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AOC attacks Trump’s migrant welfare rule: American dream isn’t a ‘private club with a cover charge’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., ripped into President Trump’s “public charge” immigration policy on Tuesday, arguing it amounts to a “wealth test” for admission to the United States.

The progressive Democrat was responding to news that the Supreme Court upheld the president’s rule, which would deny permanent residency or entry into the United States to certain immigrants considered likely to use government assistance.

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“This is shameful,” the New York congresswoman tweeted on Monday. “America shouldn’t have a wealth test for admission. It’s a place where millions of people are descendants of immigrants who came w nothing & made a life.”

“The American Dream isn’t a private club with a cover charge – it’s the possibility of remaking your future,” she added.

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On Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez received a wave of pushback as her tweet seemed to imply that avoiding government assistance was an unfair condition for entering the United States.

The 5-4 vote by the court’s conservative majority reversed a lower court decision that kept it from being implemented while legal challenges in other states proceeded. The rule was published in August and would give the government more power to deny visas or green cards if it believes immigrants will rely on public assistance such as food stamps and taxpayer-funded health care benefits or housing programs.

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The Trump administration has defended the rule as a way to ensure immigrants remain financially self-sufficient. Critics say it is designed to limit the number of poor immigrants who enter the country.

The rule, announced by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in August, defines a “public charge” as an immigrant who received one or more designated benefits for more than 12 months within a 36-month period. Those benefits that would be designated included Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), as well as most forms of Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report.

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Joy Behar links migrants at US-Mexico border to Holocaust during interview with Holocaust survivors

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“The View” co-host Joy Behar invoked the migrants who are in detention centers at the U.S.-Mexico border during an interview with a pair of Holocaust survivors.

Commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Monday, the ABC daytime talk show welcomed Mikhil and Millie Baran, a husband and wife who met after surviving the Holocaust. In a pre-taped interview, Millie Baran said it took her years to be granted access to the United States, which was something Behar asked her about during the live interview.

“You had to wait over four years before you could come into this country,” a somber Behar said.

“Four and a half years,” Baran specified.

“Four and a half years,” Behar responded. “You know, some people are experiencing that right now in our country. These children are at the border and they’re not letting people in. And it’s just tragic to me and to you, I’m sure. Would you like to speak to that at all?”

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Baran told the daytime host that she “couldn’t believe it” when she saw the news coverage of the migrant crisis on television and that her “heart was aching as a mother” seeing children separated from the parents. But then she quickly pivoted to how great the country is to be in.

“I realized who doesn’t want to come to America, the best land in the world?” Baran asked. “A land of opportunity, of freedom. To us, it was a dream to get here. Naturally, it was worth it to wait because when we came here, I practically kissed the earth.”

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Baran acknowledged that the United States is a “land of laws.”

“Naturally, it’s a land of laws. You cannot just come when you want to come in,” the Holocaust survivor continued, “but I’m sure that the United States will find a way how to accommodate people who want freedom, who want a good life.”

“We need to protect that,” Behar added.

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Helen Raleigh: Legal immigration reform needed, too – THIS system would ensure a better future for all

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While most attention on the immigration issue in the U.S. focuses on illegal immigration, major problems in our system of legal immigration continue to plague our country – and give immigrants incentives to come to America illegally.

Our nation, businesses and immigrants themselves would benefit greatly if we adopted a skills-based immigration system like that used by some other countries, including Canada and Australia. President Trump would be wise to seek approval for such a system from Congress and to campaign in favor of it as he seeks reelection.

The majority of immigrants to the U.S. came here legally and followed our immigration laws. I am one of them. Yet we rarely hear discussions in the media about reforming legal immigration.

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Our legal immigration system is notorious for its long delays, huge backlogs, strict quotas, complexity, high costs and inconsistent messages. Following the law means that legal immigrants have to wait in line patiently – sometimes for decades.

