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'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

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The extreme weather-climate change connection

Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, made several incorrect claims in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece regarding connections between climate change and severe weather.... Read more»

Lawmakers file a bipartisan bill on CBP oversight

Border lawmakers from opposing parties introduced legislation this week that would increase the monitoring of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s use-of-force practices and create a uniform complaint process to address allegations of misconduct by agency officials.... Read more»

U.S. House bill sets up immigration fight

The barrier that divides the U.S. House and Senate plans for immigration reform looms as large as the double-layered border fence that lines much of the Texas-Mexico border. ... Read more»

Texans voice praise, concerns over immigration plan

As eight U.S. senators unveiled a plan Monday for an overhaul of the country’s immigration system, the reaction in Texas ranged from praise to concerns over the plan’s border-security component. ... Read more»


When did undocumented kids become Moby-Dick?

When Gov. Jan Brewer speedily signed an executive order banning driver’s licenses to "DREAMer" undocumented immigrants who obtain work permits under a new White House program, I found myself “growing grim about the mouth” like a certain protagonist in Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick.... Read more»1

Applicants for deferred action hopeful about future

Rocio Hernandez and Rodrigo Morales were strangers before Wednesday morning, when they sat side by side in immigration lawyer Jackie Watson’s South Austin law office.... Read more»

Napolitano defends ‘deferred’ deportation policy

Homeland Security Sec. Napolitano on Thursday defended the Obama administration’s plan to suspend deportation for young, undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children.... Read more»

The facts on new 'hospitality' guidelines for detained immigrants

The government's new standards for more humane detention of undocumented immigrants have been criticized as too cushy. So what are they?... Read more»

Republicans: Immigrant detention rules like 'recess'

House Judiciary subcommittee members grilled ICE officials Wednesday on new detention standards they said read “more like a hospitality guideline for illegal immigrants.”... Read more»

SOPA: Has the Internet won?

Internet activists may have won this round in the battle over SOPA. But the fight ain't over yet.... Read more»2

DHS refutes immigration 'stonewalling' allegations

Homeland Security officials said Monday they are gathering data to appease U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, after his powerful House committee threatened to hold the agency in contempt of Congress for failing to provide immigration enforcement information.... Read more»1

Congress to subpoena DHS over immigrants’ records

A House subcommittee Wednesday authorized the issuance of a subpoena to the Department of Homeland Security for data about undocumented immigrants with criminal records who have been released after their arrests.... Read more»5


10 numbers you need to know about E-Verify

E-Verify is an Internet-based system that allows employers to check whether prospective employees are legally authorized to work. But mandating it for all employers across the country would cost Americans their jobs and crush small businesses.... Read more»2

House weighs bill to streamline guest-worker program

A House committee Thursday considered a streamlined guest-worker program that supporters say would ensure a sufficient supply of — documented — farmworkers in the U.S.... Read more»


Border: Safer than ever

Why hasn't the story of this transformation penetrated the national dialogue? Rather than acknowledge the remarkable advances, immigration reform opponents level sensational—and often patently false—claims meant to scare the public about border violence and insecurity. ... Read more»

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