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Sunland Park, New Mexico, is seen over the U.S. border fence as a protestor finishes painting the Spanish slogan "Neither delinquents nor illegals, we are international workers" on the Ciudad Juarez, Mexico side of the fence, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. A group of around 30 protestors gathered to paint messages on the border wall on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez and stage a performance mocking the relationship between Presidents Donald Trump and Enrique Pena Nieto. (AP Photo/Christian Torres)

Illegal immigration dropped 27 percent in January: Reports

Illegal immigration across the southwest border plummeted in January as the flow of both illegal immigrant families and children traveling alone dried up, according to numbers released by Customs and Border Protection on Monday. Published February 27, 2017

Supporters cheered President Donald Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference a year after placing him fourth in a straw poll. (Associated Press)

Conservatives rally around Trump agenda

President Trump took firm grasp of the reins of the conservative movement over the past week, using a major address at the Conservative Political Action Conference to assure them that "now you finally have a president" and promising to make their goals a reality. Published February 26, 2017

President Donald Trump applauds as he stands with Judge Neil Gorsuch in the East Room of the White House in Washington, after announcing Gorsuch as his nominee for the Supreme Court, int his Jan. 31, 2017, file photo. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

CPAC/TWT straw poll urges GOP to go 'nuclear' to get Gorsuch on Supreme Court

Conservative activists are overwhelmingly ready for Senate Republicans to trigger the "nuclear option" and force Judge Neil Gorsuch onto the Supreme Court, according to the 2017 CPAC/Washington Times straw poll, which also showed the activists feel the GOP doesn't have Mr. Trump's back. Published February 25, 2017

The National Debt Clock, a privately funded estimate of the national debt, is shown on Feb. 1, 2010, in New York. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Trump demands credit for drop in national debt

President Trump chastised the press Saturday for not covering the national debt, which has ticked down slightly since he took office -- saying by contrast that the debt leaped $200 billion in President Obama's first month. Published February 25, 2017

Immigration activist Astrid Silva introduces then-President Barack Obama before a speech on immigration at Del Sol High School Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken) ** FILE **

Illegal immigrant 'Dreamer' to deliver Spanish Dem response to Trump

Democrats have tapped an illegal immigrant "Dreamer" to deliver the Spanish-language response to President Trump's speech to Congress next week, elevating the fight over immigration policy that's come to dominate the first weeks of the new administration. Published February 24, 2017

Sen. Ted Cruz prepares to face a huge crowd during a previous CPAC appearance; the event typically draws some 13,000 people. (AP Photo)

Cruz urges Trump to field 'army of ... Scalias and Thomases'

Sen. Ted Cruz and former Sen. Harry Reid didn't see eye to eye on many things, but the Texas Republican says he's found himself toasting his former political nemesis in recent weeks for having triggered the nuclear option. Published February 23, 2017

A woman holds a pinata depicting U.S. President Donald Trump during a march demanding respect for Mexico and its migrants, in the face of perceived hostility from the Trump administration, in Mexico City, Sunday, Feb 12, 2017. About 20,000 people, many dressed in white, some carried Mexican flags, as a sign of unity. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)

Mexico vows to resist Trump immigration plans

Mexico's government vowed Wednesday to resist President Trump's efforts to force better cooperation in stopping illegal immigration, saying they won't let the U.S. tell them what to do. Published February 22, 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)

White House unleashes federal agents against illegal immigrants

Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly officially unleashed federal agents this week to begin arresting and deporting more illegal immigrants, unshackling the handcuffs the Obama administration had imposed and putting millions of people in the country without authorization at risk. Published February 21, 2017

FILE - This is a Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 file photo of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly as he listens at right as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on cyber security in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Top world leaders, diplomats and defense officials are getting their first opportunity to meet in person with members of President Donald Trumps new administration, amid a laundry list of concerns including the American commitment to the NATO alliance and Washingtons posture toward Russia. Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly are leading the U.S. delegation to the annual Munich Security Conference.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Trump takes off kid gloves, moves to erase Obama's deportation exemptions

After years of neglect, immigration enforcement is proving to be a fertile space for action -- and for speculation, as draft reports leak out of Homeland Security, frightening immigrant rights groups and thrilling President Trump's backers who have longed to see this sort of crackdown. Published February 20, 2017

President Trump's tweets on everything from the border to the media shows him to be "ambiguous, confusing and divisive," according to a political science professor. (Associated Press)

Trump's tweets give public 'unfiltered' look at presidency

The first month of the Twitter Presidency has shown President Trump has no inclination to rein in the freewheeling style that got him elected -- while also making him one of the most unpopular candidates ever to reach the White House. Published February 20, 2017

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer Kevin Corsaro speaks with an unidentified motorist entering the United States from Canada at the border in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, June 6, 2006. U.S. authorities tightened their checks of traffic from Canada as debate over the long and hard-to-police border intensified following the weekend arrests of 17 Muslim Canadians in a suspected Ontario terror plot. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

Border agents searched 23,000 phones, laptops in 2016

The number of electronic device searches conducted by border officers surged some 500 percent in 2016, as the agency said a changing threat environment caused more people to trip their radars. Published February 17, 2017