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Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas testifies before the House Committee on Appropriations I Subcommittee Homeland Security Committee during a hearing on Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Request for the Department of Homeland Security on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

DHS chief Alejandro Mayorkas insists Mexican border is secure

- The Washington Times

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas vowed to Congress on Wednesday that the U.S. will maintain control of the Mexican border amid the looming surge of migrants, insisting the Biden administration has a plan for dealing with the expected more than half-million illegal immigrants a month.

Newly erected border wall separating Mexico, left, and the United States, cuts through through the Sonoran Desert just west of the San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, in Douglas, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York,File)

Americans demand more input on release of illegal immigrants

- The Washington Times

Americans overwhelmingly say the government should be doing more to screen out potentially dangerous illegal immigrants at the border, and say local communities deserve a veto over whether the migrants are allowed to settle in their communities, according to new polling Tuesday.

A display of the fentanyl and meth that was seized by Customs and Border Protection officers at the Nogales Port of Entry is shown during a press conference Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Nogales, Ariz. (Mamta Popat/Arizona Daily Star via AP, File)

GOP governors form border security ‘strike force’

- The Washington Times

More than two dozen GOP governors have signed up to push back against the Biden administration’s border chaos, forming the American Governors Border Strike Force to share intelligence on threats to their communities that come across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Migrants released by the Border Patrol with notices to appear in court, Feb. 5, 2022, in Somerton, Ariz., wait for COVID-19 testing at a Regional Center for Border Health warehouse before being taken by charter bus to the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Records obtained by The Associated Press show COVID-19 infection rates have plummeted among migrants crossing the border from Mexico as the Biden administration faces a critical decision whether to extend sweeping restrictions on asylum. (AP Photo/Elliot Spagat, File)

ICE to release 600,000 illegal immigrants by September

- The Washington Times

ICE is getting ready to release as many as 600,000 illegal immigrants into communities before the end of September, the agency told a federal judge, giving an early estimate of the chaos the administration is predicting after it ends the Title 42 pandemic border shutdown.

A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle drives along the border fence at the U.S.-Mexico border wall, on Dec. 15, 2020, in Douglas, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin,File)

Biden sees worst border month of his term

- The Washington Times

The Border Patrol reported nearly 210,000 apprehensions along the U.S.-Mexico border in March, making it the most chaotic month on the border so far in President Biden’s tenure.

Chris Magnus testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on his nomination to be the next U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner, Oct. 19, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP, File)

Feds blast Texas for shipping illegal immigrants to D.C.

- The Washington Times

A senior Homeland Security official chided Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for busing illegal immigrants to Washington, saying Thursday that the Republican governor was hurting the government’s efforts to coordinate how the migrants are released.

Migrants walk to be processed by the U.S. Border Patrol after crossing the Rio Grande on May 14, 2021, in Roma. Texas. Biden took office on Jan. 20 and almost immediately, numbers of migrants exceeded expectations. (Joel Martinez/The Monitor via AP, File)

Illegal immigrant population soars to 11.4 million

- The Washington Times

The number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. soared by more than 1 million last year, reaching 11.4 million as of this January, according to new research released Tuesday that puts new contours on the border chaos under President Biden.

In this March 30, 2012, photo, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents take a suspect into custody as part of a nationwide immigration sweep in Chula Vista, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) **FILE**

Federal judge rules Biden’s lax deportation policy is illegal

- The Washington Times

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas broke the law when he wrote new rules limiting which illegal immigrants can be arrested or deported, a federal judge ruled Tuesday, slapping an injunction on ICE that will limit its ability to pick and choose whom to target.

In this July 8, 2019, photo, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers detain a man during an operation in Escondido, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) ** FILE **

ICE announces massive drops in arrests, deportations

- The Washington Times

The Biden administration slashed interior immigration arrests by about half compared to the Trump years, according to an overdue report released Friday that details the massive changes at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.