America’s broken legal immigration system hasn’t changed much since the 1965 Immigration Act. As a result, it is so outdated that it doesn’t serve our nation’s interests any longer. Some migrants are turned off by the long wait and high costs of legal immigration and would rather seek a faster – though far riskier – illegal route to the U.S.

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In order to address illegal immigration, America must fix our legal immigration system. To make our legal immigration system great again requires bold ideas and fresh thinking.

Simply adding another visa category or increasing funding to the Department of Homeland Security won’t do. We need to have a skills-based immigration system. Only such a system will ensure a win-win for both our nation and future immigrants.

With skills-based immigration we will get the immigrants who can contribute to our economy. Immigrants who come here with skills will know that they will have job opportunities, and will be able to live a happy and productive life in this beautiful land.

Immigration reform was a major issue in the British election last month that kept Prime Minister Boris Johnson in office. Johnson used his support for skills-based immigration to win the election, proving that advocating for this change could help President Trump as well.

When the United Kingdom held its referendum for Brexit in 2016, the two main reasons people voted to leave the European Union were immigration and sovereignty.

The president should lay out his vision for a better future and articulate how to make our legal immigration great again both for America and for the millions of America-loving and hardworking migrants who want to make America their home. 

The majority of those favoring leaving the EU didn’t reject all immigration. Many recognized immigrants’ contribution to the British society and economy. But they voted to leave the EU because they believed such a vote offered the best chance for the United Kingdom to regain control over immigration and its own borders.

Johnson wants his country to adopt a skills-based immigration system, similar to what Australia and Canada have.

How does a skills-based immigration system work?

Australia’s skills-based immigration system uses a point system to evaluate an immigration applicant’s age, English language ability, education, work experience and skills. A person who seeks to immigrate to Australia must do a self-assessment online and score at a certain level.

In addition to the point system, applicants must select an occupation from the Australian government’s Skilled Occupation List and have their skills assessed by a recognized authority.

Only applicants who receive at least a passing score and demonstrate experience in occupations on the list are invited to apply for skills-based immigration.

The labor force participation rate of independent skilled immigrants is 96 percent in Australia – much higher than the 67 percent among native-born Australians.

Canadian government data shows that the labor participation rate for immigrants through the federal skilled worker program was 89 percent.

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How does all this impact the U.S.?

Other than advocating for an open border, the Democratic presidential candidates haven’t offered anything new. Their proposals will only worsen the immigration problems in this country.

Rather than focusing on who we should keep out of our country, President Trump should talk more about who we want to welcome in.

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Rather than focusing on problems, the president should lay out his vision for a better future and articulate how to make our legal immigration great again both for America and for the millions of America-loving and hardworking migrants who want to make America their home.

Legal immigrants made America great in the first place and can keep America great. A skills-based immigration system will ensure that we are admitting immigrants who can make the greatest contribution to building a better future for our nation.

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Tom Homan hits back at AOC for bashing ICE at Sanders rally: Her statements are ‘dangerous’ and ‘idiotic’

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Former Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Tom Homan said Sunday that U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made “dangerous” and “idiotic” statements regarding ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at a campaign rally for 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Iowa.

“She’s disgusting,” Homan said on “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday morning, reacting to Ocasio-Cortez’s comments the night before.

On Saturday, with Sanders, I-Vt., tied up in Washington at President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial, Ocasio-Cortez addressed his supporters in Ames, Iowa, calling for the abolition of ICE and CBP.

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The New York Democrat also urged Sanders’ supporters to start “tipping people off” if they see federal immigration authorities taking action against illegal immigrants in their communities.

“Organizing is about tipping people off if you start to see that ICE and CBP are in communities to try and keep people safe,” Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said in Iowa on Saturday.

“I’m to not here to reform some of these systems when we talk about immigration. I’m here because Sen. Sanders has actually committed to breaking up ICE and CBP. That’s why I’m here.”

“I’m disgusted,” Homan said reacting to her statements. “She says you want to tip off the community to keep the community safe, that’s what ICE is doing.”

