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Report: Mexicans who go home have less interest in returning to U.S.

More than half of Mexican immigrants who moved home do not intend to return to the U.S., a report said.... Read more»

Medical examiner's unique technique helps ID desert dead

Arizona's climate has contributed to high death tolls among border crossers - and the development of a nationally recognized fingerprinting process for identifying those who are found without names. Work at the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner led to breakthroughs in identifying those who die in the desert.... Read more»

Man shot, killed in struggle with Border Patrol

A man was fatally shot by a U.S. Border Patrol agent Thursday night during a struggle in Cochise County near the U.S.-Mexican border, officials said Friday. ... Read more»2

Mexico's gang-torn Hot Country about to boil over

Things are shifting quickly and bloodily in Mexico's western Michoacan state, as troops fight to disarm vigilante gangs intent on combating a dangerous drug cartel. A clash between soldiers and militiamen in one town Monday night ended with multiple deaths — reports vary on how many, but the government has confirmed two fatalities. That's apparently hardened the militia leaders' resolve to continue fighting.... Read more»

This map could mean militia mayhem for Mexico

Hell seems ever more liable to bust loose in western Mexico’s Michoacan state, with heavily armed civilians squaring off against feared meth-producing gangsters who’ve had the run of rural hamlets and towns for years. The self-defense militias, at least some of them accused of connivance with criminal rivals of the local Knights Templar gang, have been working to encircle the Templar-dominated city of Apatzingan since last summer.... Read more»1

Analysis

5 major immigration laws that House passed in an election year

Over the past few months, we have seen a slew of news stories predicting what will happen with immigration reform in 2014, after the Senate passed a strong bipartisan reform bill last year, but the House failed to act. While these analyses differ in their predictions, most agree that the path from bill to law becomes more difficult in an election year.... Read more»

Texas border towns struggle to protect water infrastructure

More than 600 children in a South Texas border town may be prevented from returning to school on Monday because of a long-standing dispute over water rates, which have skyrocketed in recent years amid attempts to make badly needed upgrades to the town's water infrastructure.... Read more»

Commentary

Sonoran Ramblings: Cocaine is evil?, border artists & Israel immigration

In our immigration news roundup and border media criticism column, Sonoran Ramblings, we’re looking at a recent Slate piece on cocaine trafficking, a New York Times piece on artists living in the Texas-Mexico borderlands, and the recent protests of undocumented Africans living in Israel. ... Read more»

Many Spanish speakers left behind in first wave of Obamacare

In Silicon Valley, the executives and engineers who’ve helped build the Apple, Google and Facebook empires earn high salaries and enjoy a slew of perks, including stellar health benefits. The clients of the Ravenswood Family Health Center, a community clinic in East Palo Alto just two miles away from Facebook’s sprawling headquarters, live in a very different Silicon Valley.... Read more»

Analysis

How beer explains NAFTA’s devastating effects on Mexico

Analysis: The North American Free Trade Agreement was the poster child for the wonders of free trade. The reality is another story.... Read more»

Latin America has a homophobic killings problem

By all accounts, Joel Molero, an openly gay young man, was enjoying his life to the fullest in Chachapoyas, a sleepy provincial capital in northern Peru. The 19-year-old high school graduate had a lively social life, sang in a cumbia band — dance music more popular in much of Latin America than salsa — and was making plans to study in Ecuador. All that came to a shocking halt on Nov. 22, at the end of a raucous but innocent evening in a karaoke bar. ... Read more»

Year in review: Little movement on immigration reform

The big news on the immigration front in 2013 is what didn’t happen. Advocates for reform, including the immigrant community, law enforcement, and business and faith-based leaders, hoped this was the year for a comprehensive overhaul of the country’s immigration system. They argued that the anti-immigrant rhetoric on the 2012 campaign trail had energized Democrats and rattled moderate Republicans, who they hoped would take action on immigration reform for the first time since 1986.... Read more»

ACLU lawsuit targets Feds over search of citizen

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents subjected a U.S. citizen to unwarranted searches, including vaginal probes and a CT scan, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union in a U.S. district court.... Read more»

Drilling down on Mexico's energy reforms

State legislators across Mexico this week sealed a deal that will end the government’s 75-year-old energy monopoly, enabling Mexican and foreign enterprises to vie for a slice of the country’s oil, gas and electricity production. This is big, the stuff of history.... Read more»

More than 368,000 deported from U.S. in FY 2013

The Obama administration on Thursday announced that it deported 368,644 undocumented immigrants from the country during the 2013 fiscal year. That's a decrease from the 409,849 removals in 2012. But that didn’t stop advocates for immigration reform from immediately criticizing the president for his administration’s continued record-setting deportations.... Read more»1

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