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In this file photo, immigrant-rights supporters gather at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. Frustrated with both President Trump and Congress, activists are increasingly turning to the courts to try to alter the country's immigration policies. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) **FILE**

Trump hit with new round of immigration lawsuits

By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

Frustrated with both President Trump and Congress, immigrant-rights activists increasingly are turning to the courts to try to alter the country's immigration policies -- with three new lawsuits filed on Thursday alone against the Department of Homeland Security. Published March 15, 2018

In this Dec. 15, 2017, photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) ** FILE **

For first time, Justice Dept. yanks naturalized citizenship in new 'Operation Janus' crackdown

By Jeff Mordock - The Washington Times

A federal court has stripped U.S. citizenship from a man who was supposed to have been deported but instead was naturalized after the government botched a fingerprint check, the Justice Department announced Tuesday. Published January 9, 2018

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A preferential asylum system, high barriers of entry to the German labor market and politicians wary of a public backlash are proving to be daunting hurdles to integration. (Associated Press/File)

Merkel faces critical test with German integration policies for Muslim refugees

Now that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has formed a government after nearly six months of rocky negotiations, it faces the monumental task of dealing with her handiwork: integrating the more than 1 million mostly Muslim refugees who have entered Germany since the chancellor opened the country's borders in 2015.

Trump says wall will stop '99.5 percent' of illegal traffic

- The Washington Times

President Trump predicted Tuesday that his border wall will stop "99.5 percent" of illegal-immigrant traffic as he toured eight wall prototypes being tested in San Diego, saying it will save thousands of Americans' lives and the money saved will far outweigh costs of construction.

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott during a briefing on hurricane recovery efforts, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Appeals court backs Trump, Texas in sanctuary city fight

- The Washington Times

States have the power to punish sanctuary cities within their borders and to force local police and sheriff's departments to cooperate in turning illegal immigrants over to the federal government for deportation, an appeals court ruled Tuesday in upholding a Texas law.

File - In this Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, photo released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, foreign nationals are arrested 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. A federal immigration official says about 800 people living in Northern California were able to avoid arrest because of a warning by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. Thomas Homan, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief, told "Fox and Friends" Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, that what Schaaf did was "no better than a gang lookout yelling 'police' when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood." (Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP, File)

Former ICE official says agency exaggerated Oakland arrests

- The Washington Times

Top federal officials exaggerated the number of illegal immigrant criminals they had targeted for deportation in last month's enforcement sweep in northern California, a former Homeland Security spokesman said in defending his decision to quit the department.

A group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally as they are stopped in Granjeno, Texas. Illegal crossings along the Rio Grande have slowed dramatically since an overwhelming surge of immigrants had state and federal agents scrambling to secure the border earlier this year. But Texas leaders don’t want their ground troops to leave just yet. An $86 million proposal would keep extra state troopers and the National Guard in South Texas through next August, prompting criticisms from local law enforcement who say the money would be better spent elsewhere.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Feds prosecuting illegal immigrants for enticing relatives to U.S.

- The Washington Times

An illegal immigrant from Guatemala was sentenced to seven months in jail late last month for paying human smugglers to bring his 16-year-old brother-in-law into the U.S., in what officials say is one of the first cases to punish a relative for enticing a family member to make the dangerous trek north.

Sen. Jeff Flake, left, R-Ariz., speaks during a field hearing in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Jeff Flake's DACA bill gives 'Dreamers' Obamacare, CBO says

- The Washington Times

Sen. Jeff Flake's bill to enshrine the DACA program in law would also make the illegal immigrant "Dreamers" eligible for Obamacare -- including perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies to buy health plans, Congressional scorekeepers said this week.

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)

Justice Department suing California over sanctuary laws

- The Washington Times

Attorney General Jeff Sessions opened a new front in the legal war over California's sanctuary city policies Tuesday, asking a federal court to halt three state laws that prohibit police and businesses from cooperating with federal agents.

U.S. Capitol Police use bolt cutters to break chains locking together supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, as the protesters cheer in support of DACA, Monday, March 5, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The protesters were participating in an act of civil disobedience after a march in support of DACA. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Judge rules Trump's DACA phaseout legal

- The Washington Times

A federal judge ruled Monday that President Trump's phaseout of the Obama-era DACA program is legal, adding heft to the administration's defense but doing little to solve the ongoing court quagmire.

