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Protesters arrested demonstrating against the detention of prominent immigration activist Ravi Ragbir shout slogans as police prepare to lead them to squad cars, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, in New York. According to his attorney, Ragbir, a citizen of Trinidad, was handcuffed and detained by the federal government during a scheduled immigration check-in in lower Manhattan Thursday. Ragbir has been fighting deportation for years. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

New York police chiefs back DHS in battle over state's sanctuary law

The New York Association of Chiefs of Police is backing Homeland Security over its own state leaders in a growing battle over the state's new sanctuary law that not only grants driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, but also bans immigration law enforcement agencies from access to motor vehicle records. Published February 12, 2020

In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, photo, Equal Rights Amendment supporters demonstrate outside Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Va. Virginia moved a step closer to ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment on Tuesday, Jan. 1,4 2020, even as the measure's future nationally remains in doubt. A House committee approved a resolution to ratify the gender equality measure, which advocates hope will become the next amendment to the U.S. Constitution. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) **FILE**

Equal Rights Amendment's intentions hijacked by LGBTQ movement

The ERA would declare equality of rights on "account of sex." What that means exactly is contentious. If the amendment is added to the Constitution, it would create a morass of legal questions -- chief among them whose vision of sex would control it. Published February 11, 2020

This March 2, 2019, file photo shows a Customs and Border Control agent patrols on the US side of a razor-wire-covered border wall along the Mexico east of Nogales, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Illegal immigration at border down for the eighth straight month

Border arrests dropped for the eighth straight month in January as the Trump administration's new policies continue to discourage new people from coming, according to Homeland Security officials -- though they're warning numbers are likely to go up as spring approaches. Published February 11, 2020

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks during a discussion on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: ERA is dead, backers need to start over

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Monday that the current version of the Equal Rights Amendment is dead, undercutting congressional Democrats just days before they plan to pass a bill trying to revive it. Published February 10, 2020

Attorney General William Barr waves after speaking at the National Sheriffs' Association Winter Legislative and Technology Conference in Washington, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

DOJ launches legal assault to roll back sanctuary cities

The Justice Department unleashed a legal assault on sanctuary jurisdictions across the country Monday, filing a new round of civil lawsuits asking judges to overturn the policies, and warning state and city officials they could soon face their own criminal charges for harboring illegal immigrants. Published February 10, 2020

Mexican National Guards stand watch over the the Suchiate River where locals transport food and people between Mexico and Guatemala, as they stand near Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, a location popular for migrants to cross from Guatemala to Mexico. Mexico announced last June that it was deploying the newly formed National Guard to assist in immigration enforcement to avoid tariffs that Trump threatened on Mexican imports. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Coming to America for a bigger house

One Guatemalan town has nearly emptied of people as they rushed to the U.S. It wasn't violence that pushed them to flee, nor family ties that drew them north, according to a new Center for Immigration Studies report. It turns out they just wanted bigger houses. Published February 10, 2020

In this June 17, 2019, photo, a protester holds a sign as members of the state Assembly speak in favor of legislation of the Green Light Bill, granting undocumented immigrant driver's licenses during a rally at the state Capitol, in Albany, N.Y. The bill passed making New York the 13th state to authorize licenses for drivers without legal immigration status. On Monday, Dec. 16 license applicants without a valid Social Security number will be able to apply for a driver's license. An estimated 265,000 immigrants without legal documents are expected to get driver's licenses within three years, more than half of them in New York City, according to the Fiscal Policy Institute.(AP Photo/Hans Pennink) **FILE**

New York to sue DHS to protect sanctuary law

New York, stung by the Trump administration's sanctuary state spanking this week, announced Friday it will sue to try to prevent Homeland Security from banning its residents from signing up for trusted traveler programs. Published February 7, 2020

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks in a meeting in Tehran, Iran, Feb. 5, 2020. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Twitter should ban Iran's leaders from service or face U.S. sanctions, Cruz says

Sen. Ted Cruz led fellow Republicans this week in a letter demanding Twitter cut business with Iran, saying that as an American entity it could face sanctions for allowing the ayatollah and the regime's other political leaders to hold accounts -- while censoring American political speech. Published February 7, 2020

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 **

Homeland Security fires back after New York moves to shield illegals

The Department of Homeland Security fired a broadside across the bow of sanctuary cities and states Thursday, announcing it had cut New York out of the department's trusted traveler programs, leaving hundreds of thousands of state residents to face longer lines at airports and border crossings. Published February 6, 2020

Matthew Albence, right, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, speaks during a news conference, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in New York. The country's top immigration official blamed the "sanctuary policies" of New York City on Friday for the sexual assault and killing of a 92-year-old woman, while the mayor's office decried such rhetoric as "fear, hate and attempts to divide." (AP Photo/Jim Mustian) **FILE**

DHS suspends New York from travel program in response to sanctuary laws

Homeland Security fired a stunning warning shot across the bow of sanctuary cities and states on Thursday, saying New York is being cut out of the department's trusted traveler programs, meaning hundreds of thousands of residents will see longer lines at airports and border crossings. Published February 6, 2020

In this July 10, 2019, photo, Juan Carlos Perla, center, talks to his wife, Ruth Aracely Monroy, center right, as they take a bus from their home in Tijuana, Mexico, for an asylum hearing in San Diego. The Perla family of El Salvador has slipped into a daily rhythm in Mexico while they wait for the U.S. to decide if they will win asylum. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Deportation can mean death in El Salvador: Study

Being deported from the U.S. to El Salvador can make illegal immigrants targets for abuse or extortion back home, and dozens of deportees were killed over the past decade, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch that tries to put faces and numbers on the situation. Published February 5, 2020

Immigration advocates rally, calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to end policies they say encourage the deportation of parolees, at the California Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. Immigrant rights groups are calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to end policies they say ease the transfer of prison inmates to federal authorities despite California's efforts to provide a sanctuary to those who are in the country illegally. (AP Photo/Don Thompson)

Sanctuary recidivism rate at 25% in California's Orange County

California's Orange County is seeing a recidivism rate of more than 25% for undocumented immigrants it has released under the state's sanctuary law, according to new data the sheriff's department released and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement highlighted this week. Published February 5, 2020