2014 border surge

House Judiciary Committee Passes Bill to Reduce Asylum Fraud


The House Judiciary Committee approved yesterday the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act (H.R. 391), which would narrow the “credible fear” standards that illegal aliens must meet in order to make an asylum claim. The bill, which passed by a 19-11 vote, is sponsored by Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) after being first introduced by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).

Obama Admin. Knowingly Admitted At Least 16 MS-13 Gang Members into the U.S.


A Customs and Border Protection whistleblower turned over documents showing that under the Obama administration CBP officials released at least 16 teenagers they knew had ties to the deadly MS-13 gang. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said the documents showed that the teenagers were caught crossing the border in 2014 but then were shipped to juvenile homes across the country.

DHS IG Report: Overloaded Deportation Officers Missing Opportunities


A new report from the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General found that ICE deportation officers are so overloaded that they lose track of aliens that have been released pending their deportation, including some posing national security risks. Under the Obama Administration, deportation officers based in Washington, D.C., handled more than 10,000 released deportable aliens per person on average, while those in Atlanta averaged more than 5,000 released to the streets. Due to caseload and lack of direction, “ICE is almost certainly not deporting all the aliens who could be deported and will likely not be able to keep up with growing numbers of deportable aliens,” the report said.

ICE Has Spent More Than $100 Million on Transportation Costs for Illegal Alien Children in the Last Two Years


The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) obtained government ICE records that show that the agency has spent over $100 million in the last few years in transporting illegal alien children who have crossed the border since the 2014 border surge began. According to the IRLI’s calculations ICE spent on average $665 per minor in 2014, mostly on transportation costs to fly the children between government agencies, to relatives in the U.S. or back to their home countries if deported.

Former Southern Command Chief Gen. John Kelly Selected for DHS Secretary


Multiple media reports say President-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired Gen. John F. Kelly to head up the Department of Homeland Security. Before retiring, Gen. Kelly served as Chief of Southern Command, which oversees military operations across Central and South America and the Caribbean.

4 House and Senate Chairs Ask Obama Admin. To Stop Border Surge


House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Immigration and Border Security Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), and Immigration and The National Interest Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) wrote a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson to stop the current border surge that has overwhelmed Border Patrol and ICE.

NBPC President Says Border Patrol is 'Overwhelmed'


In a recent interview with Breitbart Texas National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) President, Brandon Judd, claimed that Border Patrol is overwhelmed with holding the greatest number of illegal border crossers in custody in history and that the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency is hiding this information from the public.

Obama Admin Delaying Deportation for 2014 Border Crossers


The Obama administration has started delaying deportation proceedings for more than 56,000 illegal aliens who crossed in the 2014 border surge. The administration says that a lapse in enforcement allowed many of the illegal aliens to go free instead of being enrolled in an electronic monitoring program, saving the government from paying the daily $4-$8 fee for the GPS devices, so they have pushed back their deportation cases.

Obama Admin. Expands Central American Minors Resettlement Program


The Obama Administration announced yesterday that it will expand the Central American Minors program that was first established as a response to the 2014 border surge. The program looks to resettle unaccompanied alien children to the United States directly from their home countries in an attempt to discourage them from traveling though Mexico and crossing the border illegally.

FBI Official Named New U.S. Border Patrol Chief

FBI assistant director, Mark Morgan, as the new chief of the U.S. Border Patrol


U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, Gil Kerlikowske, has named FBI assistant director, Mark Morgan, as the new chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, though he has no prior experience with the agency. This is the first time in the Border Patrol’s 92-year-old history that the chief has been chosen from outside the agency.

Border Apprehensions Rising, Driven by Record Number of Illegal-Alien Family Units


According to new Border Patrol statistics, apprehensions at the southern border rose for the third consecutive month led by increases in illegal-alien family units. The Border Patrol apprehended 32,117 family units so far in fiscal year 2016, more than double the amount for this period last year and a 62% increase over the record number in fiscal year 2014 for that period. The numbers suggest a new border surge from Central American countries of record proportions.

