President Trump pledged to a child attending the White House Easter Egg Roll festivities that he would keep up his work on the southern border wall. President Donald Trump opened a new flank in his battle against illegal immigration on Monday when he ordered his administration to crack down on "visa overstays" – foreigners who legally enter the country but remain in the U.S. after their visas expire. The president signed a memorandum ordering the secretary of state and the secretary of homeland security to submit plans within four months to crack down on overstays, such as punishing countries whose citizens have high rates of overstays and requiring foreign travelers to post "admission bonds"
Total immigration apprehensions in Texas' Rio Grande Valley, the nation's heaviest trafficked illegal crossing sector, has surged in the past months, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) revealed in a statement Monday. CBP reported: “Less than seven months into the fiscal year, the Rio Grande Valley Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol Sector has apprehended more than 164,000 people to date, surpassing the total number of apprehensions made in fiscal year 2018.” The statement also pointed out that border patrol agents in the region arrest over 1,100 people each day on average. The agency has been devoting more resources to the surging numbers of migrant families crossing the southern border.
Bryan MacCormack, executive director of Columbia County Sanctuary Movement, was videotaped by his passenger during an encounter with an ICE agent in Hudson on March 5, 2019. ALBANY, N.Y. – A bill in the state Legislature would let immigrants in the country illegally avoid detainment by federal authorities in most cases, making New York a "sanctuary state." The legislation has been considered at the state Capitol for several years in various iterations, but has gained new prominence amid the federal debate over immigration and Democrats taking control of state government this year. While several upstate cities have deemed themselves "sanctuary cities" because they limit enforcement of immigration
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to count self-identified illegal immigrants in the 2020 census. Cities worry adding the citizenship question could undercount 6.5 million people. Their argument, however, isn't just about political power but billions of dollars in federal funds states expect. The case underscores what experts say is a growing cost to taxpayers from the surge of Central American families and unaccompanied minors. "We're talking about billions of dollars in taxpayer benefits over the next few years," said Dan Stein, director of the right-leaning think tank, Federation for American Immigration Reform. "The payout for the taxpayer is enormous and income to the Treasury
Stephen Moore, President Donald Trump's pick for the Federal Reserve, previously called migrants “heroic” and illegal immigration “a function of job opportunities in the United States.” “To me, it's an incredibly heroic act that people would take the chance to come across the border and really put their life at risk to come into this country. I just think it's an important point we remember,” the economist said during a panel on immigration held at the George W. Bush Institute in 2013. “People always ask me as an economist, 'When will we know when America is in decline?' And it's when a million people want to leave here, rather than come here. The fact that people will risk their life still to
Police said Sunday they are holding 24 illegal immigrants who were arrested on Saturday during a sting security operation in Isiolo. George Kinoti, director of Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), said 18 Ethiopians and six Eritreans were arrested from a bush in an operation by a team of detectives in Merti. "The immigrants were found being driven through the bush from Moyale to Nairobi to avoid detection. Driver escaped but is being sought," said Kinoti. He said the suspects will be arraigned in court on Tuesday, charged with being in the country illegally. Kenyan authorities have intensified a crackdown on undocumented migrant workers. The immigration department has set up a hotline
As the heated debate over funding the southern border wall rages on in Congress, President TrumpDonald John TrumpThorny part of obstruction of justice is proving intent, that's a job for Congress Obama condemns attacks in Sri Lanka as 'an attack on humanity' Schiff rips Conway's 'display of alternative facts' on Russian election interference MORE announced his intention to send illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities and states across the nation. Considering that a number of major locations, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and others have declared that they would not cooperate with immigration enforcement, the proposal seems like a rather logical one. After all, if these cities
The FBI on Saturday said it had arrested Larry Hopkins, the leader of an armed group that is stopping undocumented migrants after they cross the U.S.-Mexico border into New Mexico. The arrest came two days after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) accused the group of illegally detaining migrants and New Mexico's Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham ordered an investigation. Hopkins, 69, also known as Johnny Horton, was arrested in Sunland Park, New Mexico, on a federal complaint charging him with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.
THESSALONIKI, Greece — Greek police say they have stopped a truck with stolen license plates and found 59 undocumented migrants inside. The truck was stopped Friday afternoon on the highway about 30 kilometers (20 miles) east of Thessaloniki, because it had Bulgarian license plates that had been reported stolen. Behind a few boxes of insulation materials lay the 59 migrants, about half from Somalia and the rest from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Palestine and Sudan, police announced Saturday. The migrants told police they had paid 1,500 euros ($1,690) each to a trafficker in Turkey who helped them cross into Greece by boat, before boarding the truck. The 61-year-old Bulgarian
The New York State Office of Court Administration has barred US federal immigration officials from arresting illegal immigrants – many of them from the Caribbean - in state courthouses without warrants. Court officials issued the directive after receiving numerous reports about agents from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arresting illegal immigrants after court appearances. The non-profit organization, Legal Services NYC, said a coalition of more than 100 organizations across New York State issued a new report on April 10 measuring the harmful impact of ICE's increased courthouse arrests on vulnerable immigrants' ability to access justice. This included survivors of domestic
The proposal seeks to evict undocumented family members from public housing instead of continuing the policy of adjusting their families' benefits to exclude them. The rule was sent to Congress for a 15-day review period on Wednesday. It'll be available for public comment prior to it moving ahead. The move is just the latest family-separating policy coming from the Trump administration. Most recently, Donald Trump proposed the idea of sending undocumented immigrants at the U.S. and Mexico border to live in American sanctuary cities. That came a year after his disastrous family separation policy, which took children from their parents and housed them in cages. Thousands of families are still waiting