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A NOAA GOES-13 satellite image showing Hurricane Irene, August 2011.

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»

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»

Immigration Reform Rally 2010

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»

Immigration protest at Texas Capitol, February 22, 2011.

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 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

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»

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano defended her department’s policy, announced in June, to exercise 'discretion' when deciding whether to deport younger, low-risk undocumented immigrants.

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»

Men watch television at Tacoma Northwest Detention Center in Washington where legal and illegal immigrants are held during removal or deportation proceedings.

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

Men watch television at Tacoma Northwest Detention Center in Washington where legal and illegal immigrants are held during removal or deportation proceedings.

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»

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

Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has threatened to hold the Department of Homeland Security in contempt of Congress if it does not provide immigration enforcement information.

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

Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Calif., argued Wednesday for letting the House Judiciary Committee issue a subpoena to the Department of Homeland Security for information about the handling of aliens with criminal 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

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

Workers harvest lettuce at a farm near Yuma.

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»

The border fence in Nogales, Son.

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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