DHS Reports New Surge of Illegal Alien Families

Department Of Homeland Security Logo Illegal Aliens


According to Deputy Border Patrol, Chief Ronald Vitiello, the number of illegal alien families captured at the border rose unexpectedly in July despite the harsh warm weather. This upward trend may continue after Judge Dolly M. Gee’s July 24 preliminary ruling that severely restricts the detaining of illegal alien families.

A Year Later, Deception Allows Most Border Surge Minors to Remain

Updated: October 11th, 2017, 3:22 pm


  by  Van Esser

At a Senate hearing this week an Obama Administration official said that nine out of 10 unaccompanied alien children (UACs) who crossed the border illegally during the border surge were placed with family members or friends in the United States. The vast majority of these minors were never eligible for placement, however, because the law Obama used to shield them from deportation defines a UAC as an illegal-alien minor without a parent or legal guardian in the U.S.

White House: Border Surge to Reach 127,000 in 2015


An internal document that the Obama Administration sent to congressional appropriators last spring on the expected surge of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) has been made public with startling new information. In it, the Obama administration predicted a large number of UACs to arrive last summer and record numbers for summers to come. The document counters claims that top federal officials did not anticipate the surge last summer.

DHS Further Reduces Detention of Illegal Border Crossers


Pushed by Democratic Members of Congress and special interest groups, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson today announced DHS would further limit the detention of those who illegally crossed the border as family units. Johnson's announcement comes despite a FOX News report this week indicating that 84 percent of Central American families who were released during last year’s border surge failed to appear in court.

Report: Surge Aliens' Crimes Fallout from Obama's Non-Deportation Policies


The Washington Times’ Stephan Dinan explored one product of President Obama’s decision to relocate and care for, rather than deport unaccompanied alien children that surged over the southern border. He found that some of the minors have been charged with serious crimes such as murder and aggravated rape – a harbinger of problems to come this year as DHS begins to handle another surge. This undermines Obama's "felons, not families" rationale for his November 2014 amnesties, which are now the subject of litigation in a Texas District court

Report: Large Numbers of Minors, Family Units Again Crossing Border Illegally


The Center for Immigration Studies obtained DHS statistics that say the Border Patrol and other agencies apprehended over 2,000 illegal alien minors during each of the last several months. The minors came from 27 different countries, although 90 percent came from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. 70 percent were male, 84 percent were between the ages of 13 and 17 when apprehended, and thirty-one percent claimed to be age 17.

Senate approves amendment to expand expedited removals to deal with border surges


The Senate passed a border amendment to its budget resolution late Thursday night that attempts to prevent future border surges like the one experienced last summer along the U.S.-Mexico border. The amendment, offered by Sen. John McCain (#360), passed by a 58-to-42 margin, but not before a bit of drama.

Report: Debate Over Legalizing Illegal Aliens 'A Primary Cause' for Border Surge


A report released on Friday cited the causes for the surge of illegal aliens across the border late last summer. According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, the debate over legalizing illegal aliens was “a primary cause” of thousands of Central Americans crossing into the United States illegally.

Immigrants facing years-long waits in Denver immigration court


Denver Post -- Nancy Lofholm

Thousands of immigrants attempting to seek legal status or other court actions in Colorado are having their cases delayed for nearly five years — an unprecedented backlog in this state's immigration court.

The backlog that some Denver immigration attorneys call "a standstill" is part of national immigration court jam of almost 430,000 cases. But the legal pileup is particularly bad in Colorado, where all the immigration judges have been ordered to hear only priority cases.

Obama opens door for Central American children to legally come to U.S.


The Washington Times -- Stephen Dinan

The Obama administration quietly announced a program late last week to create a legal channel for thousands of Central American children to come to the U.S., a move designed to prevent a repeat of this summer’s illegal immigrant surge but which Republicans said amounted to “border sabotage.”

Border Patrol statistics show changing migration pattern


The Washington Post -- Andrew Becker

Most of the people the Border Patrol stopped from sneaking into the country last year were from countries other than Mexico, according to agency statistics, a shift that might have provided fodder for politicians leading up to Tuesday’s election.

But they didn’t get much of a chance. The Border Patrol’s annual statistics were posted on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Web site for about five hours on Oct. 10, then taken down.

