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Republican senators warn Obama against executive action on amnesty

By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

Three of President Obama's GOP partners on immigration warned him Thursday not to try to act on his own to grant legal status to illegal immigrants, saying the border is not yet secure enough from either illegal immigration or potential terrorist threats. Published October 30, 2014

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In this Sept. 5 file photo, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine agent looks for signs along trail while on patrol near the Texas-Mexico border near McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Rubio, McCain tell Obama border security trumps legalization

- The Washington Times

Three of President Obama's GOP partners on immigration warned him Thursday not to try to act on his own to grant tentative legal status to illegal immigrants, saying the border is not yet secure enough from both illegal immigration and potential terrorist threats.

Feds pay for guitar lessons, petting zoo trips for illegal immigrant children

- The Washington Times

One of the contractors housing some of the surge of illegal immigrant children from this summer offers them a petting zoo with miniature ponies, a Tilapia fish-farm operation and guitar lessons, according to documents releasedThursday by a senator who questioned whether the plush accommodations were a good use of taxpayers' money.

Some eligible immigrants say no to US citizenship

- Associated Press

More than an estimated 8.5 million immigrants living in the U.S. were eligible for citizenship in 2012. Yet fewer than 800,000 took the leap, according to the latest Department of Homeland Security numbers.

President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally for Wisconsin Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke at North Division High School on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Immigration heckler booted from Obama speech

- The Washington Times

President Obama on Tuesday night stumped for Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke, but not before he was sidetracked by a protester urging the administration to take greater action on immigration.

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito speaks during Sunday services at the Church of God of Third Avenue as the congregation welcomed members of the Spanish Christian Church that was destroyed by Wednesday's explosion in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York, Sunday, March 16, 2014. The Spanish Christian Church had been located on the first floor of one of the destroyed buildings. On Saturday a crew at the blast site found a large Bible in the rubble and returned it to the church's pastor. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NYC City Council limits deportation efforts

Associated Press

The New York City Council is passing legislation that would stop honoring detainment orders from U.S. immigration officials that don't come with a warrant from a federal judge.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, where he spoke about the shootings in Canada and answered questions about Ebola. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

White House denies covert plan to issue millions of green cards

- The Washington Times

President Obama's spokesman laughed off as "crazy" Wednesday reports that the Homeland Security Department is preparing for an increase in the number of immigrants living illegally in the country by ordering enough paper to print as many as 5 million "green" cards annually.

This June 24, 2014, file photo shows Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson arrivines on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama, who has postponed until after Election Day his plan for executive actions that could shield millions of immigrants from deportation, is already on pace this year to deport the fewest number of immigrants since at least 2007, according to a new analysis of Homeland Security Department figures by The Associated Press.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)FILE -

Clarity sought on fast-tracked Haitian immigration

Associated Press

Haitian immigration advocates in Miami are anxious for federal officials to clarify how they'll fast-track immigration for a limited number of Haitians approved to join relatives in the U.S.

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Illegal immigrants on their way to deportation listen to a Border Patrol agent in Arizona in 2010, when the majority came from Mexico. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

95 percent of deported illegals were criminals

- The Washington Times

President Obama has generally kept true to his vow to deport only criminals and repeat immigration violators, according to a new report from the Migration Policy Institute Wednesday that undercuts many of the fears immigrant-rights advocates have about the severity of his policies.

A man walks past a billboard warning people of the deadly Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia. Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. The number of people killed in the Ebola outbreak has risen above 4,000, the World Health Organization has said. The latest figures show there have been 8,376 cases and 4,024 deaths in the worst-affected West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The news comes as Liberian MPs refused to grant the president additional powers to deal with the Ebola crisis. (AP Photo/ Abbas Dulleh)

WILLIAMS: Stop Ebola at the border

In September, President Obama gave a somber and yet reassuring-sounding speech concerning the U.S. response to the Ebola epidemic ravaging three West African nations. Apparently those measures, whatever they may have been, did not work.

In this Sept. 5 file photo, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine agent looks for signs along trail while on patrol near the Texas-Mexico border near McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

FEIN: The bogus immigration crisis

If there were a genuine crisis, Congress and the president would not chronically defer action on the immigration front with the predictability of the rising and setting of the sun.

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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.