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House to Take Up Immigration Enforcement Bills
No Democratic support expected

For the first time since Donald Trump took office, the Republican-led House is expected to vote this week on two immigration enforcement bills — but it’s unclear whether they will reach the president who pledged to get tough on undocumented immigrants. 

The bills, introduced Thursday by House Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va., are stand-alone versions of provisions included in a more comprehensive enforcement measure approved by Goodlatte’s committee in May.

Bloomberg, Murdoch-Led Immigration Group Has Eyes on 2017
Partnership outlines economic effect of immigrant community

In its push to convince Congress to take up a comprehensive immigration overhaul in 2017, the advocacy group founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NewsCorp chief executive Rupert Murdoch is betting on the old adage, “All politics is local.”  

The Partnership for a New American Economy, which Bloomberg, Murdoch and others established in 2010, published 51 reports Wednesday — one for each state plus the District of Columbia — outlining the local economic effect of the immigrant community. The goal is to persuade Congress that fixing an immigration system widely seen as dysfunctional is a crucial step toward a flourishing economy.  

Feinstein: End EB-5 Visa Program to Avoid Kushner Conflict
Family’s company sought investors in China

The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Monday Congress should end a contentious “citizenship-for-sale” visa program in order to eliminate a potential conflict of interest for Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and a White House adviser.

The comments from Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California came in response to media reports that Kushner Companies representatives — including Kushner's sister, Nicole Meyer — marketed use of the EB-5 investor visa program to Chinese nationals at a conference in Beijing over the weekend. Kushner resigned as CEO from his family's real estate company in January, ahead of joining the White House staff.

House-Passed Immigration Bills Have Murky Future in Senate
60-vote threshold puts passage in doubt

A pair of enforcement bills targeting “sanctuary” cities and undocumented immigrants with prior deportations easily passed the House on Thursday, but they face an uphill climb in the Senate.

The bills are the first major pieces of immigration legislation taken up by the Republican-led Congress since President Donald Trump took office. Unlike former President Barack Obama, who had threatened to veto such measures, Trump has said he would sign both bills.

Ex-Leader of Anti-Immigration Group Named Agency Ombudsman
Former FAIR chief Kirchner to represent U.S. Immigration Service

Kelly: Homeland Isn't Targeting Law-Abiding ‘Dreamers’
“By definition, they’re no longer DACA if they have a violation”

The Homeland Security Department is not seeking to deport undocumented young people enrolled in an Obama administration program who have not violated the terms of their protected status, Secretary John F. Kelly told Senate Democrats on Wednesday.

The status of these young people, known as Dreamers, who were brought to the United States by their undocumented immigrant parents has been a subject of concern since President Donald Trump promised during his campaign to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and deport millions of people living in the country illegally. 

‘Gang of Eight’ Revival Unlikely on Immigration Overhaul

BY DEAN DeCHIARO AND BRIDGET BOWMAN, CQ ROLL CALL

President Donald Trump may want senators to re-form a “Gang of Eight”-style group focused on passing comprehensive immigration legislation. But a hyper-partisan atmosphere in Congress combined with the bitter legacy of the last failed overhaul means Trump’s wish will likely go unfulfilled.

Trump Open to 'Gang of 8' Immigration Bill, Sort Of
The bill included a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants

By DEAN DeCHIARO and BRIDGET BOWMAN, CQ ROLL CALL

President Donald Trump might be open to comprehensive immigration legislation — or maybe not.

Private Immigrant Detention Firm Gave $45K to Trump Fundraising Group
The GEO Group operates more than five dozen facilities nationwide

The political arm of one of the country’s leading operators of federally contracted immigrant detention facilities donated $45,000 last month to a joint fundraising committee supporting Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, according to a recent Federal Election Commission filing.

The political action committee representing The GEO Group, Inc., made the donation on July 27 to the Trump Victory fund, a joint committee also supporting the Republican National Committee and 11 state parties. Donors to GEO's PAC are almost entirely employees of the Boca Raton, Florida-based company.

Sessions Directs Prosecutors to Focus on Immigration Crimes
‘This is a new era. This is the Trump era.’

UPDATED 04/11/17 | 2:00 p.m.