94% of Border Surge Families Failed to Appear for Immigration Court Hearings


This summer, thousands of families and unaccompanied minors who entered the country illegally were released to sponsor families with an immigration court hearing date and a promise to appear. However, newly released documents reveal a staggering number of illegal aliens are failing to appear for their hearings.

Taxpayers Footing the Bill for Organic Garden, Petting Farm For Unaccompanied Alien Children


On Thursday, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell inquiring about the "stewardship of taxpayer dollars in question during unaccompanied minors influx". In the letter, Senator Grassley said he received information about a facility run by Southwest Key Programs that includes expensive amenities.

Report: Minimum of $1 Billion Spent on Refugee Resettlement; Total Cost Closer to $10 Billion


A report was released today by the Refugee Resettlement Watch taking a look at how much the refugee resettlement program costs U.S. taxpayers. They found that the United States spends around $1 billion a year in tax dollars to resettle just over 100,00 refugees and asylees in per year.

Media Ignores Inflow Of 35,000 Migrant Youths


The Daily Caller -- Neil Munro

The government-facilitated inflow of Central American migrant children and youths into U.S. schools and workplaces is at least 50 percent larger than has been reported by most establishment media outlets.

The media has copied President Barack Obama’s focus on 68,000 so-called “unaccompanied children,” but has mostly ignored the equally large inflow of 68,000 parents and minors who crossed the border in so-called “family units.”



Breitbart -- Jonathan Strong

Despite no official action from the president ahead of the election, the Obama administration has quietly begun preparing to issue millions of work authorization permits, suggesting the implementation of a large-scale executive amnesty may have already begun.

Where 37,000 illegal immigrant children have been released to 'guardians' across America - and where the feds are hiding tens of thousands more


Daily Mail (UK) -- David Martosko

The federal government has sent more than 37,000 illegal immigrant children to adults in every part of the U.S. who claimed to be their guardians during the first seven months of 2014, data from the Department of Health and Human Services show.

But tens of thousands more are languishing in 116 shelters operated with taxpayer dollars in at least 16 states.

Feds to spend $9 million defending illegal aliens in immigration court


The Obama Administration announced earlier this week that they would set aside $9 million to help provide legal assistance to thousands of unaccompanied alien children who illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this year. Approximately 2,600 illegal aliens will receive legal representation under the grants issued to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants by Health and Human Services.

70% of Border Surge Families Failed to Show up for Meetings with Federal Officials


Approximately 70% of the illegal-alien families, who illegally crossed the border earlier this year, failed to show up for their follow-up meetings with federal immigration agents, according to a new report from the Associated Press. According to the report, an official with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said that the illegal aliens were detained crossing the border illegally, given an appointment to meet with ICE officials a few weeks later, and then released into the U.S.

Deportations at lowest pace since 2007


New data from the Department of Homeland Security show that the Obama Administration is deporting a significantly lower number of illegal aliens in fiscal year 2013 as compared to past years. In the current fiscal year, which started on October 1, 2012, through the end of July, the Administration has deported only 258,608 illegal aliens compared to 320,167 over the same time period the previous year and compared to 344,264 two years ago.

250,000 Texas Members Of NumbersUSA Launch TV Ad Asking Obama To Stop Talking Amnesty And Start Securing Border


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NumbersUSA launched TV ads in Dallas-Fort Worth and Harlingen-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas today calling on President Obama to stop talking amnesty and start securing the Texas border. The ads call attention to costs associated with increased flows of illegal aliens as a result of the Obama administration's past amnesty, ongoing calls for amnesty and actions to dismantle immigration enforcement. The ads are funded by the 250,000 Texas members of NumbersUSA.

Gov. Perry: Terrorist groups could be taking advantage of border crisis


Texas Gov. Rick Perry said terrorist groups, including ISIS who earlier this week killed an American journalist, could be using the ongoing border surge crisis alon the U.S.-Mexico border to sneak operatives into the United States. Perry spoke at The Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C. as part of a discussion panel called The Border Crisis and the New Politics of Immigration. Perry said Congress needs to focus on securing the border before discussing broader immigration reform.