President Trump had threatened to veto the bill — which shielded the young immigrants in exchange for $25 billion in border security — because it did not include the curbs on legal immigration he sought.
ICE conducted about 1,300 of these workplace audits in 2017, reports CBS News’ Mireya Villarreal. This year, they expect a 300 percent increase. Companies found employing undocumented workers could face civil fines or even criminal prosecution.
Video footage showed dozens of people standing in the street, in front of a marked van, chanting, “Drive out ICE!” and “Stop the deportations!” Some held signs.
In the lobby, a nervous office manager greeted the team from ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations, twisting a black pen in her hands like a wet towel. A second manager joined them.
Congress this week failed to come up with a solution to protect undocumented people who have been shielded from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The program is now set to end on March 5, six months after US Attorney Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration planned to phase out DACA, which has protected as many as 800,000 undocumented people.
The date March 5 looms over the immigration debate.
In December 2016, I profiled a group called the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) that I believed would become a big driver of Donald Trump’s immigration policies. There were extensive links between Trump’s transition team and FAIR, which promotes a nearly-overt white nationalist view on immigration. (FAIR would protest at that term, no doubt.)
On Tuesday, writing in Politico magazine, Eric Posner, a University of Chicago law professor, and Glen Weyl, a researcher at Microsoft, reimagined the U.S. immigration system. Instead of corporations and families sponsoring immigrant visas like in today’s system, they proposed that individual citizens could sponsor migrant workers who would work for them and be paid below-market wages in return for the sponsorship
A conservative senator from Oklahoma with a youthful visage, Lankford had been working since September to help so-called Dreamers. The 49-year-old Lankford dutifully attended bipartisan meetings, cobbling together ideas and trying to enlist support for a bipartisan deal.
What can Democrats do? They are the minority party, and they can’t force Trump to change his policy, as I’ve argued before — frustrating as that may be. They also shouldn’t give into his demands for radical immigration changes and encourage more political hostage-taking. (Greisa Martinez Rosas, a prominent advocate for Dreamers, makes the same point in Sargent’s piece.)
But Trump moved the goal posts, demanded dramatic reductions in legal immigration and then mobilized to kill a bipartisan compromise that would have given him much of what — until very recently — he said he wanted.