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The latest news, analysis and debates on immigration reform and policy.

In this Jan. 12, 2021, photo, President Donald Trump tours a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall in Alamo, Texas. During the Trump administration's final weeks, the Department of Homeland Security quietly signed agreements with at least four states that threaten to temporarily derail President Joe Biden's efforts to undo his predecessor's immigration policies. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

Trump administration cut corners to speed wall money, auditors say

- The Washington Times

The Army Corps of Engineers cut corners in order to beat deadlines for President Trump’s Mexico border wall and get money out the door before it expired, according to an audit Thursday by the Government Accountability Office, which identified $4.3 billion in no-bid contracts for the project.

Annika Iwugo, 16, of Takoma Park, Md., center, helps to hold a banner as she joins fellow supporters of immigration reform in protesting for a path to citizenship and an end to detentions and deportations, Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) ** FILE **

DHS will grant work permits to illegal immigrant victims

- The Washington Times

The Department of Homeland Security will speed up work permits for tens of thousands of illegal immigrants who claim they are victims of crime, the department announced Monday, saying the current wait, which can last up to five years, is too long to make people remain in economic limbo.

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas tours the City of Los Angeles Information Technology Agency (ITA) command center, responsible for the city's cybersecurity at the Emergency Operations Center in Los Angeles Thursday, June 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Victims of immigrant crimes demand say in ICE deportation rules

- The Washington Times

A group of people who lost relatives to crimes committed by illegal immigrants has demanded to meet with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, saying they deserve to be part of his decision-making as he writes new rules restricting ICE arrests and deportations.

In this Wednesday, June 20, 2018, file photo, stuffed toy animals wrapped in aluminum foil representing migrant children separated from their families are displayed in protest in front of the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City. In a report released Tuesday, June 8, 2021, the Biden administration says it has identified more than 3,900 children separated at the border under former President Donald Trump's zero-tolerance policy on illegal crossings. (AP Photo/Luis Soto, File)

U.S. identifies 3,900 children separated at border under Trump

- Associated Press

The Biden administration said Tuesday that it has identified more than 3,900 children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border under former President Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy on illegal crossings, providing one of the more detailed accounts of a chapter in U.S. immigration history that drew widespread condemnation.

Children and adults wait in lines for donated food at a makeshift camp for migrants near the U.S.-Mexico border Friday, May 14, 2021, in Reynosa, Mexico. Growing numbers of migrant families are making the heart-wrenching decision to separate from their children and send them into the U.S. alone. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) ** FILE **

Cost to house migrant kids ‘skyrocketing,’ GOP says

- The Washington Times

House Republicans’ lead investigator demanded Wednesday that Democrats convene a hearing to look at the “skyrocketing” cost for hundreds of illegal immigrant children still surging across the border each day and said the Biden administration is using semantics to downplay the ongoing crisis.

Three young migrants hold hands as they run in the rain at an intake area after turning themselves in upon crossing the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Roma, Texas. The number of unaccompanied children encountered on the U.S. border with Mexico in April eased from an all-time high a month earlier, while more adults were found coming without families, authorities said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) **FILE**

DHS officially ends ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy

- The Washington Times

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday officially nixed the Trump policy that had allowed illegal immigrants to be pushed back across the southwestern border into Mexico immediately, a tactic that had helped solve the previous border surge.