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  • Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, said Tuesday that a Pew Hispanic Center report showed more than 7 million people are working in the country illegally and noted that the unemployment rates in minority communities are well above the national average. (Associated Press)

    Jobless rates of minorities linked to illegals

    Calling for stricter enforcement of existing laws, House Republicans said Tuesday the nation's broken immigration system is making it more difficult for minorities to land jobs because they are competing with illegals willing to work longer hours for less pay.

  • Rep. Lamar Smith

    Changes on Hill bode ill for trial lawyers

    The nation's trial lawyer bar, one corner of corporate America firmly in the Democratic Party base, will soon be addressing a far less sympathetic jury on Capitol Hill.

  • **FILE** Rep. Lamar Smith (Bloomberg News)

    Lawmaker says pot policy bolsters border drug war

    An Obama administration decision telling federal prosecutors not to target dispensers of medical marijuana in states that have legalized its use has helped finance a violent and expanding drug war along the U.S.-Mexico border, a senior House Republican charged this week.

  • ** FILE ** Members of the New Black Panther Party walk toward the U.S. Capitol for the Million More Movement rally to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Million Man March on Oct. 15, 2005. (J.M. Eddins Jr./The Washington Times)

    Justice IG probing Black Panther case

    The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division — in the wake of the New Black Panther Party case — is being investigated by the department's office of inspector general to determine whether voting section employees have been harassed for participating in specific investigations or prosecutions.

AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION: Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, wants a new policy for illegals involved in DUI cases.

    No more for the road, Smith says

    After a Catholic nun's death earlier this month in a drunken-driving crash that police say was caused by a repeat-offender illegal immigrant, a key lawmaker wants the federal government to start detaining and deporting every illegal immigrant who commits a drunken-driving offense.

  • Elvira Arellano, left, an illegal immigrant from Mexico who has taken refuge in a Chicago church to avoid deportation for the last year, stands with others involved in the sanctuary movement as she answers questions at Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles church in Los Angeles Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

    Justice: Sanctuary cities safe from law

    The Obama administration said this week that there is no reason to sue so-called sanctuary cities for refusing to cooperate with federal authorities, whereas Arizona's new immigration law was singled out because it "actively interferes" with enforcement.

  • Wide receivers Devin Thomas and Anthony Mix. (Joseph Silverman/Washington Times)

    Holder balks at blaming 'radical Islam'

    The attorney general balked at questions from the House Judiciary Committee about whether "radical Islam" was behind the Times Square bomb attempt, last year's "underpants bomber" or the Fort Hood killings.

Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, says the immigration enforcement shift away from illegal workers takes jobs from out-of-work American citizens and legal immigrants.

    Work site arrests of illegals fall dramatically

    Arrests of illegal immigrant workers have dropped precipitously under President Obama, according to figures released Wednesday.

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