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Stephen Dinan

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Migrants wait in line adjacent to the border fence under the watch of the Texas National Guard to enter into El Paso, Texas, Wednesday, May 10, 2023. U.S. authorities say an 8-year-old girl died Wednesday, May 17, in Border Patrol custody, a rare occurrence that comes as the agency struggles with overcrowding. The Border Patrol had 28,717 people in custody on May 10, the day before pandemic-related asylum restrictions expired, which was double from two weeks earlier, according to a court filing. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton, File)

GOP probes use of air marshals, Secret Service at the border

House Republicans launched a probe Thursday into Homeland Security's move to shift some 1,400 department employees to the border last month, saying the department is risking national security by pulling air marshals and Secret Service agents from their regular duties to help process migrants. Published June 8, 2023

Migrants cross a barbed-wire barrier at the US-Mexico border, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Thursday, May 11, 2023. Migrants rushed across the Mexico border in hopes of entering the U.S. in the final hours before pandemic-related asylum restrictions are lifted. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez, File)

Senior DHS official says border is not ‘a success’

Homeland Security's assistant secretary for the border said Tuesday that the chaos that's reigned on the U.S.-Mexico boundary has not been "a success," as he faced a grilling from congressional Republicans who said he's running a "shell game" to hide just how bad conditions are. Published June 6, 2023

An immigration official stops a group of migrants from Central America as they walk on a road after they crossed the Texas-Mexico border, Friday, May 12, 2023, in Fronton, Texas. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) ** FILE **

DHS says border ‘is working as intended’ after Title 42

The Homeland Security Department said it has "repatriated" roughly 1,700 illegal immigrants per day since the end of Title 42, or less than 40% of the unauthorized migrants showing up at the southern border in recent weeks. Published June 6, 2023

Security personnel manned the entrance of the Wuhan Institute of Virology during a visit this week by a team from the World Health Organization. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Wuhan virus lab got more U.S. money than previously reported

The Wuhan lab at the center of speculation about the origins of the coronavirus received four different grants of money from the U.S. government over the past decade, according to new research released Wednesday. Published May 31, 2023

U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz listens during a news conference, Jan. 5, 2023, in Washington. The head of the U.S. Border Patrol is stepping down following major changes at the U.S.-Mexico border that came with the end of Title 42 pandemic restrictions. Ortiz said in a note to staff Tuesday, May 30, obtained by The Associated Press, that he has decided to retire effective Friday, June 30. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Border Patrol chief to retire amid border chaos

Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz will retire at the end of next month, leaving the agency after overseeing the most chaotic border in modern American history. Published May 30, 2023

In this Tuesday, March 13, 2018 photo, voters cast their ballots in Illinois primary elections at the city's new early voting super site in downtown Chicago. In Illinois, attempts by hackers in the summer of 2016 to alter voter registration information were ultimately unsuccessful, although voter data was viewed. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

How did hundreds of noncitizens end up on Chicago’s voter rolls?

Hundreds of noncitizens have been kicked off Chicago's voter rolls after admitting they were never supposed to have been registered in the first place, according to a new study that blames the Motor Voter Act for how the names got added in the first place. Published May 29, 2023