Victims and Their Families Finally Get a VOICE

Shortly before President Trump's 100th day in office, the administration on Wednesday delivered on one more promise. With the two front rows full of family members of victims of crimes committed by illegal aliens, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), an office within the Department of Homeland Security, officially opened the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office. DHS Secretary Kelly introduced the acting director, Barbara Gonzalez, and spoke to the office's role as a liaison between ICE and the victims of crimes committed by removable aliens.

CPAC Disappoints on Immigration – Again

Last week's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), like those in the prior two years, had little to offer people in favor of immigration enforcement and reduced immigration. So it shouldn't be surprising that the beginning of this posting is almost the same as the posting on immigration at CPAC 2016, where the key immigration event focused on how to talk to minorities; Mike Madrid claimed the GOP risked becoming "irrelevant" if the party didn't embrace amnesty and high immigration levels. His advice was ignored by candidate Trump. This year the four-day conference, addressed by President Trump, once again made no attempt to have a meaningful immigration conversation.

Questions for Monday's Presidential Debate

The first of three presidential debates will be held on Monday, September 26, moderated by Lester Holt of NBC Nightly News. The topic areas – America's Direction, Achieving Prosperity, and Securing America – are broad, but one issue area that will surely be covered is immigration. Immigration is an issue that impacts both the economy and national security, the top two voter concerns as shown by most polls.

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Obama Adds One More Amnesty to the List

The Obama administration continues to broaden the list of immigration laws which they will not enforce, with the publication of a final rule expanding those eligible for the existing provisional waiver process. Illegal aliens who marry green-card holders or have parents in the U.S. can now escape the penalties for illegal presence in the U.S. as a result of this latest usurping of the legislative role by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The Trump and Clinton Immigration Plans

Serving Different Constituencies

Donald Trump took to Twitter last night to respond to Hillary’s speech. Unsurprisingly, the public responded in largest numbers to his tweets referencing immigration. The most popular tweet, which quickly received close to 13,000 retweets and almost 32,000 likes, mentioned Hillary’s push for a 550% increase in refugees while refusing to mention radical Islam. Runners-ups were tweets saying Hillary was “owned” by Wall Street and her vision of “a borderless world where working people have no power, no jobs, no safety.”

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The Divisive, Political Pope

Pope Francis' six-day visit to Mexico ended yesterday with a mass at the U.S.-Mexico border, a symbolic location for those who have entered the United States illegally, those who died making the attempt, and those who plan to cross the border. But the Pope continued to take advantage of an election year in the United States even as he sat on his departing aircraft, weighing in on Donald Trump.

"A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian," said the Pope.

Canada's Syrian Refugees Pose a U.S. Security Risk

The significant national security threat presented by the United States' northern border receives minimal media coverage. But as the longest common border in the world, dramatically longer than the border the United States shares with Mexico, the U.S.-Canada border provides ample opportunity for illegal border crossers to enter the United States. After the recent terrorism attack in San Bernardino, Calif., and Canada's pledge to take in a large number of Syrian refugees, Americans need to be aware of the national security threat existing to the north.

National Park Service Signs on to Obama's Pro-Illegal Immigrant Agenda

The politicizing of our national monuments is well underway, with the National Park Service (NPS) pushing the president's pro-illegal immigrant agenda in a new exhibit at the Ellis Island Museum. The Obama administration and Democrats (helped by more than a few Republicans) have been attempting to normalize illegal immigration for some time, so it is not surprising that they would enlist the NPS, a federal bureau in the Department of the Interior, to rewrite history to turn U.S. law enforcement into the bad guys.

No Sanctuary for Murderers

Earlier this week, several media outlets (see here and here, for example) reported on the apprehension of two convicted murderers who had illegally re-entered the country after being deported. The articles emphasized the unified effort between U.S. Border Patrol agents and local police that made the apprehension possible. This law enforcement success story shows the need for federal agents to work with local and state law enforcement. But the bigger picture was missed.

N.H. Sen. Shaheen and AFL-CIO Question Census Bureau Data

The validity of a Center for Immigration Studies study on jobs in New Hampshire was called into question this week by both the President of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO, Mark Mackenzie, and Incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. The comments by both parties reflect the decline in the sitting senator's popularity as election day looms, and a misrepresentation of facts meant to sway an election.

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