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Perry's National Guard Deployment More Symbolic Than Sustainable

TUCSON, Arizona--Texas Governor Rick Perry announced on Monday plans to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to the part of the state’s border with Mexico hardest hit by the current immigration crisis. However, he offered few specifics on how they would be used, and did not indicate he made this decision after any consultation with the federal government or Texas border sheriffs. Jul 23, 2014 8:39 AM PT

Source Brings Insight Into Guatemalan First Lady's US Visit, Biden's Guatemalan Visit

TUCSON, Arizona--A member of Guatemalan First Lady Rosa Leal de Pérez’s entourage that traveled to southern Arizona this week provided a Breitbart Texas source with some inside information on Tuesday about Vice President Joe Biden’s appeal to Central American leaders and civil society groups on June 20. Miriam Celada, from the migrant shelter Hogar Nuestra Raices in Guatemala City, also indicated that the human smuggling situation from Guatemala to the United States is more dire than many people realize. Jul 6, 2014 3:13 PM PT

US Court: Mexicans Can Sue Border Patrol Agent Who Killed Their Rock-Throwing Son

TUCSON, Arizona--The US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Monday that the parents of Sergio Hernandez, a 15 year-old Mexican teenager who was shot and killed by Border Patrol Agent Jesus Mesa on June 7, 2010, could sue Mesa in US civil court for alleged excessive use of force. This was a reversal of the initial judgment made in Mesa’s favor in the lower Western District Court in El Paso, TX. Jun 30, 2014 8:13 PM PT

UN Report Warned of Crisis, says 58 Percent are 'Refugees'

TUCSON, Arizona--It appears the United Nations knew about the growing humanitarian crisis on our southwest border before the White House did. On March 12, 2014, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) launched a report titled Children on the Run: Unaccompanied Children Leaving Central America and Mexico and the Need for International Protection. The report “analyzes the humanitarian impact this insecurity [in Central America] has had on children, forcing them across international borders to seek safety on their own.” Jun 26, 2014 7:29 AM PT

Tijuana Cartel Leader Captured by Mexican Army

Fernando “El Ingeniero” Sánchez Arellano, head of the once-powerful Arellano Félix Organization (a.k.a. the Tijuana cartel) has been captured, according to both US law enforcement and Mexican government sources. Jun 23, 2014 9:18 PM PT

Media Get Disappointing Look at TX and AZ Illegal Immigrant Detention Centers

TUCSON, Arizona--Wednesday, June 18, marked the first day since over a thousand unaccompanied alien children (UACs) were shipped from south Texas to Nogales, Arizona ten days ago that reporters were allowed to see the inside of the Border Patrol holding facility, and the immigrants themselves. But this was not meant to be the dropping of the DHS veil that has opaquely covered the process by which these minors have been transferred, housed, processed, and subsequently released. Although reporters were impacted by finally seeing the UACs in confinement with their own eyes, they still left after a very short time feeling like they didn’t get the whole story. Jun 19, 2014 6:35 AM PT

Pro-Bono Lawyers: Most Unaccompanied Border Children Eligible for Amnesty

As more and more unaccompanied alien children (UACs) from Central America have poured into south Texas—and subsequently transferred to Border Patrol facilities elsewhere along the border—US government officials are scrambling to find places to put them. However, based on current immigration and asylum laws, the vast majority of those children could be legally staying right here in the United States before long. Jun 16, 2014 7:55 AM PT

Some Unaccompanied Foreign Children Receiving Better Care than US Foster Kids

On June 13, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson told reporters in a press conference that the federal government would do what was in the “best interest” of thousands of unaccompanied alien children (UACs) crossing the border into south Texas every week. He also denied that the taxpayer-funded care being provided to them was serving as an incentive to Central American families to send more of their children. But a closer look at the services UACs are receiving while they go through removal proceedings tells a different story. Jun 15, 2014 11:32 AM PT

Founding Los Zetas Cartel Member Killed in Mexico

A gun battle in the Mexican border city of Reynosa claimed the life of Galindo “Z-9” Mellado Cruz, one of the founding members of the brutal drug cartel known as Los Zetas. His death was confirmed by the reputable drug war news site Borderland Beat on Monday. May 13, 2014 8:02 AM PT

Book Review: Border Patrol Nation, by Todd Miller

It’s hard not to assume what ideological track a book is going to take when it repeatedly uses the terms “militarization” and “social control” in its first chapters when referring to the U.S. Border Patrol. And indeed, author Todd Miller comes across as someone with a serious bone to pick as he portrays agents and officers working along our nation’s international borders as soldiers almost akin to Nazi Germany’s Gestapo. May 4, 2014 2:19 PM PT

‘Border Insecurity’: The ‘Open’ Canadian Border

So much of the American border security discussion is dominated by issues in the south, leaving the debate over threats of drug smuggling and terrorist entry from Canada for another day. In Sylvia Longmire’s latest excerpt, America’s “open border” with Canada gets a second look. May 2, 2014 6:59 AM PT

Evaluating the Rhetoric of Militarized Borders

Driving along certain parts of our southwest border with Mexico, there is no question that there is a dividing line between our two countries. South of San Diego between San Ysidro and Otay Mesa, California, lies an 18 foot-high steel mesh fence topped with razor wire. This fence sits about thirty yards to the north of a rusted-out decades-old airport landing mat fence riddled with holes. In between the two is a paved road for US Border Patrol vehicle access and tall poles affixed with cameras and stadium lighting. In the mountainous parts of this sector where this setup isn’t physically possible, Border Patrol agents lie in wait for illegal immigrants and drug smugglers. Apr 30, 2014 12:55 PM PT

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