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  • ** FILE ** San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro speaks during the Civil Rights Summit at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/, Deborah Cannon, Pool)

    San Antonio mayor to Obama: Give amnesty to illegals with legal families

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, said he wants President Obama to do for certain illegal immigrants who have been in the country 10 years or more the same thing he did for children of illegals — grant them amnesty. Published April 16, 2014

  • **FILE** House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., with House GOP leaders, speaks with reporters following a Republican strategy session, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. At left is Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Eric Cantor rejects latest Obama immigration outreach

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    President Obama tried to kick-start the immigration debate Wednesday with a call to a top House Republican, but his target, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, rejected the overture, saying it was made just hours after the president took a partisan shot on the very same issue — underscoring why Mr. Obama is getting little accomplished in Washington. Published April 16, 2014

  • After President Obama won re-election in 2012 and collected 71 percent of the Hispanic vote, some Republican political consultants and party leaders said they needed to adjust their stance on immigration to win over those voters.

    Little hope for GOP on immigrants, study shows; legalization won't change wave

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    An influx of immigrants has boosted the Democratic Party, and that trend is set to continue. Even in places where Republicans support legalization of illegal immigrants, the party hasn't been able to stem those changes, according to a study being released Tuesday. Published April 14, 2014

  • Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush gives the keynote address during the 36th annual Prescott Bush Awards Dinner at the Stamford Hilton, Stamford, Conn., Thursday April 10, 2014. (AP Photo/The Time, Bob Luckey)

    Jeb Bush defends 'act of love' immigration view, but shies from same rhetoric

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a talked-about Republican candidate for the White House for 2016, defended his belief that illegals act simply out of love for their families when they break the law and sneak across the border — albeit with new rhetoric that doesn't come off as liberal. Published April 11, 2014

  • ** FILE ** House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California speaks to reporters outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, following her lunch with President Barack Obama. Pelosi was asked several questions about the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Nancy Pelosi is adamant: I'd sacrifice Speaker post to get amnesty passed

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she's so intent on passing an amnesty package to help illegal immigrants that she'd even take the sacrificial dive and give up her chance to resume leadership duties in Congress. Published April 10, 2014

  • Cynthia Diaz, 18, from Arizona, is senn outside the White House on Tuesday April 8,2014. She was there with a group of immigrant activists to protest deportations. Cynthia's mother was deported in 2011 and crossed back into the US from Mexico this March, and is now being detained in Arizona. Cynthia, a US citizen, says she'll go on hunger strike to pressure Obama to lay off the deportations.   (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, Alex Leary)

    Ladies get special treatment: Few women deported from U.S.

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    Almost all immigrants deported by the federal government are men, and more than three-quarters of them are in their 20s and 30s, according to a new report Thursday that gives the clearest look yet at who immigration agents are removing from the country. Published April 10, 2014

  • Sheriffs warn of violence from Mexican cartels deep into interior of U.S.

    By Kelly Riddell - The Washington Times

    Outmanned and outgunned, local law enforcement officers are alarmed by the drug and human trafficking, prostitution, kidnapping and money laundering that Mexican drug cartels are conducting in the U.S. far from the border. Published April 9, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Illegal immigrants have been the focus of much debate. (Associated Press)

    Deportations down again; pace is lowest of Obama presidency

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    The Obama administration deported its 2 millionth immigrant sometime Wednesday, according to projections by The Washington Times that also showed agents are on pace this year to remove the fewest number of immigrants of President Obama's tenure. Published April 9, 2014

  • ** FILE ** In this Aug. 9, 2013, file photo, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

    Jeb Bush: Illegal immigration is an 'act of love' — it's 'not a felony'

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a talked-about candidate for the White House in 2016, gave an interview over the weekend in which he bluntly said illegal immigrants are only trying to better themselves and should not be treated as felons. Published April 7, 2014

  • **FILE** Rep. Loretta Sanchez, California Democrat (Associated Press)

    Illegal immigrants stage sit-in in Capitol offices, protest Democrats

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    Three illegal immigrants were arrested Monday after they conducted a sit-in at the offices of two Democratic House members, according to activist groups who organized the protest. Published April 7, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Sen. Chuck Schumer, New York Democrat, returns to the floor from a caucus luncheon at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Sen. Chuck Schumer: Immigration not dead for 2014

    By Jacqueline Klimas - The Washington Times

    Sen. Chuck Schumer, New York Democrat, said Monday that he thinks Congress still has a chance to pass immigration reform before the end of 2014. Published April 7, 2014

  • The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona accused the Tucson Police Department of violating protections included in state law, arguing that officers last year conducted an illegal stop of two men sitting in a van just because they were Hispanic. The ACLU is trying to build a case that the Arizona's immigration law, known as SB 1070 and upheld in principle by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012, is being applied in an unconstitutional manner. (Associated Press)

    ACLU uses profiling charges against police to target Arizona's illegal immigrant law

