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Trump says border needs 700-900 miles of wall

President Trump put the first concrete number on the miles of border he wants to fence off, saying "anywhere from 700 to 900 miles" need his border wall -- and he said he wasn't joking when he suggested erecting solar panels to help pay for constructions. Published July 13, 2017

US President Donald Trump waves as he arrives for a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Thursday, July 13, 2017. Trump will be the parade's guest of honor to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I. U.S. troops will open the parade Friday as is traditional for the guest of honor. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Trump's budget cuts deficits, but never reaches balance: CBO

President Trump's budget doesn't solve the deficit, though it makes a significant dent, the Congressional Budget Office said in a new report Thursday, saying that his deep spending cuts on everything from health care to education would save an additional $3.3 trillion over the next 10 years. Published July 13, 2017

File- In this June 5, 2014 file photo, a Border Patrol agent uses a headset and computer to conduct a long distance interview by video from a facility in San Diego. A government report says inefficient computer systems and a lack of exit screening hamper U.S. authorities' efforts to track the number of foreigners who overstay their visas. The Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General said Thursday, May 4, 2017, that immigration agents and analysts need better and more integrated computer systems to check visitors' immigration status. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

U.S. citizen sues over listing on terrorist watch list

An American Muslim family detained for more than 10 hours at the border because the father appeared on a terrorism watch list sued the government Thursday, saying the use of watch lists has spiraled out of control and federal agents are now using them to "abuse" the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens. Published July 13, 2017

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John F. Kelly doubts Dreamer amnesty will survive courts

Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly told members of Congress on Wednesday that he doubts the 2012 deportation amnesty for so-called Dreamers could survive legal scrutiny, leaving key Democrats warning of potential "mass deportations." Published July 12, 2017

There's friction between the two chambers on Capitol Hill. Republican leaders said Wednesday that 226 bills have cleared the House but are now piled up in the Senate, stuck in gridlock. (Associated Press/File)

Times' Legislative Activity Index shows good pace for unified Congress

Big-ticket items like an Obamacare repeal or tax reform may elude them, but lawmakers are still off to a fast start to the current Congress, according to The Washington Times Legislative Activity index, which shows a newly unified government in Washington passing bills at a clip not seen since the early days of the Obama administration. Published July 12, 2017

Activists sue DHS to force more asylum claims

Immigrant-rights groups sued the Homeland Security Department on Wednesday, claiming border officers are illegally stymieing desperate migrants' attempts to seek asylum in the U.S. Published July 12, 2017

Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, Illinois Democrat (Associated Press) **FILE**

Democrat warns immigrants to prepare for 'mass deportations'

A key member of Congress is warning illegal immigrants to be prepared for "mass deportations" after emerging from what he characterized as a disappointing meeting with Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly. Published July 12, 2017

President Trump wants $1.6 billion to build 60 miles of new barriers, 500 more Border Patrol agents, 1,000 more agents and officers to handle deportations from the interior of the U.S. and enough money to maintain an average of 44,000 detention beds to hold illegal immigrants. (Associated Press)

House funding bill sets up shutdown showdown over Trump's border wall

Republican House leaders on Tuesday earmarked $1.6 billion to begin building President Trump's border wall next year, including the money in their homeland security spending bill, setting up a fight with Democrats who have vowed to fight any funding for the wall, even if it means sending the federal government into a partial shutdown. Published July 11, 2017

FILE - In this March 2, 2016 file photo, a family looks towards metal bars marking the U.S. border where it meets the Pacific Ocean, in Tijuana, Mexico.  (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

House GOP allocates $1.6 billion for Trump border wall in 2018

House Republicans said Tuesday they've included $1.6 billion in funding for President Trump's border wall in their new homeland security spending bill, setting up fight with Democrats who have vowed to block any wall funding -- even if it means sending the government into a partial shutdown. Published July 11, 2017

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2016 file photo, a laptop is seen in Las Vegas. The Homeland Security Department is set to announce new security measures Wednesday for international flights bound to the United States, which could lead to a lifting of a ban on laptops and other electronics from passenger cabins from certain airports. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Six foreign airports earn their way off DHS's laptop ban

Six of the 10 airports that faced the laptop ban have already improved their screening enough to earn their way off the ban list, Homeland Security announced Tuesday, as it tries to raise the global level of explosives screening. Published July 11, 2017

FILE - In this June 13, 2013, file photo, hands from Daniel Zambrano of Tijuana, Mexico, hold on to the bars that make up the border wall separating the U.S. and Mexico as the border meets the Pacific Ocean in San Diego. The state legislature is debating more than a dozen bills, sponsored by Democrats, to resist President Donald Trump's immigration agenda, particularly his promises to increase deportations and build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Illegal immigration spikes along U.S.-Mexico border

Illegal immigration across the southwest border rose yet again in June, according to the latest Homeland Security figures released Friday that show a noticeable jump over the past two months. Published July 7, 2017

Lynch refutes reports she spoke with Clinton campaign about FBI probe

Emails purporting to show former Attorney General Loretta Lynch assuring Democratic operatives that the FBI would limit its investigation into the 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton are not authentic, a spokesman for Ms. Lynch told Congress late Thursday. Published July 6, 2017

FILE- In this June 30, 2017, file photo, critics of President Donald Trump's travel ban hold signs during a news conference with Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin in Honolulu. A federal judge in Hawaii on Thursday, July 6, left Trump administration rules in place for a travel ban on citizens from six majority-Muslim countries. U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson denied an emergency motion filed by Hawaii asking him to clarify what the U.S. Supreme Court meant by a "bona fide" relationship in its ruling last month. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

Judge in Hawaii leaves Trump's travel ban rules in place

A federal judge delivered President Trump yet another legal victory on his travel ban executive order late Thursday, allowing to remain in effect the White House's revised rules that cast a fairly narrow screen on who will be admitted as refugees or from six targeted countries. Published July 6, 2017

Eric C. Conn, one unscrupulous judge, pleaded guilty to paying off a network of doctors and psychologists to write fake medical reviews, and then paying the ALJ to rubber-stamp the applications. He is now on the lam. (Associated Press/File)

Feds pay Social Security judge $500,000 to sit at home on leave

A Social Security judge has collected somewhere in the neighborhood of half a million dollars over the past three years while sitting at home on administrative leave, according to a report that details just how much trouble the agency faces in trying to fire bad employees. Published July 6, 2017