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

A feared uptick in the number of illegal border-crossers coming into the U.S. from Mexico has so far failed to materialize, thanks largely to campaigns to refute the myth of "permisos" granting crossers a free pass to remain in the United States. (Associated Press)

Illegal immigrant children border crossings down 58 percent from 2014 surge

By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

The renewed flood of illegal immigration children anticipated this year hasn't materialized, as children are crossing at far lower rates than last year and even lower than 2013, according to new Border Patrol statistics that suggest some of the things the Obama administration did are helping. Published May 11, 2015

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"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.

Speaking in Las Vegas at a Cinco de Mayo meeting focused on immigration, Hillary Rodham Clinton met with so-called Dreamers, or young illegal immigrants here under color of President Obama's initial 2012 amnesty, and said she will protect them from Republicans who she said are intent on deporting them. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton vows to expand Obama amnesty to more illegals

- The Washington Times

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton vowed Tuesday that if elected, she would try to expand President Obama's deportation amnesty to more illegal immigrants, saying this administration has left out a number of aliens who deserve to be granted legal status.

In this April 29, 2015, photo, Democratic presidential hopeful former Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum in New York. Clinton intends to draw an early distinction with Republicans on immigration reform, pointing to a pathway to citizenship as an essential part of any overhaul in Congress.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Dreamers demand White House hopefuls end deportations, halt arrests

- The Washington Times

Any presidential candidate who wants to win Hispanic votes next year will need to pledge to take unilateral action to halt deportations, to break the links that allow local police to help enforce immigration laws and to stop prosecuting rank-and-file illegal immigrants at the border, a group of Dreamers said in a new policy paper Tuesday.

Hillary Clinton rejects Bill's immigration crackdown, vows lenient approach

- The Washington Times

Bill Clinton was the strictest president in modern political times when it comes to immigration, signing bills cracking down on both legal and illegal immigrants — but it's unlikely that record will infect his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has promised a more lenient approach as she makes a push for Hispanic voters in her presidential bid.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson acknowledged at Tuesday's hearing that 282 people have had to be kicked out of the amnesty program because of criminal convictions or gang ties that were later discovered. That was out of a population of more than 600,000 who were approved. (Associated Press)

Jeh Johnson calls amnesty for 'Top Model' murder suspect a 'tragic' mistake

- The Washington Times

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said it was a "tragic" mistake for his department to grant a temporary amnesty to an illegal immigrant who has since been accused of four murders, but acknowledged Tuesday that more than 280 other illegal immigrants also have had their amnesties rescinded because of criminal or gang-related behavior.

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2105 file photo, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson speaks in Washington. Johnson said Thursday, The gyrocopter that landed on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol "apparently literally flew in under the radar."  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Illegal immigration plummets along southwest border: DHS

- The Washington Times

The flow of illegal immigrants has dropped to its lowest level in years judging by the number being apprehended along the border, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Friday as he sought to be more transparent about his department's performance.

A woman and child are escorted to a van by detention facility guards inside the Artesia Family Residential Center, a federal detention facility for undocumented immigrant mothers and children, in Artesia, N.M. (Associated Press)

Immigration agency: Single Hispanic females deserve asylum in U.S.

- The Washington Times

Being a single mother or witnessing a gang crime could be enough for Central American illegal immigrants to get on the path to asylum under guidance the Homeland Security Department issued last week, opening new ways for the surge of illegal immigrants to gain a legal foothold in the U.S.

A legal immigrant reads a guide of the conditions needed to apply for the so-called 'DREAMers' Obama program, formally known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights offices in Los Angeles on Aug. 15, 2012. Hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants scrambled to get papers in order as the U.S. started accepting applications to allow them to avoid deportation and get a work permit, but not a path to citizenship. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama gives amnesty to known gang member, 'Top Model' murder suspect

- The Washington Times

The illegal immigrant accused of killing a former "America's Next Top Model" contestant and three others in a drug-fueled spree was a known gang member with drug arrests on his record at the time he was approved for President Obama's amnesty for Dreamers, a top lawmaker revealed Tuesday.

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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.