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Violence is causing children to flee Central America

Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador have some of the highest levels of violence in Central America. These conditions are causing tens of thousands of children and families to take refuge in the United States and neighboring countries.... Read more»

Texas gov visits Nat'l Guard troops training for the border

Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday portrayed the deployment of the Texas National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border as a critical security measure, saying troops “now are the tip of the spear protecting Americans from these cartels and gangs.”... Read more»1

Rio Grande Valley mayor welcomes National Guard troops

Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal is among the few public officials on the border welcoming the presence of National Guard troops to deal with the surge of illegal immigration.... Read more»

Az leads states for rate of deferred-deportation applications

Arizona has the highest rate of deferred deportation applications in the nation, with two-thirds of the estimated 34,000 eligible immigrants in the state signing up, a new report says.... Read more»

FactCheck

Texas gov misuses 'criminal alien' data

In discussing his decision to send the National Guard to the Mexico border, Texas Gov. Rick Perry repeatedly has misused data on “criminal aliens” arrested in Texas.... Read more»

Zapatistas: Global appeal despite slow pace of revolution

Two decades after the Zapatista uprising, the movement continues almost almost unnoticed in Chiapas. It endures quietly, operating small autonomous governments and schools here, and thriving as an iconic symbol for left-leaning activists throughout the world.... Read more»

Mexican midwives mix tradition, science to curb maternal deaths

Private groups and the Mexican government agree that the staggeringly high rate of maternal deaths during childbirth in Chiapas has to come down - but they disagree on how to do it. That’s resulted in a blending of traditional and modern methods in the poor, rural state.... Read more»

Two big lies about pot in Uruguay

There’s a lot of outrageous buzz about Uruguay’s marijuana revolution. Let’s take a sober look at some rather implausible claims.... Read more»

Texas gov vows to secure border, spread 'red-state policies'

Promising to secure the border and take the Texas approach to government national, Gov. Rick Perry delivered an impassioned speech Friday morning in which he called for conservatives to wage a “war” on “the battlefield of ideas.”... Read more»1

Few unaccompanied minors staying in Arizona

More than 5,000 unaccompanied immigrant children were sent to Arizona for processing by Customs and Border Protection this summer, but fewer than 200 of them ended up staying in the state. That’s less than 1 percent of the 30,340 children who were processed and placed with sponsors.... Read more»

Rip-crew recruiter indicted for role in Brian Terry killing

The recruiter for the rip crew that allegedly killed Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry during a 2010 firefight north of Nogales has been indicted in the case, and charged with first degree murder, authorities said.... Read more»

Apprehensions of migrant families up 471 percent

While this summer’s influx of thousands of unaccompanied minors has become the central focus of the immigration debate, the number of families apprehended along the southwestern border has more than quadrupled from last year. Nearly 63,000 people counted as part of a family unit — a parent or guardian traveling with one or more children — were apprehended.... Read more»

Congressional inaction leaves border communities hoping for funds

Congress left towns and counties on the Texas-Mexico border hanging last week when it adjourned without sending a supplemental budget measure to the president. The local governments have used their own resources since last spring to care for thousands of immigrants flooding into their communities, and they had hoped Congress would reimburse local taxpayers.... Read more»

Women in Chiapas working toward a ‘life free of violence’

About 30 percent of women in the Mexican state of Chiapas are domestic violence victims - and that’s the best rate for all of Mexico. After some gains, women in Chiapas have seen progress toward the rights, and safety, level off but they have not given up the fight.... Read more»

Activists continue to demand names of officers involved in May arrests

Three border activists were offered the chance to pay a court fee and have their charges dropped after an incident in May when they were arrested at the Nogales Port of Entry. During a press conference Wednesday, the federal officer who cited one of the activists demanded the activists disperse.... Read more»

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