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    In a coordinated legal blitz against one of the nation's toughest anti-immigration statutes, the ACLU of Arizona last week accused the Tucson Police Department of violating protections included in the law, arguing that officers last year conducted an illegal stop of two men sitting in a van just because they were Hispanic. Published April 6, 2014

  • No House floor vote to consider legalizing illegal immigrants

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    Democrats lost the first major immigration fight of the year Wednesday after Republicans — voting in unison in the House Budget Committee — rejected an effort to legalize illegal immigrants as part of the 2015 budget. Published April 2, 2014

  • Cardinal Sean O'Malley blesses a family after Mass, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, along the international border wall in Nogales, Ariz. O'Malley was several Bishops who serve along the U.S./Mexico border were visiting the border town to bring awareness to immigration reform and to remember those who have died trying to cross the border in years past. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    U.S. Catholics take to border to pray Obama lets illegals stay

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Catholics led by Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston took their recent Mass to the Arizona-Mexico border to stage a transnational prayer event aimed at pressing President Obama to hold back on deportations and save lives. Published April 2, 2014

  • ** FILE ** In this Jan. 19, 2007, file photo, Border Patrol agents processes a number of illegal immigrants caught entering the United States, in Sasabe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

    ISTOOK: Obama's deportation rate hits record low, not record high

    By Ernest Istook

    Although the Obama administration claims deportations have hit an all-time high, they've actually hit record lows, covered-up by a shell game of phony numbers, said Jessica Vaughan, the Center for Immigration Studies' director of Policy Studies. Published April 1, 2014

  • Members of a coalition of Latino groups rally outside the Federal Building in Los Angeles Wednesday, March. 26, 2014. The rally is part of  the "Obama Legacy Project," a new campaign looking to hold President Obama accountable for record deportations, and a public petition calling on the president to end deportations by taking executive action on a comprehensive immigration reform. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

    Hispanic voters disillusioned with political climate; trend could harm Democrats

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    Immigrant-rights advocates are reporting a spike in disillusionment with both parties among Hispanics, a vital and growing voting bloc that's boosted Democrats' advantages at the ballot box in recent years, The New York Times said Sunday. Published March 31, 2014

  • Gun Owners of America Executive Director Larry Pratt told Fox News that states should have the right to decide who can carry concealed weapons. "If the guy wants to enjoy the full benefit of residing in the United States, become a citizen." (Associated Press)

    New Mexico's immigrant ruling to bolster gun rights cases

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    A federal judge ruled Monday that legal immigrants have the same right to concealed-carry permits as American citizens, in a New Mexico case that gun rights advocates said strengthens their argument that the Second Amendment is a fundamental personal right. Published March 31, 2014

  • **FILE** Men recently deported from Arizona wait in line to be registered with Mexican authorities at the border in Nogales, Mexico, on April 28, 2010. (Associated Press)

    68,000 illegal aliens with criminal records caught and released

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    Immigration agents tried to deport only about a fourth of the cases they encountered in 2013, said a report being released Monday from the Center for Immigration Studies that shows just how much President Obama's policies have cut down on potential enforcement. Published March 30, 2014

  • Vice President Joe Biden gestures as he speaks at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's 2014 Legislative Summit in Washington, Thursday, March 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

    Joe Biden: Illegal immigrants are 'already American citizens' to me

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Vice president Joe Biden -- already known as a habitual blurter of the near-nonsensical and politically befuddling -- may have one-upped himself this week with a somewhat shocking statement on illegal immigrants. Published March 28, 2014

  • More than 100 suspected illegal immigrants were found being held hostage in a filthy Houston stash house on Wednesday. (AIR 11)

    100 suspected illegals held hostage in filthy Houston stash house

    By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times

    More than 100 suspected illegal immigrants were found being held hostage in a filthy Houston stash house on Wednesday, police said. Published March 20, 2014

  • Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, testifying on the fiscal year 2015 budget Tuesday, said that instead of random deportations, the administration is prioritizing on illegal immigrants they think deserve deportation. (Associated Press)

    Deportations come mostly from border, DHS chief says

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson acknowledged Tuesday that his department's deportation numbers are now mostly made up of illegal immigrants caught at the border, not just those from the interior, which means they can't be compared one-to-one with deportations under President Bush or other prior administrations. Published March 12, 2014

  • **FILE** Demonstrators rally in front of the White House in Washington on July 24, 2013, calling for immigration reform. The demonstrators urged President Obama to use executive authority to expand the policy that allowed hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children to remain. (Associated Press)

    Obama declares himself 'champion in chief' for immigration

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    President Obama on Thursday tweeted that he is the "champion in chief for comprehensive immigration reform" — a move activists saw as an admission that he's suffering from his administration's record-setting level of deportations. Published March 6, 2014