U,S. Capitol Police break chains locking together supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, who were participating in an act of civil disobedience in support of DACA recipients, Monday, March 5, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

'Dreamers' turn ire on Democrats as DACA deadline passes

- The Washington Times

Illegal immigrant Dreamers descended on Democrats' national headquarters in Washington on Monday, staging a sit-in and vowing to make sure the party gets at least some of the blame as Congress slipped past President Trump's March 5 deadline for action on DACA.

Protesters blocked the streets near Capitol Hill and the Supreme Court to support of clean bill to protect DACA recipients. (Associated Press/File)

Trump boosts Dreamer approvals as DACA deadline passes

- The Washington Times

Monday was supposed to be the deadline either when illegal immigrant Dreamers began to lose their status under the Trump administration's phaseout of the Obama-era DACA deportation amnesty, or when Congress would swoop to the rescue and grant them a path to full citizenship rights.

A demonstrator shouts slogans through a bullhorn outside of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in San Francisco. A top immigration official said Wednesday that about 800 people living illegally in Northern California were able to avoid arrest because of a weekend warning that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf put on Twitter.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

ICE blames Calif. sanctuary law for illegals' arrests

- The Washington Times

Federal immigration authorities said California's new sanctuary law forced this week's sweep that netted 232 illegal immigrants in the Bay Area -- and set off a massive controversy after Oakland's mayor gave a public warning that may have helped hundreds of other migrants elude arrest.

FILE - In this May 13, 2016 file photo, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, speaks at a news conference in Oakland, Calif. A federal immigration official says about 800 people living in Northern California were able to avoid arrest because of a warning by Schaaf. Thomas Homan, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief, told "Fox and Friends" Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, that what Schaaf did was "no better than a gang lookout yelling 'police' when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood." (AP Photo/Ben Margot, FIle)

Trump vs. California feud escalates to all-out warfare

- The Washington Times

Analysts said there was no comparison in recent memory for the sort of bad blood that's developed between President Trump and California's leaders, who have legislated, sued, tweeted and used just about every other tool at their disposal to try to stymie the administration.

Supreme Court justices took a dim view of the kinds of class-action lawsuits on behalf of immigrants that have become a key tool for anti-Trump immigrant rights activists. (Associated Press/File)

Illegal immigrants have no automatic right to freedom, Supreme Court rules

- The Washington Times

Immigrants being held for deportation don't have an automatic right under the law to post bond and be set free, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a decision that could give the Trump administration more freedom to pursue stiff detention policies for illegal immigrants who show up at the border claiming asylum.

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. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Court rules Trump can build border wall

- The Washington Times

A federal court cleared the way Tuesday for President Trump to build his border wall, ruling that the administration has the power to waive a series of environmental laws to speed up construction.

In this Feb. 6, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with law enforcement officials on the MS-13 street gang and border security, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. Trump is continuing his habit of painting immigrants as criminals, highlighting gang connections, calling family reunification a national security threat and bemoaning the death of a pro football player involved in a car accident with a man living in the country illegally. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

White House puts muscle behind House immigration bill

- The Washington Times

The White House strategy to fix DACA and crack down on illegal immigration has shifted to the House and building support for get-tough legislation that could see a vote by mid-March, a senior administration official said Monday.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents enter an apartment complex looking for a specific undocumented immigrant convicted of a felony during an early morning operation in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Illegal immigration lowest since 2003

- The Washington Times

Illegal immigration from Mexico has fallen dramatically this decade, sending the overall population of unauthorized people in the U.S. tumbling below the 11 million mark, according to a new think tank study released Thursday.

"This morning, we had a very positive and productive meeting on fixing the broken [ethanol] system. I commend President Trump for bringing the two sides together and for leaning in hard to find a win-win solution that benefits both Iowa farmers and blue-collar refinery workers," said Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican. (Associated Press/File)

Trump's base warms to Ted Cruz after president's amnesty 'betrayal'

- The Washington Times

Sen. Ted Cruz's stock is rising among members of President Trump's base who feel double-crossed after the president offered amnesty to illegals in the immigration debate. Some who opposed Mr. Cruz in his 2016 run for the White House are even clamoring for the Texas Republican to mount a primary challenge to Mr. Trump in 2020.

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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.

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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.

From The Vault

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.