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Over 100 hundred people demonstrated in front of the Federal Courthouse in Brownsville, Texas, Thursday, March 19, 2015. The Justice Department might face sanctions if a federal judge determines its attorneys misled him about whether part of President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration was implemented prior to it being put on hold by the judge. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen last month halted Obama's plan. The president's plan would spare from deportation up to 5 million people in the U.S. illegally. (AP Photo/Brownsville Herald, Brad Doherty)

Obama amnesty granted 500,000 Social Security numbers to illegal immigrants

By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

The administration has granted about 541,000 Social Security numbers to illegal immigrants under President Obama’s original 2012 deportation amnesty for Dreamers, officials told Congress in a letter made public Wednesday. Published April 15, 2015

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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.

In this March 3, 2015 photo, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers make an arrest in New York, during 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.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Feds releasing hundreds of illegal immigrant rapists, murderers: report

- The Washington Times

The administration is deporting fewer criminal aliens than it did last year, according to new statistics released Tuesday that undercut President Obama's justification for his new amnesty, which he said was intended to free agents to focus on the most dangerous of criminals by focusing on "felons not families."

In this March 2, 2015 photo, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers try to gain entry to an apartment building, in the Bronx borough of New York, during a series of early-morning arrests. 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)

Deportations of illegal immigrants plummet on Obama's watch

- The Washington Times

The federal government's chief deportation agency has seen its success plummet under President Obama, and its chief, Sarah R. Saldana, will tell Congress on Tuesday that they've had trouble adapting to the changing face of illegal immigration and a lack of cooperation from both American cities and from foreign countries.

In this March 9, 2015, file photo, Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill. speaks in Washington. Durbin is accusing Republican of putting Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama's attorney general nominee "in the back of the bus." (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Senators demand probe into guest-worker program, American layoffs

- The Washington Times

They agree on little else in the immigration debate but Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions and Democratic Sen. Richard J. Durbin teamed together Thursday to ask the Obama administration to investigate the guest-worker program for high-skilled foreigners, fearing it's being abused by companies desperate for cheaper labor.

'Dreamers' despair as Obama, Democrats abandon immigration activists

- The Washington Times

The heady sense of victory immigrant rights activists had last year after President Obama announced his deportation amnesty has faded in recent weeks as the advocates sense they've lost ground among the very Democratic leaders they were counting on to deliver at the national and state levels.

Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, said it was necessary to send a signal to the unaccompanied minors preparing for another run at the U.S.-Mexico border this year that they will be sent back rather than released into the U.S., as all of the children from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were last year. (Associated Press)

Senate demands faster deportations for illegal immigrant children

- The Washington Times

The Senate approved non-binding language as part of its budget late Thursday calling for the law to be changed to speed deportations of illegal immigrant children from Central America — but fell just short of the 60 votes that would be needed to force a bill into law later.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

DHS chief: Court should have known part of amnesty was in effect

- The Washington Times

A federal judge should have known Homeland Security was carrying out at least part of President Obama's new deportation amnesty beginning last year, department Secretary Jeh Johnson told Congress on Thursday as the administration continued to struggle with what's become a thorny legal issue.

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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.