Homan then brought up statistics from 2018, pointing out that most of the illegal immigrants ICE agents arrested last year had criminal histories, which include homicide, rape or assault.

According to the ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Report for fiscal year 2018, 138,117 aliens with criminal histories, which include convicted criminal and pending criminal charges, were arrested.

“ICE Is keeping the community safe,” Homan said. “She [Ocasio-Cortez] stands up on stage — first of all, it’s an incredibly stupid statement she made, which doesn’t surprise me, because she’s about as far from smart as anybody could possibly be, but what she said is dangerous.”

“These men and women put their lives on the line every day to arrest criminals off the streets, especially in New York,” he continued.

“My last year as ICE director, we took 5,000 criminals off the streets of New York. These ICE agents [have done] more to protect the residents of New York than she ever has done or ever will do.”

He then went on to say her comments on Saturday night were “dangerous” and “idiotic,” adding that he “can’t believe she can stand up on stage and make a statement like that and not have any repercussions from the House Ethics Committee.”

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“I mean, they’re trying to remove the president of the United States, a sitting president, at the same time she’s saying ICE shouldn’t remove criminal aliens,” Homan said. “They are saying the president is obstructing them. There’s nobody been obstructing more than Congress. They’ve been obstructing this president from Day One.”

He went on to say, “Standing on stage and telling people to give a heads up that the good guys are going to be arresting the bad guys, ICE is in your neighborhood, go run and hide. That’s obstruction. That’s a crime and she’s standing on stage doing that. She’s disgusting. Something needs to be done about it.”

When asked why he thinks ICE had become a targets for Democrats Homan answered, “Because they’re enforcing the law.”

President Trump, who in my opinion is the greatest president I ever worked for, he believes law enforcement should enforce the law. He believes you don’t reward law breakers, you reward them with a set of handcuffs. That’s the way it’s supposed to be,” Homan said.

“So they’re vilifying the men and women of ICE for simply doing their jobs, to run toward danger when everybody else is running away from danger.”

He went on to say, “AOC wouldn’t have the backbone to do the job they do. She doesn’t like what they do? Then change the law, but stop vilifying the men and women of ICE.”

“I buried ICE agents, I buried border patrol agents,” he continued. “Maybe she ought to see what it’s like to try to console a wife or a child of a fallen officer?”

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Homan added, “It’s disgusting what she said.”

Fox News’ Nick Givas contributed to this report.

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Questions loom over future of refugee programs after federal judge blocks Trump order

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Staff inside the International Institute of Minnesota said a judge’s recent decision to prevent local jurisdictions from shutting its doors to refugees is just a temporary sigh of relief.

The judge’s ruling comes amid lawsuits filed by refugee resettlement advocacy groups in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order last year requiring states to provide written consent from local officials before moving forward with refugee resettlement in their areas.

“It adds more confusion around the program and a little bit of uncertainty now about what the next steps are for us,”  said Micaela Schuneman, director of refugee services for the International Institute of Minnesota.

The institute is one of only five agencies in the state of Minnesota that works to resettle refugees in the state’s 87 counties.

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The International Institute of Minnesota is just one of five refugee resettlement agencies in the state. PHOTO/ MITTI HICKS FOX NEWS

Before the ruling, Beltrami County was the only county in the state that refused refugee resettlement in its community.

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Those against the federal program introduced back in 1980 say it’s about the cost burden on taxpayers.

“Schools, health costs, social services costs, and that doesn’t even deal with the kinds of social disruption that occurs when you mix people who come from radically different cultures,”  said St. Cloud resident John Palmer.

The midwestern state has seen a large influx of Somali refugees in the past decade, reshaping its cultural and political landscape — and sparking tensions in some parts of the state.

Ekram Elmoge, who left Somalia with her family to escape civil war, said a lack of cultural awareness has prompted some to make unfair assumptions about the refugees entering the U.S. She said one misconception is that people who come to America through refugee resettlement programs do not pay taxes.

