Syrians and Palestinians managed to buy illegal citizenship documents from Honduras then tried to use them to enter the U.S., a Honduran newspaper reported over the weekend, exposing a scheme that analysts say could post a danger to the U.S. visa system.
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By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times
A top Homeland Security official told Border Patrol agents the Obama administration has "no intention of deporting" many of the illegal immigrants caught trying to sneak into the country, ordering instead that they be released so they don't clog up the courts, a leading advocate for agents testified to Congress. Published March 21, 2016
By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times
Congressional Democrats introduced legislation Friday to grant illegal immigrant children taxpayer-funded lawyers to argue their cases, saying once they get into the U.S. they deserve constitutional due process protections to make sure their cases are fairly decided. Published February 26, 2016
Homeland Security has discovered more three-year amnesty applications it approved in defiance of a federal judge's firm injunction, lawyers told the court late Wednesday -- less than a week after the judge delivered a vicious spanking to the administration for repeatedly bungling the case.
The number of illegal immigrants crossing the southwestern border surged in April, reaching the highest point in nearly two years as Central American families and children traveling alone continued to test the Obama administration's border controls.
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox on Friday said he would only accept Donald Trump's invitation to lunch in New York City if the presumptive GOP presidential nominee apologized to the Mexican people.
A federal judge ordered the Justice Department to send its lawyers back to remedial ethics classes Thursday after finding that the administration repeatedly misled the court in the high-profile challenge to President Obama's deportation amnesty.
Facing a sustained outcry from advocacy groups, the White House said Wednesday that the new series of immigration raids should discourage families in Central America from sending their children to the U.S. illegally.
The creator of the hit Broadway musical "Hamilton" says it's a needed reminder during a heated political season that "immigrants get the job done."
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was interrupted while delivering a high school graduation speech this weekend as immigrant-rights activists stepped up their protests against a new round of planned raids to ship illegal immigrants home.
Immigration authorities signaled a new series of upcoming roundups of illegal immigrant families that surged across the border in recent years, drawing a fierce rebuke Thursday from advocacy groups who said President Obama could pay a political price among Hispanics.
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox on Wednesday invited Donald Trump to visit the country and apologized for using brash language when he criticized the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's border wall plan nearly two months ago.
The city of Philadelphia, which will host the Democratic National Convention in July, rebuffed a request from the Obama administration Tuesday to end its status as a "sanctuary city" for illegal immigrants.
States can impose their own stiff penalties on illegal immigrants -- or others -- who steal someone's identity in order to get a job, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, upholding Arizona's strict law and dealing a setback to immigrant rights advocates.
On a recent Saturday morning in South Florida, 50-year-old Edgar Ospina stood in a long line of immigrants to take the first step to become an American.
Homeland Security is leaving thousands of detention beds empty even as it voluntarily releases thousands of murderers, kidnappers and other criminals, the chief of deportations admitted to Congress on Thursday as she faced families of those killed by freed illegal immigrant convicts.
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Thursday he's going to be giving a policy speech on immigration fairly soon, the day after delivering a speech on foreign policy in Washington, D.C.
The pattern of illegal immigration appears to be shifting yet again as families traveling together — usually mothers and their children — surge across the southwestern border at a record pace, posing more challenges for an Obama administration still struggling to figure out how to handle them.
Illegal immigrant families are streaming across the border at record pace, according to new Border Patrol statistics released Friday morning that show more than 32,000 have been caught trying to sneak into the U.S.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he's resigned to a less-than-total victory at the Supreme Court in his lawsuit challenging President Obama's deportation amnesty, saying Thursday that the best he can hope for is a 4-4 split ruling that would halt the amnesty but fall short of the legal spanking Mr. Obama deserves.
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales joked in a recent interview that he would offer Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump "cheap labor" for building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Michelle Root, mother of Sarah Root, recounted her daughter's death in Omaha, Nebraska, this year at the hands of an illegal immigrant who police said was drag racing while drunk, smashed into the young woman's car and left her brain-dead.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. prodded the Obama administration Monday to explain President Obama's immigration flip-flop, when Mr. Obama in 2014 reversed himself and decided he did, after all, have powers to grant a tentative amnesty to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants.
