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Saturday, June 17, 2017
NumbersUSA: DHS Secretary John Kelly ends illegal DAPA Amnesty for 5 million illegal aliens
DHS Sec. Kelly
the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised to end Barack Obama's illegal
and unconstitutional executive amnesties. On Thursday night, the
Administration moved one step closer to fulfilling that promise when DHS
Secretary John Kelly rescinded the DAPA amnesty.
DAPA amnesty would have granted an estimated 5 million work permits to
illegal aliens who are the parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent
The Department of Homeland Security issued the following statement on Thursday night:
June 15, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, after
consulting with the Attorney General [Jeff Sessions], signed a
memorandum rescinding the November 20, 2014 memorandum that created the
program known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful
Permanent Residents ("DAPA") because there is no credible path forward
[in the courts] to litigate the currently enjoined policy.
DAPA executive amnesty had been temporarily blocked by a federal court
after 26 states, led by Texas, sued the Obama Administration over the
order shortly after it was announced in November 2014. Federal District
Judge Andrew Hanen issued a nationwide temporary injunction against the
executive action in 2015 that was upheld by the Fifth Circuit Court of
Appeals. The Obama Administration challenged the ruling to the Supreme
Court, but the then-eight member court split evenly, leaving the
injunction in place.
NumbersUSA issued the following statement:
and its 8 million activists are thrilled that Secretary Kelly has
rescinded the DAPA amnesty, partially fulfilling one of President
Trump's key campaign promises. Although this unconstitutional executive
amnesty had been temporarily blocked by the courts, it threatened to
issue 5 million new work permits to illegal aliens who would mostly
compete with low-skilled American workers who still face double-digit
unemployment rates and declining wages. We hope President Trump now will
keep his entire promise by ordering an end to the Obama
Administration's other unconstitutional amnesty, the DACA program which
continues to issue new work permits to those here illegally.
August 31, 2016, Pres. Trump delivered a campaign speech listing his
immigration priorities if elected. Number five on the list was to end
both the DACA and DAPA amnesties.
will immediately terminate President Obama's two illegal executive
amnesties in which he defied federal law and the Constitution to give
amnesty to approximately five million illegal immigrants, five million.
-- Pres. Trump, August 31, 2016
night's action fulfills part of that promise, but the Administration
has yet to take end the DACA amnesty. New data from the Department of
Homeland Security released earlier this month showed that the Trump
Administration has issued thousands of new work permits to illegal
aliens and renewed tens of thousands of more work permits under DACA
since taking office in January.
posted a new action for the White House, thanking the Trump
Administration for ending the DAPA amnesty and urging President Trump to
end the DACA amnesty.
was more good news this week when the House of Representatives passed
Rep. Lou Barletta's (R-Pa.) Verify First Act that would strengthen the
verification system under both the existing Affordable Care Act and the
House-passed American Health Care Act.
Barletta's bill would require the Social Security Administration or the
Department of Homeland Security to verify the citizenship or
immigration status of every applicant for a health care tax credit
before the Treasury Department can issue a credit.
The bill passed 238-to-134 mostly along party lines, but seven Democrats did break with their Party in support of the bill: Reps.
Rep. Tom O'Halleran and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Stephen Lynch of
Massachusetts, Collin Peterson of Minnesota, Marcy Kaptur of Ohio, Peter
DeFazio of Oregon, and Henry Cuellar of Texas.
We've posted a new action responding to how your U.S. Representative voted. You can take action by clicking here.
The latest U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) report shows that
border apprehensions increased by 27% from last month but remains 64%
lower than May 2016. The CBP concluded that this seasonal uptick matches
historical trends and expects the number to increase through the summer
Last week American Technology Consulting (ATC), an Iowa information
technology staffing company, was caught posting a job ad that stated
only H-1B visa holders should apply. The job was for a java developer
and represents the growing trend of replacing American workers with
cheap, foreign labor.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) reported that in the last
six years around 220,000 criminal aliens have been booked in Texas
jails. DHS confirmed to DPS that at least 148,000 or 66% of those
criminal aliens had entered the U.S. illegally.
DHS Secretary John Kelly partially fulfilled one of President Trump's
key campaign promises on Thursday night when he rescinded the DAPA
amnesty. The illegal and unconstitutional executive amnesty issued by
former President Barack Obama would have granted an estimated 5 million
work permits to illegal aliens who were the parents of U.S. citizens or
Legal Permanent Residents.
Rep. Lou Barletta's Verify First Act (H.R. 2581), which would ensure
that illegal aliens cannot qualify for taxpayer-funded health insurance
credits, passed the House yesterday with a 238 to 184 vote. NumbersUSA
sent a statement to all Members of Congress prior to the vote notifying
them that we would be scoring in favor of the bill.