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  • Back-dropped by a mural by Mexican painter David Alfaro Siqueiros, California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during a press conference with U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Anthony Wayne, not seen, at the Soumaya museum in Mexico City, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

    California's Jerry Brown cites God, 'religious call' to embrace illegals

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    California Gov. Jerry Brown told a crowd of climate change watchers at an event in Mexico that Texas Gov. Rick Perry's push for National Guard troops on the border was flat-out wrong — that God demands a friendlier reception for illegals. Published July 29, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Gov. Bill Haslam greets friends before casting his ballot on the first day of early voting Friday, July 18, 2014, in Knoxville, Tenn. The State Primary and County General Election is Aug. 7. (AP Photo/Michael Patrick, Knoxville News Sentinel)

    Tennessee Gov. Haslam slams White House for secret dump of illegals in his state

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Gov. Bill Haslam said he only learned of the White House's dumping of 760 illegal immigrants in Tennessee after seeing a notification on the Health and Human Services website — and that's even after he had asked the Obama administration to give him advance notice of any illegals who were on their way to his state. Published July 28, 2014

  • AT OBAMA'S DOORSTEP: Various immigrant rights groups held separate demonstrations and carried different messages outside the White House on Monday, indicating splintering within the movement. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Border surge puts Obama legacy on immigration at stake

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    Immigrant rights groups suddenly find themselves playing political defense, pushing back against proposals to speed up deportations of people surging across the border illegally even while advocates plead with the White House to take politically risky executive action to halt deportations in the interior. Published July 28, 2014

  • ** FILE ** This April 30, 2014, file photo shows Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo, J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    GOP: Environmental rules keeping agents from accessing border

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Republicans say federal land protections are hindering border agents in their ability to access properties near the southern border — and that, in turn, is driving up the numbers of illegals who are pouring into America. Published July 28, 2014

  • Undocumented immigrant leaders protest along Pennsylvania Avenue near the entrance to White House on July 28, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Illegals demand representation in White House meetings

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    Illegal immigrants plan to picketed the White House Monday afternoon, calling on fellow immigrant-rights advocacy groups to refuse to meet with the Obama administration until President Obama specifically includes illegal immigrants in any future meetings. Published July 28, 2014

  • Rep. Henry Cuellar, Texas Democrat (Associated Press)

    Rep. Henry Cuellar on border crisis: 'Playing defense on the one-yard line'

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    Rep. Henry Cuellar, Texas Democrat, said Friday there must be a shared responsibility between the United States and Central American countries in dealing with the current influx of illegal alien children coming into the country. Published July 25, 2014

  • A Texas Department of Safety Trooper patrols on the Rio Grand along the U.S.-Mexico border, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Mission, Texas. Texas is spending $1.3 million a week for a bigger DPS presence along the border. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool)

    Obama to Latin leaders: Help with border

    By Associated Press

    Pressing for action on Friday, President Barack Obama urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans at home to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the southwest border of the U.S. Published July 25, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, is surrounded by reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, July 25, 2014, as she emerges from a closed-door session with fellow Republicans. (AP Photo)

    House GOP ready to move border bill

    By S.A. Miller - The Washington Times

    House Republican leaders decided to move forward with a vote next week on measure to address the border crisis, including a measure strongly opposed by Democrats that would repeal a 2008 law that delays immigration hearings for children from Central America. Published July 25, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill, speaks during a "United we Dream" rally on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Rep. Luis Gutierrez: Senate Dems wary of immigration politics

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    Rep. Luis Gutierrez, an Illinois Democrat who has certainly not been afraid to criticize members of his own party on the issue of immigration, said one needs only to look at the Senate to find Democrats who are positioning themselves on immigration with their own political hides in mind. Published July 25, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (Associated Press)

    Jeb Bush to Congress: Don't use border crisis as excuse to delay immigration reform

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    Jeb Bush, former Florida governor and possible 2016 presidential contender, said Congress should not use the current crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border as an excuse not to pass broader immigration fixes. Published July 24, 2014

  • ** FILE ** In this April 19, 2011, file photo, a member of the National Guard checks on his colleague inside a Border Patrol Skybox near the Hidalgo International Bridge in Hidalgo, Texas. (AP Photo/Delcia Lopez, File)

    Obama encourages ICE to stand down, say former border agents

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    President Obama has sent out a subtle message to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to stand down and slack off the enforcement, former border agents told the National Review Online. Published July 24, 2014

  • **FILE** Sen. James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican (Associated Press)

    Inhofe: Illegal minors in Oklahoma 'at the invitation of the president'

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    Sen. Jim Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican, said President Obama shouldn't get any new funding to deal with the U.S.-Mexico border crisis until he reverses the policy of allowing certain illegal immigrant children to apply to defer their removal proceedings. Published July 24, 2014

  • **FILE** Rep. Raul Grijalva, Arizona Democrat, speaks Feb. 27, 2013, during a news conference on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

    Grijalva: Anti-trafficking law 'line in the sand for many of us'

