Congress takes on immigration issue amid election pressures

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate begins a rare, open-ended debate on immigration and the fate of the “Dreamer” immigrants on Monday, and Republican senators say they’ll introduce President Donald Trump’s plan. Though his proposal has no chance of passage, Trump may be the most influential voice in the conversation. If the aim is to pass […]

Top Democrat rescinds offer of $25 billion for Trump’s wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer has pulled back an offer of $25 billion for President Donald Trump’s long-promised southern border wall, as lawmakers scrambled to figure out how to push a deal to protect 700,000 or more so-called Dreamer immigrants from deportation. Schumer had made the offer last Friday in a last-ditch […]

Senators strike a deal re-opening government after 69 hours

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a bill reopening the government late Monday, ending a 69-hour display of partisan dysfunction after Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations. They relented in return for Republican assurances that the Senate will soon take up the plight of young immigrant “dreamers” and other contentious issues. […]

Democrats, GOP try to dodge blame for shuttered government

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hours after shuttering much of the federal government, feuding Democrats and Republicans in Congress spent Saturday dodging blame for a paralyzing standoff over immigration and showed few signs of progress on negotiations needed to end it.The finger-pointing played out in rare weekend proceedings in both the House and Senate, where lawmakers were […]

Protest over “anti-sanctuary cities” law disrupts Texas House

MEREDITH HOFFMAN, Associated Press WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Hundreds of protesters opposing Texas’ tough new anti-“sanctuary cities” law launched a raucous demonstration from the public gallery in the Texas House on Monday, briefly halting work and prompting lawmakers on the floor below to scuffle — and even threaten gun violence — […]

County Judge Craig Doyal has an illegal immigration problem (Part 1 of multi-part series): Doyal’s EB-5 program

County Judge Craig Doyal has an illegal immigration problem (Part 1 of multi-part series): Doyal’s EB-5 program

ERIC YOLLICK, The Golden Hammer Conroe, May 9 – Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal has an illegal immigration problem. For some odd reason, as County Judge and as an elected official, Doyal has encouraged programs that result in illegal immigration issues for this community. Doyal’s sponsorship of the EB-5 program in Montgomery County is one example. […]

Trump tells young immigrants in US illegally to ‘rest easy’

JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and now here illegally can “rest easy,” President Donald Trump said Friday, telling the “dreamers” they will not be targets for deportation under his immigration policies. Trump, in a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, said his administration […]

Border Patrol ‘tunnel rats’ plug underground passages 

ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — They are known in the U.S. Border Patrol as “tunnel rats” — agents who go in clandestine passages that have proliferated on the U.S.-Mexico border over the past 20 years to smuggle drugs. The Associated Press joined the Border Tunnel Entry Team, as it is formally known, […]

Victims of immigrant crime now have advocate in White House 

ASTRID GALVAN, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Two years ago, Steve Ronnebeck’s son was gunned down at work in a Phoenix-area convenience store over a pack of cigarettes. The man accused of pulling the trigger was an immigrant who was in the country illegally and had been released by federal authorities. The suspected killer, captured […]