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Mexico madness: Did the Knights Templar murder the navy's vice admiral?

Vice Adm. Carlos Salazar and a bodyguard were shot dead Sunday when gunmen attacked their official navy car, which had been diverted by a protest blockade on a major toll road on to a secondary road in Michoacan.... Read more»

Report: Immigration reform could add thousands of jobs, billions to economy

Passing an immigration reform plan that provides for a pathway to citizenship could create up to 123,680 jobs and boost the gross domestic product by $10.32 billion by 2014, according to a new study.... Read more»

Mexico, where off-the-books work is the rule, not the exception

Six in 10 Mexican workers toil in the country’s informal economy. The new president is after the potential income taxes they’re not paying. Wish him luck. ... Read more»1

Cruz’s nonfactual illegal immigration figures

Sen. Ted Cruz says there will be “20 or 30 million” people living in the U.S. illegally “in another 10, 20 years” if the Senate immigration bill becomes law. But the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says the bill, if enacted, will reduce future illegal immigration by 33 percent to 50 percent compared with current law.... Read more»

Mexico's drug war shifts gears, again

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto had seemed eager to pull back from his predecessor's militarized drug war swagger. But now the navy, aided by US intelligence, is netting cartel capos again with a vengeance. ... Read more»

Dream Nine detainees escalate protest with hunger strikes

Organizers behind the Bring Them Home campaign which led to the apprehension of nine protesters in Nogales said that hunger strikes over phone access have led to solitary confinement for the detainees.... Read more»1

Guest opinion

First step toward immigration reform: Define ‘secure border’

How "secure" is secure when discussing the U.S.-Mexico border? It is that very definition – or rather, lack thereof – that is among the top sticking points thwarting efforts to resolve the congressional stalemate on immigration reform. ... Read more»1

Factcheck

Steve King's 'thin air' stat on drug-smuggling immigrants

Rep. Steve King attracted attention — and criticism from Republican leaders — for saying of immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children: “For every one who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there ... hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.” King later told CNN that he had data to back up his claim, saying, “This isn’t something made up in thin air.” But, so far, he hasn’t produced any such information.... Read more»

Ministers from Arizona, other states, lobby for immigration reform

Rev. Eve Nunez cried Thursday as she told a Capitol Hill audience that “it hurts to be a pastor” in Arizona, where ministers often have to help families that have been separated by deportation. Nunez, the president and founder of the Arizona Latino Commission, was one of dozens of faith leaders in Washington to lobby for immigration reform and an end to deportations in the meantime.... Read more»

Immigrants bring fight to White House, demand end to deportations

Katherine Figueroa was 9 and watching television reports of a workplace raid in Phoenix when she saw video of her parents being hauled away by sheriff’s deputies. They were eventually released, but the episode was jarring enough that Katherine, now 13, and her parents traveled to Washington to lobby lawmakers and rally with others Wednesday outside the White House against further deportations.... Read more»

Commentary

Pope Francis: A radical at heart?

Some in the region see a streak of liberation theology in Francis, who is in Brazil this week for World Youth Day. ... Read more»

Kidnappings expose Mexico City's dark criminal underbelly

Is Mexico City the oasis from gangland crime folks say it is? Try asking the 12 youngsters kidnapped two months ago in daylight right near the US Embassy and police station. ... Read more»

Factcheck: Spitzer's false claim on licenses for immigrants

Eliot Spitzer falsely claimed that allowing immigrants living in the United States illegally to obtain driver’s licenses is now the “law of the land.” Forty states, including New York, do not currently issue driver’s licenses to immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally. It is true, however, that the policy has been spreading rapidly in recent months.... Read more»

El Paso's new mayor tackles challenges

When Oscar Leeser, an immigrant from across the border in Chihuahua, Mexico, was a boy in El Paso, he played football to help him assimilate into American culture. Four decades later, Leeser is the new mayor of his adopted city, and he faces a challenge similar to the one he faced when he wore a helmet and cleats: moving forward to the goal line while navigating tricky obstacles.... Read more»

Eight Mexicans rescued by Border Patrol, another migrant dies in desert

Eight Mexican nationals were rescued on Thursday night near Sells by Border Patrol agents after being abandoned by their smuggler and becoming lost in the desert. One other migrant died before the group called 911.... Read more»

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