“Hate groups claim we don’t pay taxes,  we don’t work, we get free cars, and pretty much everything is free, and that’s just not true,” she said.

Elmoge, a student at St. Cloud State University studying education while working full time for a nonprofit to help students in St. Cloud, said she doesn’t take the opportunities granted to her in America for granted.

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“You get to live the American dream. You want to work and contribute and be a part of society,” Elmoge said.

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Ekram Elmoge, a student at St. Cloud State University, says she left Somalia with her family at the age of 18 to escape a civil war. She says she was born and raised in a refugee camp. PHOTO/ MITTI HICKS FOX NEWS

In recent years, there has been a significant drop in the number of refugees resettling in  Minnesota, a trend that expected nationwide as The Trump Administration capped the total number of refugee admissions at 18,000 for the current fiscal year.

Before 2017, the United States accepted more refugees than every other country combined, according to the Pew Research Center.

In 2018,  the Trump Administration set the refugee resettlement cap at 30,000 –a significant reduction from the 110,000 refugees allowed during Barack Obama’s final year in office.

The Trump Administration’s executive order doesn’t take effect until June 1, so refugee resettlement will resume business as usual.

But now that states and local jurisdictions can’t reject refugees, refugee resettlement agencies like the International Institute of Minnesota say there are more questions on what will happen next if the Trump Administration decides to appeal the judge’s ruling. 

“What it means is that we don’t know if this requirement that will go into effect after June 1 or if there will be a different requirement that will take its place, or what that new timeline will look like,” said Schuneman.

She added that her staff would continue to work with communities across the state to educate them on refugee resettlement if written consent will be required again.

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Trump administration announces new policy to counter ‘birth tourism’

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The Trump administration is moving to crack down on pregnant women visiting the U.S. for the purpose of giving birth so their children can be American citizens – a practice known as “birth tourism” – with a newly announced change to visa regulations.

As of Jan. 24, the State Department will cease granting B-1 and B-2 temporary visitor visas to those looking to enter the U.S. for this purpose, the Trump administration announced Thursday.

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“This rule change is necessary to enhance public safety, national security, and the integrity of our immigration system,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement. “The birth tourism industry threatens to overburden valuable hospital resources and is rife with criminal activity, as reflected in Federal prosecutions.”

A State Department official told Fox News that U.S. consular officials in foreign countries will deny visas if they have reason to believe the applicant’s primary purpose is giving birth in the U.S. so their child will have U.S. citizenship. The new rules would force visa applicants to prove they have a legitimate reason to travel to the U.S. while pregnant.

It remains unclear how officers would determine whether a woman is pregnant to begin with, and whether a woman could get turned away by border officers who suspect she could be just by looking at her.

Consular officers right now aren’t told to ask during visa interviews whether or not a woman is pregnant or intends to be. But they would have to determine whether a visa applicant would be coming to the U.S. primarily to give birth.

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The State Department said in a statement to Fox News Wednesday that the regulatory changes are “to provide that a temporary visit for pleasure does not include birth tourism,” which has spawned a lucrative business in the U.S., with some American companies charging as much as $80,000 to cover expenses such as staying accommodations and medical bills for mothers coming from abroad to give birth. Many of the women travel from Russia and China to give birth in the U.S.

The U.S. has been cracking down on the practice since before President Trump took office, but Trump has pushed to clamp down on birthright citizenship, which gives anyone born in the U.S. citizenship.

Fox News’ Bradford Betz, Vandana Rambaran, Rich Edson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Caravan migrants cross Mexico river, throw rocks at country’s national guard in response to tear gas

Mexican security forces clashed with determined Central American migrants as they waded across a river in Guatemala into Mexico on Monday to continue their journey to the United States.

Tear gas was fired on the migrants, some of whom threw rocks at Mexico’s national guard militarized police, Reuters reported. The scramble of the mostly Honduran caravan led to some parents being separated from their children as they tried to avoid Mexican immigration agents.

