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Here's why Mexico distrusts authorities to find 43 missing students

Independent investigators are punching holes all over the official story.... Read more»

BP agent indicted for 2012 cross-border shooting death

U.S. Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz has been indicted for second-degree murder in the shooting of 16-year Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez through the border fence in Nogales during an Oct. 10, 2012, incident. ... Read more»

Catholic Church increasing Hispanic outreach

When Pope Francis visits Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, he will see the changing face of the Roman Catholic Church in America, which includes more Hispanics and immigrants... Read more»

S. America has become safe haven for Catholic Church's alleged child molesters

The Catholic Church has allowed priests accused of sexually abusing children in the United States and Europe to relocate to poor parishes in South America, a yearlong GlobalPost investigation has found. The Vatican has no comment.... Read more»

Civil Rights Comm. hammers immigration authorities on family detention

In a scathing report released Thursday, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights said it found evidence that immigration officials were interfering with the constitutional rights of families in detention, and called on Homeland Security to immediately release them. It cited conditions that are "useless, punitive and not necessary."... Read more»

Union chief: Send 5,000 more Border Patrol agents

More boots on the ground and fewer supervisors to oversee them: That’s what the head of the United States Border Patrol union told a congressional committee is needed for the understaffed and outgunned federal agency grappling with the threat that violence south of the Rio Grande will spread north.... Read more»

At one border crossing, Mexico requiring U.S. citizens to show passports

At the Puerta Este border crossing south of San Diego, U.S. citizens and other foreigners walking into Mexico must now show their passports. “I do business in Baja California, and I do business here in California, so I cross the border every day,” said Alex Casian, one of the border residents who worry the requirement will create a backlog on the border — this time for those heading into Mexico.... Read more»1

Second immigrant dies in ICE detention in Arizona

Two Mexican men have died in immigration holding centers in Arizona this year, including Juan Garcia-Hernandez, 39, who collapsed inside a detention facility in Florence on Monday afternoon. ... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

History lessons: The first deportation

Led by Donald Trump, Republican presidential candidates are embracing the policy of deporting some 11 million Hispanics in the country illegally. If implemented, it would be a humanitarian calamity and a stain on the nation. But it wouldn't be the first time "American exceptionalism" took such a cruel turn.... Read more»

Border toll roads face enforcement issues

As El Paso prepares to open new toll roads, officials' inability to mail bills to Mexican drivers means only U.S.drivers will be required to pay.... Read more»

Cubans flood Texas ports after thaw in relations

If current trends hold, the port of Laredo is on pace to welcome about 60 percent more Cubans than it did last fiscal year. Why the exodus when the island-nation is on the verge of reestablishing ties with the U.S.? ... Read more»

Despite priorities, only 1/3 of immigration holds focused on convicted criminals

Despite announced shifts in deportation priorities by the White House late last year, new data shows that in April fewer than one-third of the detainer requests sent to local police agencies by ICE were for immigrants convicted of a crime. ... Read more»

Detained immigrants face challenges despite ruling

Two weeks after a federal judge ordered that the majority of women and children being held in Texas immigration detention centers be released, attorneys said they are making moderate progress in securing their clients’ freedom. But they also claim the government hasn’t established clear criterion spelling out who gets released and when.... Read more»

'Anchor babies' weigh in on birthright citizenship debate

While more Republican presidential candidates are using “anchor baby” to talk about birthright citizenship, Americans at the center of the debate question the controversial term. "Even the notion of anchor baby is ridiculous," said Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez, an ASU professor. "People have been anchoring on both sides of the border for generations."... Read more»1

Judge upholds 'papers, please' provision of SB 1070

A federal judge upheld the "papers, please" provision of Arizona's controversial immigration law, rejecting claims that it discriminates against Hispanics. But Judge Susan Bolton issued a permanent injunction blocking part of the law that barred stopping a vehicle to hire day laborers.... Read more»

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