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Trump administration dismissed Daniel Ragsdale, left, the acting director of Immigration and Customs  Enforcement (ICE).  (AP Photo)

Trump names new acting director of immigration enforcement

By Victor Morton - The Washington Times

On the same night the acting attorney general was fired for insubordination, the Trump administration named a new acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Published January 30, 2017

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 In this June 22, 2016, file photo, Border Patrol agent Eduardo Olmos walks near the secondary fence separating Tijuana, Mexico, background, and San Diego in San Diego. U.S. President Donald Trump will direct the Homeland Security Department to start building a wall at the Mexican border. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, file)

White House unleashes federal agents against illegal immigrants

- The Washington Times

Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly officially unleashed federal agents this week to begin arresting and deporting more illegal immigrants, unshackling the handcuffs the Obama administration had imposed and putting millions of people in the country without authorization at risk.

President Trump's campaign rally after a month in office filled an airport hangar Saturday in Florida. (Associated Press)

Immigration crackdown, beginnings of Obamacare repeal buoy supporters

- The Washington Times

President Trump beat the news media on the campaign trail, and he's wagering he can do it again in the White House with bare-knuckle press conferences and raucous rallies that fuel his anti-establishment base — but the act will last only as long as the administration delivers results.

 In this June 22, 2016, file photo, Border Patrol agent Eduardo Olmos walks near the secondary fence separating Tijuana, Mexico, background, and San Diego in San Diego. U.S. President Donald Trump will direct the Homeland Security Department to start building a wall at the Mexican border. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, file)

Feds say border fence has been cut 9,200 times since 2010

- The Washington Times

The wrong type of border wall could actually make Border Patrol agents less safe, according to a new report Thursday from the government's chief watchdog, which said walls that block lines of sight can become ambush sites for attackers looking to get the drop on agents.

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump promises to treat Dreamers with 'great heart'

- The Washington Times

President Trump said Thursday he will issue a new executive order on extreme vetting that will tailor his policy to comply with adverse rulings from federal courts, insisting he'll be able to "get just about everything" done that he'd intended with a scaled-down policy.

Dozens of Coptic Christians were killed in a December bombing at St. Mark Cathedral in central Cairo. Each month, about 322 Christians are killed, 214 churches or Christian properties are destroyed, and 772 acts of violence are carried out on Christians because of their faith, advocates say. (Associated Press)

Liberal Democrats ignore persecution of Christians outside the U.S.

- The Washington Times

Advocates who work to protect persecuted groups say there is a "blind spot" in the West concerning the plight faced by Christians around the world -- a shortsightedness evident in the overwhelmingly negative reaction to President Trump's executive order granting preferred refugee status to persecuted religious minorities.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, before the House Homeland Security Committee hearing on border security. This is Kelly's first public appearance before lawmakers who are sure to press him for details about the Trump administration's contentious rollout of a travel and refugee ban. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

DHS secretary takes blame for botched vetting rollout

- The Washington Times

New Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly took blame for the botched rollout of President Trump's new extreme vetting executive order, saying he should have delayed the implementation "just a bit" to let everyone get up to speed.

While Americans protest President Trump's curb on travel and refugee flows, war-ravaged Libyans say they understand the need to take precautions. (Associated Press)

Libyans understand Trump's motive behind order for travel ban

With a population of 6 million and historically the most prosperous of the seven majority-Muslim nations on President Trump's contentious executive order curbing travel and refugee flows, oil-rich Libya stands out as the smallest and the wealthiest country in the group.

David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington in this Sept. 22, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Petraeus says Trump order is blocking Iraqi general from U.S.

- Associated Press

Former CIA Director David Petraeus says President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration and refugees is blocking a senior Iraqi military official from traveling to the U.S. to meet with his American counterparts.

Recent Opinion Columns

Illustration on 800 persons being granted citizenship rather than deportation by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The U.S. immigration system in chaos

Germans proving they're not sheeple are rejecting their mass-immigration-promoting ruling party in elections. The U.S. immigration system, in chaos, "mistakenly" gives citizenship to 800 immigrants ordered deported. Two foreign-born Islamists go on terror rampages in the United States.

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.

From The Vault

**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.