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In this April 4, 2019, file photo, Mark Morgan testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File) **FILE**

ICE details ramped-up deportations for illegal immigrant families

It's not the "millions" President Trump promised, but ICE's chief said Wednesday that his agency will put a renewed effort into trying to find and deport immigrant families living in the U.S. illegally who've already had their day in court and have been ordered removed but are defying those orders. Published June 19, 2019

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, speaks with reporters just outside the chamber as legislative work wraps up following the confirmation of David Bernhardt to serve as secretary of the Interior, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Bipartisan border bill glides toward passage amid migrant surge

Senate Republicans and Democrats linked arms and voted to push the first overwhelmingly bipartisan border bill in years through committee Wednesday, giving President Trump more money than he asked for to deal with the migrant surge -- but changing how he wanted it spent. Published June 19, 2019

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda in the Rose Garden of the White House, Wednesday June 12, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Trump says DHS aware of deportation plans

President Trump said Tuesday afternoon that he stands by his promise to step up deportations next week, and dismissed reports that Homeland Security officials had no idea what he was talking about. Published June 18, 2019

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Study: Migrant families are showing up for deportation hearings

Most immigrant families who are living illegally in the U.S. are showing up for their initial hearings in immigration court, according to a report Tuesday that challenges the impression left by Trump administration officials that as many as 90% have skipped out on deportations. Published June 18, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pauses as he speaks to reporters following a weekly GOP policy conference, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Mitch McConnell shuts down reparations talk

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday ruled out Congress passing reparations, saying nobody alive now was responsible for slavery and saying it would be unworkable to figure out who should benefit. Published June 18, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pauses as he speaks to reporters following a weekly GOP policy conference, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

McConnell says 9/11 victims will be taken care of

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that Congress will approve legislation extending relief to people suffering from the effects of the 2001 terrorist attacks, responding to accusations he's a roadblock. Published June 18, 2019

A man holds a U.S. and a rainbow flag outside the Supreme Court in Washington on June 16, 2015, after the court legalized gay marriage nationwide. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Same-sex couples to get tax do-over under House Dems' bill

House Democrats announced new legislation Tuesday designed to give same-sex couples a chance to go back and refile tax returns from before 2013, making them eligible for back-refunds from before the IRS recognized same-sex marriages. Published June 18, 2019

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. Immigrant advocates on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, decried a series of arrests that federal deportation agents said aimed to round up criminals in Southern California but they believe mark a shift in enforcement under the Trump administration. (Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP)

Trump says 'millions' of illegal immigrants to be deported

ICE deportation officers will soon begin to deport "millions" of illegal immigrants, President Trump said on Twitter Monday night, saying everyone is beginning to cooperate on the issue save for Democrats on Capitol Hill. Published June 18, 2019

In this Nov. 25, 2018, file photo, a migrant woman helps carry a handmade U.S. flag up the riverbank at the Mexico-U.S. border after getting past Mexican police at the Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico, as a group of migrants tries to reach the U.S. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

Feds warn immigrants about welfare use

Officers handling legal immigration cases will now warn people that they are under an obligation to support themselves rather than end up on the public dole, under a new policy implemented Friday by Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Published June 14, 2019

Activists with Planned Parenthood demonstrate in support of a pregnant 17-year-old being held in a Texas facility for unaccompanied immigrant children to obtain an abortion, outside of the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite File)

Court rules migrant children can get abortions in U.S.

Immigrants living in the U.S. illegally have rights to obtain abortions and the government must facilitate the exercise of that right, including making pregnant minors in custody aware of the option, an appeals court found Friday. Published June 14, 2019

House Judiciary Committee members Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., left, listens to Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., as House Democrats start a hearing to examine whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice, the first of several hearings scheduled by Democrats on special counsel Robert Mueller's report, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, June 10, 2019.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Democrats use Trump's foreign dirt comment as fuel to press impeachment

Democrats pounced Thursday after President Trump suggested he would welcome foreign governments' dirt on his political opponents, saying it was more proof that the president is ethically deficient and should be impeached, and they demanded an immediate reproach. Published June 13, 2019