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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

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

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In this Thursday, May 2, 2019, file photo, Border Patrol agents hold a news conference prior to a media tour of a new U.S. Customs and Border Protection temporary facility near the Donna International Bridge in Donna, Texas. President Joe Bidens administration is refusing to allow lawyers who inspect facilities where immigrant children are detained to enter a Border Patrol tent in Texas where agents are holding hundreds of youths. The attorneys say they were allowed to speak to children at the facility in Donna on Thursday, March 11, 2021, but were denied the chance to see the areas where the youths were being held. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

DHS admits 'record' border surge, taps FEMA to detain children

Homeland Security took major steps in recent days to try to get a handle on the surge of migrant children streaming across the southern border by making it easier for immigrant relatives who are in the U.S. illegally to come collect them, by asking FEMA to help care for them and by asking ICE deportation officers to volunteer to help with the children's "security." Published March 13, 2021

U.S. Customs and Border Protections told Congress that 3,029 people were apprehended at the southern border in one day this month. (Associated Press photograph)

Migrant dies in Border Patrol custody

A man died in the Border Patrol's custody Wednesday afternoon, marking the first announced death as the border situation has reached crisis levels. Published March 10, 2021

A migrant family crosses the border into El Paso, Texas, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. After waiting months and sometimes years in Mexico, people seeking asylum in the United States are being allowed into the country as they wait for courts to decide on their cases, unwinding one of the Trump administration's signature immigration policies that President Joe Biden vowed to end. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)

Biden's first full month sets new records for illegal immigration

President Biden's first full month in charge of the country's borders set new records for illegal immigration, according to numbers released Wednesday that showed last month was the worst February ever when it comes to illegal immigrant children. Published March 10, 2021

In this Jan. 12, 2021, photo, President Donald Trump tours a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall in Alamo, Texas. During the Trump administration's final weeks, the Department of Homeland Security quietly signed agreements with at least four states that threaten to temporarily derail President Joe Biden's efforts to undo his predecessor's immigration policies. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

Congressman challenges claim that Trump 'gutted' DHS

Rep. Andy Biggs is challenging Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas's claim that President Trump "gutted" the department -- and particularly the claim that the department lacks enough people to process asylum cases. Published March 10, 2021

Asylum seekers receive food as they wait for news at the border, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Tijuana, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) ** FILE **

Alejandro Mayorkas to testify before Congress amid border surge

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas will testify to Congress on March 17, giving lawmakers their first crack at prodding him over his handling of the border surge that's left children mired in detention and put COVID-positive migrants out into American communities. Published March 9, 2021

Venezuelan migrants rest as they walk towards Bogota, passing through Tunja, Colombia, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. Immigration officials in Colombia expect 200,000 Venezuelans to enter the country in the following months, enticed by the prospects of earning higher wages and sending money home to feed their families.  (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

DHS grants deportation amnesty to 323,000 Venezuelans

Homeland Security announced a deportation amnesty Monday for hundreds of thousands of migrants from Venezuela because of ongoing political unrest in the South American country, moving to cement a policy President Trump had put in place in his last days in office. Published March 8, 2021