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Two Recent Smuggling Cases Provide a Rare Glimpse of a Terrorism Threat at the Southwest Border and What ICE Is Doing About It

Investigating the smugglers and screening their clients are two distinct operations that work in tandem. The screening at the border improves the chances of knowing if a given SIA poses a terrorism problem and, at the same time, can produce intelligence information ICE-HSI can use to go after smugglers. ICE-HSI does these investigations in joint partnership with the Justice Department's Criminal Division under the Extraterritorial Criminal Travel Strike Force program.

'Private' Refugee Resettlement Agencies Mostly Funded by the Government

Nine State Department-approved "voluntary organizations" or volags are paid by the head to resettle refugees in the U.S. The bulk of their annual revenues come not from charitable contributions, but government grants, ranging from 58 percent to 97 percent of their total budgets. The total annual compensation for the heads of these charities ranges from $132,000 to $671,000.
Topics: Refugees

Venezuelan Migration Continues to Grow

As the flow of Venezuelans fleeing the socialist rule of President Nicolás Maduro continues, regional host countries are facing both increasing difficulties meeting the needs of migrants and domestic pressure to limit Venezuelan immigration.

Refugee Resettlement Is Costly

The U.S. accepts refugees primarily for humanitarian reasons, not for economic ones. The fact that refugees are a fiscal drain should not by itself determine refugee policy. However, we should be careful not to fall for starry-eyed promises that everyone is better off when refugee numbers increase.

DHS Is Increasing Foreign Student Fees — But Not by Enough

We learned this week that foreign students are more than three times as likely to stay illegally in the country as nonimmigrants as a whole, and we heard several weeks ago that DHS was — after a gap of 14 years — finally thinking about raising the DHS fees for foreign students. The two announcements were not, as they might have been, linked by the government.
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