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Mexican Catholics find God in Islam

For almost five centuries Catholicism has been the dominant religion in Mexico. And a small yet growing group of converts are seeking spiritual salvation in Islam. In fact, Pew estimates Mexico will be home to 126,000 Muslims by 2030, up from 111,000 in 2010.... Read more»1

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Immigration reform: Disaster for agriculture or proof of brutality of current system?

A study released earlier this week by the American Farm Bureau Federation on the impact of various types of immigration reform on the agricultural sector wants the reader to conclude that an enforcement-only approach to immigration would mean economic disaster. But the agricultural industry only survives in its current form thanks to massive (albeit invisible) subsidy from a work force that cannot be described as free,... Read more»

Program schools border youth on dangers of cartel work

When Border Patrol agents stop Arizona youth smuggling drugs through the Nogales port of entry on behalf of cartels, Eric Cantu and others often find out those kids have been fed lies. One common lie: If agents find those drugs taped to your leg, you won’t be prosecuted because you’re a minor. Not so, said the BP agent running the Operation Detour educational program.... Read more»

Pulque: What Mexico's hipsters are drinking now

Long the province of peasants and poor townfolk, pulque — say "pool-kay" — the mildly sour, slightly slimy and gently fermented nectar of agave, has been reborn this century as a buzz of choice among young, forward-leaning and better-heeled urbanites. It's about $1.65 a pint, and a nearly hangover-proof means of getting hammered.... Read more»

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House GOP immigration plan: Stop pathway to citizenship in its tracks

Why it took seven months for House Republicans to just say “no” to the Senate bill is debatable, but for most immigration reform proponents the prospect of creating a permanent class of perhaps 11 million “noncitizens” is not negotiable.... Read more»

Texas looking at Mexican-American Studies classes

Supporters of adding Mexican-American studies as an official Texas high school course say time is running out for the State Board of Education to approve the class for next school year.... Read more»

Widow takes aim at law enforcement in Mexico

Months after her husband was killed by gunmen who entered the couple’s home in Guadalupe, Chihuahua — just across the Rio Grande from El Paso County — Lorena Acosta still couldn’t have a proper funeral for him. She didn’t have a body to bury.... Read more»

Texas immigration activists arrested protesting Secure Communities

Travis County, Texas, sheriff’s deputies on Monday saw firsthand what immigration-reform activists hope will be a series of civil disobedience protests across that state. As part of a publicity campaign, a group of six activists blocked the exit gate at the Travis County Jail; they were arrested and will likely be charged with criminal trespass. The protesters hope the actions will prompt county officials to reconsider a controversial finger-printing initiative opponents say deports non-violent undocumented immigrants. ... Read more»1

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Sonoran Ramblings: Immigration reform, BP use-of-force policies

In our immigration news roundup and border media criticism column, Sonoran Ramblings, we’re looking at the House GOP's draft of immigration reform principles, newly released BP apprehension statistics, the agency's use of force policy and an instance of BP community outreach missing the mark. ... Read more»

CBP: Border apprehensions down 60 percent in 5 years

The number apprehensions of suspected undocumented border crossers is down 61 percent over five years, and down more than 82 percent since the highest marks were recorded in 2000, Customs and Border Protection said Thursday. 125,942 people were detained by Border Patrol agents in Arizona in 2013.... Read more»

Grijalva, House Dems call for 'cease fire' on deportations

Calling on the White House to use executive authority to expand a deferment program created in 2012, six congressional Democrats argued Monday that such a measure is necessary to deal with current immigrants and push Congress to action on the immigration reform measure passed by the Senate last year. ... Read more»2

Lawmakers, Phoenix outline plans for Mexico trade office

State lawmakers say a partnership with Phoenix to create a trade, tourism and investment center in Mexico City could boost Arizona’s economy by billions of dollars.... Read more»1

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Sonoran Ramblings: DEA & the cartels, BP shootings, and yes, Bieber

In our immigration news roundup and border media criticism column, Sonoran Ramblings,we look at DEA meetings with high-level Sinaloa Cartel members, Border Patrol shootings and surveillance, and Justin Bieber's recent spate of potentially deportable criminal allegations. ... Read more»

Homeland Security chief making first border visit

The head of the Department of Homeland Security is making his first visit to the U.S.-Mexico border since being confirmed. Jeh Johnson, sworn in less than a month ago, checked out the border in Texas on Tuesday, and spoke with border agents in Douglas on Wednesday morning, along with U.S. Rep. Ron Barber.... Read more»

Citing gun battles, State Dep't warns against Agua Prieta travel

A series of gun battles in the Mexican border town has led the State Department to warn U.S. citizens against traveling to Agua Prieta, Sonora, after dark.... Read more»2

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