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Trump Celebrates 'Heroes' of ICE as Political Debate over Agency Intensifies

August 21, 2018
Seung Min Kim, David Nakamura | The Washington Post
President Trump on Monday offered robust praise of federal immigration officers, touting them as “heroes” at a White House event aimed at drawing a sharp contrast with Democrats over the enforcement of border-control laws.
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Senate panel skewers Trump officials over migrant family separations

August 1, 2018
Karoun Demirjian, Nick Miroff | The Washington Post
Trump administration officials defended the rationale for their now-defunct family separation strategy during tense Senate testimony Tuesday, but they did not challenge lawmakers’ assertions that the initiative was a failure.
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G.O.P. Faces Another Midterm Threat as Trump Plays the Shutdown Card

July 30, 2018
Sheryl Gay Stolberg | The New York Times
Congressional Republicans, already facing a difficult election landscape, confronted a prospect on Sunday they had worked feverishly to avoid: a threat by President Trump to shut down the government over funding for a border wall.
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At Texas border, joy and chaos as U.S. reunites migrant families

July 20, 2018
Yeganeh Torbati, Loren Elliott | Reuters
Luis Campos, a Dallas attorney, showed up at a Texas immigrant detention facility close to the U.S.-Mexico border on Wednesday morning expecting to represent a client before an immigration judge.
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Republicans force Democrats to go on record over immigration agency

July 19, 2018
Kelsey Snell | NPR
House Republicans claimed a political victory Wednesday after the House voted 244-35 in favor of officially supporting the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, a vote intended to force Democrats to take a position amid calls from progressives to abolish the agency.
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Ryan scraps ‘abolish ICE’ vote

July 17, 2018
Rachael Bade, Kyle Cheney | POLITICO
Speaker Paul Ryan quashed a rank-and-file effort to force Democrats to take a politically toxic vote to abolish the federal government’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, sources familiar with the matter told POLITICO.

A special edition of the Washington Week Extra

July 13, 2018
A conversation with Robert Costa.
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Tech issues plague U.S. web portal tracking separated children

July 11, 2018
Yeganeh Torbati, Reade Levinson, Kristina Cooke | Reuters
From the moment it went online in January of 2014, the computer system designed to track unaccompanied immigrant children and process their release has created headaches for the shelter staff, government employees and others who use it, according to interviews with a dozen current and former users, government reports, and congressional testimony.
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Judge rejects Trump request to alter agreement on release of immigrant kids

July 10, 2018
Josh Gerstein | POLITICO
A federal judge has turned down President Donald Trump's request to alter a decades-old legal settlement to allow long-term detention of children who entered the U.S. illegally with their parents.
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