by Marguerite Telford –
Center for Immigration Studies –
CIS Fellow Testifies on Proposed Legislative Fixes
WASHINGTON, DC (February 11, 2015) — A Center for Immigration Studies’ fellow testified before the House Judiciary Committee today, focusing on the dismal state of interior immigration enforcement in the United States. Dan Cadman’s testimony emphasizes the important link between effective immigration enforcement, public safety, and the plight of the middle class. The hearing takes place as Senate Democrats continue to block the DHS funding bill, designed to defund the president’s executive immigration actions, which could result in 5 million work permits being handed out to illegal aliens.
Cadman’s testimony – online at http://cis.org/node/5901 – stresses that worksite enforcement has deteriorated and must be addressed to stop the pull factors which attract illegal aliens to the country. “We are on the verge of having created a de facto ‘go-free-zone’ wherein almost everyone who manages to get past the first defenses of the Border Patrol directly at the border lives and works unlawfully, with almost nothing to fear in the way of consequences for their actions,” reads Cadman’s statement.
Emphasizing public safety, Cadman addresses the misuse of prosecutorial discretion, the ending of the use of detainers, and the recent dismantling of the effective Secure Communities program – all moves which have caused incalculable damage to law enforcement’s ability to find, hold, and deport criminal aliens.
“There are many reasons to believe that the rise in criminal alien removals was directly related to a robust Secure Communities program and effective use of detainers, and that the decline in those numbers we are now witnessing is the result of policies initially designed to inhibit , and now to end them entirely,” writes Cadman.
Cadman analyzes three key pieces of legislation which, with some minor changes, could go a long way to protecting our borders and interior, unaccompanied children, and the integrity of our laws. The three bills are:
• The Protection of Children Act (H.R. 5143);
• The Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act (HR. 5137; and
• The Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act (H.R. 2278).
These bills would contribute to ending the smuggling of minors, returning asylum to a protected status available only to those truly in fear of persecution (presently 92 percent of “credible fear” claims are approved), addressing criminal gang inadmissibility and deportability, removing criminal aliens, addressing visa security, and acknowledging the interplay of the federal, state, and local governments.
“Through its legislative prerogatives, Congress holds in its hands the capability to alter the current deleterious course of events, and restore balanced and effective immigration enforcement in the United States,” reads Dan Cadman’s statement.
Contact: Marguerite Telford