A deeply divided Supreme Court grappled Monday with President Obama's deportation amnesty, as conservatives said the White House was encroaching on Congress' lawmaking powers, but liberal justices saying the court should stay out of the fight, leaving the president with a free hand.
A Texas man sued Friday to stop a new state law giving drones "unfettered" rights to snap photos or video along the southwest border, saying it appears to be a racially tinged effort to target Mexicans for intrusive scrutiny.
Border Patrol agents have been ordered to release dripping-wet illegal immigrants at the Rio Grande unless they actually see them climbing out of the river, creating what amounts to "an open border with Mexico," the chief of the agents' labor union told Congress in new testimony last week.
All the country's visas for high-skilled workers were snatched up in the first week yet again this year, the government reported Thursday, signaling that companies' voracious appetites for cheap foreign workers remains unabated despite intense criticism on the presidential campaign trail.
GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump says one way he plans to get Mexico to pay for his wall along the United States' southern border is by threatening to effectively block remittance payments from the U.S. that workers send back to the country.
Even being convicted of homicide isn't enough to ensure illegal immigrants are detained by federal agents, the government's top deportation official said in a letter to Congress released Monday.
A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that illegal immigrants and other non-citizens can be counted when states draw their legislative districts, shooting down a challenge by Texas residents who said their own voting power was being diluted.
The Library of Congress has decided to no longer use the heading "illegal aliens" in bibliographic records after Dartmouth College students petitioned to ban the "racially charged" term.
The National Border Patrol Council (NBPC), the U.S.' largest border patrol union has endorsed GOP front-runner Donald Trump for president.
President Obama's deportation amnesty for illegal immigrant Dreamers approved 93 percent of all applications decided through December -- a strikingly high number that will likely play a role next month when the Supreme Court hears a legal challenge to a broader amnesty.
After years of increasing comfort with their status in the U.S., illegal immigrants say they're being chased back into the shadows, and they blame Donald Trump.
A Louisiana company that passed over American workers in order to hire foreign nationals through a work visa program will be required to compensate the U.S. applicants it discriminated against, according to a settlement agreement with the Justice Department.
Italian-born model Fabio Lanzoni, a newly minted U.S. citizen, hasn't made up his mind yet on which candidate to support for president, but he knows one thing for sure: America's immigration laws "are to be respected."
Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton said Thursday that the southwest border is secure enough that the government should now turn its attention to trying to legalize illegal immigrants.
The House voted Thursday to add its voice to the Supreme Court case seeking to stop the administration's deportation amnesty, escalating the stakes as Republicans beg the justices to set limits on President Obama's expansive claims of executive power.
Among the illegal immigrants and drug traffickers arrested along the southern border is a growing number of sex offenders, according to federal officials.
Federal immigration officers refused to let an armed team of agents into their office to detain the accused conspirator in December's San Bernardino terrorist attack, government officials acknowledged Tuesday, exposing an embarrassing lack of communication within the Department of Homeland Security.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection's disciplinary system takes far too long to resolve allegations of misconduct, making it an ineffective deterrent to corruption of border agents and posing a potential national security risk, according to findings of an independent task force.
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan says he's bringing a resolution to the House floor on Thursday authorizing him to file a brief in the ongoing legal dispute over President Obama's deportation amnesties.
Gov. John Kasich defended Monday his support of an immigration overhaul that includes the legalization of nonviolent illegal immigrants, telling supporters on the eve of the Ohio primary that it is unrealistic to think that the federal government is going to boot illegal immigrants out of the country.
More than 100 illegal immigrants caught but released by the Obama administration over the last five years have gone on to be charged with murders after they were set free, according to a new report being released Monday from the Center for Immigration Studies.
Immigration authorities have arrested 336 immigrants since launching an effort Jan. 23 to deport those in the U.S. illegally, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch said she was puzzled by an immigration judge's comments that children as young as 3 years old could be taught to represent themselves in immigration hearings.
