Top Senate Democrats introduced legislation Thursday that would grant government-funded lawyers to illegal immigrants who are part of the surge of Central Americans that have overwhelmed the border and stretched the immigration courts.
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El Salvador and Honduras are locked in an unholy race for the world's highest homicide rate, with surging crime and drug violence across the region threatening to trigger an even larger surge of migrants seeking to get into the United States. Published January 10, 2016
By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times
The Southwest border has broken open in recent weeks, with non-Mexicans -- and illegal immigrant children in particular -- crossing at a record rate in October, according to Border Patrol statistics that suggest the administration's victory lap earlier this year was premature. Published November 22, 2015
GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump said Thursday that Pope Francis is a "very political person" who doesn't understand the danger associated with the United States' southern border.
GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump said Tuesday his wall along the United States' southern border would cost $8 billion, putting a price tag on what has become one of his most frequently touted proposals during the real estate mogul's 2016 White House run.
Federal immigration officials have released eight of the families they targeted for deportation raids earlier this year, advocacy groups said Tuesday as they questioned the Obama administration's new get-tough approach on the surge of illegal immigrants from Central America.
President Obama's latest budget predicts some 75,000 unaccompanied illegal immigrant children will sneak into the U.S. and have to be captured and cared for next year, suggesting the surge that began in 2014 will outlast this administration.
The Obama administration has revived the maligned illegal immigrant "catch-and-release" policy of the Bush years, ordering Border Patrol agents not to bother arresting and deporting many new illegal immigrants, the head of the agents' labor union revealed Thursday.
The tide of illegal immigrant families and unaccompanied children receded in January and Homeland Security claimed a partial victory Tuesday, saying stepped up enforcement has gotten the message back to Central Americans that they shouldn't try to make the trip north.
The House Republican in charge of writing the Justice Department's budget vowed Monday that this will be the year Congress punishes sanctuary cities, insisting he'll use his powers as chairman to make the Obama administration strip grant money from localities that refuse to cooperate with immigration agents.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Friday it's fine if Sens. Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio changed their minds on the issue of immigration, but that the kind of doublespeak he said he heard from his two 2016 rivals at Thursday's GOP debate is part of the reason why he's better suited for the office of president.
Federal authorities say they have charged 56 members of the MS-13 gang in and around Boston.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said after Thursday evening's GOP presidential debate that he's the only candidate in the 2016 presidential race who has consistently opposed "amnesty" for illegal immigrants.
The federal government doesn't investigate 99 percent of illegal immigrants who entered the country legally but overstayed their visas, Homeland Security officials told the Senate on Wednesday, exposing what critics said was a giant loophole in immigration enforcement and national security.
More than 500,000 visitors overstayed their visas in fiscal year 2015, the Homeland Security Department said in a report released Tuesday night that signals the problems of illegal immigration extend well beyond the land borders and include the millions of people who enter by air or sea.
The Supreme Court will rule on whether President Obama has the power to grant a deportation amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants without needing the approval of Congress, the justices announced Tuesday, setting up what could become the biggest showdown over executive powers so far this century.
It was supposed to have been solved more than a decade ago, but immigration continues to roil the American political debate, and has come to dominate this year's presidential primaries in a way few would have expected after the 2012 election.
Conservative author and pundit Ann Coulter railed against South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley Tuesday night as she gave the Republican Party's official response to President Obama's State of the Union address.
President Obama faced an increasingly wary Democratic Party on Tuesday as he delivered his final State of the Union address, with his own troops distancing themselves from his legacy-building push for a free trade deal, his softer approach to Iran's weapons programs and, perhaps most pointedly, his administration's series of raids targeting illegal immigrants.
Illegal immigration from Central America is setting a record pace, with nearly 40,000 families and children traveling alone being caught on the southwest border in just the first three months of the fiscal year, according to new Border Patrol numbers.
More than half of the human traffickers known to federal authorities used work and fiance visas to smuggle their victims into the U.S. over that past decade, according to a new watchdog report.
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton urged President Obama to halt the new round of deportation raids and called Monday night for the government to pay for attorneys for all children who wind up in immigration courts.
Sens. Ted Cruz and Jeff Sessions said Monday the number of people implicated in radical Islamic terrorist plots in the U.S. has jumped to 113, and they said it's yet another reason to impose tighter immigration controls.
A coalition of trade unions is publicly shaming Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski for helping insert a provision into the end-of-year spending bill that massively expanded a guest worker program, which invites a flood of cheap, low-skilled labor from abroad that critics say will drive down wages and take jobs from Americans.
Congressional Democrats are circulating a petition pressing President Obama to extend a new temporary amnesty to potentially millions of illegal immigrants from Central America, saying the violence in their home countries makes it too dangerous to continue deporting anyone to the region.
Homeland Security said Thursday night that it has already deported 77 of the 121 illegal immigrants it rounded up over the weekend as it tries to enforce the laws against Central Americans who jumped the border in 2014 and are flouting judges' orders that they be kicked out.
Authorities arrested two Iraqi refugees on terrorism-related charges Thursday, in a move that undercuts President Obama's plans to bring 10,000 Syrian refugees to the U.S. this year.
The Colorado attorney general's office announced Thursday that it has launched an investigation into a suspected black market in which scammers sell appointment times to illegal immigrants seeking driver's licenses for up to $1,000.
Seeking to put distance between himself and President Obama, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernard Sanders fired off a letter Thursday demanding the administration halt its new round of raids designed to find and deport illegal immigrants who are ignoring judges' orders that they leave the country.
President Obama's new series of raids designed to arrest and deport illegal immigrant Central Americans could end up being a "disaster" for Democrats in the presidential election, pushing Hispanic voters to stay home rather than turn out to vote, activists said Wednesday.
