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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan can be reached at sdinan@washingtontimes.com.

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FILE-This Jan.9, 2013 file photo shows Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaking with the media in Phoenix. Arpaio known for arresting hundreds of immigrants in the country illegally on charges of finding work using fake or stolen identities is planning to close the controversial squad that investigates such cases. Arpaio's decision to disband the criminal employment squad will end his last major foothold in immigration enforcement after the courts and federal government have gradually reined in his powers in recent years. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin,File)

Sheriff Arpaio disbands illegal immigration ID fraud unit

Sheriff Joe Arpaio told a federal court in Arizona last Wednesday that he has disbanded his criminal employment unit and will stop enforcing Arizona's identity theft laws against illegal immigrants, in a move that Hispanic advocacy groups said was a major victory for them. Published December 18, 2014

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson speaks at the Professional Services Council Thursday about his department's implementation efforts related to President Barack Obama's action on immigration, and his need for a fully funded budget. (Associated Press)

Johnson pleads for Homeland funding as Obama defends amnesty amid lawsuits

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson pleaded Thursday for Congress to pass full-year funding for his department, saying that if it becomes ensnared in a prolonged debate next year it will hurt his ability to pay for more border security or to cover the bills he ran up during last summer's illegal immigrant surge. Published December 18, 2014

Lois G. Lerner (Associated Press)

True the Vote appeals, asks court to rein in IRS targeting

True the Vote, one of the conservative nonprofits targeted for intrusive scrutiny by the IRS, filed a notice of appeal Thursday signaling it will ask judges to throw out a lower court's ruling that found the IRS's targeting had already stopped, and tossed their case. Published December 18, 2014

Tom Coburn cast his final vote as a senator Tuesday night, and was the first to flee the chamber floor, returning to the citizen part of "citizen legislator." By Wednesday afternoon he was back in Oklahoma, driving to his home in Muskogee. (Associated Press)

Tom Coburn rankles Harry Reid in farewell Senate disputes

It takes a certain kind of senator to single-handedly block a bill that supporters say would save veterans from committing suicide. But that's exactly what Sen. Tom Coburn did last week, facing down withering pressure from veterans groups and insinuations from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that he will have the blood of veterans on his hands because he's refusing to let the bill through. Published December 17, 2014

A member of the group Border Dreamers marches in support of a U.S. open border policy. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Dreamers tell GOP presidential hopefuls to stop deportations

Illegal immigrants who gained tentative legal status under President Obama's 2012 amnesty for so-called Dreamers have issued a challenge to would-be 2016 GOP presidential candidates, demanding to know whether the Republicans would deport the Dreamers and their parents. Published December 17, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks to troops at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. President Barack Obama says every American who has served in Afghanistan should be proud of what they've accomplished.  Obama is observing the end of combat operations in Afghanistan by visiting U.S. troops at New Jersey's Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The base has been a launching point for deployments to Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Federal judge rules Obama amnesty order unconstitutional power grab

A federal judge Tuesday ruled parts of President Obama's deportation amnesty to be unconstitutional, with a scathing memo dismantling the White House's legal reasoning and arguing that Mr. Obama tried to steal Congress' lawmaking powers. Published December 16, 2014

Sarah R. Saldana

Vote on Obama immigration nominee will be first test on amnesty

The first major showdown over President Obama's deportation amnesty will come Tuesday when the Senate votes on whether to confirm Sarah R. Saldana, the president's pick to run the interior immigration service, who would be charged with seeing through much of his amnesty. Published December 15, 2014

During an intense grilling session on Capitol Hill, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson disagreed with President Obama's 2010 assertion that amnesty would lead to a new surge in illegal border crossings from Mexico. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times) ** FILE **

Jeh Johnson: Deportation amnesty allows DHS to get serious about border

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Monday that President Obama's deportation amnesty gives his department a chance to get serious about border security, freeing it up to put more resources on the border instead of tracking illegal immigrants inside the U.S. Published December 15, 2014

Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee toured the San Pedro Service Processing Center for immigrants in Los Angeles. The facility was briefly shuttered in 2007 due to Army Corps of Engineers concerns over fire hazards, but it later reopened with remaining issues. (Associated Press)

Homeland used hazardous building to process illegals

The Department of Homeland Security has been processing illegal immigrants in a dangerous California building for years despite knowing it to be a deadly fire hazard, the department's inspector general said Friday in a memo that said it had ordered the facility shut down immediately. Published December 14, 2014

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Government shutdown averted: Congress clears short-term funding bill

Congress on Saturday passed a short-term funding bill to keep the government open through the middle of next week while senators work through a string of procedural hurdles that stand in the way of passing the broader $1.1 trillion bill that will fund operations for everything but homeland security through the end of fiscal year 2015. Published December 13, 2014

U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents take a person into custody during an immigration sweep in Ontario, California. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

DHS processing illegal immigrants at dangerous facility: audit

The Homeland Security Department has been keeping illegal immigrants detained in a dangerous California building for years despite knowing it to be a deadly fire hazard since 2007, the department's inspector general said Friday in a memo that said it had ordered the facility shut down immediately. Published December 12, 2014