• Post Paris, Refugee Issue Threatens Government Funding

    Post Paris, Refugee Issue Threatens Government Funding

    Last month, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (R), chairman of the Senate appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over the State Department and refugee issues introduced legislation (S. 2145) to provide an additional $1 billion in FY2016 funding to bolster refugee resettlement efforts.

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ICE Releases About 300 Illegal Immigrants From Federal Custody in Arizona

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials in Arizona initiated a firestorm with their decision to release approximately 300 illegal immigrant detainees in Arizona from federal custody on Wednesday. In addition to Arizona, the government released incarcerated illegal immigrants this week in California, New Jersey, New York, and Texas.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said this week that DHS is facing potential budget cuts of $4 billion. The government currently has about 33,000 beds for illegal immigrants in detention, at a cost of $164 a day.

"As fiscal uncertainty remains over the continuing resolution and possible sequestration, ICE has reviewed its detained population to ensure detention levels stay within ICE’s current budget,” ICE spokeswoman Amber Cargile said in a statement. “Over the last week, ICE has reviewed several hundred cases and placed these individuals on methods of supervision less costly than detention."

Cargile stated that all those released would still be processed for deportation and will “not be let off the hook,” but that “priority for detention remains on serious criminal offenders who pose a significant threat to public safety.”

All released detainees remain in deportation proceedings, and there are still about 2,280 people in immigration detention in Arizona.


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FLEOA Legislative Update

The FLEOA Legislative Machine prevailed with the hard-fought passage of H.R. 2146 (TSP bill). On June 29th, the FLEOA-initiated TSP bill, Defending Public Safety Employees' Retirement Act, was signed into law. Thanks to the leadership of Rep. Reichert who introduced the bill, those under the law enforcement retirement system will now be able to access their TSP at age 50 without incurring the IRS’ 10 percent penalty.‎ This allows federal law enforcement officers to be on par with their state and local counterparts who are also eligible to retire at age 50.

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