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Border Patrol agents tell lawmakers budget cuts will hurt security

Border Patrol agents told House members and congressional staffers Thursday that this is the worst possible time to cut the agency’s budget as the country clamors for immigration reform that includes a secure border.... Read more»

Analysis

Immigration changing political landscape in key states

In the wake of the overwhelming Latino and Asian American support for President Obama in the 2012 election—support that was critical to his re-election—the political winds on immigration have shifted significantly to favor reform with a pathway to citizenship for the approximately 11 million undocumented living in our country.... Read more»2

Arizonans join thousands at D.C. rally for immigration reform

Advocates and immigrants from Arizona were among thousands who came to Washington on Wednesday to rally at the Capitol in support of comprehensive immigration reform.... Read more»1

During polygraphs, border agency applicants admit to rape, kidnapping

One admitted to kidnapping and ransoming hostages in the Ivory Coast. Others said they had molested children or committed rape. And one, as he prepared for survival in a post-apocalyptic world, contemplated assassinating President Obama. These are among the thousands of applicants who have sought jobs in recent years with the Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection.... Read more»

Border roundup

Study sheds light on gun running; AP drops 'illegal immigrant'

Border news roundup: Arizona politicians and religious leaders discuss comprehensive immigration reform by the “Gang of Eight,” journalists reconsider how to address illegal immigration in their stylebooks, and safety concerns on both sides of the border.... Read more»

Napolitano: Signs point to 'healthy, healthy border'

Pointing to signs of a “healthy border,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano barnstormed through the Southwest this week, stopping in Tucson on Friday to promote the agency’s security efforts while allowing trade and travel along the U.S.-Mexico border.... Read more»1

Associated Press drops 'illegal immigrant' from style guide

Many newspapers and journalists across America will no longer use “illegal immigrants” in stories after the Associated Press announced today it’s dropping the term from its style guide. While actions might be termed “illegal,” people are not, executive editor Kathleen Carroll said.... Read more»2

Sequester cuts to border staffing put on hold

Staff reductions at the country’s ports of entry have been postponed, easing for now some sequestration-induced anxieties of stakeholders and elected officials on the border.... Read more»

Border roundup: Politicians tour Nogales, mayors travel south

McCain and other ‘Gang of Eight’ members toured the border, Rothschild took Arizona mayors to Sonora, Brewer defended policy banning driver’s licenses for young immigrants and Napolitano said officials will review solitary confinement policy for immigration detainees... Read more»

UA report: Immigration policies should focus on family unity

The nation’s current immigration policy is breaking up families and not deterring repeat border crossers, according to a University of Arizona study, which called for those factors to be addressed in any immigration reform.... Read more»

Four of five Border Patrol drug busts involve U.S. citizens

The public’s view of a typical Mexican drug smuggler might not include U.S. Naval Academy grad Todd Britton-Harr, who was caught at a Border Patrol checkpoint in south Texas in December 2010 hauling a trailer with 1,100 pounds of marijuana. It turns out that the Border Patrol catches more American citizens with drugs than it does Mexican couriers.... Read more»1

Gang of 8 senators: Immigration deal requires secured border

“We need to control the flow of people before we can bring people out of the shadows,” N.Y. Sen. Chuck Schumer said after a tour of the U.S.-Mexico border Wednesday. A bipartisan group of senators called for more high-tech enforcement, but wouldn’t offer specifics on how to measure border security.... Read more»5

Turnout light, emotions high as Supreme Court hears 2nd gay marriage case

There were fewer protesters for the second day of historic Supreme Court hearings on same-sex marriage laws, but the crowds still filled the foot of the Supreme Court’s steps, where they waved flags, chanted and held up signs for their cause. Rulings could come sometime this summer.... Read more»

Number of deferred action applications on the decline

After peaking in September, applications for deferred action have dropped off dramatically. Immigration attorneys think most eligible undocumented immigrants are in a wait-and-see mode amid the federal immigration reform debate.... Read more»

Analysis

Welcoming the newcomer: Faith groups rally religious on immigration reform

Advocacy around immigration reform continues to gain momentum, with bipartisan groups in Congress and President Barack Obama pushing to fix our nation’s immigration system and provide a road map to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in our country.... Read more»

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