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

A city employee removes wooden crosses that were placed in a plaza by organizations protesting against government inaction over the alarming murder rate in San Salvador, El Salvador, on Sept. 1, 2015. (Associated Press)

Violence surges in Central America, threatening new refugee flood

By Guy Taylor and Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

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

A group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador is stopped in Granjeno, Texas, after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. (Associated Press)

Illegal immigrant children, non-Mexicans surge across border at record rate

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

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In this Aug. 18, 2015, photo, a woman approaches the entrance to the Mexico border crossing in San Ysidro, Calif. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) ** FILE **

Donald Trump's price tag for U.S.-Mexico wall: $8 billion

- The Washington Times

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.

In this March 3, 2015 photo, a person arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement is electronically  fingerprinted, at their headquarters, in New York, after a series of early-morning raids. Immigrant and Customs Enforcement say an increasing number of cities and counties across the United States are limiting cooperation with the agency and putting its officers in dangerous situations as they track down foreign-born criminals. Instead, more of its force is out on the streets, eating up resources and conducting investigations because cities like New York and states like California have passed legislation that limits many of the detention requests issued by immigration authorities.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew) **FILE**

Eight illegal immigrant families released after New Year's raids

- The Washington Times

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.

Key Republican says Congress will punish sanctuary cities this year

- The Washington Times

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.

This photo taken June 24, 2015, shows a Border Patrol  agent looking for other agents escorting six undocumented immigrants that were apprehended in the Animas mountains in New Mexico's boot heel. (Roberto E. Rosales/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

Visa overstays swell ranks of illegals as 500,000 broke law in 2015

- The Washington Times

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.

President Obama's backers had eagerly awaited the Supreme Court's decision, and like the White House they expressed confidence they will prevail at the top bench. (Associated Press)

Supreme Court to hear Obama amnesty case in test of executive powers

- The Washington Times

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.

Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, Illinois Democrat, said he and most of the other 145 lawmakers who signed the letter denouncing the deportation raids were among President Obama's staunchest backers, having defended Obamacare over the past five years and upheld his Iran nuclear deal in a major test vote last year. (Associated Press)

Democrats don't fully embrace Obama's trade, immigration policies

- The Washington Times

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.

A woman from Guatemala who declined to give her name for this photo talks while her son paints on a whiteboard at the Artesia Family Residential Center, a federal detention facility for undocumented immigrant mothers and children in Artesia, N.M, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. The center has been held up by the Obama Administration as visible example of a crackdown on illegal crossings from Central America, while civil rights advocates are suing the federal government, complaining that lack of access to legal representation has turned the Artesia center into a “deportation mill.” (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)

Illegal immigration by families surges 38 percent

- The Washington Times

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.

Ingrid Vaca, originally of Bolivia who now lives in Arlington, Va., rallies for immigration reform after marching from Arlington, Va. to the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, on the one-year anniversary of President Obama's announcement concerning Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DAPA). (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Democrats to demand new amnesty from Obama for Central Americans

- The Washington Times

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.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign event, at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. (Mikayla Whitmore/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

Sanders demands halt to deportations to Central America

- The Washington Times

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.

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks at Charlie's Steakhouse at the Carrollton Inn in Carroll, Iowa, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Ted Cruz knocks mainstream media over immigration in new ad

- The Washington Times

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.

Pedestrians crossing from Mexico into the United States at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry wait in line Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in San Diego. On Thursday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection began capturing biometric facial and eye scans of foreigners entering the country at San Diego's Otay Mesa port of entry on foot.  (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

DHS says sweep of illegals has begun

- The Washington Times

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.

Janice Clayton of Laurel Heights Methodist Church in San Antonio provides drinks to a Guatemalan family on their way from San Antonio to Los Angeles where they have family member on May 20, 2015. (Bob Owen/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

Churches offer sanctuary for immigrants facing deportation

- The Washington Times

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.

Donald Trump, left, and Jeb Bush, right, both speak as Ted Cruz looks on during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Venetian Hotel & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Ted Cruz rules out legalizing illegal immigrants

- The Washington Times

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.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (left) of Nevada listens as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 28, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Congressional Democrats urge Supreme Court to reinstate amnesty

- The Washington Times

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.

Deion Sanders (Associated Press/File)

Gun control or immigration reform?

- The Washington Times

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.

Sarah Saldana, who runs U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said estimates of the illegal immigrant population in the U.S. could be as high as 15 million. (Associated Press)

ICE gives away $113 million, says not enough illegal immigrants to deport

- The Washington Times

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.

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican and 2016 presidential candidate, addresses the Sunshine Summit in Orlando, Fla., on Nov. 13, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Team Clinton attacks Cruz Iowa ally as anti-immigrant

- The Washington Times

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."

A group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas, on June 25, 2014. (Associated Press) ** FIL E**

Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio trade jabs over immigration

- The Washington Times

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.

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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.