Monday’s incident at the Suchiate River, which separates Mexico and Guatemala, underscores the challenges facing Mexican authorities tasked with containing the large group of migrants at the behest of the Trump administration.

The latest group set off from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, last week in hopes of reaching the U.S. southern border to apply for asylum.

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Central American migrants cross the Suchiate River by foot from Tecun Uman, Guatemala, to Mexico, on Monday. More than a thousand Central American migrants hoping to reach the United States marooned in Guatemala are walking en masse across a river leading to Mexico in an attempt to convince authorities there to allow them passage through the country. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Reuters reported Mexican authorities standing on the banks of the river intent on thwarting the illegal crossing, while hundreds of others ran into Mexico.

“You have two options: You go back to Guatemalan territory or you come with us,” Mexican immigration agents said to migrants who had crossed the river.

“We didn’t come to stay here. We just want to cross to the other side,” said Ingrid, 18, a Honduran migrant. “I don’t want to go back to my country because there is nothing there, just hunger.”

Those caught will be taken to immigration stations and be returned to their home countries if their legal status cannot be resolved. Over the weekend, 2,000 migrants camped out in Guatemala in the town of Tecun Uman, opposite Ciudad Hidalgo on the Mexican side of the border.

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Central American migrants holding Honduras’ national flag stand on the legal border crossing bridge over the Suchiate River that connects Tecun Uman, Guatemala with Ciudad Hidalgo in Mexico. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

At least 4,000 people entered Guatemala from Honduras since Wednesday, according to Guatemalan authorities. The latest caravan comes as the Trump administration has enlisted Central American leaders in taking a more active role in stemming the flow of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Most are fleeing endemic poverty and increasing rates of gang violence.

Denis Contreras, a Honduran who was denied asylum and deported from San Diego, vowed not to give up.

“Here we are, and we’re not going anywhere, and if you throw us out, we’ll return!” he said.

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Central American migrants cross the Suchiate River by foot from Tecun Uman, Guatemala. (AP Photo/Santiago Billy)

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More than 1,000 migrants chose to give Mexico a try Monday and were taken to a bus to an immigration center for processing. Authorities there said they blocked more than 2,5000 migrants from entering the country on Saturday as they made their way across a bridge over the Suchiate River.

Daisy Perez,42, who was traveling with her two young children, called a relative during a break in the chaos near the river.

“We’re in Mexico, send us money,” she said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Ira Mehlman: Nonpartisan immigration report shows how THESE policies are hurting Americans

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The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is one of the few institutions in Washington nowadays that is not poisoned by petty partisan bickering. The CBO is nonpartisan and has managed to stay that way. It does not take positions on important policy matters; rather it analyzes data, presents facts and leaves it up to Congress to decide how to use that information.

True to form, a new CBO analysis, “The Foreign-Born Population and Its Effects on the U.S. Economy and the Federal Budget — An Overview,” presents an easy-to-digest picture of the impact of current U.S. immigration policies on the economy. It’s not a pretty one.

The four-page report – much of it taken up by graphs and charts, designed for consumers of information in the Twitter age – makes it clear that our immigration policies bear little relation to the economic interests of the nation in the 21st century. In fact, our immigration policies undermine the core interests of many of our citizens.

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While the foreign-born comprise about 14 percent of the overall U.S. population, they account for more than 40 percent of adults over the age of 25 who have less than a high school diploma. At a time when education and job skills are a critical indicator of economic success, our archaic immigration policies are admitting disproportionally high levels of people whose education and skills do not match the needs of our society. (Immigrants are also over-represented at the other end of the education and skill spectrum, but not nearly as disproportional. Foreign-born residents account for about 20 percent of those with graduate degrees.)

