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Activists: CBP use-of-force directive a first step

Civil liberties and immigrant rights groups are welcoming the release of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s use-of-force policy and a new directive for U.S. Border Patrol agents as a signal of greater transparency, but those groups — along with some congressmen — argue that more should be done.... Read more»

150 immigration activists demonstrate at San Diego crossing

Nearly 150 people attempted to cross the port of entry near San Diego as part of protest against U.S. immigration policy on Monday.... Read more»

Analysis

Poll roundup: Americans want Congress to pass immigration reform

How do the American people feel about immigration reform and a pathway to legal status only? Despite the many ways to phrase the question, five recent polls from January and February illustrate clearly that the public strongly supports immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship, rejects approaches that would continue to give unauthorized immigrants second-class status, and will be disappointed if immigration reform fails to pass this year.... Read more»

Obama urges Latinos to sign up for insurance now

President Barack Obama appealed directly to Latinos on Thursday, telling them time is running out to sign up for health coverage this year and that they should enroll now to avoid problems.... Read more»

Border agents seize nearly $1M of marijuana

An abandoned SUV packed with 2,000 pounds of marijuana was seized by Border Patrol agents north of Sells on Thursday.... Read more»

Advocates stage mock election in Capitol for immigration reform

An Arizona man joined dozens of advocates who “cast ballots” Thursday in what was billed as a mock election for immigration reform outside the U.S. Capitol office of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.... Read more»

Poll: Az elections will turn on immigration reform

With the Hispanic population in Arizona growing, a report from a lobbying group said that the future of the Republican party in the state hinges on the passage of immigration reform.... Read more»

Commentary

Sonoran Ramblings: 'El Chapo' escaped in a laundry cart?

In this edition of Sonoran Ramblings, we’re looking at sub-par U.S. reporting on the capture of “El Chapo,” lackluster coverage of Operation Streamline, a recent fatal Border Patrol shooting, and an LA Times story on a previously undisclosed report on the agency’s use of force policy.... Read more»

Analysis

Change in the voter mix ahead for Texas Republicans

Everybody knows about the Hispanic growth of Texas and how that might change the state’s politics. Republicans have another demographic trend to think about: Elderly voters are a key part of their conservative constituency. Who will replace them?... Read more»

Latin America: The cost of murder

The human toll of Latin America’s violence is well documented. Now experts are gauging the loss in dollars and cents.... Read more»

Voting Rights Act changes would free Arizona from federal ‘pre-clearance’

The rewrite of the Voting Rights Act currently being debated in Congress would free Arizona from nearly 50 years of strict federal oversight to changes in its voting laws. While Arizona and other states will be out from under the federal microscope for now, the proposed change to the law would let them be drawn back in.... Read more»

Shorty's lessons: 5 things 'El Chapo' Guzman's arrest teaches us

Details, both juicy and mundane, are trickling out after Mexico nabbed its most wanted crime lord. Here’s what we’ve learned, with a grain of salt, of course.... Read more»

Observers tracking Border Patrol stops at Arivaca checkpoint

Arivaca residents, frustrated with a border checkpoint they say is intimidating and intrusive, have launched a new program that will track stops by U.S. border agents near the town. “It was supposed to be temporary, and years later, it’s still here and every year, they add something to make it ever more permanent,” an observer said.... Read more»3

Immigration reform groups urge Obama to act alone

As Republican lawmakers seek to rein in the president’s executive authority, proponents of immigration reform are urging the president to keep using it to push through immigration changes.... Read more»

Even caged, Mexican kingpin El Chapo can bite

With cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman back behind bars, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto must decide what to do with his prize, as communities and gunmen the mega-gangster controlled brace for a bloody backlash.... Read more»

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