Homeland Security

India cries wolf: New U.S. visa fees are consistent with international obligations

If you’ve been following the news on immigration in the past month, you may have noticed that the President signed a new border security bill, which appropriated $600 million of additional resources for border enforcement – funded by increased application fees on two types of temporary non-immigrant work visas: the H-1B and L-1. The fees only apply to companies that have 50 or more employees, when more than 50 percent of their U.S.-based workforce is authorized to work under these visas.



Make assessments of 'don't ask, don't tell before repealing (Rep. Mike Rogers)

Last May in their rush to judgment, Speaker Pelosi and her liberal allies brushed aside the potential concerns of our troops and their families and decided to go ahead with the repeal of the Defense Department’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy before hearing their input. Now we hear that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to follow Speaker Pelosi’s lead and do the same.


A new START to strengthen national security (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen)

This week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to vote on ratification of the New START Treaty.  From the beginning of our deliberation, Committee members have sought to answer the question Defense Secretary Robert Gates posed early in this process:  Is the U.S. better off with this treaty or without it?


We have not forgotten (Rep. Paul Broun)

In a calculated attack unlike any America had ever known, on September 11, 2001, terror swept across our skies.  Nine years ago, an evil force, employing nineteen hijackers, destroyed 2,977 innocent lives.  The unsuspecting victims were hardworking businessmen and women, firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, police officers, military personnel, and citizens from more than ninety countries. Nine years later, we have not forgotten, and we understand for better and for worse, our nation will never be the same.

In the years following the coordinated attacks on 9/11, the United States has been embroiled in a war against Islamic extremists. We continue to fight to provide stability in the Middle East was well as worldwide.  Our nation has made great strides on all fronts, including the elimination of key Al Qaeda leaders and operatives, and the interception of communications that have foiled terrorist plots at home and abroad.  Still, America faces threats from terrorist networks around the world.  While no major attacks have been successfully carried out in recent years, the Christmas Day and Times Square bombing attempts reveal that we still have dangerous enemies who actively pursue means to harm and kill Americans.


Gaining strength from the anniversary of 9/11 (Rep. John Hall)

Across the nation this Saturday, we will pause to remember the September 11, 2001 attack launched against us by a ruthless enemy. It was a day in which thousands of Americans at work or en route to destinations they never reached, lost their lives.


Now is the time for Obama to take lead in push for immigration reform

Scheduled to take effect only last week, enforcement of Arizona’s new anti-immigration law was largely enjoined by a federal judge in Phoenix. The court order will have a number of effects, both expected and unexpected. At once enlivening the lackluster Republican administration of Gov. Jan Brewer, it already caused many negative repercussions. Members of one anti-immigrant group, resplendent in Nazi uniforms, asserted that they would put down their firearms only when the federal government started adequately enforcing U.S. immigration law. One of the seven lawsuits filed against the State of Arizona was by an Arizona policeman who claimed that he would be damned if he enforced the law and equally damned if he failed to do so since the law, as proposed, allowed any legal resident of Arizona to collect money damages if he could show that any Arizona officer or agency failed to enforce the immigration law to the full extent permitted by the federal law.


'Sanctuary cities': A double standard on immigration (Rep. Charlie Dent)

Across the United States, discussions involving the state of Arizona’s recently enacted immigration enforcement law became very impassioned. Simultaneously, many Americans expressed concern surrounding the lawsuit filed by the Obama administration to prevent the law's implementation. Unfortunately, a very serious point was lost in the discourse.


Court missed the mark with ruling on immigration law (Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl)

Arizona Sens. John McCain (R) and Jon Kyl (R) Wednesday made the following statement regarding the United States District Court of Arizona’s decision blocking enforcement of certain provisions of the Arizona immigration law:

We are deeply disappointed in the court’s ruling today and disagree with the court’s opinion that the Arizona’s law will unduly "burden" the enforcement of federal immigration law.


Despite injunction, Ariz. GOP believes court will uphold immigration law

While we are disappointed in the federal court's decision to issue a temporary injunction, it is often the case that a judge will initially approve a temporary injunction until they have an opportunity to hear and read arguments and legal research from both sides. Our expectation is that Judge Bolton will rule in favor of S.B. 1070 as we believe that S.B. 1070 is constitutional.