Legislative Updates - LEGACY
May 23, 2019
TFT - Connecticut Senate Passes Sanctuary State ExpansionConnecticut is already a sanctuary state. The Nutmeg State’s legislature enacted its so-called Trust Act in 2013, which prohibits state and local law enforcement from honoring immigration detainers for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under most circumstances. But as bad as that law is, it still left several common-sense exceptions in place.
May 17, 2019
TFT - White House Unveils Immigration Proposal BlueprintOn Thursday, President Donald Trump held a press conference in the White House Rose Garden to unveil his new immigration reform proposal. According to the president’s statements, the proposal—which is not yet accompanied by any legislative text— addresses illegal immigration, as well as flaws in our current legal immigration system.
May 17, 2019
TFT - Missouri Legislature Restores Ban on In-State Tuition for Illegal AliensAfter a contentious week of negotiations, the Missouri General Assembly passed the state’s higher education budget hours before its May 10 deadline, including a prohibition on in-state tuition for illegal aliens that had been removed by lawmakers just weeks earlier.
May 16, 2019
TFT - DACA Aliens One Step Further to Working in CongressOn May 9, the Democrat-controlled House Committee on Appropriations approved a draft Legislative Branch funding bill that would allow congressional offices to hire illegal aliens as staff members – one step further toward a vote of the full House.
May 15, 2019
TFT - Federal Appeals Court Rules for Indiana AG against “Sue-and-Settle” Sanctuary PolicyIndiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has won a resounding victory for his office’s ability to enforce the Hoosier State’s law against dangerous sanctuary policies. On May 9, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reversed a lower court’s decision and struck down a “sue-and-settle” consent decree that had allowed Marion County—the state’s most populous county, of which Indianapolis is the county seat—to ignore state law and become a sanctuary county for criminal aliens.
May 10, 2019
TFT - DHS Approves 30,000 More H-2B WorkersThis week, the Trump administration announced their decision to release 30,000 additional H-2B visas for fiscal year 2019. The H-2B visa allows employers in non-agricultural industries to hire foreign guest-workers. While the program has a statutory annual cap of 66,000, language included in recent spending bills have given the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) authority to temporarily raise this cap. This is the largest increase allowed under the Trump administration.
May 10, 2019
TFT - Remain in Mexico Policy UpheldAt the end of 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new asylum policy aimed at confronting the growing illegal immigration crisis in the United States. The change—frequently referred to as the “Remain in Mexico” policy— invokes Section 235(b)(2)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act and the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). Under the MPP, individuals arriving in or entering the United States from foreign contiguous territories (i.e. Mexico)—illegally or without proper documentation—may be returned to said country for the duration of their immigration proceedings.
May 9, 2019