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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.

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.

Suanny Gomez, 24, from Honduras and seeking asylum in the United States, waits in a tent with her 5-year-old son, William, Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Matamoros, Mexico. Gomez said she does not have money to pay a proposed fee for seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

DHS cuts welfare test for immigration fee waivers

- The Washington Times

Homeland Security’s citizenship agency announced Friday it is streamlining the way migrants can apply for a discount on their immigration fees, saying that the old method unfairly gave an advantage to people living in some states.

This Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, shows California Gov. Gavin Newsom during an interview in his office at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. California's governor is pardoning three more immigrants facing the possibility they will be deported. They are among four pardons and two commutations of youthful offenders announced Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, by Newsom. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom pardons 3 immigrants facing deportation

- Associated Press

California’s governor announced Friday that he is pardoning three more immigrants facing the possibility they will be deported, continuing a string of such actions that challenge the Trump administration’s crackdown on immigrants who committed crimes.

In this Oct. 22, 2018, file photo U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents escort a target to lockup during a raid in Richmond, Va. Carrying out President Donald Trump's hard-line immigration policies has exposed ICE to unprecedented public scrutiny and criticism, even though officers say they're doing largely the same job they did before the election, prioritizing criminals. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

ICE ‘criminal alien’ arrests plummet amid border surge

- The Washington Times

Homeland Security’s success in curbing the border crisis came at a cost: ICE saw its arrest numbers tumble over the last year, officials revealed Thursday, saying they had to pull personnel off their usual duties of tracking illegal immigrants and gangs to send them to the border.

An agent from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency keeps watch at the side of a house while other agents from ICE are inside in search of a suspect during a sweep to capture illegal aliens with a criminal record in the Boston area, Tuesday, June 13, 2006, in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston. More than 2,100 illegal immigrants have been arrested since the nationwide raid began May 26. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Feds nab illegal immigrant who threatened to shoot ICE officers

- The Washington Times

ICE said Tuesday it arrested an illegal immigrant who’d been making threats about trying to shoot deportation officers after repeatedly sneaking into — and being kicked out of — the U.S. Cesar Diaz-Rodriguez, 30, was snared in Houston on charges of illegal reentry.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan takes the podium at a immigration law and policy conference, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 in Washington.  As he took the stage, a handful of protesters stood up and held large black banners, one read Hate is Not Normal, and shouted out that children were under attack. They also began yelling the names of children who had died after they were in immigration custody. McAleenan was scheduled as the keynote speaker at Georgetown University Law Center during an annual immigration law and policy conference held by the nonprofit immigration think tank Migration Policy Institute.  (AP Photo/Colleen Long

Protesters force DHS chief to cancel speech

- The Washington Times

Protesters shouted down acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan Monday morning, forcing him to cancel a speech he was trying to give at an immigration conference at Georgetown University Law Center.

Fairfax County suspends officer who cooperated with ICE

- The Washington Times

Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr. said Tuesday he suspended an officer who cooperated with federal deportation officers by turning over an illegal immigrant he encountered during a traffic stop — a move the chief said violated department policy.

Asylum seekers in Tijuana, Mexico, listen to names being called from a waiting list to claim asylum at a border crossing in San Diego Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. The Trump administration played "bait and switch" by instructing migrants to wait in Mexico for an opportunity to apply for asylum before imposing sharp restrictions on eligibility, attorneys said in a court filing Thursday. (AP Photo/Elliot Spagat)

Appeals court blasts DHS ‘return-to-Mexico’ border policy

- The Washington Times

A federal appeals court expressed skepticism Tuesday over the Trump administration’s policymaking some asylum-seekers wait in Mexico, saying it’s troubling the government doesn’t even ask the migrants whether they might be in danger if they are forced back across the border.