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Rep. Steve King to Propose 7 Budget Campaign Promise Amendments to Funding Bill

As Democrats and Republicans argue about who had the upper hand in crafting the appropriations bill that will fund the federal government through September, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is introducing seven amendments that would, if passed, make good on the promises made by GOP candidates in the last election that have yet to be fulfilled.

Sessions Targets Mexican Cartel Activity on Border

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced tougher prosecutorial standards for people caught crossing the border illegally during a tour in southern Arizona Tuesday. He emphasized prosecuting cartel and gang connected drug and human smugglers as well as repeat crossers.

A foreign airline passenger is greeted by a Customs and Border Protection Officer at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia January 5, 2004. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

‘Extreme Vetting’ May Involve Social Media Passwords, Questions About Ideology

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday on some ideas the Trump administration is discussing for the “extreme vetting” of foreign visitors, including asking the subjects to reveal their cell phone contacts, hand over the passwords to their social media accounts, supply financial records, and “answer probing questions about their ideology.”

Family Argues Mexican National Killed by Border Patrol Had Constitutional Rights

A Mexican family whose son was killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent told the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday that the agent violated their son’s constitutional rights by using unnecessary deadly force. A preliminary issue is whether the Constitution applies to someone who is not a citizen of the U.S. and was standing on Mexican soil at the time of the shooting.

We Need More Money to Fight Cartels, DHS Officials Tell Congress

U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials told Congress they need more equipment, cutter fleets, and manpower to fight transnational drug cartels from Mexico, Central and South America, and Europe. Cartels have almost unlimited funds to traffic drugs into the country, they say.

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