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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

White House drug policy chief calls immigration reform a priority

Gil Kerlikowske, head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, also said border security has received a boost from more personnel, better technology and increased communication among local, state and federal agencies – and their counterparts in Mexico. ... Read more»

Report: Gun running to Mexico remains widespread

As the gun control debate swirls around issues like background checks and mental health, a new study reveals that gun running into Mexico remains a large-scale problem. Researchers estimated that as many as 253,000 firearms were purchased in the U.S. from 2010 to 2012 for the sole purpose of being trafficked across the border.... Read more»

Study: Mexican immigrants seek citizenship at lower rate than others

Only 36 percent of Mexican immigrants who are eligible to become United States citizens are taking steps to do so, a much lower rate than immigrants from other countries, according to a recent study.... Read more»2

Mexico violence: 4 killed in Guadalajara bar shootings

Gunmen killed four people, including a U.S. citizen, and wounded more than a dozen others in two separate bar shootings in Guadalajara, in the latest violence to hit Mexico. ... Read more»

Sequester cuts to border staffing put on hold

Staff reductions at the country's ports of entry have been postponed, easing for now some sequestration-induced anxieties of stakeholders and elected officials on the border. ... Read more»

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