August 30

ICE Issues Statement on People Impersonating ICE Officials in Houston

ICE issued a statement after receiving reports that individuals are impersonating Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents and knocking on doors in the Houston area, telling residents to evacuate—presumably so these imposters can rob the empty homes. DHS encourages members of the public who receive such visitors to ask to see properly labeled badges or credentials. Yesterday, The Hill reported that during Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, ICE is not conducting immigration enforcement operations in the affected area and will not ask for immigration status or papers at any shelter. USCIS offered measures, available on a case-by-case basis upon request, for individuals impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

August 2

Washington Post: Trump, GOP Senators Introduce Bill to Slash Legal Immigration Levels

The Washington Post reports that President Trump endorsed a new bill in the Senate aimed at slashing legal immigration levels over a decade. Trump appeared with Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) at the White House today to unveil the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act, a modified version of a bill the senators first introduced in April to cut immigration by half from the current level of more than one million green cards per year granting foreigners permanent legal residence in the United States.