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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

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

Articles by Stephen Dinan

Customs and Border Protection officers stand with shields at the border crossing, Monday, March 1, 2021, seen from Tijuana, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) ** FILE **

John Katko: Terror suspects are part of border surge

People on the terrorist watchlist have been nabbed trying to cross the border as part of the new surge of migrants, Rep. John Katko, the top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, revealed Monday during a trip to the border. Published March 15, 2021

In this Thursday, May 2, 2019, photo, Border Patrol agents hold a news conference prior to a media tour of a new U.S. Customs and Border Protection temporary facility near the Donna International Bridge in Donna, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) **FILE**

DHS admits ‘record’ border surge, taps FEMA to detain children

Homeland Security took major steps in recent days to try to get a handle on the surge of migrant children streaming across the southern border by making it easier for immigrant relatives who are in the U.S. illegally to come collect them, by asking FEMA to help care for them and by asking ICE deportation officers to volunteer to help with the children's "security." Published March 13, 2021

In this March 27, 2019, file photo, Central American migrants wait for food in a pen erected by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to process a surge of migrant families and unaccompanied minors in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio, File)

Border surge migrants bringing COVID-19 to U.S. at elevated rates

Migrant families coming across the border are testing positive for the coronavirus at between three and 10 times the rate of the U.S. population, according to a Washington Times survey of jurisdictions that are doing the testing. Published March 11, 2021

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Kevin McCarthy plans border visit to highlight ‘crisis’

Rep. Kevin McCarthy said Thursday he will lead a congressional delegation to the U.S.-Mexico border next week to get a first-hand look at the migrant "crisis" he says the Biden administration is bungling. Published March 11, 2021

U.S. Customs and Border Protections told Congress that 3,029 people were apprehended at the southern border in one day this month. (Associated Press photograph)

Migrant dies in Border Patrol custody

A man died in the Border Patrol's custody Wednesday afternoon, marking the first announced death as the border situation has reached crisis levels. Published March 10, 2021

A migrant family crosses the border into El Paso, Texas, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. After waiting months and sometimes years in Mexico, people seeking asylum in the United States are being allowed into the country as they wait for courts to decide on their cases, unwinding one of the Trump administration's signature immigration policies that President Joe Biden vowed to end. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)

Illegal immigrant children set monthly record as border surge rises

President Biden's first full month in charge of the country's borders set new records for illegal immigration, according to numbers released Wednesday that showed last month was the worst February ever when it comes to illegal immigrant children. Published March 10, 2021

In this Jan. 12, 2021, photo, President Donald Trump tours a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall in Alamo, Texas. During the Trump administration's final weeks, the Department of Homeland Security quietly signed agreements with at least four states that threaten to temporarily derail President Joe Biden's efforts to undo his predecessor's immigration policies. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

Andy Biggs challenges claim that Trump ‘gutted’ DHS

Rep. Andy Biggs is challenging Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas's claim that President Trump "gutted" the department -- and particularly the claim that the department lacks enough people to process asylum cases. Published March 10, 2021

In this Nov. 4, 2014, file photo, Arizona then-Republican candidate for Attorney General Mark Brnovich talks to supporters at the Republican election night party in Phoenix. Brnovich ended the investigation into Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, saying he did not violate state law when he encouraged small business leaders to vote no on Proposition 208 last year. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Mark Brnovich, Arizona AG, confounded by Biden deportation policy

President Biden's decision to limit deportations even as it ramps up catch-and-release of new illegal immigrants at the border is "one of the stupidest things we've ever seen," Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said Tuesday. Published March 9, 2021

Texas Governor Greg Abbott delivers an announcement in Montelongo's Mexican Restaurant on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Lubbock, Texas, in this file photo. (AP Photo/Justin Rex)  **FILE**

Greg Abbott, Texas governor, blasts Joe Biden on immigration

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday that President Biden "cares more about people who are not from this country" as his immigration policies spawn a crisis at the border, with surging numbers of migrants being released into communities without testing. Published March 9, 2021

Asylum seekers receive food as they wait for news at the border, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Tijuana, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) ** FILE **

Alejandro Mayorkas to testify before Congress amid border surge

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas will testify to Congress on March 17, giving lawmakers their first crack at prodding him over his handling of the border surge that's left children mired in detention and put COVID-positive migrants out into American communities. Published March 9, 2021