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Thousands of people take part in the ``Free the People Immigration March,'' to protest actions taken by President Donald Trump and his administration, in Los Angeles Sunday, Feb. 18, 2017. March and rally organizers are calling for an end to ICE raids and deportations, minority killings by police and that health care be provided for documented and undocumented individuals. Immigrant, faith, labor and community groups are expected to attend, calling for sanctuary to be given to immigrants.. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Oregon anti-sanctuary initiative qualifies for November ballot

By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times

An Oregon anti-sanctuary initiative has qualified for the November ballot, raising the real possibility that one of the nation's bluest states could become the first to repeal sanctuary status for illegal immigrants. Published July 17, 2018

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People with hands painted in red protest in front of the Italian Interior Ministry headquarters in Rome, Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Dozens of protesters marched in front of the ministry to protest government's hard-line immigration policy. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

EU refers Hungarian asylum policies to European court

- Associated Press

Hungary has been referred to the European Union's highest court for perceived failings to comply with the bloc's asylum rules and is facing censure for legislation criminalizing the support of asylum-seekers by civic groups.

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.

President Donald Trump, left, and British Prime Minister Theresa May, right, shake hands during their joint news conference at Chequers, in Buckinghamshire, England, Friday, July 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump takes immigration fight to U.K.

- The Washington Times

President Trump in Britain Friday refused to back down from provocative remarks he made about an immigration surge threatening Europe's culture and security.

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.

In this Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, photo released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement shows foreign nationals being arrested this week during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens in Los Angeles. (Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP) ** FILE **

How GOP senators are rushing to support ICE

- The Washington Times

Republican senators called Thursday for the Senate to approve a resolution putting the chamber on record in support of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying the government's top deportation agency does critical work in keeping the country safe.

Members of Patriot Movement AZ gather outside of the U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement Removal Operations Field Offices in Phoenix, Tuesday, July 10, 2018, calling for support of ICE and strengthening the country's borders. (AP Photo/Annika Wolters)

Dems introduce first bill to abolish ICE

- The Washington Times

A handful of congressional Democrats on Thursday introduced the first bill to abolish U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, putting on paper the details of getting rid of the agency responsible for everything from deportations to stopping counterfeiters to nabbing online child sex predators.

Roger Ardino, 24, and his son Roger Ardino Jr., 4, pose for a photo as they and Pablo Ortiz, 28, left, and his son Andres were speaking to members of the media during a news conference at the Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Ardino and Pablo Ortiz and his son Andres spoke to the media about their experiences while being detained and separated for several months from their sons. Tuesday night three fathers were reunited with their children but only two spoke in the morning after the third, a father and daughter, had already left El Paso early Wednesday morning. (Ruben R. Ramirez/The El Paso Times via AP)

Feds claim success after 57 of 103 border children back with parents

- The Washington Times

Administration officials told a judge Thursday they had to cut corners and turned very young children over to adults without fully confirming they were related in the rush to meet this week's court-ordered deadline to reunite with family 103 juveniles separated by President Trump's zero-tolerance border policy.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Connecticut Democrat. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

House Appropriations Committee tackles family separation issue

- The Washington Times

The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday flexed the power of the federal purse to tackle the ongoing issue of migrant children getting separated from their parents at the border, passing a series of provisions to prod more information from the Trump administration on the matter.

In this June 25, 2018, file photo, a woman, who would not identify herself, hangs a sign at a protest camp on property outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

Plurality of Democrats want to abolish ICE: Poll

- The Washington Times

The calls to do away with ICE could be gaining steam among Democrats, according to a new survey released Wednesday that found nearly half of liberal voters would be more likely to support a candidate that wants to scrap the agency.

Feds on track to reunite 54 of 102 illegal immigrant families

- The Washington Times

The government will miss Tuesday's deadline for reuniting dozens of young illegal immigrant children with their parents, a Justice Department lawyer said Monday -- though the judge who put himself in charge of overseeing the process said that still marks solid "progress."

In this file photo, President Donald Trump, accompanied by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, left, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, right, speaks during a roundtable at the Customs and Border Protection National Targeting Center in Reston, Va., Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) **FILE**

Trump administration expands government's deportation powers

- The Washington Times

The Trump administration has expanded the government's deportation powers, issuing guidelines urging officers at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services -- the legal immigration agency -- to begin the removal process for people who use fraudulent documents or who illegally took government benefits.

