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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

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

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Supporters gather during a rally organized by OneAmerica as part of a National Week of Action to demand robust executive measures to stop deportations and keep families together Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Seattle. President Barack Obama is expected to announce his plan to use executive action to partially change the nation's immigration system Thursday night. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead)

Obama amnesty to increase illegal immigrants' wages, pinch Americans' paychecks

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Illegal immigrants stand to make out nicely, seeing a big jump in their wages under President Obama's policy, announced Thursday, granting millions of them temporary amnesty and the chance to work legally, but analysts say American workers in some jobs are likely to feel a pinch from new competitors. Published November 20, 2014

Supporters gather during a rally organized by OneAmerica as part of a National Week of Action to demand robust executive measures to stop deportations and keep families together Thursday, November 20, 2014, in Seattle. President Barack Obama is expected to announce his plan to use executive action to partially change the nation's immigration system Thursday night. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead)

Obama amnesty doesn't shield enough illegal immigrants, activists say

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President Obama's executive amnesty would shield up to 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation and grant most of them work permits — but immigrant-rights activists had hoped for much more, saying he left a number of hard-working illegal immigrants still in danger of being separated from their families. Published November 20, 2014

Prior to the Senate's vote on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the bill's sponsor, has 59 votes ready and is searching for the last vote needed for approval. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

McConnell: Obama's executive action will lead to immigrant deaths

Sen. Mitch McConnell warned Thursday that some would-be illegal immigrants could die trying to reach the U.S. thanks to President Obama's plans to offer a temporary amnesty, saying it will amount to an invitation for a new wave of illegal immigrants to make the perilous journey from Latin America. Published November 20, 2014

FILE- This Sept. 14, 2014, file photo shows a sign reading 'Kill Ebola Before Ebola Kill You', on a gate as part of the country's Ebola awareness campaign in the city of  Freetown, Sierra Leone. The government's worst-case scenario forecast for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa won't happen, a U.S. health official said Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff, File)

DHS: Visitors from Ebola countries can remain in U.S. for 18 months

Hours before President Obama announces a temporary amnesty for many illegal immigrants, his Homeland Security Department said Thursday it will grant a specific exemption allowing citizens from Ebola-affected West African countries to remain in the U.S. Published November 20, 2014

**FILE** Virginia Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee (Associated Press)

Obama immigration action 'slap in the face,' top GOP lawmakers say

The top House Republicans who oversee immigration policy called President Obama's expected action this week to grant temporary amnesty to illegal immigrants a "slap in the face to the American people and the Constitution" in a letter sent Wednesday. Published November 19, 2014

FILE - In this June 25, 2014 photo shows a group of  immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas. The influx at the border is largely families with children or by minors traveling alone. From October 2012 through the end of September 2013, the U.S. Border Patrol apprehended about 24,000 unaccompanied children. But between October and the end of June 2014, the number shot up to 57,000. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson testified recently that the number is accelerating so fast that it could reach 90,000 by the end of September. Most of them are coming from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

DHS secretary says country could face new surge of illegals

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warned Wednesday that the country could face another spike in illegal immigration as the U.S. economy picks up and as seasonal patterns change, though he said they have made major progress in combatting the surge of illegal immigrant children that wrong-footed his department earlier this year. Published November 19, 2014

NSA phone snooping upheld by Senate Republicans' filibuster

Senate Republicans rose to the defense of the National Security Agency on Tuesday by filibustering a bill that would have halted the agency's phone-snooping program, saying it is now more critical than ever amid advancing terrorism in the Middle East and fears of homegrown terrorism in the U.S. Published November 18, 2014

The re-election bid of Sen. Mary Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, is likely doomed after Senate Democrats filibustered the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday. Ms. Landrieu was already struggling to unify her party and eat into Republican support, and the pipeline, which she set up as a test of her leadership, backfired. (Associated Press)

Senate Democrats stiff Mary Landrieu on Keystone XL pipeline; green lobby wins

Senate Democrats filibustered the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday, in a vote that reverberated from Louisiana, where a key senator's career is now likely doomed, to the broader national Democratic Party, where environmentalists have emerged triumphant in a divisive internal battle with labor unions. Published November 18, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has complained that House Republicans have not passed a broad immigration bill approved in his chamber, but he has not sent it to the other side of the Capitol. (Associated Press)

Harry Reid urges Obama to act now on immigration

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he has President Obama's back when the White House announces its immigration plans to grant temporary amnesty to illegal immigrants, and defended his own party's lack of action when it had total control of Congress and the White House in 2009 and 2010. Published November 18, 2014

FILE- In this Sept. 10, 2014 file photo, 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, New Mexico. The facility is now releasing more detainees rather than deporting them, according to Artesia Mayor Phillip Burch. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca, File)

Artesia mayor: 95 percent of families of illegals being released

Almost all of the illegal immigrant families traveling from Central America to the U.S. are being released from the special facility meant to hold them in New Mexico, according to the mayor of the town where the special facility is located. Published November 18, 2014

The Senate will vote Tuesday on a bill by Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat, known as the USA Freedom Act. It is designed to make sure the Patriot Act can no longer be used to justify collecting the phone records. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

White House backs bill to end NSA snooping

The Obama administration "strongly" backs legislation to halt its NSA snooping program, the White House budget office said in a policy statement Monday, a day ahead of a first showdown Senate vote. Published November 17, 2014

Detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville, Texas. The Obama administration quietly announced a program late last week to create a legal channel for thousands of Central American children to come to the U.S., a move designed to prevent a repeat of this summer's illegal immigrant surge but which Republicans said amounted to "border sabotage." (Associated Press)

Obama opens door for Central American children to legally come to U.S.

The Obama administration quietly announced a program late last week to create a legal channel for thousands of Central American children to come to the U.S., a move designed to prevent a repeat of this summer's illegal immigrant surge but which Republicans said amounted to "border sabotage." Published November 16, 2014

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, left, shakes hands with Republican congressional candidate Chris Stewart during the Utah State GOP election night watch party, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Stewart is seeking a second term in the 2nd Congressional District. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Fake disability claims cost taypayers billions

Social Security paid out $2 billion in bogus disability claims approved by 44 administrative law judges over the last seven years, the agency's internal auditor said in a report Friday that details some of the problems with fraud in the troubled disability program. Published November 16, 2014

FILE - In this March 22, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama arrives at the TransCanada Stillwater Pipe Yard in Cushing, Okla. The GOP-controlled House and Senate will likely put pressure on the White House to approve TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline in 2015. If Congress manages to push through policy changes, such as lower taxes for medical device makers and lighter regulations for coal, it could lift stocks in the health and energy industries, market strategists say. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

House approves Keystone pipeline, setting up final Senate showdown

House lawmakers, in their first major vote since last week's elections, easily passed a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline that would bring crude oil from Canada to the U.S., sending the bill over to the Senate which will have a major showdown Tuesday. Published November 14, 2014