It's the U.S.-Mexico border, not the Wild West

"Now we have an idea why the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service was keeping secret an independent report of its encounters at the Mexican border. Because it has something to hide. As The Times' Brian Bennett reported last week, an independent report by the nonprofit Police Executive...

Border Lawman Tells Texas Politicians to ‘Shut Up’ About the Border

"Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson, who’s held his post for 14 years, is the chief law enforcement officer in Brewster County, the largest in the state—five times the size of Rhode Island, three times the size of Delaware and 500 square miles larger than Connecticut. It also has the...

The Tinaja Trail: Border Documentary

"The film examines the social, legal, and humanitarian aspects wrapped up in this difficult topic. It tells the stories of immigrants crossing the border and of the volunteers attempting to save their lives, all while seeking to discover where true “humanitarian service” ends and where...

Border Crossings Down, But Deaths Remain the Same: Video

"Border crossings are at an all-time low but the number of recorded deaths remain the same. Since President Barack Obama took office, he's overseen at least 1.8 million deportations, a figure that has likely reached 2 million today. Fusion's Jorge Ramos went to the border of Nogales, Arizona...

Trouble With Profiling: Jude Joffe-Block

"[M]ore and more, the U.S. Supreme Court has been granting law enforcement broad discretion in deciding what facts justify a stop. In USA v. Arvizu in 2002 , for example, the Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s decision to throw out a stop where a Border Patrol agent had relied on seemingly...

Steel Communion

"It had been years since Maria Miranda of Tucson attended Catholic Mass with her son Jorge Lopez. Tuesday they finally did. But they were separated by the U.S.-Mexico border fence in southern Arizona. "I'm just a couple of bars, a couple steps away from her," the 35-year-old said he...

Mapping the Border Wall

"We now have what is – as far as we know – the most complete and detailed map of the border fence system that is publicly available." - Michael Corey, Center for Investigative Reporting, Apr. 10, 2014 .

U.S. Arrests and Deports Departing Migrants

"U.S. officers at the ports of entry are arresting undocumented immigrants as they try to leave the U.S. They're then prosecuted and sent to prison, only to be removed from the U.S. anyway. Why bother? That's a question people on all sides of the immigration debate are asking." - Ted...

Flow of Border Immigrants Overwhelming Agencies

"The steep influx of children and families in particular has caused turmoil within the agency, prompting some Homeland Security officials to agitate internally for a shift. "We're not going to interdict our way out of this problem. More arrests just mean more problems," a Homeland...

DHS: Deportation of Border Crossers a Priority 'Regardless of Age'

"In an attempt to stem a crush of Central American children illegally crossing the United States alone into south Texas, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Thursday that he was in contact with ambassadors in Latin America to discuss how to more quickly return those children to their...

Former IJ Bruce Einhorn Speaks on Border Crisis (Video)

"Joining us in studio is Judge Bruce Einhorn, a former immigration judge and a Pepperdine University law professor." - KTTV, July 2014 .

White House Asks Congress for $3.7 Billion for Border Surge

"[T]oday the President is requesting a $3.7 billion supplemental appropriation focused on: Deterrence , including increased detainment and removal of adults with children and increased immigration court capacity to speed cases Enforcement , including enhanced interdiction and prosecution...

Links to Witness Testimony for Today's Senate Hearing on Border Crisis

Challenges at the Border: Examining the Causes, Consequences, and Responses to the Rise in Apprehensions at the Southern Border July 09, 2014 10:00AM Witnesses The Honorable W. Craig Fugate Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency U.S. Department of Homeland Security ...

DOJ Announces New Priorities to Address Kids at Border

"Deputy Attorney General James Cole announced today that the Justice Department will implement a series of steps to help address the influx of migrants crossing the southern border of the United States. These include refocusing immigration court resources to adjudicate the cases of recent migrants;...

Nolan Rappaport: Is There A Better Way? - Meeting the Challenge of Unaccompanied Alien Children at the Southwest Border

Nolan Rappaport, former immigration counsel on the House Judiciary Committee representing the Democrats on the Immigration, Border Security, and Claims Subcommittee, recommends getting the UNHCR involved in addressing the current refugee crisis on our southern border.

Texas Border Safe; Perry's Call for More Troopers, Guardsmen Debunked

"McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez testified that an increase in crime has not accompanied the wave of Central American immigrants. "As far as I can tell, our community has not been impacted in any way from a criminal activity standpoint," Rodriguez said. Which begs the question: If...

Border Sheriffs Pan Rick Perry’s Order to Send National Guard

"Leaders along the Texas border with Mexico slammed Gov. Rick Perry’s move Monday to send 1,000 National Guard troops to South Texas, saying overwhelmed counties need law enforcement and charitable aid, not militarization. ... Sheriffs and others along the border said they had not been consulted...

The Border Children: They Are Not Criminals and They Need Counsel - Geoffrey A. Hoffman

"Our nation's response to this humanitarian crisis at the border has not been clear or coherent. From the right and left the voices which have defined the debate have been guilty of the same underlying misconception: that these children must be "criminals" and that they need to be...

Texas Border Officials, Residents Say National Guard Surge 'Pointless'

"Self- described conservative Jesus Cantu sees his family home, buffered by a wooden fence and high barbed wire, as ground zero of the Texas border battles. But unlike his fellow conservative, Gov. Rick Perry, he doesn't believe it's a battle the National Guard can fight. Cantu's doubts...

A Rancher on the Border of Fear and Compassion

"I’m a rancher in Dimmit County, Texas. My family and I run about 100 head of bison 25 miles southwest of Carrizo Springs, just eight miles east of the Rio Grande. Living where I do has put me in close proximity to our state’s border woes. Immigrants from Mexico and Central America...

Beyond the Border

Beyond the border - A partnership between The Texas Observer and the Guardian "Texas has become the deadliest state in the US for undocumented immigrants. In 2012, 271 migrants died while crossing through Texas, surpassing Arizona as the nation's most dangerous entry point. The majority of...

Letter From the Border: The New Crisis is the Old Crisis - Natasha Vargas-Cooper

"Rich countries have always exercised a gravitational pull over poorer neighbors. The human migration away from poverty, tidal in its enormity, is something no immigration policy or enforcement mechanism will stop. The only twist this time around is that the smuggling networks that crisscross Mexico...

Border Chronicler Charles Bowden Dead at 69

"Reporter and author Charles Bowden — he eschewed the term "journalist" — is dead. The longtime Southern Arizonan recently moved to New Mexico and focused his work on the dangerous turmoil of Ciudad Juarez. Bowden was a dogged investigative reporter and brilliant storyteller...

Will Jeh Johnson Out-Perry Rick Perry?

Texas Governor Rick Perry sent the National Guard to the border. Now, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson wants to merge CBP and ICE efforts along the border into a 'Southern Command' military-like structure.

Texas Wins Border Game, Moves Goalposts

"Gov. Rick Perry's surge of law enforcement officers on the southern border recently met the most specific goal publicly set by its commander, a development that has received so little attention that critics say it calls into question the true aim of the deployment. Col. Steve McCraw, director...