The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kelly stated this week that DHS is not targeting undocumented immigrants. Despite this claim, new data and a string of high profile cases show the opposite is occurring.
Rather than prioritizing the apprehension and removal of immigrants who have committed serious crimes, enforcement personnel are now scooping up anyone who is deportable for any reason. This lack of prioritization has translated into a surge in immigration-related arrests across the board.
The executive order calls on the Attorney General and the named Secretaries to “suggest reforms to help ensure that H-1Bs are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid petition beneficiaries.”
This decision not to hear this important case—which may prevent federal court review of the claims of countless asylum seekers with expedited removal orders in the Third Circuit, which spans Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware—comes at a time when the Trump administration is threatening to expand expedited removal.
Officials have said that the review is necessary to ensure that the visa classification is not misused to permit foreign workers from taking jobs from U.S. workers.
At a time when the administration is proposing spending billions of dollars on additional immigration enforcement, they may be cutting off an important source of revenue —immigrants’ tax dollars.