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The latest news, analysis and debates on immigration reform and policy.

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican and 2016 presidential candidate, speaks at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta on Aug. 7, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Marco Rubio: I'm not in favor of repealing birthright citizenship

By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said Tuesday he doesn't favor a repeal of birthright citizenship -- one plank of an immigration proposal GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump rolled out earlier in the week. Published August 18, 2015

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Univision newscaster Jorge Ramos, who has incredible sway with U.S. Hispanic voters, decried Donald Trump and his stance on immigration at a public event, which promptly got him booted from the room. (Associated Press)

Activist anchor Jorge Ramos uses influence to push immigration agenda

- The Washington Times

Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, who has long been as much an activist as a newsman, managed to find himself at the center of an immigration story yet again this week as he went head-to-head with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, getting tossed from a press conference after repeatedly and insistently trying to ask questions.

Obama agenda and legacy in the hands of federal judges

- The Washington Times

A federal judge in Texas has put President Obama's deportation amnesty on hold, while another judge in the District of Columbia is poised to rule any day now on whether the House can sue to stop parts of the administration's Obamacare spending.

Immigrants from El Salvador and Guatemala who entered the country illegally board a bus after they were released from a family detention center in San Antonio, in this July 7, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Judge orders illegal immigrant families quickly released

- The Washington Times

The Obama administration must begin releasing illegal immigrants mothers and children by October, a federal judge ordered late Friday in a ruling that punctures the last remaining get-tough part of President Obama's immigration policy and, the administration believes, sets the stage for a new surge of illegal immigration.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump leaves the courthouse after serving on jury duty in New York, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. The Republican presidential candidate reported for jury duty in Manhattan on Monday and spent much of the day like everyone else, filling out forms and wondering whether he would get picked. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Mexico condemns attack on immigrant attributed to Trump rhetoric

- The Washington Times

Mexico waded into the American political debate over immigration Friday with a plea to tone down the rhetoric after an older Mexican man was beaten in Boston earlier this week and one of the suspects made comments praising GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's call to get tough on illegal immigrants.

President Obama speaks Aug. 5, 2015, at American University in Washington. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Audit finds Obama amnesty chaotic, but no intent to flout judge

- The Washington Times

Immigration officials didn't intend to flout a federal judge when they broke his order halting President Obama's new amnesty, but the agency's process is so gummed up that it doesn't even know how many erroneous three-year amnesties it issued, an inspector general said in a new report Thursday.

Immigrants from El Salvador and Guatemala who entered the country illegally wait at a bus station after they were released from a family detention center in San Antonio, in this Tuesday, July 7, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

DHS admits new surge of illegal immigrant families

- The Washington Times

The country saw another surge of illegal immigrant families crossing the border in July, a top Homeland Security official told a federal court late Thursday as the administration begged a judge not to forbid detention of new migrant mothers and children.

The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington is seen here on March 22, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

IRS can't verify illegal immigrant IDs, vulnerable to fraud: Audit

- The Washington Times

The IRS cannot verify that illegal immigrants are who they say they are, the tax agency's inspector general reported Thursday in a new study that says the government doesn't have the tools to validate foreign governments' identity documents, and could be paying refunds without truly knowing who it's sending them to.

FILE- In this Aug. 1, 2015, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to the attendees at the Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky. There will be no further roll call votes this week," McConnell, told a mostly empty Senate on Wednesday, Aug. 5. The Senate is joining the House in summer recess as Congress sets course for an autumn of showdowns over Iran, spending and Planned Parenthood. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

McConnell says no immigration deal this year

- The Washington Times

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that the prospect the 114th Congress passing an overhaul of the broken immigration system is dim thanks to President Obama's unilateral push to grant amnesty to some illegal immigrants.

Republican presidential candidates, from left, Lindsey Graham, Ben Carson, John Kasich, Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Rick Santorum speak among themselves after a forum Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Immigration, Planned Parenthood produce consensus at GOP forum

- The Washington Times

Republican presidential hopefuls dodged the thorniest issues on immigration Monday, saying the immediate priority is to secure the border while handling the size of legal immigration and final decisions on the 11 million illegal immigrants already here must wait until enforcement has been restored.

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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.