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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

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

Articles by Stephen Dinan

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) **FILE**

McCarthy challenges Biden to confront border 'crisis'

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the top House Republican, demanded Friday that President Biden acknowledge a "crisis" at the border and come up with new solutions that don't include telling illegal immigrants to come to the U.S. Published March 5, 2021

In this Sept. 30, 2020, photo, a passerby walks past a hiring sign while entering a Target store in Westwood, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) **FILE**

$100 trillion in new debt over next 30 years: CBO

The government has opened the spending spigot over the last year to deal with the coronavirus crisis -- but the Congressional Budget Office says unless something changes, Uncle Sam's freewheeling ways will last long after the pandemic is over. Published March 4, 2021

A Honduran man seeking asylum in the United States wears a shirt that reads, "Biden please let us in," as he stands among tents that line an entrance to the border crossing, Monday, March 1, 2021, in Tijuana, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

GOP demands hearings on border 'crisis' amid migrant 'surge'

Republicans on the House Oversight and Reform Committee labeled the border a "crisis" and demanded Thursday that the panel hold a hearing to explore the Biden administration's troubled handling of the situation. Published March 4, 2021

A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle sits parked near where a Las Posadas event at the U.S.-Mexico border wall took place, as several asylum seeking families participate in the event on the Mexico side of the border fence Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, in Douglas, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Biden's border wall halt creates smugglers' highway, sheriff says

President Biden's decision to stop border wall construction forced crews to put down tools and walk away in the middle of work -- and left the border less secure than ever in some places, according to an Arizona sheriff whose county covers 83 miles of the boundary. Published March 3, 2021

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

McConnell blasts 'Big Business' for backing amnesty

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that the Biden administration is bungling the border "crisis," but he also took aim at "a certain cross-section of Big Business" which he said has jumped on board a push for amnesty for current illegal immigrants. Published March 3, 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)

DHS secretary blames Trump for new border surge

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, watching the U.S.-Mexico border situation spiral downward, blamed his Trump predecessors Monday for leaving him with a "gutted" system that he said is unable to manage the needs. Published March 1, 2021

A girl waves to a young man watching from Mexican territory who said he was her cousin, as a group of Honduran asylum seekers is taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents after the group crossed the U.S. border wall into San Diego, California, seen from Tijuana, Mexico. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

'Pandemic of people': Border catch-and-release risks spread of COVID-19

Even as the Biden administration talks tough on mask mandates and coronavirus precautions, the Homeland Security Department is releasing thousands of people into the country across the southwestern border. Many have traveled thousands of miles over weeks, crowded into vehicles and stash houses, with no thought for masks or social distancing. Published February 28, 2021

President Donald Trump walks to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on Jan. 12, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File )

Trump beats out 20 others in Washington Times-CPAC straw poll

Former President Trump is the early leader among conservatives for the GOP's 2024 presidential nomination, according to The Washington Times/CPAC poll released Sunday -- but even if he's not at the top of the ticket, conservatives said the Trump agenda must be continued. Published February 28, 2021

In this Feb. 11, 2021, file photo, President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. A federal judge late Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021,  indefinitely banned President Joe Biden's administration from enforcing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Court slaps down Biden's 100-day deportation pause

A federal judge issued a full injunction Wednesday blocking the Biden administration's 100-day deportation pause, saying the Inauguration Day decision was too hasty, flies in the face of the law, and the administration still hasn't been able to justify the move. Published February 24, 2021

Men stand in a U.S. Immigration and Border Enforcement detention center in McAllen, Texas, Friday, July 12, 2019, during a visit by Vice President Mike Pence. Acknowledging "this is tough stuff," Pence said he was not surprised by what he saw as he toured the McAllen Border Patrol station Friday where hundreds of men were kept in caged fences with no cots amid sweltering heat. (Josh Dawsey/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

EXCLUSIVE: DHS warns ICE to 'Prepare for border surges now'

The Biden team is talking a tough game on new illegal immigration, but behind the scenes it's making frantic efforts to get ready for what it expects to be massive "border surges" of migrants streaming north over the next months, according to an internal Homeland Security email. Published February 23, 2021