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Protestors dressed as a diabolical Uncle Sam, on stilts, and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto hold hands as they walk along the border fence in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. A group of about 30 protestors gathered to paint slogans on the border wall and stage a performance mocking the relationship between Pena and President Donald Trump. The partial message in Spanish behind reads: "Neither delinquents nor illegals, we are international workers." (AP Photo/Christian Torres)

Trump administration now officially requesting bids to build border wall

President Trump's new border wall is supposed to be 30 feet high and should look imposing to potential illegal immigrants, Homeland Security officials said in documents Friday that officially requested the first bids to begin building the barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border. Published March 18, 2017

President Donald Trump listens to a question during a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, March 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Mexico's governors to lodge human rights complaint against Trump

The head of Mexico's governors' association will lodge a complaint with the Organization of American States Saturday accusing President Trump of human rights violations, demanding the OAS help ensure protections for migrants facing raids or deportation from the U.S. Published March 17, 2017

Arguments and personal beliefs on President Trump's travel ban may have pushed judges to cross their legal bounds, analysts said. (Associated Press)

Lawmakers warn judges ruling on travel bans against exceeding power

This week's rulings against President Trump's revised executive order on travel and refugees have sparked heated pushback from Republicans on Capitol Hill, who say judges have crossed the line to become adversaries of this White House — and suggested retribution could be coming. Published March 16, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., accompanied by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., right, speaks at a news conference following a GOP party conference at the Capitol, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Ryan says Trump is key to Obamacare repeal

President Trump is the glue that's keeping the Republican health bill on track, Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Thursday, offering effusive praise. Published March 16, 2017

A man passes a section of border fencing that separates Tijuana, Mexico, with San Diego on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, in San Diego. President Donald Trump, signaling a potential shift on a signature issue, indicated Tuesday that he's open to immigration legislation that would give legal status to some people living in the U.S. illegally and provide a pathway to citizenship to those brought to the U.S. illegally as children. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Trump budget goes big on border wall, short on agents

Candidate Trump made bold promises about hiring enough agents to secure the border and deport illegal immigrants from the interior of the country. President Trump's first budget gets off to a very slow start. Published March 16, 2017

In this March 11, 2017, photo, a volunteer teacher erases the board after her English lesson after teaching Christian Burmese refugees in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. An Associated Press analysis suggests that the people hurt most by President Donald Trump's planned deep cuts in refugee visas are from not any of the six Muslim countries listed in his travel ban, but Myanmar. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)

Assimilation under threat as children of immigrants flood U.S. public schools

A Virginia neighborhood in Fairfax County ranks with parts of other cities as having the highest percentage of children from immigrants in its public schools, with 78 percent of students coming from immigrant households, according to a report that the Center for Immigration Studies is releasing Thursday. Published March 15, 2017

President Donald Trump, escorted by Commander of the 89th Airlift Wing Col. Casey D. Eaton, walks from Marine One to board Air Force One upon his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, March 15, 2017, en route to Michigan and Tennessee and returning to Washington later this evening. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Trump promises 'very interesting' evidence of snooping on his campaign

President Trump said Wednesday that he didn't mean to suggest that President Obama actually tapped his phones, but he insisted that "some very interesting items" will be coming to back up his claim that the previous administration snooped on him and his campaign. Published March 15, 2017

President Trump and Cabinet members are key to the second phase of the American Health Care Act, but Republicans haven't outlined how the administration will release regulations to carry out the policies. (Associated Press)

GOP health care bill leaves loopholes for illegal immigtants

Republicans' health care bill bans illegal immigrants from getting tax credits, but it doesn't do much to improve the checks already in place under Obamacare — a system that led to more than $700 million in benefits to unauthorized people. Published March 14, 2017

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York speak to reporters about the Congressional Budget Office projection that 14 million people would lose health coverage under the House Republican bill dismantling former President Barack Obama's health care law, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March, 13, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Nancy Pelosi demands Steve King be ousted from chairmanship

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi demanded Tuesday that Republicans kick Rep. Steve King out of his post as chairman of a subcommittee with jurisdiction over the U.S. Constitution, saying the congressman needs to be punished for his controversial comments about culture this week. Published March 14, 2017

People hold anti-deportation signs during a rally, Thursday, March 9, 2017, in New York. The rally was held in support of Ravi Ragbir, leader of the New Sanctuary Coalition, and an immigrant from Trinidad, who may face deportation. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Number of sanctuary cities nears 500

Nearly 500 jurisdictions are now sanctuary cities, according to a group that's tracked the issue for more than a decade, and who said there's been a massive surge in the number of places trying to thwart federal immigration agents since President Trump's election. Published March 14, 2017

Protestors dressed as a diabolical Uncle Sam, on stilts, and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto hold hands as they walk along the border fence in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. A group of about 30 protestors gathered to paint slogans on the border wall and stage a performance mocking the relationship between Pena and President Donald Trump. The partial message in Spanish behind reads: "Neither delinquents nor illegals, we are international workers." (AP Photo/Christian Torres)

Democrats vow government shutdown over Trump border wall

Senate Democrats said Monday that they will block any spending bill that includes money for President Trump's border wall, even if it leads to a government shutdown, saying it's up to Republicans to resist touchy issues in the looming spending debate. Published March 13, 2017

 In this June 22, 2016, file photo, Border Patrol agent Eduardo Olmos walks near the secondary fence separating Tijuana, Mexico, background, and San Diego in San Diego. U.S. President Donald Trump will direct the Homeland Security Department to start building a wall at the Mexican border. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, file)

Border Patrol won't waive lie-detector test to hire new agents

The Border Patrol won't cut corners on its standards requiring a polygraph test for new agents even as it prepares to try to hire 5,000 more people, acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan said Friday. Published March 10, 2017

Oliver Funes Machada, 18, is charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing and decapitating of his mother. Authorities say he is in the U.S. illegally, and federal agents want to pick him up for deportation if he is released from jail. (Associated Press)

A scholar and an accused killer: A tale of two Dreamers

One is a popular student at a local university, the poster boy -- literally -- for the Golden Door Scholars program. The other stands accused of beheading his mother this week, in a grisly crime that has captured attention around the globe. Published March 9, 2017