President Biden’s lawyer, defending the government’s immigration policies to the Supreme Court late last month, painted a picture of an administration eager to detain illegal immigrants to the full extent of the law but stymied by a stingy Congress that won’t give them any more beds. The numbers, however, don’t back that up.
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday he had activated the state’s border security command center to try to prepare for a flood of illegal immigrants if the Biden administration follows through on ending the Title 42 pandemic border policy.
Federal authorities discovered a sophisticated cross-border tunnel used to smuggle millions of dollars of drugs from Mexico, and nabbed six people accused of running the operation on the U.S. side, the government revealed Monday.
Voters overwhelmingly want stiffer enforcement of America’s immigration laws and a clear majority says President Biden’s border policies have sparked a drug surge that has cost lives, according to new polling.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced an investigation Friday into the Texas Bar Foundation, saying he’s heard complaints the lawyers’ group is funneling taxpayers’ money to organizations that encourage and fund illegal immigration.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wants to take a second look at a 1982 court ruling that required public schools to educate all children, including illegal immigrants.
Democrats lashed out at administration officials Thursday, saying there’s no indication that Homeland Security is ready to handle the massive surge of illegal immigrants that experts say is coming.
The Biden administration cut corners in its rush to announce new rules extending work permits for foreigners in the U.S., including many illegal immigrants, and the divergence from standard procedures could imperil the legality of the policy.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas promised senators on Wednesday that he’s pushing ICE to deport more people, as he defended the agency’s record-low number of removals last year.
Immigration Law Weekly, a publication for immigrant rights lawyers, said this week that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is acting in an “anti-immigrant” manner and should be impeached.
Rep. Andy Biggs debuts ‘America First Contract’ with aggressive conservative agenda for GOP majority
Rep. Andy Biggs has unveiled his “America First Contract” to guide the GOP to a House majority in November with pledges to crack down on President Biden’s weak border policies and launch investigations of top Democrats.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit Thursday to try to stop Homeland Security’s new policy that will make it easier for migrants to claim asylum in the U.S., saying the president and his team are breaking immigration law.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas vowed to Congress on Wednesday that the U.S. will maintain control of the Mexican border amid the looming surge of migrants, insisting the Biden administration has a plan for dealing with the expected more than half-million illegal immigrants a month.
Homeland Security has spent $72 million in shutdown costs to stop building portions of former President Trump’s border wall, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told Congress on Wednesday.
The Supreme Court signaled trouble for the administration’s catch-and-release border policies on Tuesday, with justices questioning the legal basis Homeland Security is using to parole thousands of illegal immigrants into the U.S. each day.
Americans overwhelmingly say the government should be doing more to screen out potentially dangerous illegal immigrants at the border, and say local communities deserve a veto over whether the migrants are allowed to settle in their communities, according to new polling Tuesday.
The Border Patrol has been undercounting migrant deaths along the U.S.-Mexico boundary for years, according to a new report by Congress’s chief watchdog agency.
A member of the Texas National Guard vanished while trying to rescue illegal immigrants from the Rio Grande on Friday.
Usually it’s Republicans making pilgrimages to the border wall to register displeasure with President Biden’s immigration policy, but Sen. Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire Democrat, made the trip herself earlier this month, recording a video in front of the fence and igniting a firestorm within her party.
President Biden’s first drug control strategy promotes the greater use of the opioid antidote Naloxone, syringe giveaways and a promise to step up border enforcement to reduce drug smuggling, administration officials said.
More than two dozen GOP governors have signed up to push back against the Biden administration’s border chaos, forming the American Governors Border Strike Force to share intelligence on threats to their communities that come across the U.S.-Mexico border.
Rep. James Comer, the House Republicans’ lead investigator, says it’s time to send active-duty military troops to the U.S. border with Mexico to shut down drug routes and curtail the reach of smuggling cartels, which control the boundary with startling effectiveness.
Rep. James Comer, House Republicans’ lead investigator, says it’s time to send active-duty military troops to the U.S. border with Mexico to shut down drug routes and curtail the reach of smuggling cartels, who control the boundary with startling effectiveness.
Homeland Security apprehended nearly 90,000 illegal immigrants in March who came from beyond the traditional sending countries of Mexico and northern Central America, shattering previous records and signaling America’s border crisis has gone global.
ICE is getting ready to release as many as 600,000 illegal immigrants into communities before the end of September, the agency told a federal judge, giving an early estimate of the chaos the administration is predicting after it ends the Title 42 pandemic border shutdown.
The Border Patrol reported nearly 210,000 apprehensions along the U.S.-Mexico border in March, making it the most chaotic month on the border so far in President Biden’s tenure.
