Justice Department Agrees to End Subsidies for Sanctuaries

At a House appropriations hearing yesterday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that her department has agreed to begin enforcing federal law against sanctuary policies that obstruct communication and cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Lynch's announcement is the result of pressure applied by Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas), who chairs the subcommittee that controls the budget for the Department of Justice. Under his plan, state and local jurisdictions maintaining sanctuary policies that violate federal law now risk losing federal funds — unless they stop protecting criminal aliens.

House Appropriations Boss Initiates Crackdown on Sanctuaries

Today the chairman of the House appropriations subcommittee in charge of funding the Department of Justice, John Culberson (R-Texas), put the Obama administration on notice that it must take steps to rein in sanctuary jurisdictions or risk problems getting approval for its own budget requests. In addition, Culberson announced that he will begin requiring local jurisdictions to follow federal law and stop obstructing communication with immigration agencies as a condition for receiving certain federal law enforcement funding.

DHS Reports Huge Number of Visitors Overstayed in 2015

A long-awaited report from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirms that overstays are a significant source of illegal immigration. The report identified just over 527,000 foreign visitors who apparently did not depart as required when their authorized stay expired in 2015. Approximately 484,000 were presumed to be still in the United States at the end of 2015, and 416,500 had not departed as of January 4, 2016.

Setting the Record Straight: NPR Corrects Mischaracterization of CIS Stance on ICE Operation

On January 6, NPR's "Morning Edition" ran a story on the recent ICE operation to remove Central American adults and children who arrived illegally in the surge of 2014, who have failed in their request for legal status and been ordered removed in person by an immigration judge, but who have not departed. The story included comments from me that were over-edited and presented an incomplete and therefore misleading impression of my opinion on ICE's operation.

Major Screening Gap: Sponsors of Immigrants Not Fully Vetted Under Current Policy

According to an internal USCIS document, immigration officers are not routinely utilizing the full range of available database checks to identify high-risk individuals, such as San Bernardino jihadist Sayed Rezwan Farook, who are trying to sponsor an immigrant. The most extensive checks are done only on prospective immigrants, not sponsors. This is a significant gap in the screening process that has been known for years, but never corrected. It's an easy fix, and if USCIS had done so years ago, when it recognized the gap, the government might have been more cautious about admitting Farook's partner and fiancé, Tashfeen Malik, and perhaps others who pose a similar risk.