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Colombia: Prospering economy overshadows thousands of political prisoners

As business booms, at least 4,000 political prisoners remain jailed, often for social activism.... Read more»

White House: $3.7 billion needed for border security surge

The White House has requested an emergency supplement of $3.7 billion to support a “sustained border security surge” in response to a wave of unaccompanied minors crossing into the United States through the Rio Grande Valley this summer.... Read more»

Analysis

Violence, not deferred action, behind border surge

Based on a statistical analysis of unaccompanied children arrivals data, border security statistics, and violence levels in Central America, it is clear that violence in countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador—rather than deferred action or lax U.S. border enforcement—is driving the increase in unaccompanied children.... Read more»1

Texas Gov. Perry and Obama will meet to discuss border crisis

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will meet with President Obama on Wednesday to discuss the continuing crisis on the border, an aide to the governor confirmed Tuesday.... Read more»

Mexico's cartel-fighting vigilantes get closer to Texas border

Armed residents are taking on the feared Zetas cartel in Tamaulipas state. One desperate town’s mayor applauds them. The vigilantes are rising after the Mexican government failed to stop the country from becoming a world kidnap capital, with more than 1,600 reported abductions in 2013. There have been more than 70,000 cartel-related killings since 2006.... Read more»

Feds declare Az, NM gartersnakes threatened species

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service granted threatened species status Monday to northern Mexican and narrow-headed gartersnakes, saying the animals in Arizona and New Mexico could otherwise be in danger of extinction.... Read more»

Woman settles part of border cavity search lawsuit for $1.1 million

A woman who sued a border-area hospital and agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection after being subjected to what she argued was an unwarranted body cavity search for drugs has settled part of the lawsuit for $1.1 million.... Read more»

Jones: Obama joins cartels, conducting 'coyote' operation

Republican candidate for governor Christine Jones attacked President Obama on Monday, accusing him of conducting “the biggest ‘coyote’ operation in history” and blaming the administration for the influx of illegal immigrants. Jones said a PR campaign to deter young immigrants from Central America is a waste of money.... Read more»1

El Salvador: Gangs kill teachers over as little as a failing grade

School violence is a factor driving young Central American migrants to the U.S. border.... Read more»

Video: Texas gov implies 'conspiracy' on border crisis

On ABC News ‘This Week,’ Texas Gov. Rick Perry told host Martha Raddatz that the Obama Administration is failing on border security and that the President’s response is “about five years too late.”... Read more»

Texas gov: Send migrant kids home without delay

Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday doubled down on his stance that tens of thousands of children crossing into Texas illegally from Central America should be sent back to their countries without delay.... Read more»

Will migrant kids lose access to child-welfare & legal help in rush to deport?

Child legal advocates are worried some Central American kids turning themselves in at the border could be returned to peril if Congress amends laws to speed up their repatriation to home countries.... Read more»

The worst massacres and mass graves in Mexico’s drug war

Timeline: Drug violence has left the front pages here, but grisly discoveries keep adding to Mexico’s map of horror.... Read more»

Border Patrol union: Shooting suit ruling could harm agents

The U.S. Border Patrol’s union says that an appellate court ruling allowing a foreign national’s family to sue BP agents could seriously endanger officers, who in the future might hesitate to use deadly force when necessary.... Read more»1

Floods, drought, war? It must be El Niño again

The bad boy of weather is 80 percent likely to strike this year. Here’s what to brace for.... Read more»

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