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Border & immigration news roundup

Chavez dies, Mexican journalist killed, Brewer loses in court

Border roundup: The world reacts to the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and Mexican journalist Jaime Guadalupe Gonzalez Dominguez, Gov. Brewer loses in court, Arizona Republicans propose voting restrictions and the border economy continues to cross international lines... Read more»

Chavez's last words: 'I don't want to die'

The late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's last words were reportedly: "Yo no quiero morir, por favor no me dejen morir." In English, they read: "I don't want to die. Please don't let me die."... Read more»

Mexico's energy reform drawing interest from Texas oilmen

The Mexican ruling party's recent decision to adopt a platform that could open up the country's giant oil monopoly to private investment has caught the attention of some industry gurus in Texas, who say the move bodes well for U.S. business interests.... Read more»

Who is Hugo Chavez's chosen successor, Nicolas Maduro?

After a prolonged battle with cancer, the polarizing socialist leader Hugo Chavez has died. Chavez leaves behind a country in deep economic and political crisis. What's next for the people of Venezuela?... Read more»

The endlessly quotable Hugo Chavez

Here's a look back at some of the Venezuelan president's strangest remarks.... Read more»

Mexico: Hope grows for the missing

Mexicans by the tens of thousands — precisely 26,121, by the government's latest tally — have vanished in the six years of criminal hyper-violence that have battered much of the country, especially communities like this one near the US border.... Read more»

Venezuela's Hugo Chavez is dead

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died after a long battle with cancer, the government announced. He was 58. The death of the leading voice of the Latin American left plunged his divided, oil-rich nation into an uncertain future. (with video)... Read more»1

Mexico journalist shot and killed at taco stand

An online journalist in northern Mexico was shot dead while he ate at a taco stand. Jaime Guadalupe Gonzalez Dominguez was shot at least 17 times in the border town of Ojinaga in Chihuahua state on Sunday night... Read more»

How the Sinaloa cartel won Mexico’s drug war

For well over a century, local farmers have harvested marijuana and opium in the rugged mountains surrounding Badiraguato. Since the 1980s, the Sinaloa cartel has acted as their Wal-Mart, transporting the mind-bending cargo north with quasi-corporate efficiency, and distributing it to a narcotics-craving United States market.... Read more»

Appeals court: SB 1070 day labor provisions unconstitutional

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that the parts of Arizona's SB 1070 immigration law aimed at halting the hiring of day laborers are unconstitutional. The sections made it illegal to hire a person for work from a vehicle stopped in a roadway, or for a person to be hired in that manner.... Read more»1

Border Roundup: Border crossings up in Texas

Illegal immigrants may be crossing the border more in Texas than in Arizona; the GOP's shifting stance on immigration; and news from south of the border.... Read more»

Sequester

Federal budget inaction could weaken border security, trade

The same week Texas Democrats touted the results of a government study that shows border communities are safe, a federal stalemate could shrink the law enforcement build-up that helped make those results possible.... Read more»

Az lawmakers irked by feds’ release of 100s of illegal immigrants

Arizona Republicans blasted a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement decision to release hundreds of illegal immigrants in anticipation of March 1 budget cuts, with one calling it “pure political posturing.”... Read more»

Guest opinion

Grijalva: GOP driven by ideology on immigration

Comprehensive immigration reform could go down as one of the most overlooked, overdue priorities Washington has ever let slide. But whatever Republicans might want to tell themselves, it’s not just immigrants who care about it. “Sorry about your childhood, but don’t come back until we lose a few more elections” is not a serious policy.... Read more»2

Drug war continues: 'El Chapo' Guzman not dead after all

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, allegedly the world’s most powerful drug trafficker, did not die in a shooting in northern Guatemala, a Guatemalan government spokesman told GlobalPost.... Read more»

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