This Week in Immigration
Coverage of the Intersection Between Immigration Policy and Politics in the United States
Friday, February 16, 2018
Last Updated: on February 16, 2018 at 8:00 am EST)
Senate Poised to Begin Debate on DACA Relief as Congress Staggers Toward a
Monday, February 12, 2018
It was unclear at the time of this writing whether the Senate will be able to muster the 60 votes necessary to pass anything relating to DACA this week, especially given the demands from President Trump and his allies in Congress that any such legislation must be accompanied by provisions that would eliminate a number of avenues by which families are reunited within the nation's legal immigration system, as well as by provisions that would eliminate the Diversity Visa program, dramatically increase border security spending, and reduce the due process rights for persons in removal proceedings.
The picture on DACA relief legislation may be a bit more clear by week's end. Then again, maybe not.
In addition to the Senate debate on DACA legislation, the highlight of the coming week's immigration-related activity in Washington includes President Trump's scheduled release of his budget submission for fiscal year 2019 and a House panel hearing on the nexus (if any) between sanctuary cities and opiate trafficking.
In all, from the perspective of those interested in immigration, refugee, homeland security, or human trafficking policy, the week's schedule includes five hearings and one business meeting at which matters on those subjects could be examined, and possible floor action on one matter of consequence to immigration.
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Extensive Discussions about DACA and Immigration Likely on This Weekend's Sunday Morning Public Affairs Programs
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Given the proximity of the debate on the fate of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrrials (DACA) beneficiaries that is due to take place next week in the U.S. Senate, it is likely that all five of the venerable Sunday morning public affairs programs will address the subject of immigration during theirFebruary 11, editions.
A sneak peek at the guest lists for the upcoming April 16, 2017, editions of each of the five major broadcast and cable Sunday public affairs programs appears after the jump, along with previews of the likely or possible discussions on those programs about immigration and, refugees.
Secretary of State Tillerson, Ambassador Haley, and Senators Rubio, Cornyn, and Cardin Discuss Immigration & Refugee Policy and Politics During April 9th Sunday Public Affairs Programs
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Notwithstanding the dominant coverage of the past week’s cruise missile attack that the United States launched against Syria, there still was plenty of discussion about other subjects during the April 9th Sunday public affairs programs, including a significant number of discussions about immigration and refugees.
Among the guests on this weekend’s programs whose appearances included discussion about immigration or refugees were Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who made his first appearances on the Sunday programs since being confirmed by the Senate and discussed the border wall with Mexico; United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who discussed Syrian refugees; and Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Ben Cardin (D-MD), who discussed the wall between the United States and Mexico.
A summary of the immigration-related discussions on the April 9th Sunday morning public affairs programs follows after the jump.
Senate Confirms Nominee to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
The Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security is the chief operating officer of the Department, with responsibility for managing day-to-day operations. The department has over 208,000 employees and an annual budget of more than $48.5 billion. If the Secretary dies, resigns, or is otherwise unable to perform the functions and duties of the office, the Deputy Secretary is to serve as an Acting Secretary.
From an immigration perspective, the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security oversees the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Immigration Statistics, and Office of Policy components of the Department.
Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Trump Nominees to be Deputy Attorney General and Associate Attorney General
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
The Committee took up the two nominations at the end of a long executive business meeting, during which it also approved the nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. While the full Senate moved immediately to take up the Gorsuch nomination, it was not c;ear at the time of this writing when it would take up the Rosenstein and Brand nominations.
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Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Monday, April 3, 2017 at 10:00 am EDT
Vote on the nomination of Rod J. Rosenstein to be Deputy Attorney General and Rachel L. Brand to be Associate Attorney General
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House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 2:00 pm EDT
Hearing titled ,"Defeating a Sophisticated and Dangerous Adversary: Are the New Border Security Task Forces the Right Approach?"
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