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  1. Undocumented immigrants shouldn't replace legal ones. By Nolan Rappaport

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    President Bill Clinton’s 1995 State of the Union included the following remarks:

    “All Americans, not only in the states most heavily affected, but in every place in this country, are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country. The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public service they use impose burdens on our taxpayers.”

    “We are a nation of immigrants. But we are also a nation of laws. It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it.”

    Clinton is not the only Democrat who has spoken out against illegal immigration. The Republicans provide a number of examples in a blog they posted recently: “The Democrat Hard Left Turn on Illegal Immigration.”

    • In 1993, then-Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.), said, “When it comes to enforcing laws against illegal immigration, we have a system that will make you recoil in disbelief. … Yet we are doing almost nothing to encourage these people to go home or even to deter them from coming here in the first place.”
    • In 1994, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) ran a political ad showing illegal immigrants crossing the border and promised to get tough on illegal immigration with more "agents, fencing, lighting, and other equipment."
    • In 2006, then-Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said "Better fences and better security along our borders" would "help stem some of the tide of illegal immigration in this country."
    • In 2009, during a speech at Georgetown Law, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said, "When we use phrases like 'undocumented workers,' we convey a message to the American people that their government is not serious about combating illegal immigration, which the American people overwhelmingly oppose."
    • The blog also provides video clip links, including one that shows Clinton receiving a standing ovation for his remarks about Americans being disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering the country.

    We don’t have reliable information about aliens who enter illegally.

    We have a screening process for aliens seeking admission as lawful permanent residents. Aliens who enter the country illegally are not screened, and usually there is no reliable way to determine who they really are or where they are from when they are apprehended.

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    Published originally on The Hill.

    About the author. Nolan Rappaport was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an executive branch immigration law expert for three years; he subsequently served as an immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years.

    Updated 06-05-2018 at 11:32 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  2. DOL Cites Another Win for Trump’s Hire American Executive Order

    By: Bruce Buchanan, Sebelist Buchanan Law

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has debarred Christopher Lee Smith, owner of Christopher Lee Smith Farms in Glasgow, Kentucky, from applying for certification to request temporary foreign workers under the H-2A agricultural worker visa program for three years. WHD also assessed the employer a $35,755 civil penalty for violating the labor provisions of the H-2A program and found Smith owed $58,820 in back wages to 14 employees.

    The DOL investigation found Smith violated the requirements of the H-2A visa program by failing to reimburse foreign workers for their transportation expenses to and from their home countries, as the law requires; failing to reimburse employees for expenses related to obtaining their visas; failing to keep required time and pay records; failing to pay employees their wages when due; and failing to pay the required minimum wage to H-2A visa workers, as required by law.

    And in a continuing trend with each resolution of an immigration-related case by a federal agency, the DOL pointed to safeguarding American jobs pursuant to Trump’s Buy American, Hire American Executive Order. Specifically, Karen Garnett, Wage and Hour Division District Director in Louisville, said “This case demonstrates our commitment to safeguard American jobs, level the playing field for law-abiding employers, and protect vulnerable workers from being paid less than they are legally owed.”

    The H-2A temporary agricultural program establishes a means for agricultural employers, who anticipate a shortage of domestic workers, to bring non-immigrant foreign workers to the U.S. to perform agricultural labor or services of a temporary or seasonal nature.

  3. ICE Deportations Only Half Levels of Five Years Ago

    by , 06-05-2018 at 10:24 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via Syracuse University's TRAC:

    Newly released Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) data-updated through October 2017- provide case-by-case details on each ICE deportation[1]. In general, as shown in Figure 1, ICE deportations have dropped by almost half during the last five years. While there is month-to-month variability, the number deported also has continued to decline since January 2017 when President Trump assumed office. In October 2012, ICE deported 34,543 individuals. By December 2016 that figure had declined to 20,833. And by October 2017 ICE recorded only 18,428 individuals were deported.

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  4. Immigrant Army Recruit Faces Deportation Despite Assurances by Mattis

    by , 06-05-2018 at 10:06 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)

    Via Stars & Stripes:

    Immigration authorities began deportation proceedings Monday against a foreign-born military recruit despite a statement by the defense secretary and a new law aimed at protecting foreign recruits and veterans.

    Luo Shu, a Chinese citizen who graduated with a degree in data analytics from George Washington University, was recruited into the Army’s delayed entry program two years ago for his language and professional skills. He was arrested at the Department of Homeland Security Investigations office in Newark, N.J., on Monday after an Army administrative error allowed his service contract to expire before he could pass the Defense Department background checks and ship off to basic training, his lawyer said.

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