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President Donald Trump speaks during a signing ceremony of the "Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act," in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

High court obliges Trump, will enter census citizenship fray

By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

The Supreme Court announced Friday it will grant an expedited hearing on the Trump administration's request to add a question concerning citizenship to the 2020 census. Published November 16, 2018

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Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., questions Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) **FILE**

Kamala Harris draws comparison between ICE, Ku Klux Klan

- The Washington Times

Sen. Kamala Harris compared ICE, the federal deportation agency, to the Ku Klux Klan Thursday, drawing a fierce retort from the agency's acting director who said there is no equivalence between patriotic officers enforcing the law, and a racist mob bent on violence and intimidation.

Austrian army soldiers practice the protection of the EU external border during a joint military exercise with Czech and Hungarian soldiers of the Central European Defense Cooperation, CEDC, in Allensteig, Austria, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

U.S. gains allies in fight against U.N. agreement on migration

- The Washington Times

The Trump administration's once-lonely opposition to an ambitious U.N. pact on the treatment of migrants worldwide is picking up allies, as the Czech Republic on Wednesday became the latest European country to reverse course and say it will not join the compact.

Protesters display a sign that reads "Abolish ICE" during a rally in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, July 2, 2018. Protesters who were blocking the entrance to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in downtown Los Angeles have been led away in handcuffs. A group of 17 protesters sat down in the street, blocking the entrance to the facility Monday morning. The protesters, including faith and community leaders, locked arms and chanted, "Shut down ICE!" (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Progressives retreat from 'Abolish ICE' priority

- The Washington Times

Leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus said Monday they won't push to abolish U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the government's deportation agency, putting distance between themselves and some of the demands of most liberal members and activists.

Julia Paley, of Arlington, Va., with the DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network, holds up a sign that reads "DACA Don't Destroy Dreamers Dreams" during a rally supporting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, outside the White House, in Washington on Sept. 4, 2017. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Appeals court rules against Trump DACA phaseout

- The Washington Times

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that President Trump and his team goofed in trying to cancel the Obama-era DACA deportation amnesty for "Dreamers," saying that while they may have the power to erase the program, they must do it properly.

Stop the Illegals in Mexico Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The looming confrontation at the border

The eminent confrontation between U.S. security personnel and migrant caravans headed for our southern border raises national security issues too long avoided. Lacking action by Congress, President Trump has every responsibility to seal the border, deny birthright citizenship to these migrants and force Mexico to deal with the migration crisis its lax policies enable.

Illustration on ending birthright citizenship by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Ending birthright citizenship

In 2004, nearly 80 percent of Irish voters decided to end birthright citizenship. In its coverage the BBC said, "The government said change was needed because foreign women were travelling to Ireland to give birth in order to get an EU passport for their babies."

Illustration on the problems of birthright citizenship by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The bane of birthright citizenship

President Trump's critics have found something else to rend their garments over: His determination to end so-called "birthright citizenship." Why, they thunder, it's unconstitutional. And even if it could be changed, it can't be by executive order.

Illustration on the so-called "migrant caravan" by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Breaching the U.S.-Mexico border

The group of illegal migrants continues to cross Mexico toward the United States. President Trump is deploying more than 5,000 troops to the border. The Mexican government has not been able to turn the group around toward their own countries, and they persist in defying multiple laws in their stated efforts to breach the U.S.-Mexico border.

Central American migrants bathe in donated water brought in on trucks, as a thousands-strong caravan of Central Americans hoping to reach the U.S. border take a rest day in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. Thousands of weary Central American migrants in a caravan rested Wednesday in southern Mexico while their representatives tried to negotiate transportation hundreds of miles ahead to the capital, but by evening there was bad news: they'd be walking again the next day. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Mexican agents nibble at edges of migrant caravans

- Associated Press

Thousands of Central American migrants resumed their slow trek through southern Mexico on Thursday, as immigration agents and police nibbled at the edges of the two caravans currently in the country.

Illustration on economic incentives for illegal immigration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Immigrants and the economy

Liberals have stonewalled President Trump on immigration reform and encouraged an illegal migrant invasion from the south. This leaves him little choice but to deny green cards or extensions of temporary visas to immigrants that access federal entitlements programs.

Illustration on emotion and law in the immigration issue by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Meeting the caravan with common sense

It's sad to see the debate over the migrant caravan break down into the usual polarized camps. You're either pro-immigrant and therefore willing to let anyone in, or you're anti-immigrant and you want to slam the door in the face of anyone, right?

Illustration on Democrats' destructive attitude towards America by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

America under siege from within

I have never seen people fight for their own demise, to erase their very existence, as I have in recent weeks with Democrats, their left-leaning supporters and the mainstream media outlets. The radical left has reached a pathological level of self-loathing, willing to sacrifice everything to gain a few votes or a couple of seats in Congress, even if it means burning down our nation, founded by the blood, sweat and tears of generations of patriots.

In this Oct. 21, 2018, photo, Central American migrants walking to the U.S. start their day departing Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Invasion of the country snatchers

Is it more than coincidence that thousands of migrants from Central America are seeking to enter the United States illegally just two weeks before the midterm election? Who are these people? Who's paying for their transportation, food and expenses? Why doesn't the media find out? Is this migrant caravan a ploy by Democrats to win sympathy from Hispanic voters so they'll reverse their growing approval of Trump administration policies and vote against their interests?

A group of immigrants from Honduras and Guatemala seeking asylum arrive at the bus station after they were processed and released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Thursday, June 21, 2018, in McAllen, Texas. President Donald Trump signed an executive order to end family separations at the border. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Family separations began before zero tolerance: GAO study

- The Washington Times

Separation of illegal immigrant families nabbed at the border began to increase around the start of the Trump administration, the government's chief watchdog reported Wednesday -- meaning it was happening well before the Justice Department's zero-tolerance border policy.

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 to attend a campaign rally in Houston, Texas. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trump says MS-13, terrorists are part of caravan

- The Washington Times

President Trump lashed out Monday afternoon at Central American countries he said "did nothing" to stop the migrant caravan heading north toward the U.S., saying it was a betrayal of the money the U.S. has sent them.

Honduras migrants wait to be attended by Mexican migration authorities on a bridge that stretches over the Suchiate River, connecting Guatemala and Mexico, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. Despite Mexican efforts to stop them at the border, about 5,000 Central American migrants resumed their advance toward the U.S. border early Sunday in southern Mexico. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)

Mexican news says caravans grow to 14,000 people

- The Washington Times

Members of the illegal immigrant caravan chanted "si se pudo!" as they made their way north through Mexico Monday, having defied the will of one country and vowing to test the spine of another, the U.S., very soon.

Central American migrants overwhelmed authorities at the Mexican border and prepared for the long journey across the country toward the U.S., where they plan to test the Trump administration's resolve. (Associated Press)

Migrant caravan overwhelms Mexican authorities, moves on toward U.S.

- The Washington Times

The combined efforts of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and the U.S. were not enough to deter thousands of migrants who broke through barricades or swam into Mexico over the weekend, defying their home government's calls for them to return and America's warnings that their journey is futile.

Recent Opinion Columns

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.