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Newly-elected state Rep. David Simpson at the head of the line to prefile bills on Nov. 8.

Republican lawmakers in Texas, buoyed by their party's resounding victories on Election Day, are signaling just how far they're willing to go in cracking down on illegal immigration in the upcoming legislative session. Read more»

Instead of reporting on crooked public officials or the growth of organized crime, newspaper editor Martha Lopez runs press releases from the Zeta cartel. Read more»

President Obama may have to change his foreign policy goals in the wake of Tuesday's elections.

President Obama’s 2009 inauguration ushered in a new era that sought for America to re-engage with the world. But what happens to the spirit of Obama’s foreign policy if Republicans capture control of Congress? Read more»

Turkish flags in Neukoelln, Germany.

For decades, Germany largely ignored the question of how to integrate its immigrant communities. Chancellor Angela Merkel's comments about multiculturalism have spurred an anti-immigrant dialogue. Read more»

For drug cartels, smuggling money south of the border is a high-dollar, high-volume proposition. A new report contends that not only are the methods undertaken by the U.S. and Mexico falling short but that neither comes close to knowing how much is earned from the drug trade. Read more»

Erika Toledo Ruiz, an active member of Tucson’s dreamer community, talks to a friend during a meeting at a Tucson church on behalf of another woman who was arrested during an immigration raid.

Nineteen-year-old Tucsonan Erika Toledo Ruiz hopes the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act passes Congress, so she can continue her education in the United States and follow her dreams of being a chef. Read more»

A demonstrator at an anti-SB 1070 march in Phoenix, May 29.

Passions clash over the state's political landscape: Illegal immigration exploded like a bomb over Arizona and for much of the year laid waste to efforts to resolve other urgent state issues. Read more» 2

The men and women were lined up, hands and feet bound, forced to kneel against the wall on an isolated farm in northern Mexico, near the border with the United States. Read more»

Mexican President Felipe Calderón's visit to the beleagured border city Ciudad Juárez was marked with hope and frustration. Read more»

Undocumented residents in Arizona and other states, worried about the crackdown on illegal immigration, are setting up legal protections in case they are deported. Read more»

Giffords spoke to the House of Representatives in support of the Ultralight Smuggling Prevention Act on Sept. 23.

In these fraught political times, just weeks away from a high-stakes election, you might think it would be impossible for Democrats and Republicans in Congress to achieve anything on a contentious issue like border security. Think again. Read more»

Gov. Jan Brewer

A federal judge has denied motions by Gov. Jan Brewer and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to dismiss a lawsuit against Arizona's SB 1070, dealing with illegal immigration. Read more» 3

Héctor "Teto" Murguía Lardizábal took the helm of the troubled Mexican border city Sunday from former mayor José Reyes Ferriz. Juárez, just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, is embroiled in a war among drug cartels and law enforcement that has resulted in more than 6,600 murders since 2008. Read more»

The plot's still thickening in the incident on Falcon Lake. That may smack of mystery-novel cheesiness, but the incident — involving an American woman's claims that Mexican drug pirates shot her husband while the two were on Jet Skis in the border reservoir — has caught national attention. Read more»

Nearly 400,000 people were removed from the U.S. during the past year, and about half were criminals, according an Immigration and Customs Enforcement press release. Read more» 2

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