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FILE - This Jan. 17, 2008 file photo, South bound vehicles leave El Paso, Texas and enter Juarez, Mexico at the Bridge of the Americas international port of entry. Immigrant advocates are complaining about U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers' actions toward residents along the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso and New Mexico. A coalition of advocacy groups said Tuesday, May 17, 2016, that they filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security alleging at least 13 residents have experienced abuse, including being falsely accused of being prostitutes to having legal document seized for no reason. (Rudy Gutierrez/El Paso Times via AP, File) OUT EL PASO, EL DIARIO OUT, JUAREZ, MEXICO, EL DIARIO DE EL PASO OUT

Mass immigration costs government $296 billion a year, depresses wages

Immigration is a massive drain on the government, with immigrants taking as much as $296 billion more in benefits than they pay in taxes, according to a new authoritative study by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, which found the record level of newcomers is straining the country. Published September 21, 2016

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, prior to testifying before the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment hearing. Commissioner Koskinen has been accused by Republicans of failing to provide information demanded by Congress and lying under oath as it investigated allegations the agency targeted tea party groups that had applied for tax-exempt status. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

IRS chief John Koskinen says he was misled, doesn't deserve impeachment

He admitted that the IRS bungled tea party applications and that he gave wrong information to Congress, but Commissioner John Koskinen told lawmakers Wednesday he didn't mean to mislead anyone and said ousting him from the troubled tax agency would stall the progress he has made in cleaning things up. Published September 21, 2016

In this Aug. 9, 2012, file photo, people are detained for being in the country illegally and are transferred out of the holding area after being processed at the Tucson Sector of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection headquarters in Tucson, Ariz. The number of immigrants in the U.S. illegally has changed little since the Great Recession began, dropping to 11.1 million in 2014 from 11.2 million in 2012 and 11.3 million in 2009, according to a study released Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, by the Pew Research Center. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Number of illegals holds steady at 11.1 million

Illegal immigration is holding steady at about 11.1 million unauthorized people in the U.S. as of 2014, according to the latest numbers from the Pew Research Center Tuesday that signaled Mexicans continue to drop, while Central Americans and Indians make up a greater percentage. Published September 20, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton walks to a podium to speak with members of the media at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Judge blasts State Department for slow-walking Hillary Clinton's emails

A federal judge blasted the Obama administration for slow-walking the release of some of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails, saying in court Monday that the government appears to be withholding information from voters ahead of the election. Published September 19, 2016

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson listens at right as President Obama speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington on Nov. 25, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

DHS granted citizenship to hundreds of illegal immigrants from terrorist countries

They should have been deported, but hundreds of illegal immigrants from dangerous countries were instead granted citizenship by Homeland Security because officials never checked their fingerprints to find out their real identities, the department's inspector general said in a staggering report Monday. Published September 19, 2016

Trump tax plan would spur 2 million new jobs but deepen deficit

Donald Trump's tax plan would give the economy a major boost, adding about 2 million more jobs than the economy would produce without it -- but at a major cost to government finances, which would see a massive drop in revenue, a new analysis said Monday. Published September 19, 2016

DHS pledges help to fight state election cyberattacks

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson invited states to ask for help in protecting their election systems from cyberattacks, saying Friday that there is a real danger of hacks. Published September 16, 2016

In this June 27, 2006, file photo, reviewed by the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. military guards walk within the Camp Delta military-run prison at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) ** FILE **

House votes to block Guantanamo closure

The House voted Thursday to block any more transfers of detainees from Guantanamo Bay, striking a symbolic blow against President Obama after he signaled last week he still believes there's a chance to shutter the prison before he leaves office. Published September 15, 2016

As president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai destroyed a corruption investigation into a man believed to have smuggled out of the country as much as $2.78 billion for Afghan officials, drug traffickers and insurgents. (Associated Press)

George W. Bush's Afghan reconstruction efforts killed by corruption

President George W. Bush's hopes of building a viable nation in Afghanistan fell victim not to the ongoing Taliban insurgency but rather to endemic corruption that the U.S. fed, pumping tens of billions of dollars into a society with a government ill-equipped to handle it, according to a watchdog report released Wednesday. Published September 14, 2016