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President Donald Trump tours a section of the southern border wall, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Otay Mesa, Calif. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Hill Democrats vow to fight future budget raids for Trump border wall

- The Washington Times

House Democrats have their eyes set on including language in the next defense bill drastically limiting President Trump’s option on funding his prized border wall, and are gearing up to make an even bigger push to block funding after failing to prevent the White House from tapping Pentagon accounts for the wall this week for the second straight year.

In this Aug. 9, 2012, file photo, suspected illegal immigrants are transferred out of the holding area after being processed at the Tucson Sector of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection headquarters in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Suit over Border Patrol detention conditions goes to trial

- Associated Press

A years-old lawsuit challenging detention conditions in several of the Border Patrol’s Arizona stations will go to trial Monday as the agency as a whole has come under fire following several migrant deaths.

In this Dec. 19, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate businessman Tom Steyer waves before a Democratic presidential primary debate in Los Angeles, Calif. Steyer has unveiled an immigration proposal seeking to make immigrants fleeing the effects of climate change eligible for legal entry into the United States. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Tom Steyer releases proposal to rewrite U.S. immigration law

- The Washington Times

Democratic presidential hopeful and billionaire Tom Steyer on Friday released a proposed rewrite of U.S. immigration laws, including plans for a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants in the country and a restoration of Obama-era protections for young illegal immigrant “Dreamers.”

Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan speaks during a briefing at the White House, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ** FILE **

DHS may miss border wall goal

- The Washington Times

Homeland Security may not make its goal of building 450 miles of President Trump’s border wall by the end of next year, a top official said Tuesday.

In this Oct. 22, 2018, file photo, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents detain a person during a raid in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File) ** FILE* *

ICE arrests plummet amid sanctuary cities, border diversion

- The Washington Times

Arrests of immigrants who were living in the U.S. illegally plummeted over the last year as sanctuary cities shielded more people from Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the agency pulled officers from the streets and sent them to the border, officials said Wednesday as they revealed their 2019 statistics.

President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable on school choice in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Judge blocks Trump’s border wall emergency

- The Washington Times

A federal judge in Texas issued a permanent injunction Tuesday blocking President Trump from using billions of dollars Congress earmarked for the Defense Department to instead build his border wall.

President Donald Trump speaks at the Israeli American Council National Summit in Hollywood, Fla., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

County may become first in U.S. to bar new refugees

- Associated Press

If they vote to bar refugees, as expected, Burleigh County, North Dakota - home to about 95,000 people and the capital city of Bismarck - could become the first local government to do so since President Donald Trump issued an executive order making it possible.

This July 26, 2018, file photo shows people lining up to cross into the United States to begin the process of applying for asylum near the San Ysidro port of entry in Tijuana, Mexico. Homeland Security's watchdog says immigration officials were not prepared to manage the consequences of its "zero tolerance" policy at the border this summer that resulted in the separation of nearly 3,000 children from parents. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

DHS still can’t identify all separated families from zero tolerance: IG audit

- The Washington Times

The Trump administration still can’t say how many illegal immigrant children were separated from their parents during last year’s zero tolerance border fiasco, and wasn’t even prepared to figure out how to reunite them at the time it enacted the policy, the Homeland Security inspector general concluded in a new report this week.

President Donald Trump signs an executive order establishing the Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives, in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Judge blocks Trump immigrant health insurance rule

Associated Press

A U.S. judge in Oregon has granted a preliminary injunction blocking a Trump administration proclamation that would require immigrants to show proof of health insurance to get a visa.

In this Sept. 10, 2019, photo, government contractors erect a section of Pentagon-funded border wall along the Colorado River, in Yuma, Ariz. A federal appeals court hears arguments against diverting Pentagon money for border wall construction as time runs out. It says the Trump administration has moved quickly to spend the money after the Supreme Court rejected an emergency appeal to prevent work from starting in July. (AP Photo/Matt York) **FILE**

DHS confirms no new border wall yet

- The Washington Times

The administration still has yet to fence in any new miles of border with President Trump’s wall, a top Homeland Security official acknowledged Thursday — though he said that’s not the right way to look at the problem.

A migrant leans on a fence of the Gateway International Bridge that connects downtown Matamoros, Mexico with Brownsville, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Migrants wanting to request asylum camped out on the international bridge leading from Mexico into Brownsville, Texas, causing a closure of the span. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

DHS moves to cut off asylum seekers’ work permits

- The Washington Times

Homeland Security proposed a new policy Wednesday to delay issuing work permits to asylum seekers until after their cases are approved, in a move aimed at trying to end the incentive that is drawing hundreds of thousands of bogus refugees to the U.S. border.

President Donald Trump addresses the Economic Club of New York Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Supreme Court’s DACA case leaves Trump with bad options

- The Washington Times

The Supreme Court’s ruling in the DACA case is likely to detonate in the middle of the presidential campaign, and those on both sides of the issue say even if he prevails with the justices, it’s not likely to be pretty for President Trump.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party's Liberty and Justice Celebration, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Immigration opens ideological fault lines for 2020 Democrats

- Associated Press

Bernie Sanders is adding his support to a call by some of his fellow presidential hopefuls for decriminalizing illegal border crossings, a proposal that’s further exposing deep ideological divides in the Democratic primary and may prove politically treacherous for the party in the general election.

President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo, Miss., Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump imposes lowest refugee cap ever

- The Washington Times

President Trump on Friday set a cap for the U.S. to accept just 18,000 refugees this fiscal year, marking the lowest number since the modern refugee system was created nearly 40 years ago.