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Researchers: Immigration reform should focus on families, less on security

The Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill is a step in the right direction, but it puts too much emphasis on border security and not enough on helping families stay together, a group of researchers said Thursday. ... Read more»

Peru: Counterfeit currency king

South America's cocaine giant is also the best at fabricating phony dollar bills. The US Secret Service is working with Peruvian police to stop it.... Read more»

New traffic signals for Douglas cross-border traffic

New traffic signals at the Douglas Port of Entry will separate commercial trucks from private passenger vehicles near the international border.... Read more»

Detained immigrants increasingly hit with criminal charges

The U.S. government now brings federal criminal charges against undocumented immigrants at an exponentially higher rate than it did 10 years ago, finds a Human Rights Watch report released last week. The result is a much high number of detained immigrants spending time in jail before deportation and for many, exclusion from future legalization under immigration reform legislation.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Garcia: Immigration reform passes major milestone

There is the pathway to citizenship – and then there is the bumpy, bone-jarring road that comes before undocumented immigrants can even begin to take their first step on what likely will be at least a 13-year journey.... Read more»4

Report: Focus on border security overshadows economic benefits

Rep. Raul Grijalva, D- Tucson, knows there are benefits to be had from a U.S.-Mexico relationship, but fears the possibilities have been endangered by the hostility that has become part of the immigration debate. “The border lines went from a unique American landscape of people, history, and land itself, to a threat … to something to be feared,” he said. “Making that transition has affected the border tremendously.”... Read more»1

Comic: Racial profiling

Smile ... you're under arrest!

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio violated the civil rights of Latinos who were detained during immigration sweeps, a federal judge has ruled.... Read more»

Texas stands out on multiple immigration fronts

As Congress wades deeper into the debate over comprehensive immigration reform legislation, Texas is standing out both for enforcement within its borders and for its appeal to 21st century activists who are seeking an overhaul to the country’s system.... Read more»

Puppies join Border Patrol effort to sniff out smugglers

Meet Border Patrol's Yuma Sector Canine Unit through their two newest agents, Kirpy and Kala, who started training in March. The Belgian Malinois puppies will soon work with border agents to keep smugglers at bay. (with video)... Read more»

Key Senate committee approves immigration overhaul

The Senate Judiciary Committee gave a sweeping immigration bill the stamp of approval Tuesday, setting the stage for a debate before the full Senate next month. ... Read more»

Genocide conviction of Rios Montt overturned in Guatemala — for now

Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt's conviction for genocide was overturned and his trial must begin anew starting from the point in mid-April when a dispute started over which judge should hear the case, the country's highest court said Monday.... Read more»

Slim comes 2nd: Is Mexico's president a monopoly buster?

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto vows big changes with the economic reforms he's pushing and they've already taken more than a little change from the pockets of mega-mogul Carlos Slim, who lost the title of the world's richest man.... Read more»

Lessons from Guatemala on how to catch a dictator

Guatemala's US-backed former ruler Efrain Rios Montt was found guilty of genocide and war crimes against indigenous villagers. But will his 80-year jail sentence stand? ... Read more»

Analysis

Why Catholic saints are marching into Latin America

Latin America's Catholics multiplied in past centuries. Now their numbers are shrinking. The new Argentine pope canonizing two Latina nuns sends a calling to the region. ... Read more»

Need a caffeine fix? Central Am. coffee threatened

An outbreak of coffee leaf rust is threatening the coffee crop – and the livelihood of the farmers who produce it – in Central America.... Read more»

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