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Workers take a break from testing migrants for COVID-19 after they were released by the Border Patrol at the Regional Center for Binational Health in Somerton, Ariz., on Feb. 5, 2022. COVID-19 rates are plunging among migrants crossing the border from Mexico as the Biden administration faces a decision to end or extend sweeping restrictions on asylum that are aimed at limiting the virus' spread. (AP Photo/Elliot Spagat)

For DHS, pandemic rages everywhere but the border

The coronavirus pandemic is still bad enough that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced this week that foreign students will be granted a waiver for the next school year, allowing them to stay in the U.S. even if their classes are all online. Published April 19, 2022

Migrants released by the Border Patrol with notices to appear in court, Feb. 5, 2022, in Somerton, Ariz., wait for COVID-19 testing at a Regional Center for Border Health warehouse before being taken by charter bus to the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Records obtained by The Associated Press show COVID-19 infection rates have plummeted among migrants crossing the border from Mexico as the Biden administration faces a critical decision whether to extend sweeping restrictions on asylum. (AP Photo/Elliot Spagat, File)

ICE to release 600,000 illegal immigrants by September

ICE is getting ready to release as many as 600,000 illegal immigrants into communities before the end of September, the agency told a federal judge, giving an early estimate of the chaos the administration is predicting after it ends the Title 42 pandemic border shutdown. Published April 18, 2022

A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle drives along the border fence at the U.S.-Mexico border wall, on Dec. 15, 2020, in Douglas, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin,File)

Biden sees worst border month of his term

The Border Patrol reported nearly 210,000 apprehensions along the U.S.-Mexico border in March, making it the most chaotic month on the border so far in President Biden's tenure. Published April 17, 2022

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs a border security agreement with Chihuahua Gov. Maru Campos Galvan in Austin, Texas on Thursday, April 14, 2022. (Acacia Coronado/Report for America via AP).

Abbott strikes border security deals with two more Mexican states

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced border security deals Thursday with two Mexican states who have promised to deploy their own police to patrol the southern side of the U.S.-Mexico boundary, in exchange for Texas ending its crippling safety checks on commercial cross-border traffic. Published April 14, 2022

Chris Magnus testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on his nomination to be the next U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner, Oct. 19, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP, File)

Feds blast Texas for shipping illegal immigrants to D.C.

A senior Homeland Security official chided Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for busing illegal immigrants to Washington, saying Thursday that the Republican governor was hurting the government's efforts to coordinate how the migrants are released. Published April 14, 2022

A line of Texas Department of Safety vehicles line up on the Texas side of the Rio Grande with Mexico visible, right, near an encampment of migrants, many from Haiti, on Sept. 22, 2021, in Del Rio, Texas. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Texas strikes deal with Mexican state to police border

A Mexican governor promised Wednesday to deploy his own police to secure the U.S.-Mexico border and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he'll cancel some of the enhanced commercial traffic inspections that had clogged the ports of entry into the state. Published April 13, 2022

Texas Governor Greg Abbott answers questions during a press conference at the Texas Department of Public Safety Weslaco Regional Office on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, in Weslaco, Texas. Abbott says the state will provide migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border bus charters to Washington, D.C. The move announced Wednesday amounts to a taunt at President Joe Biden and Congress over what the Republican governor calls a failure by the federal government to stop the flow of migrants coming to the southern border.  (Joel Martinez/The Monitor via AP)

Texas will try to ship illegal immigrants to D.C., governor says

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that illegal immigrants caught and released by federal agents into his state will be quickly shipped straight to Washington, seeking to bring the pain of border communities straight to the doorstep of the Biden administration. Published April 6, 2022

Rep. Dan Bishop, R-N.C., speaks at a news conference held by members of the House Freedom Caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) **FILE**

Congressman pushes DHS to shoot down cartel drones at border

Rep. Dan Bishop was incredulous when Homeland Security officials told a House committee last week that they see about 200 suspicious drone flights a day at the southern border -- and that's just what they are able to detect. Published April 5, 2022

In this Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, file photo released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, foreign nationals are being 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 **

EXCLUSIVE: ICE to scour U.S. communities looking for border absconders

The Department of Homeland Security will deploy teams of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers into communities to track down illegal immigrants the Biden administration caught and released at the border last year and who have since gone AWOL, The Washington Times has learned. Published April 5, 2022