The list of sanctuary cities has grown to more than 340, and they shielded an average of 1,000 immigrants a month from deportation last year -- and more than 2,000 of those released have been arrested for yet more crimes, according to a report released Thursday by the Center for Immigration Studies.
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By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times
Immigrants overall do rather well at assimilating into the U.S., but there are major differences — particularly for poor Mexican and Central American immigrants, whose families lag behind the kind of integration the U.S. has prided itself on for decades, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine said in a report Monday. Published September 21, 2015
The U.S. Border Patrol is catching fewer illegal immigrants trying to cross the border, and immigration agents are arresting and deporting fewer people from the interior of the country, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Wednesday, calling those the successful outcomes of President Obama's immigration policies.
Chef Jose Andres called GOP presidential candidate Donald J. Trump a "clever maniac" Wednesday, saying Mr. Trump's immigration plans would deprive the U.S. of the labor force that staffs restaurants.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich said nonviolent illegal immigrants are here to stay and trying to deport them would cause "sheer panic" among Hispanics, saying Tuesday that the U.S. must find a way of legalizing them.
The director who oversees the Texas' Troopers says the southern border is leaving Americans open to a jihadist attack, saying people from countries known to have a "terrorism presence" have been caught infiltrating the Texas-Mexico border.
In a major shift in immigration patterns over the next 50 years, Asians will have surged past Hispanics to become the largest group of immigrants heading to the United States, according to estimates in a new immigration study.
Immigrant-rights advocates scrambled Friday to plead with House Speaker John A. Boehner to bring an immigration legalization bill to the floor before he leaves office next month, fearing his replacement will show even more antipathy toward their agenda.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Friday continued to go after 2016 GOP rival Marco Rubio, calling the Florida senator a "clown" who's weak on immigration.
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum vowed Friday to pursue immigration policies that protect American workers, while warning voters that some of his GOP rivals have embraced a much softer approach to the issue.
Pope Francis is more than head of the Catholic Church -- he's also the head of state of the Vatican, which as a government has possibly the most restrictive immigration and citizenship policies of any nation in the world.
As tens of thousands of people gathered on the West Front of the Capitol to glimpse Pope Francis, a group of activists chanted and sang in support of citizenship for illegal immigrants.
The way the government detains illegal immigrants often breaks fundamental constitutional guarantees, and holding whole families in detention is a particularly harsh abuse of human rights, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission said in a controversial new report Thursday, wading deeply into the immigration debate.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden said Tuesday night that Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has a "sick message" about combating illegal immigration.
Democrats have become far more open to legalizing illegal immigrants over the last decade, while Republicans remain adamantly opposed, according to extensive new polling by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs that helps explain the rise of businessman Donald Trump within the GOP presidential field and the dim hopes for getting anything done in Congress.
President Obama sought to inject himself into the 2016 presidential race Monday, criticizing Republicans on immigration and education on a trip to Iowa, home of the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses.
The Latino Victory Fund, the political action arm of a high-profile group co-founded by actress Eva Longoria to help boost Hispanics in office, rescinded its backing Monday of a Virginia Republican because he opposes President Obama's deportation amnesty.
A conservative immigration group is pushing back against calls to end birthright citizenship and for the mass deportation of people living illegally in the United States.
Donald Trump is the "number one topic in Latino neighborhoods," a top Hispanic lawmaker said Wednesday as he warned Republicans to put distance between themselves and the billionaire businessman who is seeking Republicans' presidential nomination.
Less than half of the U.S.-Mexico border is under "operational control," and one out of every five illegal immigrants caught there has a criminal record, the chief of Border Patrol agents' labor union told Congress Wednesday when detailing violence that increasingly spills over the international boundary.
Three illegal immigrants were arraigned Tuesday on charges related to the killing of a 17-year-old high school student in Loudoun County.
More than 100,000 three-year deportation amnesties issued by Homeland Security should be rescinded and reissued as two-year permits, Texas and 25 other states suing the government told a federal judge Friday, as both sides try to clean up the messy situation surrounding President Obama's immigration executive actions.
The parents of a woman who was fatally shot on a San Francisco pier this summer by an illegal immigrant filed legal claims on Tuesday against city and federal officials alleging that authorities' negligence failed to keep the previously deported man off city streets.
AFL-CIO leader Richard Trumka on Tuesday blasted GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump for pushing an immigration agenda that he called "un-American" and "racist."
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas touted himself Monday as the only candidate on the GOP presidential debate stage earlier this month who has always opposed "amnesty" for illegal immigrants and as someone who has consistently led on more than just one or two of the major issues facing the country today.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's comments about security concerns along the U.S.-Canadian border have sparked a feverish backlash from Democrats and immigrant rights advocates who say the notion of a northern border wall is a preposterous idea.
Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, who has long been as much an activist as a newsman, managed to find himself at the center of an immigration story yet again this week as he went head-to-head with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, getting tossed from a press conference after repeatedly and insistently trying to ask questions.
A federal judge in Texas has put President Obama's deportation amnesty on hold, while another judge in the District of Columbia is poised to rule any day now on whether the House can sue to stop parts of the administration's Obamacare spending.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has opened up a new media feud, taking on another popular TV news personality even as his appearances continue to draw big ratings.
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham on Tuesday blasted rival Donald Trump's immigration proposal as stupid, impractical, and "constitutionally flawed."
Real estate mogul and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump predicted that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who on Monday is scheduled to visit the the town of McAllen, Texas, near the U.S.-Mexico border, will discover illegal immigrants are not coming to the United States out of an "act of love."
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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.