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to our NumbersUSA activists in Maryland and Tennessee. They were on the
winning side this week in tough fights against nationwide forces
seeking to reward illegal immigration through state laws. (See our
website story here.)
activists in those two states have been getting a lot of special Action
Alerts to help them influence their state legislators and governors.
Running this part of our NumbersUSA operation -- as in all our
NumbersUSA state-centered campaigns -- were Van Esser and Ashley Craig.
and Ashley swing into action each time a pro-enforcement state
legislator, local official or activist contacts them about an
opportunity or threat that needs the support of NumbersUSA activists.
Van has a special feel for these state and local actions; before joining
NumbersUSA's staff, he worked in the Illinois legislature and here in
Washington with state legislators from all over the country. Most of you
are in states that likely will be seeing state alerts from Van and
Ashley's team over the next year.
DEMOCRATIC STATE SENATOR BLOCKS MARYLAND FROM BECOMING 'SANCTUARY STATE'
has been one of the most Democratic and pro-illegal immigration states
in the country. It was logical that it would be one of the first to
respond to a nationwide effort to have states declare themselves in
opposition to Pres. Trump's announced efforts to greatly increase the
removal of criminal aliens from the country.
Maryland House of Delegates approved a bill that would have had the
practical effect of releasing many criminal aliens onto the streets
instead of being held until federal immigration agents arrived to put
them into proceedings to remove them from the country.
The bill was widely regarded as one declaring Maryland to be a "sanctuary state."
a vigorous public outcry against the bill, Democrat Thomas V. Mike
Miller (the president of the state Senate) announced this week that he
would not bring the bill to a vote, killing it for the year.
suggested that the expressions of opposition from voters divided the
normally solid anti-enforcement state Democratic Party between those who
see illegal aliens as a minority group needing protection and those who
see illegal immigration as posing threats that need to be curbed.
BEATING BACK THE TENNESSEE REPUBLICAN ESTABLISHMENT ON IN-STATE TUITION
narrow vote in the Tennessee House killed an in-state tuition bill that
had already passed the state Senate. The bill would have given
taxpayer-subsidized in-state tuition to illegal border crossers and visa
Tennessee colleagues have had to fight this bill three straight years.
Each time, the bill was introduced by Republicans. The Republican
governor supported this bill.
has a government controlled by a Republican Party that often bows to
the cheap-worker business interests on immigration issues and on
incentives for illegal aliens. Both of Tennessee's Republican U.S.
Senators were full-throated supporters of the giant Gang of Eight
Amnesty in 2013.
Republican supporters of illegal immigration can count on nearly all
Democrats in the legislature, so our activists had their work cut out
for them to win this fight. Congratulations.
IMMIGRATION IN THE HOT GEORGIA CONGRESSIONAL RACE
All political eyes are on the Primary elections next week in Georgia's 6th District to fill an open seat.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with 13 other state attorneys
general and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, have filed a
friend-of-the-court amicus brief to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals supporting Pres. Trump's revised executive order. The executive
order was blocked by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit before its
March 16 start date.
During his visit to the U.S.-Mexico border Attorney General Jeff
Sessions made remarks on the new Justice Dept. memo that sets new
immigration enforcement priorities that will end the "catch and release"
practices that were used under the Obama administration. The memo
orders federal prosecutors to prioritize criminal charges against
illegal aliens who have a record of prior deportations or other criminal
convictions and those who have helped to smuggle other illegal aliens
across the border.
U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick will hold a hearing today on
requests by San Francisco and Santa Clara County for an injunction
preventing the Administration from sanctioning sanctuary cities. The
local governments are seeking standing to sue even though the
Administration has not suspended federal funds for their or other
Pres. Trump picked Kevin Hassett to become the chairman of the Council
of Economic Advisors, Breitbart News reports. Hassett has been an
outspoken supporter of higher immigration levels and outsourcing
Legislation that would have made Maryland a "sanctuary state" and a bill
that would have lowered tuition rates for Tennessee illegal aliens
failed in their respective state legislatures. The bills were seen as
challenges to President Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration.