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Drug czar wants drug legalization hopes to flame out

Legalize it? You must be high: Advocates pushing for the legalization of drugs in this country have a long fight ahead of them if current "Drug Czar" Gil Kerlikowske has anything to say about it.... Read more»

Report: U.S. lagging on crime-fighting aid for Mexico

A government report finds the U.S. has been too slow to aid Mexico and other crime-ridden countries at a time when drug-related violence is escalating. Efforts to combat alien smuggling have also fallen short, but Arizona earns praise for dismantling smuggling operations.... Read more»

Crossing while contagious: Detecting disease at the border

Illicit drugs, human trafficking, illegal immigration, terrorism and, yes, strep throat and H1N1: Customs and Border Protection officers are on the lookout for far more than criminals and contraband. They're responsible for stopping infectious disease at the border.... Read more»

Ex-immigration detention guard tells of rape, torture

The author and former security guard at the Port Isabel detention center for illegal immigrants talks about the torture, sexual abuse and drug smuggling he says he witnessed there.... Read more»

Checkpoint blues: More Border Patrol means crabbier locals

When Linda Walker drives north on Highway 118 from her West Texas home in Terlingua toward Alpine, she spots the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint ahead and thinks to herself, "Do I have time today?" Does she have time, she asks, to get "belligerent" with the agents, in their now ubiquitous green fatigues, who will inevitably ask about her citizenship? And that's not all.... Read more»

Texas border group urges Congress to rethink Guard deployment

Border activists are hurling a last-minute plea at Congress to rethink deployment of additional National Guard troops to the region. Two hundred fifty soldiers are scheduled to arrive on the Texas-Mexico border Sunday.... Read more»

Immigrant prosecutions on rise under Obama

Immigration and Customs Enforcement referred 4,145 cases for prosecution in March and April, the highest number since 2005, when the agency was created.... Read more»

El Paso sheriff on border violence, immigration & SB 1070

El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles is the top law enforcement official in one of America's safest big cities: El Paso has seen just one murder this year. Yet just across the city's and the nation's border, in Juárez, more than 6,000 people have been murdered since 2008.... Read more»

Cross-border trade up: Texas' ports of prosperity

After a sluggish 2009, Texas' top trade districts — Houston, Laredo and El Paso — are rebounding well from the national recession and witnessing huge increases in the value of trade passing through their ports this year.... Read more»

Isolation, poverty keep tiny border towns safe - for now

Presidio and Ojinaga, sister outposts on the either side of the Rio Grande, have long shared the misery of their isolation in the desert. Together, they’ve watched jealously over the years as other border cities have prospered. But today, the factors that have held them back keep them safe.... Read more»

Valley of Death: Bolstering security as Mexican deaths continue

For decades, residents of impoverished Mexican border towns have toiled in the fields or in the giant factories of Juárez. Those seeking more than paupers’ wages worked for the cartels. Yet their communities remained peaceful until the horror of the drug war bled into the farmland.... Read more»

Tragedy in Juárez spurs economy in El Paso

Depending on whom you ask, anywhere between 100,000 to half a million Juárenses have left Mexico since drug violence exploded in 2008. In a tragic irony, neighboring El Paso is flourishing economically as Juárez descends further into terror. (with video)... Read more»

Napolitano headed to Texas-Mexico border

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will visit Texas' border with Mexico on Thursday when she meets with customs and local law enforcement officials in Laredo.... Read more»

Interview: Charles Bowden on the violence plaguing Juárez

Probably more than any other author, Southern Arizonan Charles Bowden has revealed the intricacies of the violence haunting Ciudad Juárez. He's swatted at flies swarming fresh bloodstains and reported from a house where bodies were drenched in acid before burial. One wonders if he didn't lose a slice of his sanity with each movement of his hand. (with audio)... Read more»

'Take Our Jobs'

Farmworkers to Colbert: Immigration worries? Work in fields

To those who fear that illegal immigrants are taking jobs from U.S. citizens, the United Farm Workers of America says: Take a farmworker's job.... Read more»9

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