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Illegal immigrant children could increase the school-age population in districts, marking a significant influx of students likely to need intense help with English and other remedial education programs. No longer just a border problem, the surge is now an issue for officials in communities throughout the country, where 126 counties or cities have at least 50 children placed. (Associated Press)

Feds to spend $9 million to provide attorneys to illegal border children

By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

The Obama administration will pay $9 million over the next two years to give taxpayer-funded attorneys to some of the illegal immigrant children who have surged across the U.S. border this year, the Health and Human Services Department said Tuesday. Published September 30, 2014

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In this Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 photo, a short story in Spanish is used in a class at the Karnes County Residential Center, a temporary home for immigrant women and children detained at the border, in Karnes City, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Refugee plan set up for Central American minors

- Associated Press

The Obama administration is initiating a program to give refugee status to some young people from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in response to the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer  talks about the tour that she and Department of Homeland Secretary Jeh Johnson took of the US Customs and Border Protection facility in Nogales, Ariz., Wednesday, June 25, 2014. They saw for themselves the large number of unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally mostly from Central America. (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, A.E. Araiza)

Administration to chime in on 2 Arizona policies

- Associated Press

Federal authorities who have pushed back against Arizona's attempts to confront illegal immigration in recent years face a Tuesday deadline for chiming in about two state immigration policies that are being scrutinized by the courts.

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2014, file photo, an unidentified immigrant from Guatemala who declined to give her name, is interviewed, 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. A surge of cases involving immigrants from Central America has backed up federal courts and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The cases have been moved to Denver by judges in Arlington, Virginia. Officials say it makes more sense to hold the proceedings in the same time zone as the detention center. Hearings are being held by video from Artesia, N.M. starting on Monday, Sept. 29. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)

Denver judges consider border immigration cases

- Associated Press

While her 5-year-old son slept in her arms, a woman from El Salvador spoke of fleeing the sexual harassment of violent gang members, as immigration judges in Denver began video proceedings Monday in asylum cases of mothers and children being held at a remote New Mexico deportation center.

ADVANCE FOR MONDAY, SEPT. 29 AND THEREAFTER - In this photo taken Sept. 11, 2014, teacher Lori Ott, of Millsboro, Del., sits in her classroom at the G.W. Career Educational Center in Frankford, Del., where she teaches the Accelerating Preliterate English Language Learners (A.P.E.L.L) class. U.S. schools are now dealing with the fallout from the dramatic spike in the number of children and teenagers who crossed into the United States unaccompanied by family; the Supreme Court has ruled that they have an obligation to educate all students regardless of their immigration status.(AP Photo/Emily Varisco)

Teens who crossed US border alone enter schools

- Associated Press

The group of mostly Spanish-speaking teenage boys with styled spiky hair and high-top sneakers enthusiastically pecks away on hand-held tablets at the G.W. Carver Education Center, pausing to alert the teacher when stumped.

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Hoyer makes a pitch for a Democratic House

- The Washington Times

Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer said Monday that if voters unhappy with gridlock in Washington should give Democrats the majority in the House, allowing President Obama and his party another chance to pursue their agenda.

Help wanted: Free lawyers for immigrant children

- Associated Press

Most of the nearly 60,000 Central American children who have arrived on the U.S.-Mexico border in the last year still don't have lawyers to represent them in immigration court, and advocates are scrambling to train volunteer attorneys to help cope with the massive caseload.

US: Most new immigrant families fail to report

- Associated Press

For nearly three months this summer, the Obama administration carefully avoided answering questions about what happened to tens of thousands of immigrant families caught illegally crossing the Mexican border and released into the United States with instructions to report back to immigration authorities.

US: Immigrant families fail to report to agents

- Associated Press

Tens of thousands of young families caught crossing the border illegally earlier this year subsequently failed to meet with federal immigration agents, as they were instructed, the Homeland Security Department has acknowledged privately.

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Illustration on security preserving liberty in America by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

With strong stance on immigration, GOP could capture Senate

Twenty years ago Saturday, then-House Minority Whip Newt Gingrich released the legendary Contract with America, thereby nationalizing the 1994 midterms and delivering both houses of Congress to the Republicans. It's a playbook the GOP needs to run again, this time around a single hot-button issue: immigration.

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.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry gestures as he speaks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, about that he would be open to sending U.S. combat forces to Iraq to fight the deadly Islamic state after its attacks on a Christian minority and the beheading of an American journalist and border security. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Reducing threats at the nation's borders

Texas Gov. Rick Perry's recent comments regarding the Islamic State penetrating the porous U.S. southern border should give pause to the ongoing border-security debate.

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.