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McSally backing plan to fund permanent Nat'l Guard border deployments

The U.S. Border Patrol would have greater freedom to patrol federally protected lands, and the National Guard would be fully funded for permanent border security operations if a key Texas Republican has better luck on immigration legislation with a new Congress. Rep. Martha McSally is also signing on to the Secure Our Borders First Act.... Read more»3

Want to go to Cuba? 6 tips to decipher the new rules

The U.S. government’s new regulations to travel to Cuba are confusing as they change the rules but not the law.... Read more»

Mexican troops arrest alleged cartel gunman over student disappearances

It was the latest of nearly 100 arrests in the investigation into the abduction, and suspected killing, of 43 students in September.... Read more»

Arizona splits along party lines in immigration vote

Arizona’s delegation split down party lines on a bill to fund Homeland Security while stripping funding for President Obama’s executive action on immigration. New Rep. Martha McSally also straddled the fence, voting against an amendment to block Obama's action, but approving the final bill after the amendment passed.... Read more»

Here’s a meth cook who’s helping boost Mexico’s drug traffic to the U.S.

Meet Bernardo. The U.S. deported him to Mexico. Now he's making big money cooking crystal meth to help serve a vast American market of addicts. ... Read more»

How I passed my U.S. citizenship test

Last month, I became an American citizen, a tremendous honor and no easy accomplishment, even for a Canadian. After living here for 12 years, I thought I knew everything. Then I learned how we mint Americans.... Read more»

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Nearby border makes Tucson epicenter of Az’s heroin epidemic

A little more than an hour up Interstate 19 from the border, Tucson has become an epicenter of Arizona's heroin epidemic. A Cronkite News analysis of state data shows the five ZIP codes that saw the most overdoses between 2009 and 2013 were all in metropolitan Tucson.... Read more»

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Heroin’s road to Az tests police, feeds growing demand

Traffickers will use any means to smuggle heroin into the United States. Their routes and techniques are constantly adapting, and law enforcement agencies are forced to adapt as well.... Read more»

Uruguay’s year in weed: 3 big successes, 3 burning questions

Wasn't Uruguay supposed to become a marijuana mecca of the south? Here's why that hasn't happened, just yet.... Read more»

Audit: Border drones costly, infrequently flown

The drone program operated by Customs and Border Protection costs far more than the agency estimates, flies far fewer hours than it should, and helps in a fraction of apprehensions along the U.S-Mexico border, according to an audit of the program. In a report released on Christmas Eve, the DHS Inspector General found that after eight years, the program has not achieved results, flying for only about 20 percent of the time expected. ... Read more»2

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's 5 mountainous challenges for 2015

There is no doubt that Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto had a crappy end to 2014. Amid violence, scandals, and a sinking peso, his popularity rating tumbled 20 points. Peña Nieto meets with President Barack Obama in Washington on Tuesday. The leaders will discuss security, migration and human rights issues, Mexican officials said. ... Read more»

The Perry legacy: Immigration

When Gov. Rick Perry signed legislation in 2001 making Texas the first state where some undocumented immigrants could pay in-state college tuition rates, it signaled his acknowledgement that a population living in the shadows should be able to contribute to the state’s success. Perry’s compassion was tempered, however, by frustration with a broken immigration system that put state lawmakers on the spot deciding how to help Texans brought to the country illegally as children through no fault of their own.... Read more»2

FactCheck: What was Alan Gross doing in Cuba?

In accounts from both sides of the aisle, recently-freed Alan Gross has been portrayed as a humanitarian simply trying to bring Internet access to Cuba’s small Jewish community. But there’s more to the story than that shorthand suggests.... Read more»

Immigrants still surging into Texas shelters

The news crews have drifted away, and the national spotlight has turned elsewhere. But Central American immigrants continue to cross illegally into Texas, and their numbers seem to be growing again. Border officials and charities expect their humanitarian efforts to continue into the foreseeable future.... Read more»50

Is the UN sure it wants Mexican soldiers keeping the peace?

The Mexican army faces multiple murder allegations as it prepares to join United Nations peacekeeping missions.... Read more»

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