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Scott Walker Open To Building Wall Along Border With Canada

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 08.30.2015 | Politics

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On Immigration, Trump and Coffman Look the Same, but Are They?

Jason Salzman | Posted 07.31.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

The Washington Post's Greg Sargent called on reporters to extract detailed plans from the herd of Republican presidential candidates regarding their positions on immigration. It's a good idea and has direct application here in Colorado.

El Chapo, Scourge of Mexican Sovereignty

Nicholas Denmon | Posted 07.15.2015 | World
Nicholas Denmon

The failure to the victims of El Chapo, both direct and indirect, is a miscarriage of justice of such magnitude that it may be the biggest crime of all.

Scarborough: A 'Generational Opportunity' to Reform the GOP by Fighting Trump

Spencer Critchley | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

Morning Joe host (and leading conservative pundit) Joe Scarborough apparently agrees about the need to reform the GOP on the issue of bigotry, and that Donald Trump presents an opportunity to do that.

Post Trump, What Is the GOP's Best Path to Presidential Victory?

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

Of course if the "short-fingered vulgarian" -- to borrow a Spy Magazine term of endearment for Mr. Trump -- runs as a Independent, then, as in 1992 (when Ross Perot stole huge numbers of the GOP vote), the Republicans don't have a prayer, no matter whom they run.

Trump Has Exposed GOP Racism

Spencer Critchley | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

The GOP has been doing a racist strip tease for decades now, and Trump is just skipping the tease. But it may point to a possible upside. Thanks to gauche clowns like Trump -- not to mention Cliven Bundy, Steve King and others -- the GOP, like the Democratic Party of the 60s, might be forced to reform itself, if only to end the pain.

The Drug War Hurts Latinos, and We Have the Power to Stop It

Mayra Espinoza-Martinez | Posted 07.09.2015 | Latino Voices
Mayra Espinoza-Martinez

The one thing all parents share is the desire to protect their kids. Although the legalization and regulation of all drugs may seem counterintuitive to that desire, repealing prohibition will keep our communities safer. Legalization reduces the profit margins of illicit products and disincentivizes the time, money, and violence necessary to traffic drugs.

Here's How Wrong Trump Is: Immigrants Commit Less Crime

Spencer Critchley | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

There are many people who will think that while Trump's comments may be offensive, they're also accurate -- just politically incorrect. But no, they're not politically incorrect. They're factually incorrect.

Rick Perry Tries Again

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

He, obviously, wants to follow the trail Bush blazed from the Texas governor's office to the Oval Office. However, this will be the second run for Perry, and he'll have to improve significantly on his previous performance to even have a chance of doing so.

Our DMZ With Mexico

Stephen R. Kelly | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Stephen R. Kelly

When one of the world's most hostile boundaries starts to look good in any respect compared to our border with Mexico, we have probably taken our obsession with border security too far.

Friday Talking Points -- Double Standards and Hypocrisy

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We're going to begin today with a rather loaded question: How much attention do you think the media should be paying towards a presidential nominee who is right now getting 13 to 15 percent support in public opinion polls of their party's voters?

Throwing Billions Mindlessly at Border Security

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.26.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Colorado's newbie Congressman, Ken Buck, was right at home on the radio last week when he disclosed that a bill will be introduced by House Republicans "doubling or tripling" the amount of money to be spent on securing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Roque Planas

Former Border Patrol Head: U.S. Side Of Border Is Safer Than Washington

HuffingtonPost.com | Roque Planas | Posted 04.22.2015 | Latino Voices

PHOENIX -- While elected officials in Congress continue to harp on the need to make the U.S./Mexico border area safer, a panel of current and former l...

Identifying the Bodies of Border Crossers

Sarah Illingworth | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Sarah Illingworth

Those who attempt what is very risky journey often feel they have few other options, and the disappearance or death of those who don't survive is incredibly distressing for their families. Colibrí both help to contest the dehumanization of migrants, dignifying them as individuals whose lives matter.

Leaving Children Behind

John Lindsay-Poland | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
John Lindsay-Poland

Why do Washington policymakers frame the arrival of children and families fleeing organized violence in their countries as a threat to national security? Is it possible to restore compassion to our debate about this kind of immigration?

On Trial for Stopping Operation Streamline

Gabriel Schivone | Posted 05.16.2015 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Schivone

Operation Streamline is all about besmirching migrants as criminals instead of processing their cases through civil or administrative immigration courts, as in the past.

Another Failure of All-or-Nothingism

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For the last three months, we've all been watching the Kabuki drama play out, but the ultimate outcome was never really much in doubt. Like a badly-written detective drama where the audience spots the killer in the opening act, almost everyone knew the Tea Partiers were going to lose this battle.

Big Bills vs. Little Bills

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It is amusing for Democrats to watch the "Ted Cruz wing" of the GOP try to defend their big DHS bill, just as it will be amusing to watch them howl later this week when it gets split in two. All a Democrat will have to do to really rub it in will be to say, "But you've been saying all along that immigration reform can only be done one tiny step at a time!"

Why Are Republicans Trying to Suppress My Fight Against Militarizing the Border?

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Rep. Hank Johnson

Yesterday's Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration provided supporters of the House GOP's Homeland Security bill an opportunity to demonstrate a need for granting local officers whose duties include "border security activities" priority access to the DOD's free transfer program. Instead, the GOP demonstrated no actual need and tried to censor me when I pointed this out.

Friday Talking Points -- Sarah Palin, Under the Republican Bus

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The muck in question isn't even Democratic muck. It's purely conservative and Republican mudslinging, at a person who used to be put on a pretty tall pedestal in Republicanland: Sarah Palin.

Elise Foley

Conservatives Take Credit For Delay On Border Security Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Conservatives are claiming victory over the delay of a House Republican border security bill that was set to go for a vote this week, on...

Drone Addiction on the Border

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Predator drones, tested out in this country's distant war zones, have played an increasingly prominent role in the up-armoring of the U.S.-Mexican border.

Elise Foley

House Conservatives To Senators: Don't Cave On Immigration

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans in the Senate likely don't have the votes to pass a bill blocking President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration,...

Homeland Security's New Method Of Tracking Immigrants Crossing The Border

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is experimenting with a new way to track immigrant families caught crossing the border illegally ...

This Is What It's Like to Flee to Europe With Syrians

Wolfgang Bauer | Posted 02.22.2015 | World
Wolfgang Bauer

This is how a journalist who writes about human traffickers suddenly became a human trafficker himself.