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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at Saint Anselm College Monday, June 13, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Trump calls for temporary freeze on immigration from terrorist hotbeds

By Seth McLaughlin - The Washington Times

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump promised to unilaterally enact a temporary ban on immigration from countries that have served as breeding grounds for terrorists. Published June 13, 2016

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A woman is helped from one boxcar to another, as Central American migrants wait atop the train they were riding north, hours after it suffered a minor derailment in a remote wooded area outside Reforma de Pineda, Chiapas state, Mexico, on June 20, 2014. Many migrants who say they are fleeing criminal violence generally are not eligible for political asylum, which is reserved for groups persecuted for their beliefs or identities. U.N. officials say there is no way of forcing the U.S. and Mexico to accept Central Americans as refugees, but a broad-based change in terminology could bring pressure on the two countries to do more. (Associated Press) **FILE**

White House announces surge for Central American refugees

- The Washington Times

The Obama administration on Tuesday invited thousands of new Central Americans to apply for refugee status in the U.S., creating a new path to bring not only the vulnerable children fleeing the region, but also their parents, adult siblings and even aunts, uncles, grandparents or others "related" to the kids.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (Associated Press/File)

Obama to give Mexican president a megaphone against Trump

- The Washington Times

On the heels of Donald Trump's acceptance of the Republican presidential nomination, President Obama will give his Mexican counterpart a megaphone Friday to criticize Mr. Trump's plans to build a border wall and restrict immigration.

In this file photo taken Jan. 4, 2016, a U.S. Border Patrol agent drives near the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Sunland Park, N.M. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras) **FILE**

Voters split over how to secure U.S. from illegal immigration: poll

- Associated Press

Most Americans reject Donald Trump's proposal to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico and his support for deporting those in the country illegally. But they're divided on the presumptive Republican nominee's proposed temporary ban on the entry of Muslims from other countries, a new survey finds.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has vowed to leave Social Security untouched and likened the TPP to economic "rape," contradicting language from the 2012 platform. Republicans will hash out the national party's message this week. (Associated Press)

Republicans look to wedge Donald Trump's goals into platform

- The Washington Times

Kansas Secretary of State Kris W. Kobach wants to add a little Trump to the Republican Party platform this week by pushing a plank reflecting the presumptive presidential nominee's immigration message -- including his famed vow to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Rep. John Culberson, Texas Republican, demanded earlier this year that Attorney General Lorretta E. Lynch take action against sanctuary cities, which the Justice Department has found violate federal laws. (Associated Press)

Feds moving to strip money from U.S. sanctuary cities

- The Washington Times

The Justice Department said Thursday it has warned sanctuary cities to quit shielding illegal immigrants from deportation agents or else lose federal grant money, putting some muscle behind Republicans' push to punish cities and counties that have refused to cooperate.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a rally in Raleigh, N.C., on June 22, 2016. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Clinton blames Senate GOP for Obama's Supreme Court immigration loss

- The Washington Times

Senate Republicans are to blame for Thursday's Supreme Court decision that stopped President Obama's deportation amnesty program, Hillary Clinton said in a statement, charging that the court would have ruled in the administration's favor if only there had been one more liberal Justice on the bench.

Gerson Quinteron of Washington yells during a demonstration on immigration at the Supreme Court on Thursday. A tie vote by the Supreme Court is blocking President Barack Obama's immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation. The justices' one-sentence opinion effectively kills the plan for the duration of Obama's presidency. (Associated Press)

Supreme Court deadlocks, dooming Obama deportation amnesty

- The Washington Times

President Obama lost his bid to kick-start his deportation amnesty Thursday after the Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4, keeping in place a lower court's injunction, nixing the policy for the rest of Mr. Obama's tenure and igniting political and legal debates that will carry on well beyond.

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

House orders Library of Congress to maintain 'illegal alien'

- The Washington Times

The House voted Friday to order the Library of Congress to keep using the term "illegal alien" to describe those who come to the U.S. without authorization, saying that as long as federal laws written by Congress use those terms, so should their official records-keeper.

'Undocumented' valedictorian reminds immigration still an issue

- The Washington Times

It has been incredibly easy to live with your head in the sand regarding immigration. Hopefully, a girl who recently graduated from Crockett High School in Austin, Texas, has you shaking the sand from your eyes, nostrils and ears to get the full breadth of the immigration problem at hand.

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.

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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.