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    Debate 2012: Illegal Immigration and Driver's Licenses

    In last night’s presidential debate, Governor Mitt Romney said that if elected, he would eliminate “magnets” that attract people to illegally reside in the United States. One magnet that he mentioned was the ability of undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. Luckily for Governor Romney, he would not need Congress … More

    Morning Bell: Heritage Experts Analyze Second Presidential Debate

    During last night’s debate between President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney, Heritage’s policy experts were live-blogging their analysis of the ideas discussed. Below are some of the highlights of our experts’ reactions to the major points made. Join us today at 11 a.m. ET for a Google hangout as … More

    WORD CLOUD: Obama and Romney at the Second Presidential Debate

    Long Island’s Hofstra University was the scene of the second presidential debate this election cycle. This time the questions didn’t come from a moderator but from undecided voters of Nassau County, N.Y., whose questions were screened by CNN’s Candy Crowley. These uncommitted voters, selected by Gallup, did in fact, “drive … More

    DHS Deportation Numbers Again Called into Question

    Reports are circling again this week that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to overstate its deportation numbers. After boasting the highest number of removals of illegal immigrants in agency history late last year, DHS was criticized by Representative Lamar Smith (R–TX) for artificially inflating its deportation numbers by … More

    10 Immigration Agents Challenge Obama Administration’s Non-Deportation Policy

    As described in a new Heritage Issue Brief, 10 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers have filed a lawsuit against Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and ICE director John Morton. The suit seeks to invalidate the Administration’s recently implemented “deferred action” initiative, which defers for at least two years … More

    Deterring Illegal Immigration in Alabama

    The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision on Monday over Alabama’s Arizona-style immigration law, enjoining many provisions similar to those that the Supreme Court held were preempted by federal law when it issued its decision in June concerning Arizona’s law but upholding other key provisions. In U.S. v … More

    Administration’s DREAMer Policies Fail to Solve the Nation’s Immigration Challenges

    Today, the Obama Administration’s policy of deferred action for so-called DREAMers goes into effect. The policy, announced by President Obama on June 15, will allow as many as 1.7 million illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as youths to apply to stay in the U.S. for two years … More

    'Biased Statistics' Paint Rosy Picture of Border Security, Union Head Alleges

    The Obama administration boasts that arrests at the U.S.-Mexico border have dropped on its watch. But figures cited by the administration are based on “biased statistics,” according to the president of the National Border Patrol Council, the union representing more than 17,000 U.S. border agents and personnel. “Department of Homeland … More

    Immigration Enforcement: DHS Actions Further Erode the Rule of Law

    An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer in Newark, Delaware, is facing suspension for refusing to release an illegal immigrant because he was not a “priority target” under the Obama Administration’s new immigration enforcement policies. In March, the officer arrested an individual under suspicion that he was a criminal alien … More

    Arizona Immigration Ruling Prompts Push for Lax Immigration Policies

    In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision that upheld a section of Arizona’s immigration law, several U.S. cities and at least one state have taken jabs at the measure by proposing their own immigration policies. The Supreme Court’s unanimous 8-0 ruling (Justice Elena Kagan did not vote) upholding the … More