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Morocco: Marijuana economy goes up in smoke

Although it is illegal to cultivate cannabis, it remains one of Morocco's most lucrative sources of income. Now farmers claim that their already meager income is being dramatically reduced by authorities who demand bribes to allow the cultivation to continue.... Read more»1

For-profit colleges encouraged fraud, watchdog says

We've been following allegations of enrollment abuses and bogus marketing schemes at for-profit schools for some time now, and a report released by the GAO this week further highlights some of the questionable recruiting tactics of several for-profit colleges across the country.... Read more»

From fine art to rubbish: Stashes of drug traffickers

Under a thick layer of dust in a Bogota warehouse lie goods confiscated from drug traffickers that range from fine art to just plain crap, from elephant tusks to dented bicycles.... Read more»

Comic: Border

Some 'crabby' locals resent Border Patrol presence

Over the past four years, the U.S. Border Patrol has grown by two-thirds, from 12,000 to 20,000 agents. Some rural border residents resent the intrusion into their lives.... Read more»

Police arrest anti-SB 1070 demonstrators Thursday

Tucson police officers arrested anti-SB 1070 demonstrators for disorderly conduct Thursday afternoon.... Read more»

Alien removals increase under Obama

Not only has the Department of Homeland Security referred more immigration-related cases for prosecution under President Obama than under his predecessor, it has also removed more aliens than the Bush Administration did, even in its busiest years.... Read more»

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Looser gun laws don't always mean tighter grasp on liberties

Arizona recently loosened its restrictions on carrying a concealed weapon. But owning and bearing arms, with or without a hall pass, is no substitute for the vigilance required to participate in government.... Read more»

Colombia: Welcome to a drug lord's playground

When he wasn't smuggling cocaine or ordering hit men to gun down his enemies, Pablo Escobar liked to relax at his 7,000-acre ranch, Hacienda Napoles, a personal playground and petting zoo. Now it's a tourist attraction.... Read more»

One year later, little hope for American hikers held in Iran

As relations between the U.S. and Iran sputter, 3 hikers languish in the middle.... Read more»

Undercover feds easily obtain fraudulent e-Passports

A decade after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks brought to light the dangers of fake IDs, federal undercover agents are still able to easily obtain genuine U.S. e-Passports using clearly fraudulent information that should have raised red flags at the State Department.... Read more»

Checkpoint blues: More Border Patrol means crabbier locals

When Linda Walker drives north on Highway 118 from her West Texas home in Terlingua toward Alpine, she spots the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint ahead and thinks to herself, "Do I have time today?" Does she have time, she asks, to get "belligerent" with the agents, in their now ubiquitous green fatigues, who will inevitably ask about her citizenship? And that's not all.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

The 'danged fence' is a big fib

Anyone who tells you the solution to illegal migration is more border enforcement is either a darn fool or a damned liar. In this election season, politicians are seemingly apoplectic about illegal immigration. People from south of us don’t come here for our way of life or to plop out progeny. They come here for the cash.... Read more»

Comic: Immigration

Arizona Mandela

Emotions are running high over the question of how, or whether, Arizona should defend itself against illegal immigration. Heroes, however, are thin on the ground.... Read more»

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Goddard: Time to go on offense against Mexican cartels

I'm reminded of Jack Dempsey's adage, "the best defense is a good offense," as Arizona considers its next steps in the wake of Judge Bolton's ruling on SB 1070. We need to go on the offensive to fight border crime and solve the problem of illegal immigration now. ... Read more»

Immigrant prosecutions on rise under Obama

Immigration and Customs Enforcement referred 4,145 cases for prosecution in March and April, the highest number since 2005, when the agency was created.... Read more»

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