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  • ** 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** 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 ** 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 ** 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

  • **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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • ** 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • **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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Protesters gather near the entrance to juvenile facility in an effort to stop a bus load of Central American immigrant children from being delivered to the facility, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Oracle, Ariz. Federal officials delayed the bus with no details on whether the children will arrive or not. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Arizona Republican mistakes YMCA campers for immigrant children: 'The fear on their faces'

    By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times

    Republican congressional candidate and Arizona state legislator Adam Kwasman is backpedaling after he mistook a busload of happy YMCA campers for frightened immigrant children. Published July 16, 2014

  • FILE - This June 18, 2014, file photo, detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection,  processing facility in Brownsville,Texas. Immigration courts backlogged by years of staffing shortages and tougher enforcement face an even more daunting challenge since tens of thousands of Central Americans began arriving on the U.S. border fleeing violence back home. For years, children from Central America traveling alone and immigrants who prove they have a credible fear of returning home have been entitled to a hearing before an immigration judge. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool, File)

    Overwhelmed feds putting illegal immigrant children at risk

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    While much of the focus in the illegal immigrant surge has been on border security, the federal government does a poor job of ensuring relatives who claim children who enter the U.S. illegally are giving them the care they need, according to internal audits that suggest problems remain despite years of warnings. Published July 16, 2014

  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gestures as she speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 10, 2014.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Democrats take to Twitter, tell illegals: 'Our doors are open'

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Democrats in the House pushing a pro-amnesty message — and the need for speedy approval of $3.7 billion for President Obama to address border issues — took to Twitter to give illegals some political support, telling them bluntly: We're on your side. Published July 16, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Vice President Joe Biden smiles during a meeting with Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite and Liatvia's President Andris Berzins at the Presidential palace in Vilnius, Lithuania, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

    Gaffe-prone Biden insists 'I think long and hard about what I say'

    By Dave Boyer - The Washington Times

    Vice President Joseph R. Biden said Wednesday that the Obama administration isn't pandering to Hispanic voters with its push for immigration reform amid a surge of illegal immigrants. Published July 16, 2014

  • **FILE** Rep. Sean Duffy, Wisconsin Republican (Associated Press)

    Rep. Sean Duffy: Send unaccompanied minors back

    By Jacqueline Klimas - The Washington Times

    Rep. Sean Duffy, Wisconsin Republican, said Tuesday that the unaccompanied minors who crossed the border must be sent back to their home country so more children don't embark on the dangerous journey seeking amnesty. Published July 15, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn. (Associated Press)

    Texas lawmakers act on unaccompanied minors crisis at the border

    By Jacqueline Klimas - The Washington Times

    Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, said Tuesday that cartels have found a "gap" in the U.S. immigration law and the problem of unaccompanied minors crossing the border will only get worse unless Congress acts. Published July 15, 2014

  • Demonstrators yell to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer, Friday, July 4, 2014, outside a U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta, Calif. Demonstrators on both sides of the immigration debate had gathered where the agency was foiled earlier this week in an attempt to bus in and process some of the immigrants who have flooded the Texas border with Mexico. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Arizona the next Murrieta? Protesters prep for bused illegals

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Move over Murrieta. Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said a whistleblower at the Department of Homeland Security has alerted that 40 to 60 illegal minor-aged immigrants were due to be dropped at a remote boys camp in the Arizona mountains on Tuesday — and protesters have rallied accordingly. Published July 15, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Associated Press

    Md. police investigate 'No undocumented Democrats' graffiti as hate crime

    By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times

    Maryland state police are investigating as a hate crime graffiti that protested illegal immigration on the wall of a former Army Reserve Center that was mulled for use as a shelter for unaccompanied alien children. Published July 15, 2014

  • ** FILE ** This June 18, 2014, file photo, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents work at a processing facility in Brownsville, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool, File)

    Feds tout deportation of 40 as proof of Obama's border protection

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Homeland Security authorities gave a pat on the back to themselves for sending home 40 adults and children who were in the country illegally, claiming the deportations prove that the White House means business — that illegals will in fact be shipped to their countries of origin. Published July 15, 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

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    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

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    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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