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Deportation officers have too many cases, says report from Homeland Security

The Obama administration left the government's deportation force in disarray, according to a new report Thursday from the Homeland Security inspector general. The report said deportation officers are so overloaded that they lose track of important cases, leaving illegal immigrants roaming communities when they could have been kicked out. Published April 20, 2017

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly participates in a moderated discussion with Director of the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security Frank Cilluffo at George Washington University in Washington, Tuesday, April 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

DHS Secretary Kelly says Dreamer lost status because of 'lllegal actions'

Juan Manuel Montes gave up his right to be part of President Obama's deportation amnesty through "his illegal actions," Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly said Thursday, backing up his agents in a case that's become the biggest test so far of President Trump's get-tough policies. Published April 20, 2017

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent escorts a handcuffed undocumented immigrant convicted of a felony that was taken into custody during an operation in Dallas on March 6, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Deportation overload: Probe says DHS can't keep up, leaves risky illegals out on the streets

The Obama administration left the government's deportation force in disarray, according to a new report Thursday from the Homeland Security inspector general, which found deportation officers are so overloaded that they lose track of important cases, leaving illegal immigrants roaming communities when they could have been kicked out. Published April 20, 2017

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly speaks during a forum "Home & Away: Threats to America and the Department of Homeland Security response," Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at George Washington University in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Secretary Kelly tells DHS critics to 'shut up,' let agents do their jobs

Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly told the host of critics to "shut up" and let his agents do their jobs, pushing back against the overwhelming wave of criticism from advocacy groups who have complained that immigration enforcement has grown too strict under the Trump administration. Published April 18, 2017

President Donald Trump holds up a pen he used to sign one of various bills in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Monday, March 27, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo file photo)

Trump to use executive order to push his 'Hire American' platform

President Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday to begin overhauling the country's guest workers programs and federal procurement rules, as administration officials said he hopes to make strides on his push to buy and hire American. Published April 17, 2017

President Donald Trump listens as NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks at a news conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump gives states power to cut off Planned Parenthood money

President Trump signed a bill Thursday freeing states to withhold federal family planning grant money from Planned Parenthood, marking the first major pro-life legislation to be signed into law in more than a decade. Published April 13, 2017

Lois Lerner listens during a hearing on the IRS's alleged targeting of tea party groups for additional scrutiny on Capitol Hill on May 22, 2013. (Associated Press)

Lois Lerner demands secrecy, blames death threats over IRS tea party targeting

Former IRS senior executive Lois G. Lerner told a federal court this week that she faces the possibility of death threats if her role in the tax agency's tea party targeting becomes public, and asked a judge to forever seal her upcoming deposition in a class-action lawsuit brought by hundreds of groups that were targeted. Published April 13, 2017

Sharafat Ali Khan smuggled terrorist-linked immigrants

Federal authorities wrangled a guilty plea Wednesday from a Brazilian man who ran one of the Western Hemisphere's more flagrant alien smuggling operations, sneaking dozens of illegal immigrants from terrorism-connected countries into the U.S. from 2014 to 2016. Published April 12, 2017

In this June 22, 2016, file photo, a Border Patrol agent walks along a border structure in San Diego, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, file)

Feds net guilty plea from Middle East alien smuggling mastermind

Federal authorities wrangled a guilty plea Wednesday from a Brazilian man who ran one of the Western Hemisphere's more flagrant alien-smuggling operations, sneaking dozens of illegal immigrants from terrorist-connected countries into the U.S. from 2014 to 2016. Published April 12, 2017

Lois Lerner listens during a hearing on the IRS's alleged targeting of tea party groups for additional scrutiny on Capitol Hill on May 22, 2013. (Associated Press)

GOP wants Trump to reopen criminal probe into ex-IRS exec Lerner

Two top Republicans asked the Justice Department on Wednesday to take a new look at the evidence against former IRS senior executive Lois G. Lerner to see if charges should still be brought against her for targeting tea party groups and losing key evidence in the case. Published April 12, 2017