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In this Aug. 18, 2018 photo, commuters ride in the back of a pickup as night falls in San Miguel, El Salvador. More than 26,000 people were deported from the US and Mexico to this Central American country last year. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

DHS strikes deal with El Salvador to protect 200,000 migrants in U.S.

The U.S. reached a deal with El Salvador on Monday granting more than 200,000 Salvadorans an additional year's grace period before they would become illegal immigrants, in exchange for El Salvador's cooperation in stemming this year's border surge. Published October 28, 2019

In this Dec. 11, 2018 file photo, an asylum-seeking boy from Central America runs down a hallway after arriving from an immigration detention center to a shelter in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) **FILE**

ACLU argues migrant families must be reunited despite criminal records

The American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal court last week to order the government to allow migrant children to be released directly parents with felony or violent misdemeanor records, saying it's more important families are quickly put back together. Published October 27, 2019

In this Feb. 14, 2019 file photo Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax presides over the Senate during the session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Fairfax filed a $400 million defamation lawsuit Thursday, Sept. 12 against CBS Corp. and CBS Broadcasting in New York, alleging the network published false statements by two women who have accused him of sexual assault. Virginia Republicans are renewing their call for bipartisan hearings into sexual assault allegations two women have made against Mr. Fairfax. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)  **FILE**

GOP deploys Justin Fairfax rape allegations in 2019 election

The rape allegations made earlier this year against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax are now an issue in the state's legislative elections, with Republicans running a hard-hitting ad against Democrats who refused to listen to the accusations. Published October 26, 2019

ICE deports Russian operative Marina Butina

Maria Butina was convicted last year of acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government, as part of the FBI's efforts to combat the Russian government's meddling in the 2016 election. Published October 25, 2019

Suanny Gomez, 24, from Honduras and seeking asylum in the United States, waits in a tent with her 5-year-old son, William, Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Matamoros, Mexico. Gomez said she does not have money to pay a proposed fee for seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

DHS cuts welfare test for immigration fee waivers

Homeland Security's citizenship agency announced Friday it is streamlining the way migrants can apply for a discount on their immigration fees, saying that the old method unfairly gave an advantage to people living in some states. Published October 25, 2019

In this April 3, 2019, file photo, Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., talks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Hill says shes asked for an investigation into intimate photos she says were posted online without her consent. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

House ethics committee probes bisexual congresswoman's alleged affair with staffer

The House ethics committee said Wednesday it has opened an investigation intro freshman Rep. Katie Hill, after news reports that the California Democrat was involved in a three-way relationship with her husband and a female campaign staffer, even as she had an affair with a male staffer in her official congressional office. Published October 23, 2019

Protester Joan Wynne, center, chants anti-Trump and anti-Gimenez slogans in downtown Miami. Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez issued a controversial order last week assuring the Trump administration that Miami-Dade is not functioning as a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

ICE cancels fines on illegal immigrants in sanctuary

The government's deportation agency has canceled the fines of up to $500,000 it had tried to levy on some illegal immigrants who are living in protection in churches, the sanctuary movement said Tuesday. Published October 22, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren calls for people across the country to support striking Chicago teachers after joining educators picketing outside an elementary school, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

Warren's health plan will require middle-class tax hike: Watchdog

Sen. Elizabeth Warren will have to raise taxes on middle-class families to fund her health care plans, a nonpartisan budget watchdog said Tuesday, countering her claims -- but those families could still come out ahead, depending on how the system is restructured. Published October 22, 2019

In this Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, 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**

Los Angeles' sanctuary policy releases 100 criminals a day: ICE

As many as 100 criminals a day are being released back onto the street in the Los Angeles area alone under California's sanctuary city law, ICE's top deportation official told Congress on Tuesday as he pleaded for lawmakers to do something. Published October 22, 2019

The Supreme Court building is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) ** FILE **

Voters reject Democrats' court-packing, say Trump should fill any 2020 vacancy

The public rejects Democrats' plans to pack the Supreme Court with more members but are strikingly eager to impose term limits on the justices, according to a Marquette University Law School Poll released Monday that took a deep dive into Americans' views of the unelected branch of government. Published October 21, 2019

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Elizabeth Warren, announces that Warren will head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, during an event in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) **FILE**

Supreme Court to decide whether Obama-era Wall Street cop is legal

The Supreme Court said Friday it will hear a case challenging the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the agency President Obama and Sen. Elizabeth Warren set up to police Wall Street in the wake of the Great Recession. Published October 18, 2019

A construction worker's gloved hand is seen through a portion of the 30-foot tall bollard fence as work continues on the U.S./Mexico border fence two miles east of the Lukeville, Arizona port of entry on Oct. 8, 2019. An effort to overturn the president's direction of emergency funding for border-wall construction fell short of passage on Oct. 17 in the Senate. Photo taken from Sonoyta, Sonora, Mexico. (Mamta Popat/Arizona Daily Star via AP) **FILE**

Senate fails to override Trump veto on border wall

Senators gave a backhand approval Thursday to President Trump's border emergency wall building plans by failing to override his veto, marking the latest instance when the White House has outmaneuvered Congress. Published October 17, 2019