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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan can be reached at sdinan@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Stephen Dinan

A worker inspects buoys being used as a barrier along the Rio Grande, Monday, Aug. 21, 2023, in Eagle Pass, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Court rules against Texas’ floating border wall

An appeals court ruled Friday that Texas' floating border wall in the Rio Grande is illegal under federal law, delivering a victory to President Biden as he battles Gov. Greg Abbott over the surge in illegal immigration. Published December 1, 2023

A family of five claiming to be from Guatemala and a man stating he was from Peru, in pink shirt, walk through the desert after crossing the border wall in the Tucson Sector of the U.S.-Mexico border, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023, in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument near Lukeville, Ariz. U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports that the Tucson Sector is the busiest area of the border since 2008 due to smugglers abruptly steering migrants from Africa, Asia and other places through some of the Arizona borderlands' most desolate and dangerous areas. (AP Photo/Matt York)

DHS to shut down Arizona border crossing over migrant surge

The flood of illegal immigrants in southern Arizona has grown so bad that Homeland Security said it will have to shut down a border crossing and reassign the officers to help Border Patrol agents deal with the wave of migrants jumping the boundary. Published December 1, 2023

In this Jan. 5, 2016, photo, Mike Weinstein, director of training and security at the National Armory gun store and gun range, wears a Ruger 1911 handgun in a holster as he teaches a concealed weapons permit class in Pompano Beach, Fla. Florida might grant authority to 2 million civilians who can lawfully carry guns tucked in waistbands, under jackets or inside purses into restaurants, shopping malls and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) **FILE**

More people carrying concealed weapons even as permits drop

More than half of the states now allow residents to carry concealed guns without needing to obtain a permit and it's led to a sea change in gun habits, according to a new study by the leading researcher on the issue. Published November 30, 2023

Migrants who crossed the Rio Grande and entered the U.S. from Mexico are lined up for processing by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Sept. 23, 2023, in Eagle Pass, Texas. As Congress returns this week, Senate Republicans have made it clear they won’t support additional war aid for Ukraine unless they can pair it with border security measures. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) **FILE**

DHS shuts down some border crossings amid new migrant surge

The Department of Homeland Security said Monday that it will reduce or shut down some lanes of traffic at border crossings in Arizona and Texas to redeploy staff to handle a renewed surge of migrants entering illegally. Published November 27, 2023

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testifies during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee on President Biden's supplemental funding request, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Mayorkas changes tune on need for more border money after repeatedly seeking cuts

When President Biden sent Congress his Homeland Security budget in the spring, his director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement was peppered with questions from lawmakers about why he was asking for a cut in funding and fewer detention beds at a time when the border was out of control. Published November 24, 2023

Migrants wait along a border wall Aug. 23, 2022, after crossing from Mexico near Yuma, Ariz. U.S. immigration offices have become so overwhelmed with processing migrants for court that some some asylum-seekers who crossed the border at Mexico may be waiting a decade before they even get a date to see a judge. The backlog stems from a change made two months after President Joe Biden took office, when Border Patrol agents began now-defunct practice of quickly releasing immigrants on parole. They were given instructions to report to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office at their final destination to be processed for court — work previously done by the Border Patrol. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

ICE makes progress in tracking down Title 42 ‘parole’ violators

Immigration and Customs Enforcement, prodded by a federal judge, has now issued hundreds of deportation charging documents to illegal immigrants caught and released around the end of the Title 42 pandemic border expulsion policy in May. Published November 23, 2023