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Cross-border trade up: Texas' ports of prosperity

After a sluggish 2009, Texas' top trade districts — Houston, Laredo and El Paso — are rebounding well from the national recession and witnessing huge increases in the value of trade passing through their ports this year.... Read more»0

Napolitano headed to Texas-Mexico border

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will visit Texas' border with Mexico on Thursday when she meets with customs and local law enforcement officials in Laredo.... Read more»0

Interview: Charles Bowden on the violence plaguing Juárez

Probably more than any other author, Southern Arizonan Charles Bowden has revealed the intricacies of the violence haunting Ciudad Juárez. He's swatted at flies swarming fresh bloodstains and reported from a house where bodies were drenched in acid before burial. One wonders if he didn't lose a slice of his sanity with each movement of his hand. (with audio)... Read more»0

Same as the old boss: Meet the new mayor of Juárez

Cuidad Juárez's mayoral election has Texas' economic leaders intrigued. For residents in the city plagued by cartel violence, little change is expected, and many brace for continued bloodshed.... Read more»0

70% support DREAM Act path for undocumented students

Support for the DREAM Act has increased nationally, even as tensions over immigration continue. The act would allow undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as young children a chance at permanent-residency status.... Read more»0

Farmworkers to those worried about illegal workers: 'Take Our Jobs'

For those who grouse that undocumented immigrants are taking jobs from U.S. citizens and legal residents, the United Farm Workers of America has a challenge: Apply to be a farm worker.... Read more»0

Texas counties joining immigrant deportation program

Mention immigration and hardliners grouse about an "open door" policy that results in a porous border, welcoming freeloaders and criminals. But dozens of Texas counties participate in a program called Secure Communities, which aims to ferret out criminal aliens and expedite their removal.... Read more»0

New ICE age: Crackdown on employers who hire undocumented

The federal government could begin cracking down on employers who hire undocumented workers and on residents with expired visas, according to a copy of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's new strategic plan.... Read more»0

Gimme shelter: Number of Mexican asylum seekers falling

Despite fears that Texas would open its doors to thousands of Mexicans escaping violence at home and seeking a safe haven here, government data shows the number of asylum-seekers from Mexico has actually decreased.... Read more»0

National Guard deployment raises concerns with border groups

The expected deployment of 1,200 National Guard troops to the border has angered border advocacy groups, which fear the militarization of their communities will damage the local economy and negatively impact their way of life.... Read more»1

Border & immigration

Number of visas issued for crime victims jumps

In the first four months of the year, more visas have been granted to undocumented victimsof such crimes as domestic violence and rape than in all of fiscal year 2009.... Read more»0

Border violence

U.S. drug demand fuels chaos in Mexico, says Juárez mayor

Though he is hopeful conditions in his city will improve, Juarez's mayor said the drug trafficking at the root of Mexico's problems will continue as long as the U.S. maintains its insatiable appetite for narcotics.... Read more»0

Juarez mayor says local police still corrupted

Just days after the majority of military troops deployed to patrol the streets of the most violent city in the Americas withdrew, the city's mayor concedes his local police force is still infiltrated with elements of organized crime.... Read more»0

Border

'Dumping ground' for immigration detainees

Picture, if you will, a Twilight Zone episode in which foreigners are stripped of their mental capacities and thrust into a government-sanctioned delusional purgatory. But this is no Hollywood script. Every one of these stories is true.... Read more»0

Border & immigration

U.S., Mexico launch new intelligence-sharing programs

Senior leaders from the United States and Mexico agreed the two countries will begin swapping intelligence on suspected terrorists and Mexican felons following discussions in Mexico City on Tuesday.... Read more»0

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