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Immigration policies that admit such large numbers of poorly-educated, poorly-skilled people create a general drag on the economy. But it has a disproportionally harmful effect on the most vulnerable of our native-born population – namely similarly skilled Americans workers. “Consequently, immigration has exerted downward pressure on the wages of relatively low-skilled workers who are already in the country, regardless of their birthplace,” concludes the CBO.

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But it’s not just our own under-educated who are harmed by excessive and ill-conceived immigration policies. As these policies created “downward pressure” on wages of low-skilled workers, they create upward pressure on taxpayers and/or government deficits. About three-fourths of immigrants are here legally and, as CBO notes, are eligible for a panoply of means-tested government benefits. These include Medicare, Medicaid, refundable tax credits, ObamaCare subsidies, Supplemental Security Income, and SNAP (food stamps), to name a few.

In its own nonpartisan way, CBO is telling Congress that our immigration policies, last overhauled in 1965, don’t really work in 2020.

CBO also dismisses as a half-truth one of the most common defenses of current immigration policies, that immigration expands our GDP. “Immigration, whether legal or illegal, expands the labor force and changes its composition, leading to increases in total economic output — though not necessarily to increases in output per capita.” A growing GDP and a growing per capita GDP are not the same thing, no matter how hard apologists for the current policies try to blur that important distinction.

In its own nonpartisan way, CBO is telling Congress that our immigration policies, last overhauled in 1965, don’t really work in 2020. Though CBO does not offer policy proposals, a nonpartisan commission, chaired by the late civil rights icon Barbara Jordan, did. The commission, whose findings were endorsed by both parties when they were issued in 1997, called for a much leaner and merit-based immigration system that favors people with objectively needed skills, and limiting family-based immigration benefits to nuclear family members.

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A similar overhaul has been proposed by President Trump, which in these hyper-partisan times means that it was rejected out of hand by Democrats. But the fact that Trump is proposing it does not automatically make it wrong. Democrats (and even a number of Republicans) who revile the president can now use the findings of the respected CBO as the basis for doing what is right for the country, and for the American workers and taxpayers who are bearing the burdens imposed by failed immigration policies.

If Congress is still capable of acting in the national interest, members should fix the policies that are harming millions of American workers.

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Denver misleading public by ignoring subpoenas on detained illegal immigrants: ICE official

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The city of Denver is misleading the public in its strategy to prevent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from obtaining information on illegal immigrants, ICE Deputy Executive Associate Director for Enforcement and Removal Operations Henry Lucero claimed Saturday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with hosts Jason Chaffetz, Pete Hegseth, and Rachel Campos-Duffy, Lucero said his agency issued four immigration subpoenas on Monday demanding information about three individuals that have been released and one that remains in custody. He said Friday’s deadline to respond to their subpoenas flew by.

“The city of Denver failed to respond to ICE and provide that information. So, we’re going to take it to the next level and seek a district court order from a district judge,” said Lucero.

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In a statement following the subpoenas, Ryan S. Luby, the public information officer for Denver’s attorney’s office responded to ICE’s allegations, saying that the requests were honored.

“ICE officials contacted Denver to request jail release notifications involving four inmates. Contrary to what ICE is saying, we honored three of those requests for the three inmates released at that time. We will honor the request for the fourth inmate when he is released,” said Luby. “Denver subsequently received administrative subpoenas from ICE…Denver does not comply with subpoenas unless they are Court-ordered or unless they are primarily related to a criminal investigation. Our immigration ordinance fully complies with federal law.”

Lucero said that while the city of Denver may notify ICE the majority of the time, it’s by fax machine about five minutes prior to the individual’s release.

“They’re not allowing us to assume custody in their jails,” he added. They’re releasing them to the streets and ICE officers are presented — trying to make arrests outside that jail in sometimes chaotic situations,” he said.

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“I say it’s another kind of strategy for the city of Denver to mislead the public,” he told the “Friends: Weekend” hosts. “That, if they would honor our immigration detainers, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.”

