Today’s Immigration Headlines – June 4, 2015

DHS Loses Track of Illegal Aliens in Supervised Release

“Some aliens, including legal immigrants who commit removable offenses, are released by the federal government into U.S. communities under the Intensive Supervision Appearance Program (ISAP) while awaiting a final disposition on their removal cases. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) now admits it no longer tracks some of the foreign national in the program who have been released into U.S. communities,” Breitbart News says.

“The program enrolls aliens, both legal and illegal, who are “at high risk of committing criminal acts, absconding, or violating the terms of their release, such as reporting requirements,” explained the inspector general (IG) for the DHS in an audit, originally released in February and later revised, on alternatives to detention administered by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.”

High Tech Lobby Seeks Strategy to Boost Foreign Worker Importation

“Democratic Rep. John Delaney and Republican Sen. Ron Johnson agree that highly-skilled immigrants are valuable to the U.S. economy—they just disagree on what to do about it. As Delaney put it: Democrats prioritize finding a path to legalization for undocumented immigrants while Republicans want to first focus on securing the border,” National Journal writes.

California Bill to Give Health Insurance to Illegal Aliens Advances

“The California Senate voted on Tuesday to allow unauthorized immigrants to buy health insurance on a state exchange created under the U.S. Affordable Care Act, a measure that would make the state the first to offer that kind of coverage. The Senate voted 28-11 in favor of the proposal, which still must be approved by the state Assembly and signed by the governor, said Jesse Melgar, a spokesman for the bill’s author, Senator Ricardo Lara,” Reuters reports.

“Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which calls for restrictions on immigration, said the bill would unnecessarily cost California taxpayers and strain the state’s healthcare system. ‘It’s just one additional step that the California legislature is trying to take to eliminate any legal distinction between illegal aliens and legal residents of California,’ Mehlman said.”

3,700 More Criminals Released by Obama

“Most of the illegal immigrant criminals Homeland Security officials released from custody last year were discretionary, meaning the department could have kept them in detention but chose instead to let them onto the streets as their deportation cases moved through the system, according to new numbers from Congress,” the Washington Times reported.

“Some of those released were the worst of the worst — more than 3,700 “Threat Level 1″ criminals, who are deemed the top priority for deportation, were still released out into the community even as they waited for their immigration cases to be heard.”

Poll Shows Public Views Immigration Skeptically

“Support for a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants remains strong, but the number of Americans who believe immigrants are a drain on the country is on the rise, according to a new Pew Research Center report,” Roll Call reported.

“The center reports 72 percent of Americans said in a poll conducted in May that undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. should be allowed to stay in the country legally, if certain requirements are met. That result has fluctuated only slightly in recent years, according to Pew.”

House Votes to Limit Obama Defense of Amnesty Provisions, and Immigration Component of Trade Deals

“The House on Wednesday endorsed a proposal to block the Obama administration from further pursuing its legal defense of the president’s executive actions to shield illegal immigrants from deportation. Rep. Steve King’s (R-Iowa) amendment to the annual funding bill for the Justice Department passed on a party-line, 222-204 vote. Nineteen Republicans voted with all Democrats in opposition,” The Hill reports.

“King offered a second amendment, adopted by voice vote, that would prohibit the use of funds to negotiate immigrant visas as part of a trade agreement. The wide-ranging appropriations measure also includes funding for the Commerce Department.”

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Dan is FAIR's President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


  1. Catch and Release

    Is what a n IA faces if caught….no wonder they don’t take us seriously.


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    Today’s Immigration Headlines – June 4, 2015