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New Mexico Wilderness Bill Prompts Border Security Questions In The West

The Colorado Independent | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

On July 21, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources unanimously approved a bill to designate part of the Organ Mountains in southern New ...

Commander: US Can't Seal Afghan-Pakistan Border

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — There's no practical way for U.S. troops to seal Afghanistan's vast border with Pakistan and stop all Taliban fighters from slippin...

Arizona's Overflowing Morgues Full of Unidentified Migrants

Christof Putzel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christof Putzel

2010-11-17-morgue.jpg The Pima County morgue in Tucson, Arizona is so overwhelmed with the record number of bodies found in the desert that it has taken to storing them in mobile, refrigerated trucks.

Proud to Support the Rule of Law and Immigration, Too

Rep. Luis Gutierrez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Luis Gutierrez

Following the no compromise, "law and order" approach to immigration -- as we have done for the last two decades or more -- has yielded a lot less law and a lot less order.

With Border Surveillance in Trouble, a New Defense Contractor Lines Up

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
G.W. Schulz

A defense mega-contractor recently unveiled another expensive product for keeping the nation safe: a remote detection device to catch would-be border crossers. And if all of this is starting to sound familiar, it should.

California Sends National Guard To Mexico Border

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SAN DIEGO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says the first of 224 National Guard troops have completed their training and are expected to be deployed to ...

Why America Now?

Ray Suarez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ray Suarez

Deportations are up. Angry anti-immigrant sentiment is on the rise. The U.S. economy isn't shrinking any more, but the number of jobs isn't growing. And yet, the United States is still a magnet for people around the world

Firm Packed With Ex-Customs and Border Officials Lands Contract

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
G.W. Schulz

The U.S. Border Patrol's announcement that it was seeking to hire a contractor for "strategic consulting" services first raised eyebrows in July. Perhaps it wasn't much of a surprise that the contract went to a firm loaded with former government insiders.

Ryan Grim

Raul Labrador, GOP Challenger: Troops Should Man Mexican Border In Between Deployments To War Zones | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Instead of having members of the National Guard "sit and wait for six months" when they're not deployed in a war zone, it might be a better idea to se...

Sam Stein

Napolitano: Congress Keeps Moving The Goalposts On Immigration Reform | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

While discussing the administration's approach to immigration reform Monday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano appeared frustrated with the...

US-Mexico Border Actually More Fortified Now Than 5 Years Ago: AP Spin Meter

AP | SUZANNE GAMBOA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — You wouldn't know it from the public debate, but the U.S.-Mexico border is more fortified now than it was even five years ago. Far ...

Obama Signs $600 Million Border Security Bill

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday signed a bill directing $600 million more to securing the U.S.-Mexico border, a modest election-ye...

Obama Administration Touts Its Get-Tough Approach To Illegal Immigration

AP | AMANDA LEE MYERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

PHOENIX — The federal government has deported more illegal immigrants from the U.S. than ever before, the director of U.S. Immigration and Customs E...

Senate Passes $600 Million Border Security Bill

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Determined to show a commitment to stopping the flow of illegal immigrants, the Senate convened a special session Thursday and pass...

Mexico Makes Angry Phone Call To Napolitano, Condemns Border Patrol Shooting Of Teen

AP | CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN and OLIVIA TORRES | Posted 05.25.2011 | World


Senate Approves $600 Million Border Bill

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate agreed Thursday to add $600 million to the effort to stop the flow of illegal immigrants across the U.S. Mexican border....

The (Un)Sexy Side of Immigration Reform

Philip Wolgin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Wolgin

I am amazed at how much of the current immigration debate still centers around only two things: border security, and earned legalization. We are missing one of the most important facet of reform: fixing the visa system.

Arizona Immigration Law Came After Years Of Mounting Anger

AP | JACQUES BILLEAUD and AMANDA LEE MYERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

PHOENIX — As the days tick down until the Arizona immigration law takes effect, the state stands as a monument to the anger over illegal immigra...

Arizona's Big Fat Lies

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

These unprincipled politicians will continue to traffic in anti-Latino lies and smears while our country is stuck with an immigration system that does not in any way serve the national interest.

Jason Linkins

Dana Milbank Calls Premise For Arizona Immigration Law 'A Fallacy' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Washington Post's Dana Milbank offers a solid debunk of Arizona-based illegal immigrant paranoia today, pointing out that "the entire premise of t...

Charges of Racism for Criticism of Illegal Immigration Is No Substitute for Effective Border Enforcement

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

Why has illegal immigration been implicitly elevated as such a worthwhile pursuit that all Arizonans and American citizens at large should compassionately understand and support.

Obama Finally Steps to the Podium on Immigration Reform

Afton Branche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Afton Branche

Ultimately, Obama's speech made a strong case for why the US needs immigration reform, but left how we'll get there up for debate.

Obama's Border Plan Doesn't Include Money For Already Overwhelmed Courts

AP | AMANDA LEE MYERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

PHOENIX — President Barack Obama's $600 million border security plan seems to have it all: More than 1,000 agents, seven gunrunner teams, five F...

Cartoon: Targeting Illegals Illegally

Shan Wells | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Shan Wells

Arizona's GOP has made a huge mistake with their recent panicky blunder into immigration law. There are pressing problems with that state's border, but the new statute is a Jim Crow throwback.

The Democrats' New Immigration Plan: Outdoing Arizona in Bigotry

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anis Shivani

The "Democrats" finally revealed their immigration plan today. What's not to like about this proposal -- if you're that bigoted woman poor Gordon Bro...