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House Republicans test Trump on his U.S.-Mexico wall

By Julia Edwards Ainsley   Republicans in the House of Representatives hope to offer President-elect Donald Trump an alternate plan to his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall, a first test by lawmakers from his own party of one of his key campaign promises. Continue reading
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Alejandra, age 7, is facing a judge alone. Is that due process?

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – There are no majestic marble columns leading to the United States immigration court here, no hint of the life-altering decisions taking place inside the nondescript building. Continue reading
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Combating Corruption: U.S. Customs And Border Protection Seeks Deep Reform

By John Burnett U.S. Customs and Border Protection—the nation's largest law enforcement agency—is attempting to reform itself. Washington spends $13 billion on border control and immigration enforcement, more than every other federal law enforcement force combined. Yet the huge agency—with 56,000 gun-toting agents—is dogged by complaints that too many of them will take a bribe or use excessive force and avoid consequences. Continue reading
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Sign On Letter: Mass Detention of Families and Asylum Seekers Must End

Recently, The Southern Border Communities Coalition, along with over 220 nongovernmental organizations from across the United States stood in solidarity and signed a letter to end the mass detention of families and asylum seekers. Addressed to Jeh Johnson, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, the letter highlights the record-high numbers of immigrants detained daily. Furthermore, the letter notes DHS' recent contract extension with one of the nation's largest for-profit prison companies. We demand that the mass detention of families end immediately. Continue reading
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What A Reporter Learned When He Infiltrated An Arizona Militia Group

Heard on All Things Considered Along the border between the U.S. and Mexico, armed groups on patrol — mostly men — look for illegal immigrants and drug traffickers. They're not U.S. Border Patrol, but regular people who've decided to take matters into their own hands. Continue reading
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SHENA GUTIERREZ WON’T TAKE U.S. BORDER PATROL’S ‘NO’ FOR AN ANSWER

By Alexa Mencia Shena Gutierrez’s husband José almost died March 30, 2011. As the leader of a support network for those affected by the U.S. Border Patrol’s use of force, Gutierrez knows her husband was one of the lucky ones. But after José survived a coma and traumatic brain injuries attempting to cross back into Arizona after being deported, he hasn’t been the same. Continue reading
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Mass action at U.S./Mexico border strengthens solidarity

By Liberation Staff From October 7 to 10, over a thousand people gathered in Tucson and Nogales, Ariz. for a U.S./Mexico Border Convergence against the militarization of the border, border patrol violence and murder, and the division and imprisonment of immigrant families. The weekend of action was sponsored by the School of America Watch and included representatives from nearly 400 organizations from across the country. Continue reading
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Central American families cross U.S. border in record numbers

By Associated Press A record number of Central American families fleeing violence crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in the most recent fiscal year and total apprehensions were up, according to figures released by the U.S. government. Continue reading
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An Agent Shot a Boy Across the U.S. Border. Can His Parents Sue?

By Adam Liptak In June of 2010, four boys were playing in the dry bed of the Rio Grande that separates El Paso from Juárez, Mexico. The international borderline, unmarked, runs through the middle of the culvert. Continue reading
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Congresswoman Wilson (FL) Opposes DHS policy Shift Towards Haitian Earthquake Survivors

Congresswoman Wilson (FL) has taken the lead to circulate a dear colleague letter (below) to express strong opposition to the sudden policy shift from DHS towards Haitian earthquake survivors. Continue reading
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