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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

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

Articles by Stephen Dinan

In this file photo, members of the U.S. military install multiple tiers of concertina wire along the banks of the Rio Grande near the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge at the U.S.-Mexico border in Laredo, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)  **FILE**

DHS says military needed on southern border for at least 3 more years

The Pentagon will have to be involved in security along the southwestern border for at least three more years, Homeland Security officials told Congress's chief watchdog in a new report Tuesday that dings both sides for failing to settle on a mission and account for all the costs of relying on the military. Published February 23, 2021

This Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, photo provided by the Office of the Governor of Virginia shows workers removing a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the National Statuary Hall Collection in Washington. The statue that has represented Virginia in the U.S. Capitol for 111 years has been removed after a state commission decided that Lee was not a fitting symbol for the state. (Jack Mayer/Office of Governor of Virginia, File)

Nearly 170 Confederate symbols taken down in 2020: SPLC

The country set records for Confederate cleansing in 2020, taking down 168 monuments and symbols honoring the Civil War's rebels, the Southern Poverty Law Center said in a new report Tuesday. Published February 23, 2021

A national guardsman patrols the Mexican side of the Rio Bravo on the border with the U.S. in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in this file photo. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)  **FILE**

Migrant smugglers take advantage of Texas deep freeze

One consequence of the cold snap that's engulfed much of Texas is that some migrant smugglers are figuring it's the right time to try to sneak people north out of the border areas, figuring the Border Patrol has its hands full with other duties. Customs and Border Protection says it has recorded 15 migrant deaths in Texas so far this month, and seven of those have been blamed on exposure to the cold. Published February 20, 2021

In this July 8, 2019, file photo, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers detain a man during an operation in Escondido, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

New ICE rules make many illegal immigrants safe from deportation

ICE issued new guidance Thursday to grant deportation officers new leeway to arrest and deport illegal immigrants, moving to replace rules issued on the Biden administration's first day that had led to some embarrassing black eyes. Published February 18, 2021

Migrants walk on train tracks on their journey from Central America to the U.S. border., in Palenque, Chiapas state, Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Isabel Mateos)

Biden immigration plan speeds legalization, lags on border security

President Biden's immigration bill cancels penalties for future illegal immigrants, speeds legalization of those already here and increases legal immigration levels. But the bill, which lawmakers will officially introduce on Capitol Hill on Thursday, backtracks on new border security and worksite enforcement compromises that have long been seen as key parts of any serious attempt to overhaul the immigration system. Published February 18, 2021

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

ICE almost released sex offenders under new deportation guidance: Republicans say

ICE canceled deportation requests for three convicted child sex offenders and was about to release them into communities until Texas law enforcement officials intervened and forced a reversal, two ranking Republicans charged in a letter Wednesday demanding answers from the agency's chief. Published February 17, 2021

In this March 19, 2020, file photo a plane takes off at McCarran International airport, in Las Vegas. A county board voted unanimously Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, to rename busy McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas after former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada. (AP Photo/John Locher, File) **FILE**

County votes to rename Las Vegas' airport for former senator Harry Reid

The Clark County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to strip the name of a "racist" former U.S. senator off Las Vegas's main airport and replace it with former Sen. Harry Reid, a giant of Nevada politics -- and no stranger to controversy himself. Published February 16, 2021

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., fields questions from reporters about an impeachment trial in the Senate shortly after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced House Democrats are pushing ahead with formal charges against President Donald Trump saying he has put U.S. elections and national security at risk, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Trump tells GOP to ditch McConnell, vows to back primary challengers

Former President Donald Trump unloaded on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday, calling him a "dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack," saying Republicans cannot win with him at the party's helm, and vowing to support candidates who will challenge GOP lawmakers in primaries. Published February 16, 2021

Honduran boys whose family wants to seek asylum in the U.S., play on the sidewalk in Tijuana, Mexico, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. Thousands of people are waiting to claim asylum and more come each day, falsely believing they will be able to enter the U.S. now that former President Donald Trump is out of office. While President Joe Biden has taken some major steps in his first weeks in office to reverse Trump's hardline immigration policies, his administration hasn't lifted some of the most significant barriers to asylum-seekers.  (AP Photo/Elliot Spagat)

Biden national security adviser: 'Our borders are not open'

National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan insisted Tuesday that America's borders "are not open" as the White House moved to try to head off a growing migrant surge that threatens to undermine President Biden's immigration plans. Published February 16, 2021

In this July 18, 2019, photo, people walk back to Mexico on International Bridge 1 Las Americas, a legal port of entry that connects Laredo, Texas in the U.S. with Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte) **FILE**

DHS border officer caught smuggling illegal immigrant: Feds

A Homeland Security officer who works at a Texas border crossing used her job to smuggle a woman into the country under false pretenses to work as a housekeeper, internal affairs investigators said in charging documents. Published February 16, 2021

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., leaves the Capitol at the conclusion of the second day of the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Bernie Sanders' $15 minimum wage push gets budgetary boost from CBO

The Congressional Budget Office has given a boost to Sen. Bernard Sanders' push to use the budget process to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour with a new analysis Monday showing the move would have significant effects throughout the federal fiscal picture. Published February 15, 2021

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., with impeachment managers Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., and Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., speaks to members of the media during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, after the U.S. Senate voted not guilty, to acquit former President Donald Trump of inciting riot at U.S. Capitol, ending impeachment trial, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Pelosi announces '9/11-type' commission to probe Capitol attack

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday she will create a "9/11-type" commission to investigate last month's attack on the U.S. Capitol, saying the country needs a full account of what went wrong if it is to regain its sense of security. Published February 15, 2021