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McConnell Sets Up Vote On Bill Targeting Sanctuary Cities

The Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act, introduced by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), will skip the committee process and go directly to the Senate floor. The bill restricts federal funding for sanctuary cities, or jurisdictions that do not comply with federal immigration authorities. It also provides legal protections for localities that do comply with federal immigration law and ups the penalties for illegal re-entry.


Dem. Leader: McCarthy Exit a ‘Sign That Republicans Are Unfit To Lead’

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) decision to drop out of the speakership race shows “deep divisions and dysfunction” among House Republicans, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) argued Thursday. “As a result of their divisions and their efforts to disrupt Congress’s work, we’ve experienced a government shutdown, a near-default on our debt, and too many missed opportunities to grow our economy and support job creation,” Hoyer said in a statement.

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Sanctuary Cities Releasing 1,000 Criminal Aliens Per Month

As Senate Republicans prepare to take on cities that do not comply with federal immigration authorities, the Center for Immigration Studies reveals that the approximately 340 so-called sanctuary cities in the U.S. have been releasing about 1,000 criminal aliens, combined, monthly.

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Senate Republicans Move To Target Sanctuary Cities

The legislation, introduced by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), would restrict federal funds and grants to jurisdictions that serve as sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants and refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. The bill would also establish a mandatory sentence of five years for illegal immigrants convicted of re-entering the U.S. after being convicted of an aggravated felony or of illegally re-entering the U.S. twice.


GOP Leaders Highlight Brutal Illegal Alien Criminals Shielded by Sanctuary Policies

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) argue that while DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson has said it is “not acceptable to have no policy of cooperation with immigration enforcement” the Obama administration has failed to take substantive action compelling such sanctuary jurisdictions to comply with federal immigration authorities.

A help wanted sign is seen in the window of the Unika store on September 4, 2015 in Miami, Florida. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the August jobs report that shows that the economy created just 173,000 new jobs last month. But the unemployment rate dipped to 5.1%, the lowest since April 2008, (Photo by

Foreign-Born Gain Jobs As Native-Born Lose Jobs

According to the not seasonally adjusted BLS numbers, in September 24,928,000 foreign-born people were employed in the U.S., growing by 14,000 jobs compared to August when 24,914,000 foreign-born people were employed. Native-born Americans, meanwhile, experienced a loss in jobs, declining 262,000 from August’s level of 124,314,000 to 124,052,000 employed native-born people in September.


Record 56,647,000 Women Not in Labor Force

More than 56 million women were not of the U.S. labor force last month, according to new government data released Friday. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 56,647,000 women, ages 16 and older during the month of September were neither employed nor had made specific efforts to find work in the past four weeks.

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Record 94,610,000 Americans Not in Labor Force

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that a record 94,610,000 people (ages 16 and over) were not in the labor force in September. In other words they were neither employed nor had made specific efforts to find work in the prior four weeks.

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USCIS Official: 90 Percent of Syrian Refugee Applications Approved

The Obama administration’s approval rate for accepting Syrian refugees to the U.S. is currently over 90 percent, a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service official testified before a Senate panel Thursday. “Worldwide our average approval rate is about 80 percent,” Barbara Strack, the head the Refugee Affairs Division at USCIS responded when pressed on the current annual approval rate for refugees.

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Rep. Gutiérrez Introduces Bill to Open ObamaCare to Illegal Immigrants

Gutiérrez says Obamacare is a moral imperative for all, regardless of legal status. He’s introduced legislation that would expand access to President Obama’s signature healthcare law to illegal immigrants. Speaking on the House Floor, Gutiérrez recalled Pope Francis’ address to Congress, saying the pontiff inspired him and other Members to remember the Golden Rule — “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) leaves after announcing his resignation on Capitol Hill, September 25, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Boehner announced his resignation from Congress at the end of October following intense pressure from conservatives in his party.

Boehner Sets GOP Leadership Elections For Next Thursday

“After consulting with our conference, a large majority of our members have made clear they want these elections held next week,” departing Speaker John Boehner says. “With their considerations in mind, the House leadership elections will take place on Thursday, October 8.”

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No Shutdown: Senate Sends Bill Keeping Gov’t Open To House

The Senate passed a temporary spending measure Wednesday, sending the bill over to the House for final passage before government funding expires at midnight. The continuing resolution funds government through December 11 and will allow congressional negotiators more time to agree on a budget deal. It does not defund Planned Parenthood as many Republicans desired, and averts a shutdown for now.

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