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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

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

Articles by Stephen Dinan

Venezuelan migrants rest as they walk towards Bogota, passing through Tunja, Colombia, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. Immigration officials in Colombia expect 200,000 Venezuelans to enter the country in the following months, enticed by the prospects of earning higher wages and sending money home to feed their families.  (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

DHS grants deportation amnesty to 323,000 Venezuelans

Homeland Security announced a deportation amnesty Monday for hundreds of thousands of migrants from Venezuela because of ongoing political unrest in the South American country, moving to cement a policy President Trump had put in place in his last days in office. Published March 8, 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**

Texas surges resources to border amid migration ‘crisis’

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Saturday announced Operation Lone Star, which he said would integrate the state's own resources to try to contain damage from the new migrant surge that's struck the Biden administration. Published March 6, 2021

In this Sept. 30, 2020, photo, a passerby walks past a hiring sign while entering a Target store in Westwood, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) **FILE**

$100 trillion in new debt over next 30 years: CBO

The government has opened the spending spigot over the last year to deal with the coronavirus crisis -- but the Congressional Budget Office says unless something changes, Uncle Sam's freewheeling ways will last long after the pandemic is over. Published March 4, 2021

A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle sits parked near where a Las Posadas event at the U.S.-Mexico border wall took place, as several asylum seeking families participate in the event on the Mexico side of the border fence Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, in Douglas, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Joe Biden border wall halt creates smugglers’ highway, sheriff says

President Biden's decision to stop border wall construction forced crews to put down tools and walk away in the middle of work -- and left the border less secure than ever in some places, according to an Arizona sheriff whose county covers 83 miles of the boundary. Published March 3, 2021

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

McConnell blasts ‘Big Business’ for backing amnesty

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that the Biden administration is bungling the border "crisis," but he also took aim at "a certain cross-section of Big Business" which he said has jumped on board a push for amnesty for current illegal immigrants. Published March 3, 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)

DHS secretary blames Donald Trump for new border surge

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, watching the U.S.-Mexico border situation spiral downward, blamed his Trump predecessors Monday for leaving him with a "gutted" system that he said is unable to manage the needs. Published March 1, 2021

A girl waves to a young man watching from Mexican territory who said he was her cousin, as a group of Honduran asylum seekers is taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents after the group crossed the U.S. border wall into San Diego, California, seen from Tijuana, Mexico. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Biden catch-and-release strategy threatens communities by ignoring coronavirus precautions

Even as the Biden administration talks tough on mask mandates and coronavirus precautions, the Homeland Security Department is releasing thousands of people into the country across the southwestern border. Many have traveled thousands of miles over weeks, crowded into vehicles and stash houses, with no thought for masks or social distancing. Published February 28, 2021