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

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers escort an arrestee during a series of early-morning raids in the Bronx borough of New York on March 3, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Border agents: DHS has 'no intention' of deporting illegals

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

FILE - 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. As of Thursday, July 17, 2014, immigrant children caught crossing the Mexican border into Texas illegally and alone are no longer being sent to a massive Nogales facility. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File)

Democrats say illegal immigrant children should have constitutional right to lawyers

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

Recent Stories

Supporters of fair immigration reform gather in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, April 18, 2016. The Supreme Court is taking up an important dispute over immigration that could affect millions of people who are living in the country illegally. The Obama administration is asking the justices in arguments today to allow it to put in place two programs that could shield roughly 4 million people from deportation and make them eligible to work in the United States. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

DHS admits it's still violating judge's order on immigration amnesty

- The Washington Times

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.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection thought it had a handle on a surge of families and children crossing the border in remote areas of Texas and Arizona, but analysts say new cartels are involved in trafficking. (Associated Press)

Illegal immigrant families surge across border at record pace

- The Washington Times

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.

John Roberts uses Obama's words against him on immigration case

- The Washington Times

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.

Supporters of fair immigration reform gather in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, April 18, 2016. The Supreme Court is taking up an important dispute over immigration that could affect millions of people who are living in the country illegally. The Obama administration is asking the justices in arguments today to allow it to put in place two programs that could shield roughly 4 million people from deportation and make them eligible to work in the United States. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Supreme Court split on Obama amnesty

- The Washington Times

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.

Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks during a campaign stop on Monday, March 14, 2016, at the MAPS Air Museum in North Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

John Kasich defends immigration stance at Ohio rally

- The Washington Times

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.

Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump  speaks during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Trump on defensive in nasty GOP debate

- The Washington Times

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.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016,before the House Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing on the Justice Department's fiscal 2017 budget request.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Obama administration promises crackdown on sanctuary cities

- The Washington Times

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.

Sen. Marco Rubio placed third in Iowa and struggled to a fifth-place showing in New Hampshire. With South Carolina's primary Saturday, Mr. Rubio is trying to overcome nagging immigration questions once again. (Associated Press)

Marcomentum slowed by one key issue

- The Washington Times

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.

"Deportation means death for some of these people," said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, defending the Democrats' wishes to provide free immigration attorneys for illegals threatened with dismissal out of the U.S. (Associated Press)

Democrats demand government-funded lawyers for illegals

- The Washington Times

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.

Recent Opinion Columns

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.

From The Vault

**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.