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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan can be reached at sdinan@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Stephen Dinan

In this Aug. 3, 2020, file photo, dark clouds and heavy rain sweep over the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Congressional Democrats and the White House are rushing to discredit a forthcoming Congressional Budget Office report that will detail the cost of President Biden’s multitrillion-dollar social welfare bill and the revenue collection proposals to fund it. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Federal budget improves this year, but pain is looming, CBO says

Uncle Sam is seeing a surprising surge in federal revenue and waning pandemic spending that will drastically cut the federal deficit this year, delivering a brief respite before the pain deepens in the latter half of this decade, the Congressional Budget Office reported Wednesday. Published May 25, 2022

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, speaks during a Senate Appropriations - Subcommittee on Homeland Security, Wednesday, May 4, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Department of Homeland Security paused the work of its new disinformation governance board Wednesday. The move responds to weeks of criticism from Republicans and questions about whether the board would impinge on Americans’ free speech rights. A statement says DHS’ advisory board on homeland security will review the board’s work.  (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib) **FILE**

Mayorkas says U.S. border is ‘not open’ for illegal immigrants

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas released a video Tuesday urging would-be migrants not to test the U.S. border, saying they are taking big risks and it may not pay off since some of them will be returned to their homes. Published May 24, 2022

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas listens as he tours the section of the border wall with Mexico, Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in La Joya, Texas. (Joel Martinez/The Monitor via AP, Pool)

Disinformation board idea was ‘highly unpopular’: Poll

Homeland Security is still evaluating the future of Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas' "disinformation board," but it will have to overcome major misgivings among the public, according to a poll released Monday that underscored just how "highly unpopular" the idea was. Published May 23, 2022

A group of migrants stand next to the border wall as they wait to get taken away by the Border Patrol in Eagle Pass, Texas, Saturday, May 21, 2022. The Eagle Pass area has become increasingly a popular crossing corridor for migrants, especially those from outside Mexico and Central America, under Title 42 authority, which expels migrants without a chance to seek asylum on grounds of preventing the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

Vulnerable Democrats relieved as judge rules Title 42 border shutdown will remain

The Homeland Security Department said it is complying with a judge's ruling halting the Biden administration from putting the kibosh on the Title 42 pandemic border shutdown, delivering a win to Republicans and a reprieve to many Democrats who feared political fallout should President Biden have fully reopened the border. Published May 22, 2022

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a press conference at the Texas Department of Public Safety Weslaco Regional Office on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, in Weslaco, Texas. (Joel Martinez/The Monitor via AP) ** FILE **

Texas activates border command center as end of Title 42 looms

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday he had activated the state's border security command center to try to prepare for a flood of illegal immigrants if the Biden administration follows through on ending the Title 42 pandemic border policy. Published May 20, 2022

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas listens during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Nov. 16, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Biden administration offered humanitarian relief to Ukrainians in the United States on Thursday, March 3, 2022, which could protect thousands from being deported to their war-torn homeland. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

DHS vows to reboot disinformation board after hitting pause button

The Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that it has "paused" its disinformation governance board because the botched rollout and "false attacks" on its mission have become too much of a distraction for the board to move ahead right now. Published May 18, 2022

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, left, listens to Deputy patrol agent in charge of the US Border Patrol Anthony Crane as he tours the section of the border wall Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in Hidalgo, Texas. (Joel Martinez/The Monitor via AP, Pool)

DHS seeks to show border strength ahead of expected migrant surge

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas toured the border in Texas on Tuesday and gave reporters a firsthand look at a flight shipping illegal immigrants out of the country, portraying a position of strength as he prepared to battle a renewed border surge later this month. Published May 17, 2022

Ukrainian refugees wait near the U.S. border Monday, April 4, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. About 200 to 300 Ukrainians were being admitted daily at the San Ysidro crossing this week, with hundreds more arriving in Tijuana, according to volunteers who manage the waiting list. There were 973 families or single adults waiting on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) **FILE**

20,000 Ukrainians jumped U.S. border in April

More than 20,000 Ukrainians stormed the U.S.-Mexico border last month, showing up at border crossings and asking to be let in under a new leniency policy from the Biden administration. Published May 17, 2022

This undated photo provided by Homeland Security Investigations shows the inside of a cross border tunnel between Mexico's Tijuana into the San Diego area. Authorities announced on Monday, May 16, 2022, the discovery of the underground smuggling tunnel on Mexico's border, running the length of a football field on U.S. soil to a warehouse in an industrial area. The cross-border tunnel from Tijuana to the San Diego area was built in one of the most fortified stretches of the border, illustrating the limitations of former President Donald Trump's border wall. (Homeland Security Investigations via AP)

Feds bust major cross-border drug tunnel

Federal authorities discovered a sophisticated cross-border tunnel used to smuggle millions of dollars of drugs from Mexico, and nabbed six people accused of running the operation on the U.S. side, the government revealed Monday. Published May 16, 2022