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Mexican professionals are networking in El Paso as a result of the violence that's ravaged its sister city across the border. "A lot of us had to leave and take our business and find another market," says the founder of the "LaRED" business group. Read more»

Human trafficking now exceeds all illegal enterprises except for illicit drug and weapon smuggling in terms of profits derived, which can be as high as $32 billion annually. Read more»

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»

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

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»

The controversial Secure Communities program that identifies immigrants in local jails now operates in every Texas county. Read more»

"What do you want from us?" It's an odd question for a newspaper to ask of the people it covers. But when those people have an arsenal rivaling an army — and no reservations about murdering journalists to keep them from doing their jobs — a paper's role leading the public conversation takes on a different and deadly dynamic. Read more»

Emilio Gutiérrez

Reporter Emilio Gutiérrez says he knew the script the Mexican general wanted him to follow. But the reporter kept writing about soldiers robbing citizens. He believes it almost cost him his life. Two years after seeking asylum in the U.S., Gutiérrez still waits for an immigration judge to rule. Read more»

Authorities in Mexico have detained the alleged Texas-born cartel leader Edgar Valdez Villarreal, also known as "La Barbie." He is the former "right-hand" of Alturo Beltran Leyva, the leader of the Beltran Leyva cartel ,who was gunned down last year by Mexican authorities. Read more»

Lawmakers in other states looking for guidance on how to draft immigration laws that can withstand federal challenges may not have to wait for resolution of the Justice Department's lawsuit against Arizona over SB 1070. Another Arizona case may shed some light on the subject. Read more»

The BP refinery in Texas City, Tex.

The beleaguered BP Texas City refinery faces two lawsuits: "BP collects... fines like speeding tickets," says an attorney who's represented BP workers. "A million dollars doesn't register on the BP corporate books... They look at a million-dollar fine as a nuisance and the cost of doing business." Read more»

Can't get enough of Texas lawmakers and the "terror baby" threat? Neither can we. Read more»

Ciudad Juárez at dusk looking west toward Misión de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.

Along the border, the beheadings and bombings carried out by drug cartels are drawing comparisons to murders by Muslim extremists — not surprising, given the war-like death toll of 8,100 so far this year in Mexico. Yet diplomats from both sides reject the notion that Mexico is a "failed state." Read more» 1

Proposals to abolish the 14th Amendment’s birthright citizenship provision have ricocheted through the political noise machine. What would the removal of birthright citizenship mean for the country? Pierce the fog of rhetoric and you’ll quickly discover that nobody really knows. Read more»

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