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**FILE** Hundreds of people attend the National Rally for Citizenship on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on April 10, 2013, to call for immigration reform. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Napolitano: Bill could spark new wave of illegal immigrants

The new immigration bill would only grant a pathway to citizenship to illegal immigrants who made it into the U.S. before 2012 — a date that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday should be widely publicized in order to stop a new wave of illegal border crossers. Published April 17, 2013

Sens. John McCain, Arizona Republican, and Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, leave the White House after a meeting with President Obama on immigration. (Associated Press)

Senators put final touches on plan for immigration; border security is key element

After months of negotiations, the Gang of Eight senators were poised to file their immigration bill late Tuesday evening, striking a deal to immediately legalize most illegal immigrants and ease the path for future legal immigrants in exchange for promises of much stiffer border security, backed up by verifiable yardsticks. Published April 16, 2013

** FILE ** Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Hotel in National Harbor, Md., on Thursday, March 14, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Immigration draft lays out contentious points plan to reward, select immigrants

The immigration reform bill that senators are writing in secret would move U.S. policy to a points-based system that would reward immigrants who are taking care of disabled parents at the same level as those who have earned master's degrees in high-tech fields, according to a draft of the legislation reviewed by The Washington Times. Published April 14, 2013

The Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Congress votes to shield top officials' financial disclosures

Congress this week approved a bill to free thousands of federal government employees from having to disclose their financial dealings online, rushing the bill through the Senate late Thursday and through the House on Friday. But the push to undo the online reporting requirement is proving to be controversial. Published April 12, 2013

**FILE** Demonstrators carry signs during a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 5, 2006, in support of a bill to ban horse slaughter for human consumption. (Associated Press)

Budget buffet: Obama moves to take horse meat off the menu

Buried inside President Obama's budget this week is a demand that Congress stop inspections of horse meat slaughter plants — a move that would halt the industry, just as it's poised to ramp up again. Published April 11, 2013

President Obama, accompanied by members of his Cabinet, speaks about superstorm Sandy at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. With him are (from second from the left) Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Congress investigates DHS ammo purchase

The chairman of the key House subcommittee that controls the Homeland Security Department's budget asked Secretary Janet Napolitano on Thursday to justify why the department has made major ammunition purchases in recent months, saying it's time to put rumors to rest. Published April 11, 2013

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Emails a focus of EPA hearing

President Obama's pick to be the next chief of the Environmental Protection Agency told Congress on Thursday that she never has used private emails or instant-messaging to try to avoid open-records laws, and promised to crack down on those within the agency who do. Published April 11, 2013

**FILE** Illegal immigrants prepare to enter a bus after being processed at the U.S. Border Patrol's Tucson Sector headquarters on Aug. 9, 2012, in Tucson, Ariz. (Associated Press)

Illegal border crossings leap ahead of immigration bill

Apprehensions of illegal immigrants are up 13 percent this year, the chief of the U.S. Border Patrol testified to Congress on Wednesday as lawmakers continued to bash the Obama administration for failing to have a way of measuring how secure the borders are. Published April 10, 2013

Joyce Tarnow, 74, of Florida displays a sign against amnesty in defiance of demonstrators Wednesday.

Immigration activists say it's time to deliver; thousands rally in D.C.

Thousands of immigrant rights activists rallied on the lawn in front of Capitol Hill on Wednesday, saying Hispanic voters delivered for President Obama last year and now want to cash in on his promise to legalize many of the estimated 11 million in the U.S. illegally. Published April 10, 2013

**FILE** Men recently deported from Arizona wait in line to be registered with Mexican authorities at the border in Nogales, Mexico, on April 28, 2010. (Associated Press)

Worried immigration activists look for support on Capitol Hill

Tens of thousands of immigrant rights supporters will convene Wednesday on Capitol Hill to demand action at a key moment in the debate: Negotiators are struggling to write legislation and activists are getting antsy, arguing that every day that passes means 1,100 more immigrants are deported. Published April 9, 2013

** FILE ** Razor wire sits atop a border fence as a building in the Mexican border city of Tijuana sits behind, as seen from San Diego on Monday, Jan. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

New GOP bill gives administration two years to secure the borders

A group of top congressional Republicans on Tuesday introduced a bill that would require the Homeland Security Department to come up with a way to measure how secure the borders are — at a time when the Obama administration has been resisting those efforts. Published April 9, 2013