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Border Patrol union offers cut in overtime pay to avoid furloughs

Border Patrol agents would be willing to give up time-and-a-half overtime pay if it meant they would not have to be furloughed as part of mandated federal spending cuts, their union president testified Friday.... Read more»1

Border Patrol agents tell lawmakers budget cuts will hurt security

Border Patrol agents told House members and congressional staffers Thursday that this is the worst possible time to cut the agency’s budget as the country clamors for immigration reform that includes a secure border.... Read more»

Analysis

Immigration changing political landscape in key states

In the wake of the overwhelming Latino and Asian American support for President Obama in the 2012 election—support that was critical to his re-election—the political winds on immigration have shifted significantly to favor reform with a pathway to citizenship for the approximately 11 million undocumented living in our country.... Read more»2

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McCain, senators grill Homeland Security on enforcement claims

Senators questioned assurances Wednesday that the border is getting more secure, telling Homeland Security officials that the government needs a better plan and a better way of measuring progress on the border.... Read more»

Arizonans join thousands at D.C. rally for immigration reform

Advocates and immigrants from Arizona were among thousands who came to Washington on Wednesday to rally at the Capitol in support of comprehensive immigration reform.... Read more»1

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Marchers call for justice in teen's cross-border shooting death

Six months after the shooting of Mexican teenager José Antonio Elena Rodriguez by U.S. border agents, his family and community activists in Arizona are frustrated and fear that the investigation into his death is at a standstill. ... Read more»

4 Latin American elections: What to watch

Venezuela and Paraguay pick presidents this month, and Chile and Honduras gear up for votes in November. Some will swing left, others right.... Read more»

Texas lawmakers to introduce border security bill

Doubling down on their vows to focus on border security before considering immigration reform, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, will file legislation on Tuesday that will further scrutinize how well the federal government protects the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»

New drone radar reveals Border Patrol 'gotaways' in high numbers

The Border Patrol has caught a fraction of the border crossers spotted by a sophisticated sensor mounted on unmanned spy aircraft and flown over remote stretches of desert, casting doubts on claims that the area is more secure than ever.... Read more»

Doubts about polygraphs don’t stop federal agencies from using them

Customs and Border Protection is one of 17 federal agencies that use polygraphs to screen prospective employees. Polygraph opponents say the exam is as reliable as flipping a coin to determine whether someone is lying. Examiners, in turn, say the polygraph is a tool used to extract all-important “admissions.”... Read more»2

During polygraphs, border agency applicants admit to rape, kidnapping

One admitted to kidnapping and ransoming hostages in the Ivory Coast. Others said they had molested children or committed rape. And one, as he prepared for survival in a post-apocalyptic world, contemplated assassinating President Obama. These are among the thousands of applicants who have sought jobs in recent years with the Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection.... Read more»

Mexico arrests gunmen plotting to kill lawmakers

Mexican authorities said the gunmen had confessed to plotting to kill lawmakers David and Ricardo Monreal, who are also brothers.... Read more»

Chile plans to exhume famed poet Pablo Neruda

Authorities hope to determine if the literary figure died of prostate cancer, or was killed by the Pinochet regime. ... Read more»

Border roundup

Study sheds light on gun running; AP drops 'illegal immigrant'

Border news roundup: Arizona politicians and religious leaders discuss comprehensive immigration reform by the "Gang of Eight," journalists reconsider how to address illegal immigration in their stylebooks, and safety concerns on both sides of the border.... Read more»

Napolitano: Signs point to 'healthy, healthy border'

Pointing to signs of a "healthy border," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano barnstormed through the Southwest this week, stopping in Tucson on Friday to promote the agency's security efforts while allowing trade and travel along the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»1

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