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U.S. immigration agency will lose millions because it can't process visas fast enough

Fees from so-called “premium processing” to expedite H-1B visas have paid for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ efforts to digitize. But the agency hasn’t been able to keep up with demand, forcing it to suspend its cash cow. ... Read more»

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Trump admin has funds for just 7 miles of border wall

During the campaign, President Donald Trump promised to build a wall across the southern border some 1,000 miles long. The number of miles the president currently has money for: seven.... Read more»

Trump's 'Buy American' pledge at risk with border wall

Current trade agreements mean foreign companies, including some big firms in Mexico, might well get in on the building of the president’s wall. ... Read more»

Trump’s Defense secretary cites climate change as national security challenge

Secretary of Defense James Mattis has asserted that climate change is real, and a threat to American interests abroad and the Pentagon’s assets everywhere, a position that appears at odds with the views of the president who appointed him and many in the administration in which he serves.... Read more»

Can border officials search your phone? These are your rights

Recent detentions and seizures of phones and other material from travelers to the United States have sparked alarm. We detail what powers Customs and Border Protection officials have over you and your devices. ... Read more»

Trump invites bids for border wall, cites 'aesthetics'

President Trump built his campaign on the promise of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Just a month after his inauguration, Homeland Security announced plans to begin construction. And the department took a step to make sure it will look good, stating in a little-noticed update that bids will be judged on “aesthetics.”... Read more»

Trump plan: Deport illegal migrants to Mexico regardless of nationality

Buried deep in the Trump administration’s plans to round up undocumented immigrants is a provision certain to enrage Mexico — new authority for federal agents to deport immigrants caught crossing the southern border to Mexico, regardless of where they are from.... Read more»

Former 'border czar' gives real facts about immigration

Alan Bersin says a border wall won’t address the real challenges confronting the U.S. border enforcement system: hopelessly understaffed immigration courts and lawlessness and poverty in Central America. ... Read more»

Trump order will block 500,000 legal U.S. residents from returning from trips abroad

In banning newcomers from seven countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days, the president has used language that will affect those who are in the U.S. already on visas and green cards.... Read more»

Analysis

Trump hits populist notes in inaugural address

Ahead of President Donald Trump’s inaugural address, it seemed no one knew exactly what to expect. The speech was much more than sober. It largely lacked lofty language, but contained a full-throated populist vision, delivered with confidence.... Read more»

Trump files paperwork resigning from one of his Florida companies

Update, Jan. 23, 2017: The Trump Organization has now filed paperwork in Florida on President Trump’s resignation from one of his hotel companies. The document is dated Monday, Jan. 23.... Read more»

Conservatives plot course on rising ‘sea of red’ in state capitals

Shortly after the November election, with the nation’s political attention focused on the Trump transition, an influential advocacy group — ALEC — met outside Washington to discuss how to leverage the extraordinary shift of power to Republicans in the rest of the country.... Read more»

Obama picks up pace on commutations, but pardon changes still in limbo

Near the start of his second term, President Obama had granted clemency at a lower rate than any president in recent history. He had pardoned 39 people and denied 1,333 requests. He had used his power to commute a prisoner’s sentence just once. But as Obama enters the final days of his administration, he has dramatically picked up the pace.... Read more»

Facebook doesn't tell users everything it really knows about them

The site shows users how Facebook categorizes them. It doesn’t reveal the data it is buying about their offline lives, including their income, the types of restaurants they frequent and even how many credit cards are in their wallets.... Read more»

Continuing muddle at pro-Trump political committee

A political action committee that backed Donald Trump’s bid for the presidency is continuing to flout campaign finance laws. ‘America Comes First’ can’t seem to decide if it’s a PAC or a super PAC, but in either case its federal filings remain problematic. ... Read more»

Street hustle: The truth behind 'new' police tool for confronting fentanyl menace

A drug test manufacturer has repackaged an old, error-prone chemical formula as a "hot ... new!" cutting-edge product — but there is nothing new about the fentanyl testing kit except its name. The new kits are little more than a repurposed chemical test that has been used to detect all manner of substances for more than a century.... Read more»

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