In this March 27, 2018, file photo, David Hernandez, left, Genevieve Peters, center, and Jennifer Martinez celebrate after the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted to join the U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against the State of California's sanctuary cities law (SB54) during their meeting in Santa Ana, Calif. Leaders of California's second-largest county voted Tuesday, April 17, 2018, to officially support the Trump administration's lawsuit against the state's so-called sanctuary law that limits police cooperation with federal immigration agents. (Jeff Gritchen/The Orange County Register via AP, File)

Judge gives green light to California's sanctuary laws

- The Washington Times

A federal judge upheld the bulk of California's sanctuary laws Thursday, delivering a major victory to immigrant rights advocates and blazing a path for states and localities to consider as they seek ways to resist President Trump's immigration policy.

Hundreds of activists protest the Trump administration's approach to illegal border crossings and separation of children from immigrant parents, in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

No children reunited yet from border separations

- The Washington Times

The federal government will have to cut corners on safety checks in order to meet a federal judge's "extreme" deadlines to reunify families separated at the border, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday.

Migrants say goodbye to an aid worker as they disembark from the Open Arms aid boat, of Proactiva Open Arms Spanish NGO, after arriving at the port of Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, July 4, 2018. The aid boat sailed to Spain with 60 migrants rescued on Saturday in waters near Libya, after it was rejected by both Italy and Malta. (AP Photo/Olmo Calvo)

60 migrants refused by Italy and Malta arrive in Barcelona

- Associated Press

A rescue ship carrying 60 migrants arrived Wednesday in a Spanish port after being refused entry by Italy and Malta, the second time in a month that a humanitarian group has been forced to travel for days to unload people rescued in the central Mediterranean.

In this June 29, 2018, photo, Sirley Silveira Paixao, an immigrant from Brazil seeking asylum, left, and paralegal and interpreter Luana Mason listen on the phone to Denise Brown, director of Heartland Human Care Service, on the procedures Paixao needs to fulfill to get her son Diego released from immigration detention in Chicago. Seated with them are Lidia Karine Souza, second from right, and her son Diogo, who recently was released from immigration detention. Paixao and her son arrived in this country from Brazil on May 22, and were separated shortly after. She was released on June 13 and has been living in Massachusetts, while her son was taken to Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Feds chide Congress for holding up family unifications at border

- The Washington Times

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department chided members of Congress on Tuesday for all the demands to visit the dorms where illegal immigrant children are staying, saying the hundreds of hours it took to show facilities to lawmakers could have been better spent reuniting parents and children.

Poland's Immigration Policy Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Poland's Muslim ban

On being designated prime minister of Poland last December, Mateusz Morawiecki made the extraordinary statement that he and his government want to "transform [the European Union], to re-Christianize it."

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Catching Illegal Voters Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Protecting the right to vote

A jury of 10 women and two men in Tarrant County, Texas, found Rosa Ortega guilty of voting illegally and sentenced her to eight years in jail.

Associated Press

Preserving voting rights in Maryland

Sometimes the best defense is a good offense, and this is often lost on conservatives. That might be about to change. In battles over protecting voting rights, conservatives are usually put on the defensive by lawyers of the litigious left as they seek sympathetic liberal judges to strike down common-sense ballot-integrity measures enacted by the states.

Supervisor Hillary Ronen speaks at a rally outside of City Hall in San Francisco, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. President Donald Trump moved aggressively to tighten the nation's immigration controls Wednesday, signing executive actions to jumpstart construction of his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall and cut federal grants for immigrant-protecting "sanctuary cities." (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Safe space for the law-abiding

News good and bad travels quickly. Donald Trump pledged to secure the southern border, and thousands of prospective illegal immigrants began reconsidering their travel plans. Even before President Trump has had time to roll up the welcome mat put out by his predecessor, the number of illegals crossing into the United States has fallen dramatically.

Illustration on 800 persons being granted citizenship rather than deportation by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The U.S. immigration system in chaos

Germans proving they're not sheeple are rejecting their mass-immigration-promoting ruling party in elections. The U.S. immigration system, in chaos, "mistakenly" gives citizenship to 800 immigrants ordered deported. Two foreign-born Islamists go on terror rampages in the United States.

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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.