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Why the US should treat Mexico as a vital partner, not a punching bag

  Mexico is one of the most important countries in the world for the United States. It’s the second-largest buyer of US goods, the third-biggest consumer of US agricultural products and America’s third-most-important trading partner, after China and Canada. We trade over a million dollars of stuff every minute. Continue reading
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Voices from the border: Opposing Trump’s wall

    Americans living close to the Mexico border voice opposition to policies that falsely conflate immigration and security. On Wednesday, John F Kelly, the head of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the department tasked with implementing President Donald Trump’s immigration policy, laid out the administration’s vision before Congress. It included increasing vetting procedures for foreign nationals and, most pressingly, according to the newly appointed Kelly, fixing the “gaping wound” he considers to be the US-Mexico border. Continue reading
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Today the Headlines Clot in My Blood

This past Saturday, while on a quick run to the local grocery store, I ran into Sara.  She had her two youngest girls with her—one a tenth grader, and the other in the middle of her second year at the university. They are her seventh and eighth children, and, like their mom, bright-eyed and delightful to be with. Continue reading
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Former Executive Director of Anti-Immigrant Hate Group FAIR Joins Trump Administration

Stephen Piggott Julie Kirchner, the former executive director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), has been named chief of staff at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the largest federal law enforcement agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Continue reading
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VIDEO: What the US-Mexico border really looks like

  The US-Mexico border is 1,933 miles long, and already has 700 miles of fence running along it.   Continue reading
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U.S. border officials are illegally turning away asylum seekers, critics say

By Joshua Partlow     Several weeks ago, a former Guatemalan police officer walked up to U.S. private ­security guards at the border crossing here and asked for asylum in the United States. Continue reading
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What Border Communities Need to Hear from Gen. John Kelly

Later today, President-elect Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), General John Kelly, will face his confirmation hearing before the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. If confirmed, this retired, career marine general will be placed at the helm of the the sprawling agency that includes U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the largest federal law enforcement agency in the country that has been plagued by serious integrity challenges and human and civil rights abuses that have been the subject of complaints and litigation. Continue reading
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Editorial: The Border Patrol has made improvements in accountability and use-of-force. Will Trump continue that progress?

By: LA Times Editorial Board Over the past three years, the Obama administration has struggled to change a culture of violence and impunity within the U.S. Border Patrol — a culture that has tolerated excessive force against suspected border crossers, including unnecessary lethal shootings. To its credit, the government has forced some improvements in both transparency and accountability, as well as reductions in the use of force, under Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske, though the agency continues to face dogged problems with bribery and other underhanded actions by some of the agents. Continue reading
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Trump’s Pick for Homeland Security Secretary Is Inheriting a Border Agency Known for Human Rights Abuses

By Vicki B. Gaubeca, Director of the ACLU of New Mexico’s Regional Center for Border Rights Next week, retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly, President-elect Trump’s choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security, will go before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for his confirmation hearing. If confirmed, Gen. Kelly will inherit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP): the largest federal law enforcement agency and infamous for its abusive and lawless practices. One question before committee members then is whether Gen. Kelly will check the agency’s worst practices or only make them worse. Continue reading
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Border corruption targeted

Campaign enlists public’s help fighting officials on the take By Kristian Hernandez This year at least a half dozen government agencies in the Rio Grande Valley were allegedly compromised by criminal organizations, but a new campaign aims to enlist the public’s help to end corruption across the border. Continue reading
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