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Texas crime rates lower in border cities

Crime has dropped, and the Texas side of the border apparently is now safer than the state's larger cities. But a political tug-of-war about the security needs of the region remains full of fiery rhetoric and competing views about how safe border communities really are.... Read more»

FactCheck: Rubio's plan on 'sanctuary cities'

An ad from a pro-Ted Cruz super PAC claims that Sen. Marco Rubio’s plan for so-called sanctuary cities is to “ignore” them.... Read more»

Arpaio, Trump rhetoric helps mobilize Latino voters

Advocates looking to help Hispanics flex their political muscle this election said that job is being made easier by rhetoric from people like Sheriff Arpaio and Donald Trump, among others.... Read more»

Pope Francis' border mass awes El Paso Catholics

Within plain sight of Ciudad Juárez, just south of the Rio Grande, thousands of El Pasoans heard Pope Francis speak of the ancient city Nineveh. He spoke of the city’s destruction due to “oppression and dishonor, violence and injustice.” The stirring message delivered in a city recovering from years of its own death and destruction at the hands of warring rival drug gangs and law enforcement held audiences captive.... Read more»

McSally appointed chair of border subcommittee

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally has been named as the chairwoman of the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee. McSally's experience in Congress and her "firsthand experience on the border make her a natural fit to succeed in this vital role," said the Homeland Security chairman.... Read more»

Factchecking the ninth GOP debate

The ninth GOP debate featured the top six remaining candidates for the party’s presidential nomination. They repeated several false and misleading claims, and made some new ones, too.... Read more»

Immigrants arrested in U.S. raids say they were misled on right to counsel

U.S. immigration authorities violated their own rules by telling some of the 121 Central American women and children they arrested in raids last month that they had no legal recourse to dispute their deportations, according to several of the women and their lawyers. ... Read more»

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After deportation, killer returned easily to U.S.

Deported to his native Mexico for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl, Juan Leonardo Quintero returned to Houston and easily resumed his life. When he killed a police officer in 2006, Quintero became a poster child for loose border enforcement.... Read more»

'Criminal aliens' a flashpoint of border security debate

How to deal with, or talk about, foreigners who commit crimes in the United States — the government’s term for them is the politically incorrect “criminal aliens” — has prompted heated calls for vastly different solutions.... Read more»1

CBP: 3-D-printed full-auto rifle seized at Lukeville crossing

Border officers in Lukeville arrested a U.S. citizen Saturday after they found a cache of weapons in his car, including an semi-automatic rifle modified with a 3-D-printed receiver, allowing the weapon to fire in full automatic mode.... Read more»1

Arivaca residents now monitoring second Border Patrol checkpoint

A group of Arivaca residents have expanded their monitoring of Border Patrol checkpoints to SR 286, just north of the Buenos Aires Wildlife Refuge. Activists set up just north of the checkpoint with binoculars, video cameras and clipboards to record the interactions between agents and people driving north.... Read more»

FactCheck: Cruz distorts Rubio’s immigration stance

In an attack on Sen. Marco Rubio’s stance on immigration, Sen. Ted Cruz makes two overly broad accusations that distort Rubio’s position.... Read more»

Lawyers for Texas talk strategy for Supreme Court immigration hearing

As he prepares to make his fifth trip to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court in perhaps his most high-profile case to date, Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller is confident he and his team will prevail and stop President Obama's immigration plan from taking effect.... Read more»

Dramatic January drop in kids, families picked up at border

The number of unaccompanied minors and parents with children apprehended at the border declined dramatically from December to January, even as the administration takes hits from activists and Democrats over immigration raids conducted after the New Year. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

How ICE shields financial dealings with private prison contractors from public scrutiny

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is fighting hard to hide from public scrutiny the workings of its contracts with private prison corporations like CCA and GEO. It seems that private prison contractors not only control an increasing share of our unjust immigration system; they now seek to limit the public's access to government contracting decisions and the reach of FOIA itself.... Read more»

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