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    Rep. Raul Grijalva, Arizona Democrat, said keeping in place a 2008 law intended to curb trafficking of Central American children is enough for many congressional Democrats to hold the line on legislation dealing with the crisis of unaccompanied children streaming into the country at the southern border. Published July 24, 2014

  • ** FILE ** R. Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. (Associated Press)

    CBP Commissioner: Border is 'more secure and more safe'

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    The new commissioner of Customs and Border Protection said the U.S.-Mexico border is "more secure and more safe," as the White House has touted a drop in the number of unaccompanied children arriving there in recent weeks. Published July 24, 2014

  • Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, left, along with US Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, discusses the Helping Unaccompanied Minors and Alleviating National Emergency (HUMANE) Act at Mission City Hall Friday, July 18, 2014 in Mission, Texas. The HUMANE Act indeed provides accelerated processing for unaccompanied alien children from Central America. (AP Photo/The Monitor, Joel Martinez)  MAGS OUT; TV OUT

    Texas Rep. Cuellar: No summer break until we deal with border crisis

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    Rep. Henry Cuellar, Texas Democrat, said Wednesday that Congress needs to stay in Washington until they pass something to deal with the influx of unaccompanied minors along the United States' southern border. Published July 23, 2014

  • Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio, joined at right by incoming Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Calif., and Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 23, 2014, following a Republican strategy session. House Republicans want to slash President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, speed young migrants back home to Central America, and send in the National Guard.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Boehner presses Obama on 2008 law contributing to border crisis

    By Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times

    House Speaker John A. Boehner sent a letter to President Obama on Wednesday asking for clarity on whether the administration believes a 2008 dealing with unaccompanied minors at the border should be changed. Published July 23, 2014

  • U.S. Border Patrol Senior Agent B.T. Hick and his dog Mirza, left, inspect a car at a check point outside Organ Pipe Cactus National Park in Why, Ariz., Wednesday, May 24, 2006. The detention of a prominent immigration activist at a Texas airport served as a reminder of the latitude the Border Patrol has in conducting checkpoints for drugs and immigrants in the country illegally at locations not on the border. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

    House moves to halt illegal immigration by deploying U.S. forces to Central America

    By S.A. Miller - The Washington Times

    A House Republican task force Wednesday unveiled a $1.5 billion plan to ease the border crisis, including launching law enforcement operations in Central America and Mexico to stop illegal immigrants before they reach the U.S. Published July 23, 2014

  • Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., speaks to reporters after President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus regarding immigration reform at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Rep. Luis Gutierrez tells Hispanics to vote and 'punish those' who oppose amnesty

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Rep. Luis Gutierrez issued some tough talk to La Raza event-goers in Los Angeles, telling them bluntly that they should use their voices and their votes to "punish" those who fail to support amnesty-type legislation for the illegal minor-age border crossers. Published July 22, 2014

  • ** FILE ** In this Wednesday, June 18, 2014, file photo, two young girls watch a World Cup soccer match on a television from their holding area where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center in Nogales, Ariz. As of Thursday, July 17, 2014, immigrant children caught crossing the Mexican border into Texas illegally and alone are no longer being sent to a massive Nogales facility. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File)

    House task force to recommend National Guard on border, faster deportations

    By S.A. Miller - The Washington Times

    House Republicans will call Wednesday for decisive action to end the border crisis, proposing a deployment of National Guard troops and accelerated deportation hearings for unaccompanied children inundating the U.S., said a Capitol Hill aide familiar with the plan. Published July 22, 2014

  • Speaker of the House John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said he can't envision a U.S. response to the border crisis that doesn't involving speeding up the process of returning unaccompanied Central American children home. (Associated Press)

    Boehner blasts Obama's 'lack of leadership' on border

    By S.A. Miller - The Washington Times

    House Speaker John Boehner warned Tuesday that efforts to fix the border crisis are in jeopardy, blaming President Obama for bowing to the whims of fellow Democrats and failing to seek a bipartisan solution. Published July 22, 2014

  • President Barack Obama smiles at a group of people welcoming him as he arrives in New York where he will attend fundraisers Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Ignorance was apparently bliss: Obama looked other way on child border-crossing crisis for 2 years

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    U.S. border patrol agents spent the last two years issuing warnings to the Obama administration about an uptick in the number of illegal minor-aged immigrants crossers, a new report from the University of Texas at El Paso found. Published July 21, 2014

  • Immigrants who have been caught crossing the border illegally are housed inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas where they are processed on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.  More than 57,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended at the southwestern border since October, more than twice the total this time last year, many through the Rio Grande Valley. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times,  Rick Loomis, Pool)

    White House takes credit for drop in unaccompanied children at border

    By Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times

    The White House on Monday took partial credit for a significant drop in the number of unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border in recent weeks. Published July 21, 2014

  • FILE - This June 13, 2014 file photo shows Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill. speaking in Chicago. The surge of Central American children crossing the U.S. southern border has shifted the politics of immigration, weakening one of the most potent arguments Democrats plan to make against Republicans in November and in the next presidential election. In the past month, the number of Americans who rank immigration as the nation’s top problem has tripled in surveys conducted by Gallup _ putting the issue on par with the economy and unemployment as the most frequently named issues facing the country.  (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker, File)

