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Trump will need help from Congress, though, in making E-Verify
mandatory for all employers. First, his request to set aside $15 million
to make improvements to the system is just that -- a request. Congress
would need to make it official by including it in its FY18 DHS spending
bill. Furthermore, requiring all employers to use the employment
verification system would require legislation from Congress.
budget requests tend to be clues to what an administration's
legislative priorities are, and it appears that mandatory E-Verify is a
priority for the Trump administration.
addition to his 2018 budget request, Pres. Trump also issued a spending
request for FY17. The current continuing resolution expires on April
28, so Congress will need to pass another bill to fund the government
through the end of the fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30.
of Pres. Trump's proposals include increases for the Department of
Homeland Security. While DHS has areas of operation aside from
immigration, much of the increase does go towards enhancing border
security and strengthening interior enforcement. Pres. Trump has
requested $44.1 billion in DHS funding for FY18. By comparison, Pres.
Obama requested $44 billion for DHS in his first budget in 2011.
Here's an overview of Pres. Trump's other spending requests:
Additional ICE and Border Patrol Agents
-- The FY17 supplemental request calls for the hiring of 10,000 ICE
agents and 5,000 Border Patrol agents. The FY18 budget calls for the
hiring of an additional 1,000 ICE agents and 500 Border Patrol agents.
-- The FY17 supplemental spending request includes $1.2 billion for
ICE. Some of this funding will go towards the hiring of of additional
ICE agents, but much of it will go towards the implementation of DHS
Secretary John Kelly's February memos. The funding would allow for
expanding the 287(g) program and supporting the expedited removal of
-- The FY17 supplemental spending request includes $1.4 billion for
border enhancements, and the FY18 budget request includes $2.6 billion.
Many critics are saying that funds will go towards building the "wall",
but that's not true. While some of it does go towards building physical
barriers along the southwest border, it also goes towards improving
technology and infrastructure in the border region to make it easier for
Border Patrol agents to do their job. And while there's no specific
earmark for the implementation of a biometric entry-exit system, Pres.
Trump has called for its expedited implementation in his executive
orders, so some funding may go to that as well.
-- Pres. Trump's FY17 spending request also sets aside funding to
improve enforcement statistics. This may sound like an insignificant
request, but these stats have been inconsistent over the years. By
developing a more consistent and transparent record, we'll be better
able to keep an eye on the Trump administration and get a better picture
of the enforcement efforts of past administrations.
AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT
continuing to track the GOP health care bill as it moves through
Congress. The House Budget Committee cleared the bill on Wednesday, so
it only has one more committee to go through -- Rules -- before it
reaches the House floor.
its current from, the AHCA would leave in place the same failed
verification system used by Obamacare to prevent illegal aliens from
accessing taxpayer benefits.
Roy issued the following statement earlier this week:
is opposed to forcing American taxpayers to subsidize public benefits,
including health insurance, for illegal aliens. Furthermore, such
benefits act as magnets for future illegal foreign labor migration that
disadvantages American workers. These are key reasons why we opposed the
verification provisions in the Affordable Care Act. Even though that
law nominally makes illegal aliens ineligible for health insurance
subsidies, the verification system fails to identify and exclude illegal
applicants. We are disappointed that the authors of the American Health
Care Act are relying on the same failed verification system to exclude
illegal aliens from getting tax credits under the new plan. We look
forward to working with Congress to ensure that taxpayers no longer have
to foot the bill for illegal aliens seeking access to our health care
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Act (S. 354) which would immediately reduce annual immigration by 40%
by ending Chain Migration and the Visa Lottery.
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Social Media tool to play an integral role in our activism efforts in
the upcoming year. During a television interview over the weekend,
Trump's press secretary, Sean Spicer said the President-elect's Twitter
usage will be an "exciting part" of his presidency.
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As an IT professional who used to work for the AFL-CIO, NumbersUSA
activist Deena Finchum is well aware of the impacts of mass immigration
on American workers and their wages. She recently wrote an op-ed for a
Virginia newspaper calling on Congress to pass Sen. Tom Cotton's RAISE
Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-VA) were joined by 30 other
senators in sending a letter to DHS Secretary John Kelly asking that he
conduct an audit of the H-2B visa program to determine how many of the
H-2B visas were unused in the first part of the fiscal year. Then they
request that any unused visas be made available to employers.
Tennessee is challenging the constitutionality of the federal refugee
resettlement program, claiming that the state's sovereignty is violated
by being forced to spend taxpayer dollars on a program in which it does
not participate. Thomas More Law Center, a non-profit public interest
law firm, will represent Tennessee in the lawsuit.
A new study by The Center for American Progress has identified five
major programs and grants totaling around $870 million that the federal
government can withhold from jurisdictions who refuse to work with ICE.
Pres. Trump's Jan. 25 executive order instructed DHS to identify
sanctuary jurisdictions and federal funding that could be cut off to
A study by three economists from the University of Michigan and the
University of California found that the increase in skilled foreign
labor through H-1B visas have led to lower wages and employment for U.S.