Immigration

Immigration and border security go hand in hand. The border must be secure, and the Republican Party has to put forward a plan to deal with the millions of illegal immigrants in this country. President Obama’s executive action does not solve the problem but neither would any attempt at a mass deportation. The United States needs to identify the people who are here and ensure they are properly taxed. That way, no one gets a free ride on the taxpayer’s dime.
Today on the Senate floor, I told the stories of several DACA recipients in Texas. One of those DACA recipients is Julio Ramos, a biology teacher who is getting his Master’s degree in biomedical informatics. He’s from...
WASHINGTON, D.C. - James and John, recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) who joined the military, were featured this afternoon on “The Lead with Jake Tapper.
Senate leaders announced a bipartisan two-year budget agreement Wednesday that would provide nearly $300 billion in additional funding, a step likely to avert a Friday government shutdown and end a months-long impasse on...
Military veterans, law enforcement leaders, evangelical pastors, Christian Dreamers, business leaders and the president of the nation’s fifth largest university: These are among the prominent figures who are urging Congress...
On January 25th, the White House released a framework on immigration reform and border security outlining what it would like Congress to include in a much-anticipated legislative solution to help deter illegal immigration...
Now, the White House is laying out the specific elements it wants to see from a bill offering permanent protection for people in the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Any bipartisan deal to reopen the federal government and deal with DACA would have to legalize some of the DREAMers, increase border enforcement, amend the diversity immigrant visa program, and fund the construction of a...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congress moved forward yesterday afternoon toward passage of a continuing resolution that reopened the government through Feb. 8.
It was understood with the surprise election of Donald Trump that enforcement action against immigrants would increase, striking fear within our large undocumented population, the vast majority of whom have lived and worked...
In the midst of time sensitive negotiations between bipartisan members of congress working to legislate a permanent solution for DACA, Judge William Alsup of the United States District Court for the Northern District of...
With a federal budget deal completed, the US Senate is now turning its focus to addressing immigration.  On Monday, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) led a group of GOP senators to formally introduce a plan aligning wi
Economist John R. Lott Jr. of the Crime Prevention Research Center released a working paper in which he purports to find that illegal immigrants in Arizona from 1985 through 2017 have a far higher prison admissions rate than...
As of January 13, 2018, the Government resumed accepting requests to renew grants of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in response to the federal court order issued by a Federal Judge in California. The DACA...
Immigrant neighborhoods are safer than native-born areas.We hear ubiquitously that “illegal immigrants” bring crime to the U. S.  But if you want to feel safer from crime, move to a neighborhood of undocumented immigrants. ...
Today at a press conference, I urged my Democratic colleagues to join Republicans and the President in finding a bipartisan solution for recipients of the DACA program. 
It’s not just the areas along the Gulf Coast that are feeling the pinch of an even tighter labor market following last year’s devastating hurricanes and the rebuilding efforts that followed.
As the March 5th deadline at which point DACA recipients will begin to lose protection from deportation approaches, the topic of immigration reform has risen to the foref
The Trump Administration recently ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to stop issuing H-2A visas for temporary agricultural work to Haitians.  One of the reasons given for not allowing Haitians to use the visas...
Trump bipartisan meeting on DACA
Today in an unprecedented move, President Trump allowed the press to video record most of a meeting he held with bipartisan members of Congress to discuss a legislative solution to DACA. The president said that he would sign...

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