Cruz, Rubio Take on Trump During Debate
“At Thursday night’s Republican debate in Houston, the gloves came off early between Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz on illegal immigration. It’s been an issue that’s pitted Rubio and Cruz against each other in recent debates, but they found common cause Thursday,” USA Today says.
“Trump started things off, when asked by Wolf Blitzer about differences between his plan on immigration and Cruz’s, saying that the Texas senator was ‘in charge of amnesty.’ He also defended his proposal, saying ‘the best of them will come back. But they’re going to come back through a process.’”
Trump’s Hotel Criticized for Hiring Foreign Workers
“The New York Times published a bombshell of an article today, saying that while hundreds of Americans have applied for low-skill jobs as waitresses, housekeepers, and cooks at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, FL., only 17 were hired. The rest were filled by foreign guest workers,” Townhall.com.
“New” DOJ Policy Has Been in Place for Months
“A new policy that lets immigration officials decide whether to release immigrant prisoners in federal custody to local police or deport them has been in place for months in an effort to avoid a repeat of the fatal shooting in San Francisco by a Mexican convict who was freed last year, officials said Thursday,” ABC News says.
“The change, which officially took effect Feb. 12 but has been applied informally for months, gives U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement a right of first refusal when a federal prisoner who completes a sentence is wanted by local authorities for other crimes, a senior agency official said. Previously, local police had first say.”
DOJ Policy on Sanctuary Cities Announced
“The Justice Department has quietly begun implementing a policy that gives U.S. border authorities first rights to inmates leaving federal prison who are tagged for deportation rather than allowing them to proceed on local warrants to so-called sanctuary cities,” USA Today reports.
“Justice authorities outlined the program, which could involve the movement of up to 500 prisoners per year, in a Feb. 23 letter to federal lawmakers as ‘an effort to ensure that criminal aliens are not improperly released onto American streets.’”
Alameda Suspect Among First Subject to new DOJ Policy
“Federal immigration officials have asked Alameda County jail officials to notify them when they plan to release an immigrant suspected of killing a San Jose woman. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement Thursday that the agency wants to know when Esmid Pedraza is released so it can pursue possible deportation,” the Washington Times says.