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Drug smugglers get creative in bids to elude U.S. border guards

By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

Hidden inside a load of green peppers, sealed in bales of coiled cable wire, stuffed inside the cups of women's bras -- drug runners are finding increasingly innovative places to stash their illicit cargo as they try to sneak it by U.S. border guards. Published May 31, 2015

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President Barack Obama pauses while speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Washington, about the Supreme Court upholding the subsidies for customers in states that do not operate their own exchanges under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama defies federal judge, fails to rescind wrongly issued amnesties

- The Washington Times

The Obama administration still hasn't fully rescinded the 2,000 three-year amnesties it wrongly issued four months ago in violation of a court order, government lawyers recently admitted in court, spurring a stern response from the judge who said the matter must be cleaned up by the end of July — or else.

In this April 30, 2015 photo, Gladys Pina, 30, from Honduras holds her 8-month old baby girl at a respite center run by Catholic Charities in McAllen, Texas. She was among nearly two-dozen immigrant mothers who arrived at the center after being released by Border Patrol. Rather than getting locked up in a family detention facility, some families are released by Border Patrol with notices to appear in immigration court. (AP Photo/Seth Robbins)

DHS to free illegal immigrant families

- The Washington Times

Homeland Security will begin releasing more illegal immigrant families from detention, Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Wednesday as he bowed to political pressure from activists and members of Congress who'd called the conditions inhumane for families.

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer prepares handcuffs and leg irons before a prisoner transfer at Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Broadview, Ill., facility in March 2008. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama extending amnesty to illegals in prisons, jails

- The Washington Times

The Obama administration has ordered agents to begin ignoring many of the illegal immigrants they encounter in local prisons and jails, as the president begins to implement a lesser-known part of his deportation amnesty program -- a move that's not sitting well with either side in the immigration debate.

A woman holds a sign that says in Spanish, "without fear I am America," during a rally in support of President Barack Obama's plan to protect more than 4 million people living illegally in the U.S. from deportation Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in San Diego. Immigrants expressed disappointment Tuesday after a federal judge put a hold on the president's plan, but many said they haven't lost hope. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama gives free pass to businesses that hire illegals

- The Washington Times

President Obama took office vowing to go after unscrupulous employers who hire illegal immigrants, but worksite audits have plunged over the last year and a half, according to a report released Tuesday by the Center for Immigration Studies, tumbling along with the rest of immigration enforcement.

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent escorts a handcuffed illegal immigrant convicted of a felony that was taken into custody during an early morning operation in Dallas on March 6. (Associated Press)

121 murders attributed to illegals released by Obama administration

- The Washington Times

More than 100 immigrants whom the Obama administration released back into the community went on to be charged with subsequent killings, according to government data released Monday that raises more questions about whether immigration authorities are doing enough to detail illegal immigrants awaiting deportation.

In this photo taken in the Florida Straits on May 17, 2015, members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr, foreground, leaving the USCG cutter Mohawk with six Cuban migrants. U.S. authorities have captured or intercepted more than 2,500 Cuban migrants attempting the risky sea crossing from Cuba to the U.S. since Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Winton)

Coast Guard, Cuban migrants continue deadly hide-and-seek

- Associated Press

With a shift in the relationship between Havana and Washington, many Cubans are now attempting a risky sea crossing out of fear that the U.S. will change its "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy allowing any Cuban reaching U.S. land to stay and pursue citizenship.

House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., presides over his committee's hearing on President Barack Obama's health care law implementation and the Health and Human Service's Department fiscal 2016 Budget request, Wednesday, June 10, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. At right Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

GOP moves to block Obama on climate, immigration in trade talks

- The Washington Times

GOP leaders moved to ban President Obama from negotiating global warming policy and changes to U.S. immigration policy in any new trade deal, working feverishly Wednesday to secure final support as they prepare for a Friday showdown on granting the White House fast-track trade authority.

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a media conference at the conclusion of the G-7 summit at Schloss Elmau hotel near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, Monday, June 8, 2015. The two-day summit  addressed such issues as climate change, poverty and the fight against terrorism. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Obama derides judge who blocked amnesty

- The Washington Times

President Obama scoffed at the "individual district court judge" who blocked his deportation amnesty, insisting Monday that he still believes his policy is legal despite repeated legal setbacks and vowing to push ahead where he can on aiding illegal immigrants.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley speaks to the media during a campaign stop at Goldenrod Drive-in Restaurant, Sunday, May 31, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm) ** FILE **

Martin O'Malley faults Obama's leadership on immigration

- The Washington Times

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley on Wednesday said he would do more than President Obama on immigration reform -- including stopping most deportations -- because he would be a leader rather than a follower of opinion polls.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, right, speaks at a news conference Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Houston. Heavy rain overnight caused flooding and closure of sections of highways in the Houston area and across Texas. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz stands in the background. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Justice won't appeal amnesty injunction to Supreme Court

- The Washington Times

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott predicted Wednesday that the U.S. Supreme Court would ultimately reject a potential Obama administration appeal on the president's immigration executive actions and that Mr. Obama's actions are unlikely to actually go into effect before the president leaves office.

"We will continue to fight for the rule of law by asking the district court to carefully review the administration's withheld documents and hold the DOJ accountable so they provide reliable information about this case," said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. (Associated Press)

Texas demands Obama prove he's halted deportation amnesty

- The Washington Times

Texas asked a federal judge Wednesday to consider imposing a fine on the Obama administration lawyers who misled the court over President Obama's amnesty, filing papers saying the Justice Department is still trying to hide details of how Homeland Security botched the rollout of the program.

President Obama tours the Real-Time Tactical Operational Intelligence Center in the Camden County (N.J.) Police Administration Building on Monday with Camden County Police Chief J. Scott Thomson. (Associated Press)

Obama seeks to end immigration enforcement by local, state police

- The Washington Times

The administration issued a report Monday saying that in order to rebuild trust between police and their communities, the federal government should stop enlisting state and local police in most immigration enforcement, setting up another challenge as President Obama tries to please immigrant rights advocates while carrying out deportations.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson waits to speaks about the agency's budget and cybersecurity at the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee session during the  National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

DHS blames tech glitch for violating judge's amnesty injunction

- The Washington Times

The Obama administration blamed a technology glitch for why it continued to approve new amnesty applications in February, even after a federal judge issued an injunction, telling the court late Friday that they are now begging about 2,000 illegal immigrants to tear up their three-year work authorizations.

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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.