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Napolitano bowing out from Homeland Security

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is leaving the Obama administration and will be nominated to head the University of California, she announced on Friday. In a brief statement, Napolitano, a former Democratic governor of Arizona, called her tenure at the helm of the massive agency the highlight of her career.... Read more»3

The terror threat and Iran’s inroads in Latin America

Last year, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited his ally President Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, where the firebrand leaders unleashed defiant rhetoric at the United States.... Read more»

The top 4 reality-defying arguments against immigration reform

Less than two weeks after the Senate passed a historic immigration reform bill by a bipartisan 68-32 margin, opponents of reform have already started peddling a bevy of reality-defying excuses about why the House of Representatives should not follow suit. Opponents of reform are grasping at straws in their effort to block reform from happening.... Read more»

House leaders reject Senate immigration bill

Advocates for immigration reform who balked at a U.S. Senate proposal that adopted a strict border enforcement amendment might soon realize it was the best chance they were going to get. On Wednesday a group of key House Republicans said in a brief statement that they will not support the Senate's measure, opting instead for a series of fixes to what the group calls the country's broken system.... Read more»

Dems push as GOP weighs next steps on immigration reform

House Republican leaders reaffirmed their stance Wednesday against a comprehensive immigration reform bill like the one passed last month by the Senate, insisting that they will focus on smaller, separate measures instead.... Read more»1

Concerns raised on immigration bill and asylum seekers

Christian Chaidez, 30, fled to the U.S. from Mexico in 2011. He and his mother are two of the last of their family members standing. Ten of their relatives, small-business owners including Chaidez's father and grandmother, were murdered for refusing to pay extortion to gangs during the height of Juarez's brutal drug war.... Read more»

Video: Busted in Texas

As Congress looks to significantly boost funding for the U.S. Border Patrol as part of a new immigration bill, we investigated the impact of the police buildup at a West Texas checkpoint. The Sierra Blanca checkpoint along Interstate 10 was set up to catch major traffickers and immigrants who entered the country illegally. But the checkpoint now busts thousands of unsuspecting Americans a year for low-level drug possession – including some famous musicians.... Read more»

How Mexico got so fat

Even as nearly half its people are poor and as officials launch a national anti-hunger campaign, Mexico by some accounts recently has replaced the United States as the chubbiest of the globe's larger countries. What Mexicans wryly call Vitamin T — the tacos, tamales and tostadas that anchor their diet — underlies much of the problem. Once reserved for special occasions, the carbohydrate and lard-loaded dishes now get gobbled daily.... Read more»

Mexico elections like weird 'Wild West'

Candidates have been gunned down, gangster cash alleged in campaigns, governors accused of corruption and a cat, dog and donkey nominated for municipal office. Mexico's democracy is dancing dirty once again.... Read more»

20 locals celebrate July 4 by becoming U.S. citizens

Twenty people celebrated Independence Day by becoming U.S. citizens at Saguaro National Park on Thursday. Some came from Mexico, some from South Korea. Delphine Knight walked into the park’s visitor center as a Belgian citizen, but walked out with her husband and two children as a newly minted U.S. citizen.... Read more»1

Analysis

The top 5 things the Senate immigration reform bill accomplishes

Today the Senate passed S. 744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,” with a strong bipartisan vote, 68-32. As amended in the Judiciary Committee and on the floor of the Senate, the bill is a strategic overhaul of our nation’s immigration laws.... Read more»

Senate passes comprehensive immigration reform bill; House next

"It's landmark legislation that will secure our borders and help 11 million people get right with the law," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said of the bill. ... Read more»

Mexican reporter: 'They are killing journalists like flies'

As Mexican journalists become war reporters in their own country, Marcela Turati of Proceso made a plea to U.S. investigative reporters: "Don't abandon us." She told attendees of a journalism conference about reporters killed by drug cartels, "discarded in the street" like trash, and others who are abducted, tortured, and sometimes killed.... Read more»3

House lawmakers grill Border Patrol, as Senate passes immigration bill

A House subcommittee grilled Customs and Border Patrol agents Thursday over Southwest border security, charging that agents cannot identify which areas of the border are most dangerous. “There’s no cookie-cutter approach” to securing the border, but different techniques applied in different sectors, said BP Chief Michael Fisher. What is effective in Yuma may not be effective in Nogales, he said.... Read more»3

Tucson activists: Immigration reform a 'jobs bill for the military'

Even as some advocates in Washington D.C. celebrated the U.S. Senate's passage of an immigration reform bill, the inclusion of new security requirements has prompted activists in the borderlands to protest the bill's passage. About 50 protestors gathered Thursday, calling it a "jobs bill for the military" and a "slap in the face" that will lead to an increase in civil rights abuses and more deaths along the border.... Read more»1

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