GOP presidential contender Ted Cruz took aim at the "mainstream media" Tuesday by charging in a new television ad that it would see the issue of illegal immigration through a different prism if a herd of lawyers, bankers and journalists were charging across the U.S.-Mexico border.
Moving to belatedly counter a new surge of illegal border crossings, Homeland Security has launched a new effort to try to kick out new arrivals, Secretary Jeh Johnson said Monday, defending a series of raids over the weekend that have enraged immigrant-rights activists.
Leaders of a church-based sanctuary movement on Friday vowed to offer refuge within their houses of worship to immigrants facing deportation as the Obama administration is planning a crackdown on Central American families who entered the country illegally.
The report that the Homeland Security Department plans raids against illegal immigrants was widely attacked Thursday by liberals, but it did pick up one prominent supporter -- Donald Trump.
President Obama's Homeland Security Department is reportedly planning to target illegal-immigrant families from Central America for a series of raids, with raids coming as early as next month.
President Obama slashed the number of deportations in 2015, the administration announced Tuesday, removing out only about 235,000 aliens from the U.S. as his amnesty kicked into full gear, putting most illegal immigrants out of reach of agents.
A U.S. Border Patrol agent in the agency's Tucson Sector was assaulted while trying to apprehend suspects during a drug seizure near San Simon.
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump teamed up with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for a post-presidential debate victory lap Wednesday, drawing a crowd of thousands to see the two conservative stars of the illegal immigration debate on the same stage.
Donald Trump defended his call for a halt on Muslim visitors to the U.S., taking credit for having ignited a needed conversation over the roots of terrorism, as he and the rest of the Republican presidential field faced off Tuesday in their final debate of the year with fear of another terrorist attack growing among the electorate.
Sen. Ted Cruz ruled out ever legalizing illegal immigrants in Tuesday's GOP presidential debate as he tried to draw distinctions between himself and Sen. Marco Rubio on the thorny issue that has cleaved the Republican Party.
There's no legal or historical precedent for closing U.S. borders to the world's 1.6 billion Muslims, but neither is there any Supreme Court case that clearly prevents a president or Congress from doing so.
The White House said Thursday that it won't seek an immediate suspension of the "fiancee" visa program, under which the female terrorist in the massacre of 14 people in California last week entered the U.S.
Congressional Democrats filed an extraordinary brief with the Supreme Court late Thursday urging the justices to overturn a lower court ruling and reinstate President Obama executive amnesty, arguing that the executive branch has a better handle on immigration than Capitol Hill.
The shootings this week in California are escalating the debate on Capitol Hill over terrorism and immigration, and two of the Senate's most vocal opponents of President Obama's approach to both issues are now demanding the administration shares the immigration history of the San Bernardino attackers.
Now that guns and scapegoats are the new normal, and immigration reform and "refugees" are political weapons, let's merge the two and devise a reasonable plan for solutions.
House leaders unveiled their plan Thursday to beef up restrictions on visa waivers as part of an ongoing effort to stop terrorists from entering the United States after the Paris attacks last month.
Most American voters oppose accepting Syrian refugees into the United States, but they also say homegrown terrorists are a greater threat than those that may be hiding among the refugees, according to polling released Thursday.
Even as they were pleading poverty in the federal courts, immigration officials gave away $113 million this year, with Assistant Homeland Security Secretary Sarah R. Saldana testifying to Congress on Wednesday that they didn't need the money because there weren't enough illegal immigrants to hold or deport.
Homeland Security officials have "limited capabilities" to detect fraudulent asylum applications, the government's chief watchdog said in a devastating report released Wednesday that could deal a major blow to President Obama's approach to illegal immigration across the southwestern border.
The Obama administration has created a tool to push local authorities to hold illegal immigrants for eventual deportation even when they don't match the top priorities the president laid out last year, in a move both sides of the immigration debate say is proof that his deportation amnesty is falling short.
Stung by criticism that President Obama lacks a strategy to defeat the Islamic State, the White House blasted Congress Monday for shirking its responsibility to pass measures to defend the homeland.
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton bowed to pressure from Hispanic activists Tuesday and apologized for using the term "illegal immigrants" at a town hall earlier this month.
A new study finds more Mexicans leaving the United States than coming into the country.
NBC News President Deborah Turness sparked the ire of Hispanic lawmakers Wednesday after she used the term "illegals" during a meeting to discuss diversity efforts at the network in the wake of Donald Trump's recent appearance on "Saturday Night Live."
Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign panned Sen. Ted Cruz's decision Monday to welcome an endorsement from one of the GOP's most adamant opponents of illegal immigration, saying it shows how "how extreme and anti-immigrant today's Republican Party has become."
Sparks flew Friday between Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio over the issue of immigration, as the rival 2016 GOP presidential candidates sought to convince voters that they are on the right side of a thorny issue that has become a litmus test for many voters.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection doesn't oppose use of body-worn cameras but will hold off on deployment of the technology for now while studying its best use, the head of the agency said Thursday.
Sen. Marco Rubio says a main lesson he took away from his work on comprehensive immigration reform in 2013 is that Americans lack trust in the federal government to enforce the immigration laws in the country.
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said Thursday that while some illegal immigrants will have to be deported, it's unrealistic to think it can happen for all of the approximately 11 million in the United States.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas says that Republicans will give up immigration as an issue in 2016 if they nominate a presidential candidate who has embraced "amnesty."
Immigration has surged back onto the political battlefield this week after Republicans exposed deep fissures on the issue in their debate Tuesday, and Democrats wasted little time in exploiting those divisions.
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will become the first of the 2016 presidential candidates to sit down with illegal immigrants for dinner as part of activists' plan to try to drive the issue and further mainstream people living in the shadows.
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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.