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McSally's DACA bill slashes new immigration, doubles down on border security

While thousands of people face the expiration of work permits and protection from deportation under DACA, Rep. Martha McSally and other Republicans submitted a bill that would reintroduce the temporary permit system while clamping down on legal and illegal immigration alike. ... Read more»

Feds tight-lipped on weeding out corrupt border agents

Whether most — or even a significant fraction of — corrupt federal border agents really are caught and punished is an open question. Just a few months ago, a report from an outside committee concluded the current state of affairs at the agency “leaves CBP vulnerable to a corruption scandal that could potentially threaten the security of our nation.”... Read more»

McSally appointed chair of border subcommittee

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally has been named as the chairwoman of the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee. McSally's experience in Congress and her "firsthand experience on the border make her a natural fit to succeed in this vital role," said the Homeland Security chairman.... Read more»

'Criminal aliens' a flashpoint of border security debate

How to deal with, or talk about, foreigners who commit crimes in the United States — the government’s term for them is the politically incorrect “criminal aliens” — has prompted heated calls for vastly different solutions.... Read more»1

DHS chief: Congress must increase border-security funding

Following a review of Super Bowl security preparations, Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson spoke in Phoenix, pushing against a perception that DHS has done little to combat border crossings as he urged Congress to increase funding for his agency. Johnson also said he approves of a court ruling to give Arizona driver's licenses to Dreamers.... Read more»1

Lawmakers file a bipartisan bill on CBP oversight

Border lawmakers from opposing parties introduced legislation this week that would increase the monitoring of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s use-of-force practices and create a uniform complaint process to address allegations of misconduct by agency officials.... Read more»

Immigration stays in spotlight as Congress recesses

As Congress enters its August recess with sweeping immigration reform legislation on hold, anxious Democrats and Republican proponents of a comprehensive overhaul are warning that a narrow timeline awaits lawmakers when they return. And they are using the break to drive home their belief that a comprehensive bill is the only way to move forward.... Read more»

Texas congressman: Immigration reform possible next session

A key Republican in Texas’ congressional delegation, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, said Thursday that passing comprehensive immigration reform is possible next session, but conceded it would still be a contentious endeavor.... Read more»

Ribbons at State of the Union honor Tucson shooting victims

Members of Congress have been asked to wear black and white Homicide Survivors lapel ribbons at Tuesday's State of the Union address to honor the victims of the Jan. 8 Tucson shootings. Radio talker Rush Limbaugh isn't joining in the bipartisan tribute.... Read more»1