrants to get into the United States, and penalizing so called “sanctuary cities” which refuse to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement agencies.
The bill is backed by Senators Grassley, John Cornyn, Lindsey Graham, Thom Tillis, James Lankford, David Perdue, and Tom Cotton, but it is also being strongly supported by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Grassley introduced the bill Tuesday afternoon in a floor speech and was followed to the floor by North Carolina Sen. Tillis.
Immigration Activists Reject Cornyn Proposal on Dreamers
A proposal by Texas U.S. Senator John Cornyn and other GOP senators to provide temporary relief to so-called Dreamers living in the U.S. illegally was shot down Tuesday by a leading immigration rights group opposed to tougher immigration and border measures that would go along with it.
Cornyn’s plan, unveiled Tuesday with Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley, would give three years of legal protection to the estimated 690,000 current Dreamers, or people who were brought into the country illegally as children.
“This bill provides a real, bipartisan solution for those brought here by their parents illegally who now find themselves in limbo,” said Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate.
But several activist organizations called it a poor substitute for the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which President Donald Trump has ordered phased out by March.
The Supreme Court Just Made a Big Decision on Trump’s Immigration Ban
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Trump administration can fully enforce its immigration ban while lower courts continue to consider the issue.
Impacted nations include Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and North Korea, as well as some people from Venezuela. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor were the two dissenting votes.
Immigrants and their Children Founded 43% of Last Year’s Fortune 500 Companies, Startup Lobby Finds
The Center for American Entrepreneurship (CAE) launched in June, the same day that President Donald Trump’s administration tried to pull the plug on a policy that would allow foreign startup founders to spend several years building their companies in the U.S. On Friday, a judge overturned the delay, compelling immigration officials to begin accepting applications for the International Entrepreneur Rule.
Creating an actual visa category for entrepreneurs is CAE’s goal and the impetus for the new report, which is an update of a 2011 study by the New American Economy.
The 216 Fortune 500 companies founded by a first or second generation immigrant employ 12 million people worldwide and with combined revenue of $5.3 trillion last year, the report says. 45 of those companies are in the high-tech industry.
Court Rules ICE Can’t Detain Immigrant Teens Without Due Process
The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Northern California, Cooley LLP, and the law offices of Holly S. Cooper recently won a federal court ruling that prevents the federal government from detaining juveniles without showing that their detention is justified. The case, Saravia v. Sessions, is a class-action lawsuit on behalf of immigrant minors who were living with their families and sponsors when they were arrested on allegations of gang membership.
The district court in Northern California recognized that ripping juveniles from their homes and locking them up deprives them of their most basic freedoms. The court put reasonable procedures in place to prevent that from happening unfairly. The government must present evidence to justify the minor’s detention, and that hearing has to take place before the minor is sent to a faraway detention center.
Florida Keys Sheriff Illegally Jails Immigrants, ACLU Says
Relying on an out-of-date federal detainer form, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is locking up immigrants in violation of the U.S. Constitution, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and two other groups say.
Three ACLU attorneys sent a letter to Sheriff Rick Ramsay on Monday accusing his staff of holding people on a request by the federal government rather than a court order or judge’s warrant.
“An immigration detainer is not a court order or judicial warrant and provides no legal authority to continue holding an individual in custody,” the ACLU lawyers wrote.
Private Company Submits Plan for Proposed Elkhart Co. Immigration Detention Facility
New information was released on a proposed $100 million immigration detention facility in Elkhart County. South Bend Tribune report private prison company CoreCivic submitted a detailed plan Monday to the county planning department.
The minimum-security facility along County Road 7 would be leased to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. It would have up to 1,200 beds and house detainees waiting for deportation after a hearing. Construction could start as soon as possible in the spring and open in 2020.
Students Rally Before Trip to D.C. to Join Immigration Reform Protest
While most students exited Horlick High School to head home Tuesday afternoon, a few dozen stayed back to voice their support for immigration reform. The students were rallying outside of Horlick, 2119 Rapids Drive, to bring attention to the issue of immigration.
The students going on the trip planned the rally in front of the school Tuesday as a send-off before the long bus ride to the East Coast, where they were to join other protesters from across the country on Wednesday in the nation’s capital to lobby for passage of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.
Nevada Immigration Advocates to Participate in Week of Action
Nevada’s pro-immigrant community is participating in a national “week of action” this week in support of undocumented residents brought to the country as children and other temporary protected status recipients from Central America.
The public events, including rallies and prayer nights, come as the Dec. 8 deadline for Congress to pass a federal spending bill approaches. Immigration advocates are pushing for some version of the DREAM Act to be included, though there are no indications that will happen.
Las Vegas community groups, like the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada and Mi Familia Vota, plan a gathering Wednesday evening outside the federal courthouse on Las Vegas Boulevard South. In Reno, a smaller group is expected to meet outside the federal building there. They expect around 300 people to attend Wednesday night’s rally.