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Obama's actions 'same' as past presidents?

President Obama repeatedly claimed that there is presidential precedent for the executive actions he took on immigration. But are the actions Obama announced really the “same kinds of actions” taken by past presidents?... Read more»1

Predator drone, dogs help BP agents seize nearly $2M in drugs

With help from a Predator drone, a National Guard helicopter, and a drug dog at a checkpoint, Tucson Sector Border Patrol seized more nearly $2 million in drugs in multiple seizures this week, including nearly $100,000 in cocaine and more than $252,000 in heroin, according to a release from the agency.... Read more»1

FactCheck: Incoming Arkansas senator's porous border story

Incoming Arkansas senator Tom Cotton distorted the facts of a 2011 failed terrorist plot to make his case that the U.S. border with Mexico is “open” and “defenseless.”... Read more»4

Homeland Security sec. vows Az visit ‘early next year’

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he will return to Southern Arizona early next year to meet with residents and talk about steps his agency is taking to secure the border and further reduce illegal immigration.... Read more»1

New border measures coming, says Homeland Security chief

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Tuesday that a new border security task force is coming to the U.S.-Mexico-border as part of President Obama’s executive action on immigration.... Read more»1

Some banks pulling back from doing business on border

In late September, U.S. Sen. McCain wrote letters accusing Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase and Citigroup of scaling back services and closing branches in communities along the U.S.-Mexico border.... Read more»3

Analysis

Mexico: Missing students a symptom of a larger crisis

Apart from being a human rights atrocity, the case of 43 disappeared students in Mexico is also a reflection of a faulty government system that the U.S. helped cultivate.... Read more»

Photos: Digging for the disappeared in Mexico

Fed up with authorities who haven’t found their missing loved ones, citizens’ brigades are defying the law to search themselves.... Read more»

Immigration order prompts hostility, gratitude from states

President Obama’s decision to defer the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants has prompted sharply varying reactions from state leaders, with some vowing to fight the decision and others hailing it as a vindication of their own policies.... Read more»1

FactCheck

Spinning immigration data

President Obama exaggerated when talking about declines in illegal border crossings, and Republican Rick Santorum made a misleading claim about the foreign-born population in the United States.... Read more»

Texas GOP divided on immigration crackdown

Though they appear to be universally outraged by President Obama’s executive order affecting millions of undocumented immigrants, Texas Republican leaders are far from united on how to use their own power to police unauthorized workers and the employers who hire them.... Read more»

Years late, new Texas-Mexico rail crossing set to open

After more than a year of wrangling between local leaders and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security over who should pay to move an X-ray machine, the first new rail bridge in more than a century connecting Mexico and the Rio Grande Valley is expected to open in February.... Read more»

Photos: Thanksgiving in sanctuary

Members of the congregation of Southside Presbyterian Church held Thanksgiving with Rosa Robles Loreta and her family, breaking bread Thursday with a woman who has been in sanctuary for more than 100 days while facing a deportation order.... Read more»

U.S. citizen with multiple convictions arrested after running BP checkpoint

A U.S. citizen an arrest warrant and multiple convictions was one of seven men arrested by Border Patrol agents in the last two weeks, including three men wanted for sex crimes, and three gang members.... Read more»1

Border agents arrest three U.S. citizens for human smuggling

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested three U.S. citizens in connection with human smuggling in two separate incidents this week, as well as six Mexican nationals suspected of being in the country illegally. Agents also arrested two Mexican nationals for drug smuggling, while seizing nearly $400,000 in marijuana and four vehicles.... Read more»

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