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    Fri, MAR20th 2015 @ 9:55 am EDT

    The House Committee on the Judiciary yesterday approved a bill that would recognize a state’s inherent authority to enforce federal immigration laws and negate the president’s unconstitutional executive amnesties. The committee also endorsed a bill that would strengthen asylum standards in a manner that prevents the “rubberstamping” of fraudulent claims and effectively ends the process of “catch and release.”

    The Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act (H.R. 1148), which was authored by Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., would enable states to act as a force multiplier in the enforcement of immigration laws. There are only about 5,000 ICE agents nationwide but there are over 200,000 state and local police that can strengthen interior enforcement.

    Commenting on the bill, Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said “There are many issues plaguing our nation’s immigration system but the biggest problem is that our immigration laws are not enforced…By refusing to enforce the laws against illegal immigration, President Obama’s immigration policies collectively undermine the integrity of our immigration system and send the message to the world that our laws can be violated with impunity….Congressman Gowdy’s bill remedies this problem by taking the enforcement ‘on/off’ switch away from the president so that one person cannot unilaterally shut down the enforcement of our immigration laws.”

    In addition, the bill would:

    • Allow states and localities to enact and enforce their own immigration laws as long as they are consistent with federal law;
    • Withhold specific grants from sanctuary cities that defy federal enforcement efforts;
    • Facilitate and expedite the removal of criminal aliens. For example, if a country won’t repatriate one of their nationals, the bill would allow DHS to detain the criminal alien and order sanctions on the country; and
    • Defund Obama’s “unilateral, unconstitutional actions on immigration, whether it be appropriations funds, agency-collected fees or anything else.”

    The Committee also approved the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act (H.R. 1153), which was authored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.

    At least 70% of asylum cases contain proven or possible fraud, according to a DHS report. But in the initial screening process, officials said aliens demonstrated “credible fear” in 92% and 80% of these claims in Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014, respectively. The aliens are then released into the U.S. with a work authorization while their case is pending. Many never show up for their hearing. For unaccompanied alien minors who do, about 60% had their claims approved in the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2015.
    The bill would:

    • Tighten the credible fear standard aliens must meet in an effort to curtail fraud and end the “catch and release” of aliens apprehended at the border;
    • Specify the precise instances in which parole can be used to bring into the U.S. otherwise inadmissible aliens, and to release detained aliens;
    • Force the Department of Health and Human Services to cooperate in the deportation process by releasing to DHS the location of alien minors who are or have been in its custody;
    • Prohibit paying for lawyers for unaccompanied alien minors (UAM) in removal proceedings, which is the historical norm for all removal proceedings; and
    • Clarify that an alien is not considered a UAM if certain immediate relatives are available in the U.S.

    Read more from the Judiciary Committee and HS Today.

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    Not perfect but certainly better (if enforced as intended) than any enforcement executed in 55 years. The latino community, as can be expected, is up in arms about it. If they oppose it, I am for it 150%! This bill is a good start, but yes, it will separate some families, however that risk was accepted when they broke our laws and violated our border. Often when challenging risk you lose, that is reality of life. Get over it! (What will they ask next, that we pay their gambling debts, too? No difference.)

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    There are tears in my eyes. Thank you Trey Gowdy, thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you Chairman Goodlatte, and all the members of the House Judiciary Committee for passing this bill so it can move forward. Yes, yes, yes, States have the absolute inherent authority to protect themselves from invaders. But your news release is wrong, there are over 800,000 state and local law enforcement officers who can enforce US immigration law, not just 200,000.

    In 2008, state and local law enforcement agencies employed more than 1.1 million persons on a full-time basis, including about 765,000 sworn personnel (defined as those with general arrest powers). Agencies also employed approximately 100,000 part-time employees, including 44,000 sworn officers.[27]

    From 2004 to 2008, overall full-time employment by state and local law enforcement agencies nationwide increased by about 57,000 (or 5.3%). Sworn personnel increased by about 33,000 (4.6%), and nonsworn employees by about 24,000 (6.9%). From 2004 to 2008, the number of full-time sworn personnel per 100,000 U.S. residents increased from 250 to 251.[27] From 1992 to 2008, the growth rate for civilian personnel was more than double that of sworn personnel.[28]

    I think it's important to get this number right. Please revise the statement or explain why you're only using the 200,000 number and who it counts, who it doesn't, why why you aren't counting them all. That could be a number used by NumbersUSA, not the committee, so please look into it and let us know.

    Thank you, Trey, thank you Chairman Goodlatte, and thank you to every member of the committee who supported this bill, and many thanks to NumbersUSA and ALIPAC who have consistently lobbied to restore states rights to enforce US immigration law and defund Obama Amnesty.
    Last edited by Judy; 03-21-2015 at 06:52 PM.
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