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Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen Struggles With the Facts at Senate Oversight Hearing

Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen Struggles With the Facts at Senate Oversight Hearing

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, where she was grilled by Senators on negotiations around Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), rumored upcoming DHS policies, agency enforcement actions, and much more. While much of the media attention around this hearing focused on whether Secretary Nielsen […]

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Flawed U.S. Response to Central American Refugees Reiterated by DHS Officials

Written by on February 24, 2016 in Enforcement, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
Flawed U.S. Response to Central American Refugees Reiterated by DHS Officials

Top officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continue to believe that deporting families and children quickly deters others who are considering coming to the United States. This view was reiterated during a Senate Judiciary hearing about unaccompanied children this week, in statements made by DHS officials Ronald Vitiello, Deputy Chief of the Border […]

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The EB-5 Visa Program Placed Under Microscope in Senate Hearing

Written by on February 2, 2016 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
The EB-5 Visa Program Placed Under Microscope in Senate Hearing

The Immigrant Investor Program, also known as “EB-5,” has become an increasingly important source of investment for development projects in the United States, attracting billions of dollars to the U.S. economy and creating tens of thousands of jobs in the United States. However, that program came under intense scrutiny this week at a Senate Judiciary […]

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Senate to Vote on “Sanctuary Cities” Legislation

Written by on October 19, 2015 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement, Legislation with 0 Comments
Senate to Vote on “Sanctuary Cities” Legislation

The Senate will vote Tuesday on whether to begin debate on Senator David Vitter’s (R-LA) “Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act” (S. 2146). The bill is an enforcement-only approach to immigration and fails to address our outdated immigration laws and the need to enact comprehensive reforms. S. 2146 attempts to punish so-called “sanctuary cities” […]

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The Power and Potential of High Skilled Immigration

Written by on March 17, 2015 in Economics, Employment and Wages, High Skilled with 1 Comment
The Power and Potential of High Skilled Immigration

Note: Today’s blog features the oral testimony of Benjamin Johnson, Executive Director of the American Immigration Council before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Read his full written testimony here. Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today on behalf of the American Immigration Council. […]

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Final Immigration Hearings of 2014 Preview More Gridlock in 114th Congress

Written by on December 11, 2014 in Executive Action, Legislation with 1 Comment
Final Immigration Hearings of 2014 Preview More Gridlock in 114th Congress

When the 113th Congress kicked off nearly two years ago, hopes were high that this would be the Congress to pass lasting immigration reform. “I think a comprehensive approach is long overdue, and I’m confident that the president, myself, others, can find the common ground to take care of this issue once and for all,” […]

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What Does the Success of the Mark-Up Tell us About the Coming Full Senate Vote on Immigration?

Written by on May 23, 2013 in Elections, Legislation, Reform with 0 Comments
What Does the Success of the Mark-Up Tell us About the Coming Full Senate Vote on Immigration?

One year ago, with the presidential race in full swing and proponents of self-deportation making the headlines, it would have been difficult to predict the extraordinary vote that took place Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ten Democrats and three Republicans voted to pass S. 744 out of committee and send a comprehensive immigration bill […]

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Senate Judiciary Committee Reaches Agreement on Immigration Reform Bill

Written by on May 22, 2013 in Legislation, Reform, Uncategorized with 4 Comments
Senate Judiciary Committee Reaches Agreement on Immigration Reform Bill

After three weeks and hours of debate over five days, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved S. 744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,” on a bipartisan 13-5 vote, with GOP Senators Lindsey Graham (SC), Orrin Hatch (UT), and Jeff Flake (AZ) voting with the Democrats. Advocates in the hearing room burst into […]

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Day 4 of Senate Immigration Mark-up Goes Late into Night

Written by on May 20, 2013 in Legislation, Reform with 1 Comment
Day 4 of Senate Immigration Mark-up Goes Late into Night

Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee began its fourth day—and likely last week—of the immigration reform bill’s mark-up. After spending most of the day finishing the Title 3 (interior enforcement) amendments, the senators began on the last part of the bill, Title 2 (legalization), which includes the path to citizenship. They considered 50 amendments and approved […]

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Subtle but Dramatic Progress on Immigration Reform

Written by on May 17, 2013 in Interior Enforcement, Legislation, Reform with 0 Comments
Subtle but Dramatic Progress on Immigration Reform

Yesterday was day 3 of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s mark-up on S. 744, the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill. While it wasn’t as exciting as the first two days—no dramatic speeches or vocal disagreement—several important votes were taken to modify the mandatory E-verify program, adding and subtracting protections, safeguards, and reporting requirements. This lack of […]

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