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Texas lt. gov asks for price tag to expand border operations

Months after Texas beefed up its border security presence in the Rio Grande Valley and deployed the Texas National Guard there in response to a record increase in illegal crossings, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst wants to know what it would cost to expand the projects through 2016.... Read more»

Border task force nets $2.8M in marijuana

Agents working with the West Desert Task Force seized 5,600 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $2.8 million, and three vehicles in the last two weeks. border_bust... Read more»

Factcheck: 2014 campaign whoppers

By the time the last polling booth closes on Nov. 4, a staggering amount of money — $4 billion, by one estimate — will have been spent on the midterm elections. What did all that money buy? A lot of false and misleading TV ads. ... Read more»

Analysis

The facts on immigration today

Immigration has been a constant source of economic vitality and demographic dynamism throughout our nation’s history. Immigrants are taxpayers, entrepreneurs, job creators, and consumers. But the immigration system is broken and in need of an overhaul. Although the U.S. border is now more secure than ever, decades of ever-increasing border and interior enforcement have exacerbated the dysfunction caused by rigid, out-of-date laws.... Read more»

Initiative eases transition to Mexico for those deported through Nogales

Deported after 25 years in the United States on domestic violence charges, Jose Castellea stepped off a bus at the Nogales border gate eight days ago with only the clothes on his back and a few belongings. “The first time you’re scared when you’re here in Mexico,” Castellea said. “Now, well I have to be here the rest of my life.”... Read more»

For artist, found objects humanize migrant journey

"Picking Up the Pieces," an exhibit of artwork inspired by items left behind by migrants crossing the deserts of Southern Arizona, opened Tuesday at the University of Arizona School of Art.... Read more»1

Residents claim racial profiling at Border Patrol checkpoint

Arivaca residents said Sunday that they have evidence of racial profiling against Latino drivers during two months of observation of a Border Patrol checkpoint south of Tucson. Although thousands of drivers passed through the checkpoint, no arrests were made as observers recorded the actions of border agents.... Read more»3

Reineke, Colibri Center recognized with human rights award

Tucson's Colibri Center for Human Rights, and its director, Robin Reineke, received one of three Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards this week at the Carnegie Hall Institution for Science in Washington, D.C.... Read more»

$317M in court-ordered funding an issue in governor’s race

State courts have ruled that Arizona owes public schools a first payment of more than $300 million for failing to make annual inflation adjustments to base funding as called for by a voter-approved law. Over five years, the bill could be $1.6 billion. ... Read more»1

Deportations near border surged as interior removals dropped

The study of 10 years of deportations - almost 3.7 million of them - showed that despite a focus on immigrants in the interior of the U.S., the vast majority were caught at the border. And those immigrants were much less likely to have committed a crime. ... Read more»

Are Central American kids 'refugees'?

A 35-year-old resettlement program could help some of the thousands of unaccompanied Central American children entering the U.S. Their future hinges on how they are designated.... Read more»

Court overturns law denying bail to immigrant felony suspects

The divided 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the voter-approved ban on bail violates suspects' due-process rights. But one of the dissenting judges said that throwing out a law overwhelmingly approved by state voters "leaves Arizona nowhere to turn." ... Read more»

BP agents find 9 people hidden in rental truck

Border Patrol agents found nine people hidden in a the back of rental truck at the I-19 checkpoint last week. ... Read more»

A 6-year-old Honduran migrant goes to Washington

With U.S. immigration reform long delayed, a Honduran mother and son head to the capital to tell lawmakers why they came to Boston and should be allowed to stay.... Read more»

BLS: Hispanic worker deaths up in 2013

The number of contractors and Hispanic workers who died on the job increased in 2013 even as the overall tally of worker deaths declined, according to preliminary data released in September by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.... Read more»1

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