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In this photo taken July 7, 2015, immigrants from El Salvador who entered the country illegally stand in line at a bus after they were released from a family detention center in San Antonio. The Obama administration will soon expand efforts to help Central American families and children legally immigrate to the U.S. amid another surge of migrants caught crossing the border illegally.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Feds forced to release border-jumping children to criminals already in U.S. illegally

By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

The government says it's being forced to turn illegal immigrant children over to sponsors who are themselves in the U.S. illegally -- and many of those adults already have criminal records, leaving the kids in a precarious position. Published September 18, 2018

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In this Aug. 9, 2018, photo, provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, immigrants walk into a building at South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. A complaint expected to be filed Thursday, Aug. 23 with the Department of Homeland Security alleges that immigration authorities coerced dozens of parents separated from their children at the border to sign documents they didn't understand. In some of those cases, parents gave away rights to be reunited with their kids. The complaint will be filed by the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the American Immigration Council. (Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP) **FILE**

GOP senator writes bill to solve family separations

- The Washington Times

A key senator announced legislation Thursday to authorize the government to hold families who crossed the border illegally in detention while they await their deportation cases, moving to clean up the legal mess that led to family separations earlier this year.

Border Patrol supervisor charged in two-week serial killing spree

- Associated Press

Texas authorities charged a U.S. Border Patrol supervisor with murder following what they called a two-week serial killing spree that left four female sex workers dead and ended when a fifth woman escaped at a gas station and found help.

President Donald Trump greets Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi upon his arrival to the White House in Washington, Monday, March 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Iraq reneges on travel ban deal with Trump, refuses to accept deportees

- The Washington Times

Iraq was the first country to earn its way off President Trump's travel ban last year, after the administration said it wanted to thank the Muslim nation for agreeing to start taking back its deportees whom the U.S. was trying to oust. But evidence has emerged suggesting that either Iraq has backslid or the deal was never what the administration said it was in the first place.

A pair of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents look at tracks in the sand along the floating fence that makes up the international border with Mexico, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, in Imperial County, Calif. About 126-miles of border cuts through the Yuma Sector where thousands of families and unaccompanied children are continuing to cross into Arizona and California even after learning of the government's family separation policy upon apprehension. (AP Photo/Matt York) ** FILE **

Assaults on ICE, Border Patrol surge as illegal immigrants get more violent

- The Washington Times

Assaults on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents reached a decade high in 2017, and assaults on Border Patrol agents also have surged in recent years, according to government numbers that seem to support agents' claims that immigrants living in the U.S. illegally increasingly are looking to fight rather than flee.

Illustration on the southern border wall by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Making 'the wall' work

With 470 BC destruction at Thermopylae of the 300 Spartans and a group of Greek auxiliaries at the hands of a huge invading Persian army under King Xerxes, all Greece appeared open to conquest. The Athenians were particularly at risk and were not much comforted when the Oracle of Delphi predicted than Athens would be saved by her wooden walls.

Busted at the Border Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Casualties beyond the border

The same country that expects its all-volunteer soldiers to serve multiple tours in combat hell-holes also assumes that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other federal agents will put themselves in harm's way to protect our borders.

President Donald Trump speaks during the 2018 Ohio Republican Party State Dinner, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The do-something president

Mollie Tibbetts, 20, a psychology student at the University of Iowa, went for a jog on July 18 and was never seen alive again. She was once a cross-country runner, a good athlete, and hope was fading but still alive when the first month passed and she was still missing. Then her body was recovered on Aug. 21, a life snuffed out before the life could begin in earnest. Miss Tibbetts' dreams of life and love vanished with her.

Stop the Demographic Shift Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

'Laura Ingraham is right'

To understand why Ms. Ingraham has a point, let's take a trip to San Diego, California, where you can catch Los Tucanes de Tijuana playing the San Diego County Fair in summer.

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent stands by as they raid an office, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 in Pasadena, Calif. According to authorities, 3 people earned millions by arranging sham marriages to help get a US residency. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT NO FORNS; NO SALES; MAGS OUT; ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER OUT; LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS OUT; INLAND VALLEY DAILY BULLETIN OUT; TV OUT

How many illegal aliens is enough?

The illegal immigrants, by whatever name or label they're called, keep on coming. Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York scoffed that "America was never all that great." He took it back only after he was inundated by several days of outrage and by the thousands who arrive every day having argued with him with their sore feet.

United We Dream youths and allies snap their fingers to show support to other DACA recipients speaking to the media after a court hearing in lawsuit filed by states challenging DACA program at the United States District Courthouse on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, in Houston. (Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Judge halts full DACA restart

- The Washington Times

The federal judge who had ordered the government to restart the Obama-era deportation amnesty in full has backed off his decision and said the government does not, after all, have to begin accepting new applications.

This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Twitter icon on a mobile phone, in Philadelphia. Twitter reports earnings Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Man arrested for offering $500 bounty to kill ICE agents

- The Washington Times

A Massachusetts man was arrested Thursday on charges of offering a $500 bounty on Twitter to anyone who killed an ICE agent -- the latest in a series of horrific threats aimed at the immigration law enforcement amid the ongoing deportation debate.