  • John Boehner presses to pass what Ted Cruz calls amnesty

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    House Speaker John Boehner said after a recent meeting with President Obama that they agree immigration reform is a priority, and that any deal that includes a pathway to citizenship for illegals is not amnesty. Published March 5, 2014

  • Illegal immigrants have been the focus of debate, but analysts say the problem would be much smaller if businesses would abide by employment laws. (Associated Press)

    Obama eases penalties for businesses hiring illegal immigrants

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    The Obama administration regularly cuts a break for businesses that violate immigration hiring rules, reducing their fines by an average of 40 percent from what they should be, according to an audit released Tuesday that suggests the government could be doing more to go after unscrupulous employers. Published February 25, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Grover Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform. (Associated Press)

    Grover Norquist: We'll see some sort of immigration reform happen

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    Anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist predicted Tuesday that some sort of immigration reform will pass Congress, arguing that the United States' immigration policy separates America from China and the rest of the world in the modern economy. Published February 25, 2014

  • **FILE** President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Thomas J. Donohue, left, listens as AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka, right, testifies before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on transportation infrastructure Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    U.S. Chamber of Commerce pleads for increased immigration

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    Polls show most Americans prefer to see legal immigration kept steady or reduced, rather than increased, believing more immigration will lead to competition for jobs. But Chamber President Thomas J. Donohue said Americans shouldn't be worried. Published February 24, 2014

  • **FILE** Illegal immigrants file into a U.S. Border Patrol facility in Tucson, Ariz. (Associated Press)

    Americans want legal immigration cut in half, poll finds

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    Americans want to see illegal immigrant young adults given legal status, but they are far less forgiving to most others, and want to see a huge reduction in legal immigration as well, according to a new poll released last week by a group that wants to see an immigration crackdown. Published February 21, 2014

  • Orson Welles plays Harry Lime in a scene of Carol Reed's movie "The Third Man". The documentary "Shadowing the Third Man," which played at the Cannes Film Festival, chronicles the serendipity that turned Reed's 1949 caper into arguably the greatest postwar tale about the new world order of moral ambiguity. (AP Photo/HO) ** NO SALES **

    HURT: Close down the Democratic minstrel show on immigration

    By Charles Hurt

    The Republican Party has for years been in a quandary about how to address the issue of illegal immigration honestly and firmly without sounding racist. A good place for the party to start would be to knock off the brown-face minstrel show routine they learned from Democrats. Published February 18, 2014

  • ** FILE ** U.S. Border Patrol agent Jerry Conlin looks out over Tijuana, Mexico, behind, along the old border wall along the U.S. - Mexico border, where it ends at the base of a hill in San Diego, June 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

    U.S., Mexico mull relaxing border for 'trusted' business travelers

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    U.S. and Mexico authorities are on the cusp of striking a deal that would relax border controls for perceived "trusted" business travelers. Published February 18, 2014

  • A demonstrator is arrested by U.S. Capitol Police officers on Capitol Hill during a immigration rally in Washington, on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, seeking to push Republicans to hold a vote on a stalled immigration reform bill. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

    Increasing anti-deportation protests show down side of immigration issue for Democrats

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    Immigrant rights activists, including some self-identified illegal immigrants, were arrested outside the White House on Monday as part of a protest against President Obama's deportation policies, signaling that even as Republicans take blame for halting legalization legislation, Democrats face political peril, too. Published February 17, 2014

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  • House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., and GOP leaders face reporters, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, after a weekly House Republican Conference meeting. The Republicans tied the recent stagnant employment reports to the policies of President Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    CHIP: Fibbing about immigration reform is part of the amnesty-for-everybody agenda

    By William Chip

    Like most Republicans, I oppose a mass amnesty for illegal aliens. I think it unjust that aliens who are engaged in lawful work or study should be ordered, along with their families, to return home when their visas expire while the illegal aliens who worked or studied beside them are invited to stay for the rest of their lives. Published March 21, 2014

  • Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

    BRUCE: Obama's bizarre immigration rules

    By Tammy Bruce

    Last month, President Obama took an action making it easier for supporters of Islamist terrorists to be granted asylum in this country. Published March 6, 2014

  • **FILE** Hundreds of people attend the National Rally for Citizenship on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on April 10, 2013, to call for immigration reform. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Napolitano: Bill could spark new wave of illegal immigrants

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    The new immigration bill would only grant a pathway to citizenship to illegal immigrants who made it into the U.S. before 2012 — a date that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday should be widely publicized in order to stop a new wave of illegal border crossers. Published April 17, 2013

  • Illustration: Immigration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    SHAPIRO: Smart immigration could save the U.S. economy

    By Gary Shapiro

    For the last several years the immigration debate in Washington has been much like America’s immigration system itself – disorganized, vague and without clear borders. Fortunately, it seems like we’re starting to make progress. Thanks in part to President Obama’s State of the Union address and the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings on Feb. 13, more Americans and lawmakers are becoming aware of our broken immigration system and are evaluating ways to enact change. Published February 24, 2013

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