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Stephen Dinan

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

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In this Oct. 15, 2020 file photo, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaks with an aide during the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, before the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The incumbent Republican is running for the Senate for Texas. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP, File)

Senate GOP embraces voluntary ban on earmarks

As Congress took more steps toward restarting the earmark factory this week, experts said strict limits on the number and types of requests for special spending projects will be critical to preventing the goof-ups of the past. Published April 21, 2021

Protesters lit a portable bathroom on fire in downtown Portland, Ore., Friday, April 16, 2021. Police in Portland, Oregon, said Saturday they arrested four people after declaring a riot Friday night when protesters smashed windows, burglarized businesses and set multiple fires during demonstrations that started after police fatally shot a man while responding to reports of a person with a gun. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP)

DHS acted legally in sending reinforcements to fight Portland riots: Audit

The Trump administration acted within the law when it deployed Border Patrol agents and other law enforcement to Portland, Oregon, last year to protect the federal courthouse, an inspector general ruled Wednesday -- but he said Homeland Security should have done a better job coordinating their efforts. Published April 21, 2021

In this Nov. 30, 2020, file photo, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey speaks at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix. Gov. Ducey faces a deadline Tuesday, April 20, 2021, to sign or veto legislation revamping the state's sex education laws to make them some of the strictest in the nation when it comes to teaching about LGBTQ issues. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File)

Arizona governor sends National Guard to border to deal with migrant surge

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Tuesday that he was deploying National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border in his state to help local authorities deal with chaos spawned by the surge of illegal immigrants rushing into the U.S., and in some cases being released directly into communities. Published April 20, 2021

In this March 1, 2021, photo, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

DHS expands guest-worker visas amid pandemic downturn

Homeland Security announced Tuesday that it will issue up to 22,000 additional guest-worker permits this year for foreigners to work in nonfarm seasonal jobs such as beach resorts and amusement parks. Published April 20, 2021

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at Guilford Technical Community College, Monday, April 19, 2021, in Jamestown, N.C., about the Biden administration's American Jobs Plan. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

VP Harris says 'progress' made on border surge

Vice President Kamala Harris said Monday that she's making "progress" on trying to solve the surge of migrants headed north from Central America, but that solutions won't happen "overnight." Published April 19, 2021

Vice President Kamala Harris arrives to speak at Guilford Technical Community College, Monday, April 19, 2021, in Jamestown, N.C., about the Biden administration's American Jobs Plan. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

GOP leaders ask for border meeting with VP Harris

Top House Republicans with oversight over the border surge asked Monday to talk over options with Vice President Kamala Harris, suggesting a meeting this month to try to figure out ways to solve what they called an "unprecedented border catastrophe." Published April 19, 2021

FILE - In this March 30, 2021, file photo, a little girl is helped off an inflatable raft by a church volunteer after being smuggled across the Rio Grande river in Roma, Texas. Roma, a town of 10,000 people with historic buildings and boarded-up storefronts in Texas' Rio Grande Valley, is the latest epicenter of illegal crossings, where growing numbers of families and children are entering the United States to seek asylum. U.S. officials are scrambling to handle a dramatic spike in children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border alone. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)

Lack of resources lets fake families cross border without punishment

Fake families plagued border authorities during the 2019 surge, and experts say they are pouring through again. Yet the Homeland Security Department's use of DNA testing to validate family relationships has plummeted more than 90% this year, according to the latest statistics. Published April 18, 2021

White House press secretary Jen Psaki takes a question from a reporter during a press briefing in the White House in Washington, Friday, April 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

White House retreats on Biden's refugee promise

White House press secretary Jen Psaki signaled a retreat Friday from President Biden's goal of allowing up to 62,500 refugees into the country in 2021, saying that now seems "unlikely." Published April 16, 2021

In this Wednesday, April 14, 2021, photo, President Joe Biden removes his mask to speak at a news conference at the White House, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) **FILE**

Biden adjusts Trump's refugee policy but doesn't increase numbers

President Biden is facing ferocious criticism from his own party -- including charges of racism -- as the White House announced Friday he was retreating on his pledge to quadruple the number of refugees to be admitted into the U.S. this year. Published April 16, 2021

Some smugglers use inflatable rafts to take families across the Rio Grande from Mexico to the U.S. Authorities in Texas have reported an increase in drownings in the river this year. (Associated Press)

Border-jumping 'gotaways' spike 156% from last year

Illegal immigrants are escaping capture at more than double the pace of a year ago, according to Texas figures that show the surge of migrants being caught at the border is just a part of the problem the Biden administration is facing. Published April 15, 2021

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, waits for the start of a House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

Dr. Fauci admits border surge breaks COVID-19 rules

Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Biden's special coronavirus adviser, acknowledged Thursday that illegal immigrants are being allowed across the U.S.-Mexico border without the same kind of testing and precautions any other international traveler would have to go through. Published April 15, 2021

In this Dec. 8, 2020, photo, crews construct a section of border wall in San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge in Douglas, Ariz. A small town in Arizona has declared a state of emergency over migrant families being dropped there as a growing number of border communities grapple with how to get the families to shelters in bigger cities that can help them. Gila Bend Mayor Chris Riggs made the declaration Tuesday, March 23, 2021, saying the town does not have the resources or funds to support migrants, many who arrive with hopes of seeking asylum and making their home in America. (AP Photo/Matt York) **FILE**

Arizona's AG calls for state of emergency over border

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich asked Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday to declare a state of emergency over the border, saying the move will help focus efforts to combat the surge of people and drugs flowing into the U.S. Published April 14, 2021