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Mexicans don't understand why you're celebrating Cinco de Mayo

South of the border, Cinco de Mayo is no big deal.... Read more»1

FactCheck: Is Obama flying Central American kids to the U.S. for free?

Will the CAM Program established in November 2014 result in “millions” of foreign children coming to America, and will they be traveling at the expense of U.S. taxpayers?... Read more»

Protesters call for end of detention of migrant families

The detention center in Dilley, a South Texas town of about 3,600 people, was built in 2014 to host up to 2,400 undocumented women and children who are seeking asylum. Protesters from all over the country — as far as California and New York — trekked to Dilley on Saturday to call for an end to family detention.... Read more»

Renovations improve Nogales crossing, critics say officials must do more

About 300,000 commercial vehicles pass through the Mariposa Port of Entry every year on their way into the United States, and it’s one of the busiest ports on the border. The government spent nearly $200 million to add booths and inspection spaces to help reduce wait times. So far, it appears to be working, but there is some debate about how effective the renovation has been. ... Read more»

Colombia just legalized euthanasia

Terminally ill adults in Colombia can now ask a physician to end their lives for them, after the South American country’s Health Ministry last week made that right legally binding. It makes Colombia only the fourth nation in the world to allow euthanasia.... Read more»

Border security still big biz despite financial problems, legislative flameouts

In Phoenix last week, 115 companies rubbed shoulders with border officials, showing off new surveillance gear, weapons, sensors, and vehicles intended for use along U.S. borders. The industry is expected to grow to $32.5 billion by 2021, according to one analysis. ... Read more»

Rocky Point's new cruise port 'most important' project in city

Mexico plans to spend roughly $100 million building its first cruise ship home port in Puerto Peñasco. “It is the most important project the city has ever had,” said Miguel Guevara, director of promotion and international affairs for the city. ... Read more»4

Johnson: Border more secure, but not 'mission accomplished time yet

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said that the number of people apprehended at the border is “down considerably” from 2014, a sign that investments in border security are paying off. But Johnson said he is “not declaring mission accomplished” yet and pointed to the fiscal 2016 budget request for Customs and Border Protection, which includes funding for personnel and surveillance technology.... Read more»

Audit: ICE could save millions by filling seats on detainee flights

Immigration and Customs Enforcement could have saved up to $41.1 million on flights carrying immigrants across the U.S. and back to their home countries simply by filling up more seats on those planes, a recent audit said.... Read more»1

Lawmakers balk at Obama program reuniting Central American families

The program aims to stop a repeat of last summer, when unaccompanied minors showed up at the Southwest border after dangerous treks from Central American homes to rejoin parents in the U.S. But senators worried it could further weaken immigration standards. ... Read more»

Carlos Slim: Arizona-Mexico relations yet to reach full potential

Carlos Slim Helu, a tycoon known as one of the world’s richest businessmen, talked international trade and gave advice to the Phoenix business community on Wednesday. In his talk, he spoke about the future of U.S.-Mexico relations, among other things. ... Read more»

Mexican cartels robbing millions from multinational corporations

When gunmen in Mexico carried out one of the world’s biggest ever gold heists this month, Canadian pit operator McEwen Mining was left looking at $8.5 million in lost metal.... Read more»

Chile is harvesting Latin America's 1st legal medical marijuana

Chile aims to harvest enough pot to make cannabis oil for 200 cancer patients.... Read more»

DEA gets sued for spying on Americans' int'l phone calls

Human Rights Watch wants to make sure the U.S. drug agency terminates and never restarts its bulk phone data collection.... Read more»

Juárez cartel war drives many across border

Despite improvements in pockets of northern Mexico after years of bloodshed, instability still reigns in areas of Chihuahua state that continues driving people north to seek safe haven. What determines whether a person lives or dies near this part of the Rio Grande could be as simple as geography. ... Read more»

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