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The latest news, analysis and debates on immigration reform and policy.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, where he spoke about the shootings in Canada and answered questions about Ebola. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

White House denies covert plan to issue millions of green cards

By Dave Boyer - The Washington Times

President Obama's spokesman laughed off as "crazy" Wednesday reports that the Homeland Security Department is preparing for an increase in the number of immigrants living illegally in the country by ordering enough paper to print as many as 5 million "green" cards annually. Published October 22, 2014

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New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito speaks during Sunday services at the Church of God of Third Avenue as the congregation welcomed members of the Spanish Christian Church that was destroyed by Wednesday's explosion in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York, Sunday, March 16, 2014. The Spanish Christian Church had been located on the first floor of one of the destroyed buildings. On Saturday a crew at the blast site found a large Bible in the rubble and returned it to the church's pastor. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NYC City Council limits deportation efforts

Associated Press

The New York City Council is passing legislation that would stop honoring detainment orders from U.S. immigration officials that don't come with a warrant from a federal judge.

This June 24, 2014, file photo shows Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson arrivines on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama, who has postponed until after Election Day his plan for executive actions that could shield millions of immigrants from deportation, is already on pace this year to deport the fewest number of immigrants since at least 2007, according to a new analysis of Homeland Security Department figures by The Associated Press.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)FILE -

Clarity sought on fast-tracked Haitian immigration

Associated Press

Haitian immigration advocates in Miami are anxious for federal officials to clarify how they'll fast-track immigration for a limited number of Haitians approved to join relatives in the U.S.

In this Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), agents take a person into custody during an immigration sweep in Ontario, Calif. Immigration officials say local authorities across the U.S. released thousands of immigrants from jails this year despite efforts to take them into federal custody, including more than 3,000 with previous felony charges or convictions. They highlight the friction between the federal government and police and sheriff's departments, some of which say holding immigrants beyond their release dates harms community policing efforts. (AP Photo/U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

Thousands released after immigration holds denied

- Associated Press

Immigration officials say local authorities across the U.S. released thousands of immigrants from jails this year despite efforts to take them into federal custody, including more than 3,000 with previous felony charges or convictions.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a measure authored by Former Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce, for using bail as punishment. (Associated Press)

Circuit court rules illegal immigrants have a right to bail

- The Washington Times

Illegal immigrants have the same constitutional right to bail that U.S. citizens do, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday in a decision striking down an Arizona statute designed to make sure criminals without any community ties didn't flee in the face of a looming trial.

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama postpones key decisions until postelection

- The Washington Times

The president has pushed back until after the election decisions on a host of high-profile issues related to Obamacare insurance premiums, immigration, the Keystone XL pipeline and his cabinet, prompting critics to accuse him of hiding his policies from the voters until it's too late.

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Illegal immigrants on their way to deportation listen to a Border Patrol agent in Arizona in 2010, when the majority came from Mexico. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

95 percent of deported illegals were criminals

- The Washington Times

President Obama has generally kept true to his vow to deport only criminals and repeat immigration violators, according to a new report from the Migration Policy Institute Wednesday that undercuts many of the fears immigrant-rights advocates have about the severity of his policies.

A man walks past a billboard warning people of the deadly Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia. Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. The number of people killed in the Ebola outbreak has risen above 4,000, the World Health Organization has said. The latest figures show there have been 8,376 cases and 4,024 deaths in the worst-affected West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The news comes as Liberian MPs refused to grant the president additional powers to deal with the Ebola crisis. (AP Photo/ Abbas Dulleh)

WILLIAMS: Stop Ebola at the border

In September, President Obama gave a somber and yet reassuring-sounding speech concerning the U.S. response to the Ebola epidemic ravaging three West African nations. Apparently those measures, whatever they may have been, did not work.

In this Sept. 5 file photo, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine agent looks for signs along trail while on patrol near the Texas-Mexico border near McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

FEIN: The bogus immigration crisis

If there were a genuine crisis, Congress and the president would not chronically defer action on the immigration front with the predictability of the rising and setting of the sun.

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**FILE** Illegal immigrants file into a U.S. Border Patrol facility in Tucson, Ariz. (Associated Press)

U.S. releases illegal immigrants who are sex offenders

- The Washington Times

The news last week that federal authorities had to release 2,837 convicted sex offenders back onto the streets has renewed focus on a Supreme Court case that requires the government to release immigrants whose home countries won't take them back.