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Refugee charged with murder was in ICE custody in 2016

- The Washington Times

An Iraqi refugee now charged with attempted murder of a Colorado police officer was actually in ICE custody in 2016, but was ordered released thanks to a court decision that ruled his previous convictions for assault and a host of other crimes weren't serious enough to deport him.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent looks at one of border wall prototypes Thursday, June 28, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

DHS cut corners to start building Trump's border wall

- The Washington Times

Homeland Security cut corners in deciding where to build President Trump's border wall, and still hasn't been able to put any of the new designs the president demanded into operation, the government's chief watchdog said in a new report Monday.

Federal judge rules that DACA must be restarted

- The Washington Times

A federal judge on Friday said the government must restart the entire DACA deportation amnesty, including accepting brand new applications -- but gave the administration a chance to appeal before his ruling takes effect.

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Immigration Reform Gridlock Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Ending the gridlock on immigration reform

Rejection of the House Republicans' "compromise" immigration proposal late last month (June 27) by a lopsided 121-301 margin was seen as a fatal blow to current reform efforts. To the contrary, it may be exactly what was needed to end the decades-long gridlock on immigration reform, if members of Congress learn the right lesson from the failure.

Melting the Ice Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why ICE must not be abolished

Kate Steinle was shot and killed on a San Francisco pier three years ago this month. Her death came at the hands of an illegal alien who had been previously deported five times and was a convicted felon. It also ignited a national discussion about sanctuary city policies that is still going. Unfortunately, Democrats' new proposal to abolish the department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is moving the immigration debate in an unhealthy direction.

From The Vault

President Donald Trump speaks about immigration at the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex, Friday, June 22, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump hosts 'Angel Families' to highlight crime by illegal immigrants

- The Washington Times

President Trump highlighted "American victims of illegal immigration" on Friday, hosting families of people killed by people who immigrated to the U.S. illegally to tell their stories and hitting back at critics of his rescinded policy that separated some children from their parents who crossed the border illegally.

Amina Olow, a refugee from Somalia, looks at photos of two of her eldest daughters while siting with two of her other children in her Columbus, Ohio, home on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. The girls, Neemotallah, now 13, and Nastexo, now 10, live in Kenya with other family members. It has been 10 years since their mother has seen them. "I never thought it would be this long," Olow says of her separation from her daughters, who she hopes can join her despite the fact that Somalia is on a list of countries impacted by the Trump administration travel ban. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine)

Trump on pace for record low number of refugees

- The Washington Times

The Trump administration has resettled slightly more than 10,000 refugees as it nears the midpoint of the fiscal year, putting it on pace for by far the lowest total since the modern system was established nearly four decades ago.

In this Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, file photo Manuel Rendon, center in white, along with fellow members, recite the Pledge of Allegiance at a meeting of the Collin County LULAC Young Adults Council #4780 at Collin County Community College in Plano, Texas. The oldest Latino civil rights organization in the U.S. is facing turmoil over its leader's initial support for President Donald Trump's immigration plan and it comes amid evolving membership. League of United Latin American Citizens members are pressuring President Roger Rocha to resign after he wrote a letter in support of Trump's proposal on increased border security. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez,File)

Court orders restoration of DACA program

- The Washington Times

A federal judge in New York ruled Tuesday that the government must restart the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals deportation amnesty, adding more weight to the legal case against President Trump's phaseout of the program just as Congress is debating the fate of "Dreamers" on Capitol Hill.

Opponents of President Trump say it is beyond the power of any president to pardon a public official who violated the Constitution and accuses him of bullying. (Associated Press)

Arpaio pardon still rubs Trump opponents wrong

- The Washington Times

President Trump used his pardon powers sparingly in his first year in office, but one he did issue remains intensely controversial, with some of his political opponents now asking a federal appeals court to rule it invalid.

As envisioned by President Trump, some 32 miles of new wall will be built in the Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley sector at a price of $784 million, or $24.5 million per mile. (Associated Press/File)

Illegal immigration plummets after Trump inauguration

- The Washington Times

Illegal immigration across the southwest border is down more than 60 percent so far under President Trump, officials revealed Tuesday, even before the first new agent is hired or the first mile of his promised border wall is constructed.

 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)

Feds say border fence has been cut 9,200 times since 2010

- The Washington Times

The wrong type of border wall could actually make Border Patrol agents less safe, according to a new report Thursday from the government's chief watchdog, which said walls that block lines of sight can become ambush sites for attackers looking to get the drop on agents.

President Donald Trump holds up an executive order for border security and immigration enforcement improvements after signing the order during a visit to the Homeland Security Department headquarters in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump eviscerates Obama's immigration policy in two executive orders

- The Washington Times

With a couple strokes of his pen, President Trump wiped out almost all of President Obama's immigration policies Wednesday, laying the groundwork for his own border wall, unleashing immigration agents to enforce the law and punishing sanctuary cities who try to thwart his deportation surge.