The Trump administration will require federal prosecutors to prioritize cases involving immigration-related offenses in an effort to reduce the clout of criminal organizations along the Southwest border and deter illegal entry into the United States

Dreamers Face Uncertainty as Trump Mulls Immigration Program
Reports indicate president could end DACA as early as this week

Roughly 900,000 young, undocumented immigrants woke Monday facing a threat many have feared since President Donald Trump took office: Work permits and deportation relief granted to them under an Obama-era program could be gone soon and the federal agency tasked with carrying out his deportation agenda will have their names and addresses. 

Trump’s deputies and Republican lawmakers have said that law-abiding Dreamers — undocumented immigrants brought to the United States illegally when they were children — are not priorities for removal under the administration’s expanded enforcement priorities.

Border Security Takes Center Stage in Debate Over 'Dreamers'

Now that President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders in Congress have agreed to pursue a deal that would boost border enforcement in exchange for legal status for young undocumented immigrants, the focus is shifting to what security measures the package could include.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said following a Wednesday night meeting with the president that they had agreed to table the administration’s request for money to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a nonstarter for Democrats from the beginning.

GOP Eyes Fix for Immigration Program Targeted by Trump
Democrats say they’re ready to work with Republicans to find solution for Dreamers

President Donald Trump’s reported decision to end an Obama-era immigration program that protects 800,000 undocumented young people from deportation adds to a lengthy to-do list already challenging Republican leaders. 

Politico and The Associated Press, citing unnamed sources, reported late Sunday that Trump plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, in six months. The sources were granted anonymity to speak freely ahead of Tuesday’s planned announcement. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to address the DACA program at an 11 a.m. briefing and will take no questions. 

Tax ID Used by Immigrants Targeted in GOP Tax Bill
To claim child tax credit, taxpayers will need Social Security numbers

By CAMILA DECHALUS and DEAN DECHIARO

A provision in the GOP tax overhaul bill unveiled Thursday would require all taxpayers claiming the federal child tax credit to use a valid Social Security number, rather than the tax identification number used by undocumented immigrants with children who are U.S. citizens.

Flake Poised to Give Other GOP Senators a Voice on Immigration
DACA could shape key congressional races in the 2018 midterms

Few issues embody the political divide between Sen. Jeff Flake and President Donald Trump like immigration.

While Trump and his nativist supporters take a hard line on illegal immigration, the Arizona senator has long sought a comprehensive solution that would lead to a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

What Went Wrong With the Polls?
Surveys may have missed big swaths of the white electorate

How, where and why did the polls go so wrong?

How could Donald Trump have won? The same Republican presidential nominee who on Tuesday morning had less than a 30-percent chance of winning.

Trump’s Criminal Deportations Idea: Complex but Doable
Strategies have already been tested by Bush, Obama

It may take Donald Trump’s entire first term and some additional funding from Congress, but his plan to deport at least 2 million immigrants with criminal records is no pipe dream.

The president-elect might need to employ a loose definition of “criminal” and he’d likely need to target legal immigrants with criminal records as well as those who are undocumented. Immigration experts, however, say the enforcement apparatus Trump would require to reach his deportation goals is in place, and the strategies have already been tested by his predecessors.

Travelers From Six Muslim Countries Drop Without Travel Ban
U.S. also sees marked decline in admission of Syrian refugees

Even though President Donald Trump’s travel ban has run afoul of the courts, the number of visas issued to people from six majority-Muslim countries targeted by the executive order appears to be slowing down dramatically.

Separately, refugee resettlement in the U.S. from February through May has also plummeted, according to CQ Roll Call’s review of data released by the State Department.

House Panel Turns Search for Trump Documents Into Clinton Probe
Jayapal’s resolution sought more information on Comey firing

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee turned a Democratic request for documents related to President Donald Trump’s firing of then-FBI Director James B. Comey on its head, making it a different kind of treasure hunt.

On a 16-13 vote, the panel on Wednesday approved a substitute amendment offered by GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida that would ask the Justice Department for documents related to Comey’s handling of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and other aspects of Comey’s tenure.

Sessions: ‘Dreamers’ Fix Must Drive Down Illegal Immigration
AG has long opposed efforts to grant undocumented childhood immigrants legal status

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told senators Wednesday they could work with President Donald Trump to protect undocumented childhood immigrants from deportation as long as “amnesty” is coupled with efforts to reduce illegal immigration overall.

“The president has said he wants to work with Congress. He has a heart for young people,” Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee at a wide-ranging Justice Department oversight hearing.