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A pair of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents look at tracks in the sand along the floating fence that makes up the international border with Mexico, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, in Imperial County, Calif. About 126-miles of border cuts through the Yuma Sector where thousands of families and unaccompanied children are continuing to cross into Arizona and California even after learning of the government's family separation policy upon apprehension. (AP Photo/Matt York) ** FILE **

Assaults on ICE, Border Patrol surge as illegal immigrants get more violent

Assaults on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents reached a decade high in 2017, and assaults on Border Patrol agents also have surged in recent years, according to government numbers that seem to support agents' claims that immigrants living in the U.S. illegally increasingly are looking to fight rather than flee. Published September 7, 2018

The Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building in Washington. (Associated Press)

Social Security's 'Conn' man gets 27 years in prison

A federal judge slapped an additional 15-year sentence on Social Security fraudster Eric C. Conn, giving him a total of 27 years in prison for his role in the largest disability con in history, and for his subsequent escape. Published September 7, 2018

President Donald Trump talks to reporters while in flight from Billings, Mont., to Fargo, N.D., Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump: Doubling of China trade tariffs 'ready to go'

President Trump said Friday that he has another $267 billion in tariffs ready to slap on China, calling his testy relationship with that nation "a far bigger problem" than dealing with Russia right now. Published September 7, 2018

In this Monday, July 23, 2018, file photo, Immigrant seeking asylum Ildra Medreano wears an ankle monitor at a Catholic Charities facility not long after she was reunited with her son in San Antonio. Federal authorities' shift away from separating immigrant families crossing into the U.S. illegally now means that many parents and children are quickly released from custody only to be fitted with electronic monitoring devices, a practice that has spiked in recent years but which both the government and advocacy groups oppose for different reasons. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Deportations up 9 percent in 2018; still below Obama peak years

Immigration arrests and deportations are rising under the Trump administration, according to the latest statistics released Thursday -- though they're still far shy of the levels during the peak years of President Obama. Published September 6, 2018

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, for the second day of his confirmation hearing to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Brett Kavanaugh refuses to recuse himself from Trump cases

Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh said Wednesday that he respected Supreme Court precedents on abortion and insisted he has an open mind on whether a sitting president can be indicted. But he refused to recuse himself from any cases involving President Trump. Published September 5, 2018

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, for the second day of his confirmation to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Kavanaugh defends ruling against illegal immigrant teen seeking abortion

Judge Brett Kavanaugh defended his decision to slow an illegal immigrant juvenile's quest to get an abortion, telling senators Wednesday that he was following precedent in ruling the government didn't have to immediately grant her an "abortion on demand." Published September 5, 2018

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen speaks to George Washington University's Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. Nielsen lays out her vision for the sprawling department, as midterm elections loom amid persistent threats of hacking and the immigration debate continues to rage. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

DHS secretary: 'Our digital lives are in danger like never before'

Terrorists remain committed to attacking airplanes, "cartel superpowers" are growing in reach and capabilities and hostile nations are increasingly eager to test American leadership, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Wednesday, evaluating how the threat environment has changed in the years since the 2001 attacks. Published September 5, 2018

Kavanaugh withstands Democrats' coordinated attack: 'I am a pro-law judge'

Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh sat through seven hours of shrill protests and Democratic warnings that he represented a legal apocalypse if confirmed to the Supreme Court -- then tried to defuse those complaints, promising Tuesday to be a careful judge and "team player" with the other justices. Published September 4, 2018

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, takes notes as the Senate Judiciary Committee members make opening statements during his confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Kavanaugh must recuse from all Trump cases, legal scholars say

President Trump has so badly poisoned the confirmation process for his Supreme Court nominee that the entire proceedings must be shelved, superstar Harvard University law professor Laurence H. Tribe said Tuesday, tossing a new objection onto the pile. Published September 4, 2018

In this Dec. 30, 2012, file photo, then-Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., walks between the Senate chamber and the office of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Longtime former Sen. Jon Kyl to replace John McCain

Former Sen. Jon Kyl will return to the chamber to take the seat of the late Sen. John McCain, giving the GOP timely reinforcements ahead of critical votes on a Supreme Court nominee. Published September 4, 2018