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This undated photo released by the San Francisco Police Department shows Francisco Sanchez. A young woman was shot to death, apparently at random, while walking with her father and a friend along a popular pedestrian pier on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at Pier 14 in San Francisco and died at a hospital. Police arrested Sanchez about an hour after the shooting. (San Francisco Police Department via AP)

Francisco Sanchez, suspect in San Francisco pier attack, admits he shot Kathryn Steinle

By Associated Press

A man arrested in the seemingly random fatal shooting of a woman at a San Francisco pier admitted in a jailhouse interview that he shot her, but he said it was an accident. Published July 6, 2015

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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has said he will revoke the amnesties of Dreamers who refuse to return their erroneous three-year work permits. (Associated Press)

Hispanic rights groups protest fed plan to revoke amnesties

- The Washington Times

Hispanic rights advocates are protesting the government's plans to revoke amnesties for potentially hundreds of illegal immigrants who refuse to return their erroneous three-year work permits, saying that the illegal immigrants shouldn't be punished for the Obama administration's mistake.

A group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally in Granjeno, Texas, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) ** FILE **

Obama loses last legal buffer against surge of immigrants

- The Washington Times

A federal judge's ruling presaging the release of the largest number of illegal immigrant mothers and children from U.S. detention centers has erased the last get-tough immigration policy of the Obama administration, leaving the law even more of a mess and authorities with even fewer tools to try to deter another surge of border crossers.

In this Wednesday, June 18, 2014, file photo, two young girls watch a World Cup soccer match on a television from their holding area where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center in Nogales, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File)

Feds leave illegal immigrant children in lurch: Report

- The Washington Times

The federal government doesn't follow up with the vast majority of the illegal immigrant Central American children it caught at the border and released into communities over the last two years, leaving them to uncertain care and potential abuse in their new homes, according to a new report Thursday from the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, speaks to the Associated Press in her office on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 13, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Nancy Pelosi: 'I support the sanctuary'

- The Washington Times

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she supports San Francisco's sanctuary city policy even after authorities say it may have directly led to the murder of a young woman in the city earlier this month.

Democratic presidential candidate and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley speaks at a the National Council of La Raza Annual Conference in Kansas City, Mo., on July 13, 2015. (Associated Press)

Martin O'Malley: Give health care to illegals

- The Washington Times

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley's new immigration plan would extend Obamacare privileges to illegal immigrants, including those here under President Obama's deportation amnesty, allowing them to use their own money to buy in the health exchanges.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson declined to criticize sanctuary cities and told Congress not to try to pass laws forcing cooperation, saying it could conflict with the Constitution, and it won't win over the hearts of reluctant communities. (Associated Press)

Sanctuary cities beyond federal control, DHS chief Jeh Johnson admits

- The Washington Times

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson admitted Tuesday that the administration goofed in releasing an illegal immigrant to sanctuary city San Francisco ahead of a shocking murder earlier this month, but said there's little the government can do to pressure sanctuary communities to change their minds.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in New Jersey take a person into custody on March 28, 2012, during Operation Cross Check III. (Associated Press/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) **FILE**

Hundreds of released illegals convicted of kidnapping, homicide

- The Washington Times

More than 1,000 of the criminal aliens immigration authorities released into the community while awaiting deportation in 2014 were then convicted of still more crimes ranging from kidnapping and sexual assault against a child to vehicular homicide, according to statistics released Tuesday.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers escort an arrestee from an apartment building in the Bronx borough of New York during a series of early-morning raids on March 3. (Associated Press)

Victims of illegal immigrants' crimes to testify to Congress

- The Washington Times

Those who have suffered at the hands of illegal immigrants have been invited to testify to the Senate next week on the crimes they or their families faced, as GOP lawmakers in Congress try to refocus the immigration debate away from legalization and toward enforcement.

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President Barack Obama speaks to military members and families at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, in Wrightstown, N.J., in this Dec. 15, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

Welcome to lawless Obama's America, hombres!

Just when President Obama thought it was safe to show his face in an American courtroom again, in walks John Wayne in a black robe to deliver one of the greatest legal beatdowns ever suffered by a sitting president.

Illustration on the negative impact of Obama's immigration action on black Americans by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Black voters for Obama get nothing but disrespect

- The Washington Times

President Obama discounted November's election results because turnout is lower in midterm than in presidential elections, but there is reason to believe that his treatment of his base contributed to the decision of many Democrats to not bother going to the polls in what everyone recognized as a crucial election.

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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.