A senior Homeland Security official chided Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for busing illegal immigrants to Washington, saying Thursday that the Republican governor was hurting the government’s efforts to coordinate how the migrants are released.
A second busload of illegal immigrants from Texas arrived in Washington on Thursday morning, delighting leaders of neighboring counties who said they will be more than happy to have those surging the border right now settle in the D.C. area.
Texas shipped its first busload of migrants to Washington on Wednesday as part of Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to make President Biden and the nation’s capital feel some of the pain of the border crisis.
Commercial traffic at a key U.S.-Mexico border crossing has reportedly ground to halt after Mexican truckers blocked lanes to protest a new inspection policy from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
The worse the border surge, the more it will hurt other immigrants trying to come to the country legally by delaying their applications, a top Homeland Security official told Congress on Wednesday.
The Department of Homeland Security will deploy teams of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers into communities to track down illegal immigrants the Biden administration caught and released at the border last year and who have since gone AWOL, The Washington Times has learned.
Three Republican-led states filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to stop President Biden from ending the pandemic border-emergency order that had helped block illegal immigrants’ path into the U.S., saying he moved too rashly.
Sen. Bill Hagerty was with Border Patrol agents Friday when news of the Biden administration’s decision to cancel the pandemic emergency and reopen the border to illegal immigrants was announced at evening muster.
The Biden administration announced Friday that it is ending the pandemic border emergency order, known as Title 42, that for the last two years has blocked many illegal immigrants from entering the U.S., sparking fears of a new record-shattering surge of migrants.
ICE automatically installed a suicide prevention app on employees’ government-issued smartphones this week, staffers told The Washington Times, calling it a grim sign of just how far morale has sunk at the immigration agency.
With the chaos at the southern border deepening, Republicans released a video Wednesday pressing President Biden and his Democrats to visit the area to get a firsthand look at what local communities have been left to deal with.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees have been warned to prepare for the end of the border pandemic emergency policy as soon as this week — with predictions that illegal border crossings, already at record levels, could triple.
The Biden administration is reportedly planning to offer COVID-19 vaccines to migrants taken into custody at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. soared by more than 1 million last year, reaching 11.4 million as of this January, according to new research released Tuesday that puts new contours on the border chaos under President Biden.
Homeland Security released a final regulation Thursday taking control of decisions in border asylum cases, in a move analysts said is likely to lead to faster — and more — approvals.
President Biden’s border policies put illegal immigrant children at risk of falling victim to “human traffickers” in the U.S., warned Rep. Fred Keller, who is introducing legislation Thursday to tackle the threat.
A Texas emergency services employee has been charged with using an ambulance to try to sneak illegal immigrants deeper into the U.S. by trying to claim he was carrying a COVID-19 patient to a hospital.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas broke the law when he wrote new rules limiting which illegal immigrants can be arrested or deported, a federal judge ruled Tuesday, slapping an injunction on ICE that will limit its ability to pick and choose whom to target.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell warned Tuesday of an “utter meltdown” at the southern border if the Biden administration ditches the Trump-era COVID policy allowing illegal immigrants to be expelled back to Mexico.
The Federal Aviation Administration had decided it was illegal to ban drones flying over the border in Del Rio, Texas, amid last year’s surge of Haitian migrants, but imposed the ban after pleading by a Homeland Security official, according to emails obtained by House GOP investigators.
President Biden was adamant after images of tense confrontations between horse-mounted Border Patrol agents and Haitian migrants emerged in September, vowing that the agents “will pay.”
The Western Sheriffs Association delivered a unanimous vote of “No Confidence” in Vice President Kamala Harris’ handling of the migration crisis that’s slammed the U.S. border, with the sheriffs calling for President Biden to sideline his No. 2.
The federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s deportation division arrested 48% fewer convicted criminals, deported 63% fewer criminals and issued 46% fewer “detainer” requests to other law enforcement agencies last year, according to data that ICE officials have tallied but have yet to release to the public.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced Wednesday he will grant Temporary Protected Status to many Afghans already in the U.S., giving them a new level of status.
The illegal immigrant accused of shooting Kate Steinle seven years ago on the San Francisco waterfront, helping draw attention to sanctuary cities and giving then-candidate Donald Trump a major campaign issue, pleaded guilty Monday to weapons offenses.
The Biden administration moved late Friday to cancel the pandemic border shutdown as it pertains to illegal immigrant children who show up without parents, saying it had revisited the issue and decided children aren’t as much of a risk as other unauthorized border jumpers.
The Biden administration slashed interior immigration arrests by about half compared to the Trump years, according to an overdue report released Friday that details the massive changes at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The White House said it is sticking behind its pick to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement amid a new controversy involving a months-old domestic violence allegation.