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This is what it’s like to cross the U.S. border from Mexico

The story of a young woman named Lourdes is revealed through her Facebook posts.... Read more»1

Texas senator tours Ciudad Juárez in low-key trip to Mexico

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn made his first-ever trip to Ciudad Juárez on Friday and said he felt safe in the border city. He said that was partially due to U.S. help in Mexico, and also said the U.S. bears some responsibility for the violence. ... Read more»

Tucson bishop joins clerics in Capitol to push immigration reform

Bishop Gerald Kicanas joined five other bishops who prayed and then fanned out across Capitol Hill to urge House members to act on comprehensive immigration reform. Kicanas said believes there is "still a glimmer of hope" for reform this year, despite little time and looming elections. ... Read more»1

Commentary

World's nationalists together to dig united Europe's grave

Commentary: The rise of anti-European Europe will be tested in the coming Euro-elections.... Read more»

Changes to specialized visas could impact border cities

Treaty investor visas allow foreign nationals to live and work in the U.S. if they make substantial investments here. Some visa holders are crying foul over new renewal requirements, and some advocates worry the changes could impact some border cities' economies.... Read more»

Sonoran Ramblings

Effective border wall: Information on ice

Watching CBP PIOs stall, hedge, misdirect and scheme via email left me with no doubt that keeping the public in the dark is an art of the highest order, as well as a talent for which we should all be grateful: if not for their deft non-disclosure, we might suddenly find ourselves weighed down by the unsettling knowledge of what precisely they are doing with billions of our dollars in the borderlands.... Read more»

Graphic: Where America's most-skilled foreign workers come from

Every year, the US lets in 65,000 of the world's top-skilled workers. Here's where they come from and what they do.... Read more»1

South Tucson, ACLU settle racial profiling claim

South Tucson officials signed a comprehensive agreement Monday, revamping the city's policies on enforcing SB 1070, closing a racial profiling complaint filed last year by the ACLU on behalf of stopped by police.... Read more»

Indigenous Texans want UN support against border fence

A Native American tribe has added a new layer to the border wall debate. Lipan Apaches allege the fence discriminates against them because they've been forced to give up some tribal land to accommodate it. ... Read more»

4 reasons you should care about the EU elections

As voters select a new European Parliament this week, here's why it matters.... Read more»

The scary return of a radical, far-right Europe and what it means

Sunday’s elections to the European Parliament may be a big yawn for most voters, but they’re set to provide a dramatic boost to far-right parties across the continent.... Read more»

Texas congressman urges support for Mexican security plan

As Mexico plans to deploy federal forces to a border state to quell a rash of violence there, U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela says a U.S. endorsement will help the strategy succeed. But analysts have some serious concerns about the strategy. Vela says there's no perfect solution but that the status quo cannot stand.... Read more»

Fear stifles wage abuse complaints

Violations often are concealed, and regulators hindered, because workers fear what will happen if they speak up.... Read more»

Analysis

House Republicans have nothing to fear from supporting immigration reform

The May 6th primary election in North Carolina illustrates that House Republicans have little to fear from passing immigration reform, while voters across the country are calling for candidates with pro-immigration reform policies.... Read more»

Neyoy Ruiz remaining in sanctuary at Tucson church until immigration case closed

An illegal immigrant who sought sanctuary at a South Side church won't be immediately deported, officials said Thursday. But Daniel Neyoy Ruiz said that he and his family will remain at Southside Presbyterian Church until immigration officials close his case.... Read more»2

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