“We want to protect the public — not only in Denver but around the nation — from dangerous criminals being released every single day from jails and prisons around this country,” he stated.

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NYPD union leader sides with ICE against de Blasio over ‘sanctuary’-tied murder: ‘He owns this’

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A top New York Police Department union official on Friday called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to “own” the consequences of the city’s sanctuary policies — while insisting officers want to be allowed to work with federal immigration enforcement — after an illegal immigrant who was freed in November is alleged to have sexually assaulted and murdered a 92-year-old woman.

“The mayor can say what he wants to say — he owns this,” Sergeants Benevolent Association Vice President Vincent Vallelong told reporters. “He should step up and say these are his policies, he owns it.”

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The remarks came at a press conference led by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Matthew Albence in New York, days after the deadly consequences of the city’s policy again made headlines due to the murder this month of 92-year-old Maria Fuertes.

Reeaz Khan, an illegal Guyanese immigrant, is accused of attacking Fuertes as she walked home on Jan. 6. Fuertes was reportedly found at 2 a.m. in 32-degree weather and near death on a sidewalk with her clothes pulled above her waist. She was taken to a hospital, where she died from injuries that included a broken spine, according to The New York Post. The Post cited law enforcement sources who said she had been sexually assaulted and strangled.

ICE revealed this week that it had issued a detainer — a request that ICE be alerted of an illegal immigrant’s release from custody so that they can be transferred into ICE custody and go through deportation procedures — in November for Khan.

But the NYPD followed the city’s sanctuary policy — which limits cooperation with federal immigration authorities and means that most detainers are ignored — and released him without informing ICE.

“A phone call, one simple phone call and Maria Fuertes could be alive today,” a visibly furious Albence told reporters.

The horrific crime has fired up a fresh fight between de Blasio and the Trump administration, which says that the murder is yet another example of a policy that puts law-abiding Americans in danger. Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said the case showed that New Yorkers are “facing the deadly consequences of the sanctuary policies.”

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De Blasio responded by claiming that the policy had made the city safer, and also said there were some crimes serious enough that the city would cooperate with federal immigration officials. He also adopted a pro-cop stance and told Wolf to “quit spreading lies about the good work of the NYPD.”

But according to the SBA, New York police want to work with ICE and help them catch illegal alien criminals.

“I can guarantee you every single one of our members wants to help them out, unfortunately, the way the policies are set up, they don’t allow us to,” he said. “How do we have our own hands handcuffed to not be able to work with these guys?

“We’re here not to … pick and choose what crimes are out there, we’re here to actually enforce the law and that’s exactly what these guys are doing and that’s why we’re here to support them today,” he said.

Albence said that he had been told the same thing by cops enforcing the law in the Big Apple and elsewhere — telling reporters that police “hate” sanctuary city laws.

“Go ask the line cops in any jurisdiction — they hate these things, and I’ve talked to many,” he said. “A lot of these guys are repeat offenders, they are violent offenders and these cops are out there day after day putting their lives on the line and it’s got to be incredibly frustrating for them to arrest these guys, knowing they’re here illegally, knowing that ICE could get them off the streets and three weeks later they’re arresting them again for a more dangerous crime or a more heinous crime.”

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Albence cited statistics saying that last year ICE lodged 7,526 detainers via its New York field office. Those individuals accounted for 17,873 criminal convictions and 6,500 criminal charges. Those charges and convictions include over 200 homicides, over 500 robberies, over 1,000 sexual offenses, over 1,000 weapons offenses and over 3,500 assaults. Only 10 detainers were honored.

Albence expressed anger at an initial denial from the city that there had been a detainer issued at all — a denial that led ICE to post online the fax receipt showing it had in fact been sent.

“If you’re going to have a sanctuary city policy and you know it’s going to result in people going back out to the street and committing more crimes, at least own it, at least stand up and say ‘yeah that’s our policy,’” he said. “Own it, don’t sit there and try to push the blame onto someone else — it’s disgusting.”

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