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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

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

Articles by Stephen Dinan

A national guardsman patrols the Mexican side of the Rio Bravo on the border with the U.S. in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in this file photo. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)  **FILE**

Migrant smugglers take advantage of Texas deep freeze

One consequence of the cold snap that's engulfed much of Texas is that some migrant smugglers are figuring it's the right time to try to sneak people north out of the border areas, figuring the Border Patrol has its hands full with other duties. Customs and Border Protection says it has recorded 15 migrant deaths in Texas so far this month, and seven of those have been blamed on exposure to the cold. Published February 20, 2021

Migrants walk on train tracks on their journey from Central America to the U.S. border., in Palenque, Chiapas state, Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Isabel Mateos)

Joe Biden’s immigration plan speeds legalization, lags on border security

President Biden's immigration bill cancels penalties for future illegal immigrants, speeds legalization of those already here and increases legal immigration levels. But the bill, which lawmakers will officially introduce on Capitol Hill on Thursday, backtracks on new border security and worksite enforcement compromises that have long been seen as key parts of any serious attempt to overhaul the immigration system. Published February 18, 2021

In this Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, file photo released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, foreign nationals are arrested during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens in Los Angeles. (Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP) ** FILE **

ICE almost released sex offenders under new deportation guidance: GOP

ICE canceled deportation requests for three convicted child sex offenders and was about to release them into communities until Texas law enforcement officials intervened and forced a reversal, two ranking Republicans charged in a letter Wednesday demanding answers from the agency's chief. Published February 17, 2021

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., fields questions from reporters about an impeachment trial in the Senate shortly after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced House Democrats are pushing ahead with formal charges against President Donald Trump saying he has put U.S. elections and national security at risk, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Donald Trump rips Mitch McConnell, promises MAGA primary challengers

Former President Donald Trump unloaded on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday, calling him a "dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack," saying Republicans cannot win with him at the party's helm, and vowing to support candidates who will challenge GOP lawmakers in primaries. Published February 16, 2021

Honduran boys whose family wants to seek asylum in the U.S., play on the sidewalk in Tijuana, Mexico, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. Thousands of people are waiting to claim asylum and more come each day, falsely believing they will be able to enter the U.S. now that former President Donald Trump is out of office. While President Joe Biden has taken some major steps in his first weeks in office to reverse Trump's hardline immigration policies, his administration hasn't lifted some of the most significant barriers to asylum-seekers.  (AP Photo/Elliot Spagat)

Biden national security adviser: ‘Our borders are not open’

National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan insisted Tuesday that America's borders "are not open" as the White House moved to try to head off a growing migrant surge that threatens to undermine President Biden's immigration plans. Published February 16, 2021

In this July 18, 2019, photo, people walk back to Mexico on International Bridge 1 Las Americas, a legal port of entry that connects Laredo, Texas in the U.S. with Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte) **FILE**

DHS border officer caught smuggling illegal immigrant: Feds

A Homeland Security officer who works at a Texas border crossing used her job to smuggle a woman into the country under false pretenses to work as a housekeeper, internal affairs investigators said in charging documents. Published February 16, 2021

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., leaves the Capitol at the conclusion of the second day of the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Bernie Sanders $15 minimum wage would affect budget, CBO says

The Congressional Budget Office has given a boost to Sen. Bernard Sanders' push to use the budget process to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour with a new analysis Monday showing the move would have significant effects throughout the federal fiscal picture. Published February 15, 2021

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., with impeachment managers Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., and Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., speaks to members of the media during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, after the U.S. Senate voted not guilty, to acquit former President Donald Trump of inciting riot at U.S. Capitol, ending impeachment trial, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Pelosi announces commission to probe Capitol attack

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday she will create a "9/11-type" commission to investigate last month's attack on the U.S. Capitol, saying the country needs a full account of what went wrong if it is to regain its sense of security. Published February 15, 2021

In this Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, photo, restraints lie on the tarmac as personal belongings of immigrants who entered the United States illegally are loaded onto a plane for a deportation flight to El Salvador by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Houston. An obscure division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operates hundreds of flights each year to remove immigrants. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) **FILE**

ICE reveal: 1.2 million illegal immigrants awaiting deportation

ICE is currently monitoring nearly 1.2 million illegal immigrants who've been ordered deported but have not yet left the U.S. -- and nearly all of them are still free in the community, the agency told a federal court this week, revealing the monumental task of policing them all. Published February 12, 2021

Migrants, many of whom were returned to Mexico under the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" policy, wait in line to get a meal in an encampment near the Gateway International Bridge in Matamoros, Mexico, Aug. 30, 2019. The Biden administration on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, announced plans for tens of thousands of asylum-seekers waiting in Mexico for their next immigration court hearings to be released in the United States while their cases proceed. (AP Photo/Veronica G. Cardenas, File)  **FILE**

DHS will admit 25,000 migrants waiting in Mexico

Homeland Security will allow tens of thousands of migrants who'd been mired for months in Mexico into the U.S. starting at the end of this week, erasing a Trump-era policy and sparking new worries over risks of coronavirus infections. Published February 12, 2021