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GOP Rep. Introduces Legislation That Would Cut Foreign Aid to Pay for Border Wall

3yrs ago from The Blaze
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) filed a bill on Tuesday that would cut foreign aid to home countries of immigrants who illegally cross into the U.S. and use the funds to help build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. What are the details? The Fund and Complete the Border Wall Act would dock $2,000 in foreign aid to home countries for each citizen caught illegally entering America. Under the law, a fee would also be imposed on international wire transfers from the U.S., and foreign visitors would be charged a $25 fee with their I-94 forms. Currently, travelers to the U.S. pay $6 with the I-94 application. If Biggs' bill gets passed, that $6 charge would be allocated to the Land Border Inspection Fee Account, another $9 would be sent to the Secure the Southern Border Fund, and the remaining $10 would be used to pay the salaries of border patrol agents as well …
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The Trump Administration Wants to Punish Legal Immigrants Who Used ObamaCare

3yrs ago from The Week
The Trump administration is preparing a proposal that would make it more difficult for legal immigrants to obtain a green card or become citizens if they have used public welfare programs, NBC News reported Tuesday. The proposal would limit the path to citizenship or reduce the odds of obtaining permanent legal status for migrants who have ever used ObamaCare, children's public health insurance, food stamps, or other benefits. Experts say it would affect around 20 million immigrants, hitting low-income families the hardest. White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, who has been tasked with reducing the number of migrants who obtain permanent legal status, is leading the way on the proposal, reports NBC News. It would not require congressional approval. The details are still being finalized, but sources said a nearly-finished version of the plan has been sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget. In 2016, about 1.2 million immigrants became lawful permanent residents, and more than 750,000 became naturalized citizens. The Trump administration's new immigration policies have put the U.S. on track to decrease those numbers by 20 percent and 10 percent, respectively. A Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman said that the proposal "is clearly intended to protect the American taxpayer by ensuring that foreign nationals seeking to enter or remain in the U.S are self-sufficient." Read more at NBC News. Summer Meza
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Immigration ‘loophole’ That Trump Bemoaned Returns After Zero Tolerance Rollback

3yrs ago from Raw Story
After fleeing Guatemala, 25-year-old Silvia Guidel crossed the Rio Grande last month on a raft with her three young daughters, walked in the South Texas heat for nearly an hour, and then turned her family in to U.S. Border Patrol agents to seek asylum in America. Had she arrived six weeks earlier, Guidel, who said she fled violence and extortion in her home country, could well have been separated from her children at an immigrant processing center overseen by …
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Jeff Sessions Says Trump Admin Will ‘aggressively’ Oppose DACA as Immigration Fight Continues

3yrs ago from The Blaze
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Trump administration will continue to fight for its authority to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, maintaining that the judicial branch doesn't have the rightful authority to block the executive branch from reversing the immigration program. In his statement, Sessions argued that since the program was established by executive order, the executive branch should have the authority to end it. "The executive branch's authority to simply rescind a policy, established only by a letter from the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, is clearly established," Sessions said in the statement. "The Department of Justice will take every lawful measure to vindicate the Department of Homeland Security's lawful rescission of DACA." Background U.S. District Judge John Bates issued a ruling on Friday saying that the Trump administration must restore DACA and allow for new applications beginning on Aug. 23. In his ruling, Bates said the Trump administration …
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