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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., flanked by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaks to reporters about efforts to avoid a government shutdown this weekend, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

McConnell says Trump's approval key to immigration deal

The Senate won't vote on an immigration deal unless it has President Trump's support, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday, effectively dooming the Gang of Six bill even before a bipartisan group of lawmakers officially introduced it. Published January 17, 2018

Thomas Homan, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Associated Press) **FILE**

ICE strikes deal with Florida sheriffs to hold illegal immigrants

More than a dozen Florida sheriffs announced a deal Wednesday that will allow them to hold illegal immigrants wanted by the federal government for deportation, in a key test case for cities and countries eager to cooperate but worried about legal problems associated with helping the Trump administration. Published January 17, 2018

President Donald Trump listens to Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump asks Supreme Court to overturn DACA program

The Justice Department said Tuesday it will appeal directly to the Supreme Court to approve President Trump's decision to phase out the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals deportation amnesty, hoping to cut corners and get the justices to quickly overturn a lower court's ruling. Published January 16, 2018

A supporter of President Donald Trump challenges police officers and a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program during a rally outside the office of California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) ** FILE **

Trump can't extend March 5 DACA deadline: DHS chief

President Trump does not have the legal authority to extend the Obama-era DACA deportation amnesty beyond the March 5 phaseout deadline he set, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Tuesday. Published January 16, 2018

President Donald Trump, accompanied by Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, speaks during a meeting with Republican senators on immigration in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington on  Jan. 4, 2018. (Associated Press) **FILE**

DHS secretary under oath: Trump didn't say 'sh--hole'

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified under oath Tuesday that she did not hear President Trump call Haiti, El Salvador and other developing nations "sh--hole" countries in a controversial meeting last week -- though she did say he used "tough language." Published January 16, 2018

President Donald Trump greets Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., second from left, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, right, as they meet to discuss immigration in the Roosevelt Room in the White House, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Washington. Also pictured is Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, left. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Graham to Trump: 'Mr. President, close the deal'

Sen. Lindsey Graham challenged President Trump on Monday to "close the deal" on immigration, saying the White House should be leading in negotiations, not taking to Twitter to blast negotiators. Published January 15, 2018

Both parties were close to creating a deal on immigration legislation, but after President Trump's extreme rhetoric regarding Haiti, El Salvador and other countries, negotiations broke down. (Associated Press)

Trump blames Democrats for unraveling immigration deal

President Trump said Sunday that immigration negotiations appear to have broken down and Democrats are to blame, saying they have refused to meet his demands to increase border security and reform a flawed legal system. Published January 14, 2018

In this file photo, demonstrators urging the Democratic Party to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act (DACA) rally outside the office of California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in Los Angeles Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Judge: Trump's anti-Mexico comments undercut DACA phaseout

Yet another federal judge has ruled that President Trump showed "clear cut indications of racial prejudice" against Mexicans during the campaign, and he used that in a new decision Friday to further dent the administration's efforts to end the Obama-era DACA deportation amnesty. Published January 13, 2018

Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, is negotiating for a solution with Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who has been among his party's most liberal members on immigration. (Associated Press/File)

Senators to pursue immigration deal over Trump's objections

The two senators who struck a deal with each other on an immigration deal signaled Friday they'll push ahead with their bargain despite opposition from President Trump, saying they sense growing bipartisan support. Published January 12, 2018

President Donald Trump, joined by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, left, and Brooke Rollins, right, President and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, points to media before speaking during a prison reform roundtable in the Roosevelt Room of the Washington, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

El Salvador lodges protest over Trump remarks

El Salvador lodged a protest with the Trump administration Friday, saying President Trump insulted the country when he reportedly made derogatory comments about the nation in a closed-door meeting a day earlier. Published January 12, 2018