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Bordering on insecurity

Texas crime rates lower in border cities

Crime has dropped, and the Texas side of the border apparently is now safer than the state's larger cities. But a political tug-of-war about the security needs of the region remains full of fiery rhetoric and competing views about how safe border communities really are.... Read more»

With bodies piling up, no end in sight in war on Mexican journalists

The Mexican press has been stifled over the past decade, caught in the crossfire of drug violence and government corruption. Today, the country is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. 90 have been killed and 23 have disappeared over the past 15 years.... Read more»

Pope Francis' border mass awes El Paso Catholics

Within plain sight of Ciudad Juárez, just south of the Rio Grande, thousands of El Pasoans heard Pope Francis speak of the ancient city Nineveh. He spoke of the city’s destruction due to “oppression and dishonor, violence and injustice.” The stirring message delivered in a city recovering from years of its own death and destruction at the hands of warring rival drug gangs and law enforcement held audiences captive.... Read more»

Border Catholics ready to welcome Pope Francis

Tens of thousands of El Pasoans and visitors are expected to converge on Sun Bowl Stadium Wednesday to bow their heads and celebrate Mass with Pope Francis, who, as the first Latin American pontiff, is embraced by Catholics in this predominantly Hispanic community as one of their own.... Read more»

Immigrants arrested in U.S. raids say they were misled on right to counsel

U.S. immigration authorities violated their own rules by telling some of the 121 Central American women and children they arrested in raids last month that they had no legal recourse to dispute their deportations, according to several of the women and their lawyers. ... Read more»

Bordering on insecurity

After deportation, killer returned easily to U.S.

Deported to his native Mexico for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl, Juan Leonardo Quintero returned to Houston and easily resumed his life. When he killed a police officer in 2006, Quintero became a poster child for loose border enforcement.... Read more»

'Criminal aliens' a flashpoint of border security debate

How to deal with, or talk about, foreigners who commit crimes in the United States — the government’s term for them is the politically incorrect “criminal aliens” — has prompted heated calls for vastly different solutions.... Read more»1

$1.1M in meth is largest seizure in history at Az border crossing

Border officers in Nogales found $1.1 million in methamphetamine Friday, the largest-ever seizure of the drug at a border crossing in Arizona, authorities said.... Read more»

CBP: 3-D-printed full-auto rifle seized at Lukeville crossing

Border officers in Lukeville arrested a U.S. citizen Saturday after they found a cache of weapons in his car, including an semi-automatic rifle modified with a 3-D-printed receiver, allowing the weapon to fire in full automatic mode.... Read more»1

Arivaca residents now monitoring second Border Patrol checkpoint

A group of Arivaca residents have expanded their monitoring of Border Patrol checkpoints to SR 286, just north of the Buenos Aires Wildlife Refuge. Activists set up just north of the checkpoint with binoculars, video cameras and clipboards to record the interactions between agents and people driving north.... Read more»

Pope, Russian patriarch to hold historic meeting in Cuba

Pope Francis and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church will appeal for an end to persecution of Christians in the Middle East as they meet in Cuba next week in what could be a landmark step toward healing the 1,000-year-old rift between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity.... Read more»

Dramatic January drop in kids, families picked up at border

The number of unaccompanied minors and parents with children apprehended at the border declined dramatically from December to January, even as the administration takes hits from activists and Democrats over immigration raids conducted after the New Year. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

How ICE shields financial dealings with private prison contractors from public scrutiny

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is fighting hard to hide from public scrutiny the workings of its contracts with private prison corporations like CCA and GEO. It seems that private prison contractors not only control an increasing share of our unjust immigration system; they now seek to limit the public's access to government contracting decisions and the reach of FOIA itself.... Read more»

Mexican police nab leader of Beltran Leyva cartel

Mexican police announced the weekend arrest of Francisco Javier Hernandez Garcia, the alleged leader of the Beltran Leyva cartel. On Saturday, Mexican federal police also conducted raids in Sonoyta, just across the border from Lukeville, Arizona. ... Read more»

As feds plan to cut border monitoring, Texas officials ask why

Texas officials pressed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Monday to explain why the agency plans to reduce its aerial surveillance on the Texas-Mexico border.... Read more»

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