    Rep. Gutierrez: Obama assured me he'll 'stop the deportation of our people'

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Rep. Luis Gutierrez told a National Council of La Raza crowd in Los Angeles that President Obama has assured him in conversations that his intent is to stop the widespread deportation of illegal Hispanics. Published July 21, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican. (Associated Press)

    Mitch McConnell: Detain children 'humanely,' send them home

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    Senate Minority Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said the United States needs to demonstrate that it can secure the southern border before tackling comprehensive immigration reform, and part of that entails detaining unaccompanied minors and sending them back home. Published July 21, 2014

  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry greets Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, left, during a meeting with local party activists, Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Algona, Iowa. After his presidential bid crashed in 2012, Iowans now have to decide whether to give Perry another spin. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    Gov. Rick Perry to send 1,000 National Guards troops to border: memo

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Gov. Rick Perry is set to announce Monday that he's going to activate and deploy about 1,000 troops with the National Guard to the Texas-Mexico border. Published July 21, 2014

  • **FILE ** Illegal immigrants are processed by the Arizona by the U.S. Border Patrol, 2009. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, file)

    Denver gets pushback for seeking tax dollars to house border kids

    By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times

    Denver Human Services has raised alarm by seeking a federal grant in order to house children crossing the southern border illegally by the thousands. Published July 18, 2014

  • Barbie Miller, left, yells as she joins demonstrators outside the Mexican Consulate Friday, July 18, 2014, in Houston.   Prospects for action on the U.S.-Mexico border crisis faded Thursday as lawmakers traded accusations rather than solutions, raising chances that Congress will go into its summer recess without doing anything about the tens of thousands of migrant children streaming into South Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Obama to host immigration meeting with Central American leaders

    By Dave Boyer - The Washington Times

    President Obama will host the presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador next week to discuss ways to "stem the flow" of illegal immigration, as the White House said Friday the U.S. began to return families from all three countries this week. Published July 18, 2014

  • From left, Raul Amador Sanchez, 7, from Georgia, Alexandra Diaz, 9, and her brother Andy Diaz, 7, both from Baltimore, Md., hold up signs as they join their parent during a news conference of immigrant families and children’s advocates responding to the President Barack Obama’s response to the crisis of unaccompanied children and families illegally entering the US, Monday, July 7, 2014, on the steps of St. John's Church in Washington. A top Obama administration official says no one, not even children trying to escape violent countries, can illegally enter the United States without eventually facing deportation proceedings. But Homeland Security Sec Jeh Johnson basically acknowledged Sunday that such proceedings might be long delayed, and he said that coping with floods of unaccompanied minors crossing the border is a legal and humanitarian dilemma for the US. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Two-thirds of illegal immigrant children approved for asylum: report

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    Nearly two-thirds of unaccompanied illegal immigrant children requesting asylum this year have had their initial applications approved, the House Judiciary Committee reported Friday in data that suggests those kids surging across the border who ask to stay will likely be able to gain admission to the U.S. Published July 18, 2014

  • Speaker of the House John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said he can't envision a U.S. response to the border crisis that doesn't involving speeding up the process of returning unaccompanied Central American children home. (Associated Press)

    Boehner: No bill on border surge

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    House Speaker John A. Boehner was pessimistic Thursday that Congress will pass a bill to address the surge of illegal immigrant children before lawmakers head home for a monthlong August vacation, as the gap between Democrats and Republicans grows wider. Published July 17, 2014

  • In this Monday, July 14, 2014, photo, Leszek Sulanowski, from Deford, Mich., holds up a sign calling for a secured border during a protest of a social services organization's proposal to house child immigrants from Central America in Vassar, Mich., amid escalating debate in about the plans. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Elizabeth Conley)

    AR-15-toting Michigan residents rally to halt plans for immigrant depot

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    At least 50 people carting weapons, flags and posters expressing anger with the porous border took to Vassar, Mich., streets to rally against a plan to ship some of the illegal minor-aged immigrants to their community. Published July 17, 2014

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  • FILE - This June 18, 2014, file photo shows children detainees sleeping in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville,Texas. Thousands of immigrant children crossing alone into the U.S. can live in American cities, attend public schools and possibly work here for years without consequences. The chief reasons are an overburdened, deeply flawed system of immigration courts and a 2002 law intended to protect children's welfare, an Associated Press investigation finds. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool)

    HURT: Bring Obama your huddled, illegal youths; he invited them

    By Charles Hurt

    "Death trains" rumbling through Mexico teeming with children, headed for the U.S. border. Teenage girls raped. Unspeakable violence at the hands of ruthless coyotes, carrying out President Obama's stunningly reckless new foreign policy. Published June 24, 2014

  • Young boys sleep in a holding cell where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Nogales, Ariz.  CPB provided media tours Wednesday of two locations in Brownsville, Texas, and Nogales, that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)

    PHILLIPS: Immigration amnesty and America's last stand

    By Judson Phillips

    America is witnessing the last stand of the conservative movement and of the United States as a constitutional republic. Published June 22, 2014

  • 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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