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox escalated his battle with Donald Trump, saying in an interview airing Friday that the GOP presidential hopeful is an incurable racist who is copping an "attitude about the supreme white race."
Donald Trump promised to be flexible on immigration, and as soon as he got off the stage at the debate in Detroit he made use of that flexibility, recanting a new position on guest-workers that he'd staked out just minutes before.
Customs and Border Protection Commission R. Gil Kerlikowske told Border Patrol agents who object to President Obama's amnesty policies that it's time to "look for another job," saying Tuesday that agents have to follow the orders of their superiors.
The House will take what Republicans call an unprecedented step of voting to file a friend-of-the-court brief with the Supreme Court officially opposing President Obama's deportation amnesty, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Tuesday.
Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday called on 2016 GOP rival Donald Trump to let The New York Times release an off-the-record conversation Mr. Cruz said could show Mr. Trump is open to softening his hard-line positions on immigration.
Victims of illegal immigrant violence released a letter Monday demanding Republican voters reject Sen. Marco Rubio's presidential campaign, saying he made himself unacceptable by pushing for "amnesty" in 2013.
Donald Trump fended off tough questions Thursday night about his business empire's hiring practices, including a million-dollar fine for hiring illegal immigrants and admitting he's facing a federal tax audit, as the Republican presidential campaign turned exceptionally nasty at the final debate before Super Tuesday.
The Obama administration is preparing to crack down on sanctuary cities, Attorney General Loretta Lynch told Congress on Wednesday, saying she would try to stop federal grant money from going to jurisdictions that actively thwart agents seeking to deport illegal immigrants.
The Obama administration has expanded a 2009 decision to let immigrants with HIV into the country to also include three sexually transmitted diseases known for causing lesions on genitalia.
The Republican Party's tug-of-war over its relationship with black and Hispanic voters was under way long before Pope Francis decided to answer a question about Donald Trump.
Donald Trump said Thursday that he thinks Pope Francis was likely misinformed about his stance on building a border wall, and said the Mexican government probably egged the pontiff on to criticize the Republican front-runner.
Sen. Marco Rubio might be running away with the Republican presidential primary, where a number of voters say they like everything the first-term senator has to say -- except for his stance on a crucial flashpoint issue.
Asked about Donald Trump's views on immigration, Pope Francis says anyone who wants to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border isn't Christian.
Officials in Princeton, New Jersey, are providing legal advice to illegal immigrants on how to avoid deportation, following the arrest of two local residents by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Top Senate Democrats announced legislation Thursday to grant government-funded lawyers to tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children and mothers who surged into the U.S. from Central America over the last few years, opening another front in the thorny immigration battle.
Prominent Hispanic celebrities released a letter Thursday blasting Donald Trump for leading the GOP presidential field into "racist" territory, saying he's permanently damaged Republicans' outreach.
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Border Patrol agents' labor union announced their opposition Friday to the House GOP's new border security bill, calling it "window dressing" that doesn't add any new agents or updated their firepower to get the job done in sealing off the U.S.-Mexico border.
An overwhelming majority of Americans say they have deep worries that illegal immigration will erode the country's culture and economy, revealed a new poll.
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said Wednesday that there's a "general consensus" in his party that something big needs to happen on overhauling the country's immigration laws and that more specifics would be unveiled this week at House Republicans' annual retreat.
Calling it a “pivotal moment,” a band of Latino donors has launched a $20 million campaign to unseat those in the House who stand against President Obama’s immigration proposals and oppose Democratic Party reform bills.
The U.S. illegal immigrant population has begun to tick back up with the improving economy, rising to 11.7 million last year, according to the latest estimates Monday from the Pew Hispanic Center.
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.
The union that represents the people who would have to decide who gets legalized under any new immigration law said in a letter Tuesday that the Obama administration is not ready to handle the influx of applications.
The American business community weighed in Tuesday on immigration, firing off a letter to House leaders urging them to find the political will to pass an immigration bill this year.