November 6, 2013
The Washington Post, 11/6/2013
A plan by Arizona lawmakers to build a mile of fencing along the border with Mexico using private money may be declared dead Wednesday, more than three years after border security proponents crafted the proposal.
The Arizona Legislature’s border security advisory committee will take up the issue when it meets for the first time in more than a year. The main backer has given up on the state fencing plan and hopes to transfer the money to border sheriffs, said Rep. David Stevens, R-Sierra Vista, the co-chair of the committee. Stevens said Rep. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, realizes enough private money to get the job done can’t be raised.
October 22, 2013
The Dallas Daily News, 10/22/2013
Lieutenant governor hopeful Dan Patrick on Monday questioned why official estimates have varied so widely about how much the state is spending on border security.
Patrick is a Houston senator who is trying to oust incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the March 4 GOP primary.
In a press release, he complained that the Legislative Budget Board has issued contradictory information about what the state will spend on border security in the current two-year cycle. Since May, there have been three different numbers, Patrick said — not mentioning that he is the sole issuer of what he characterizes as the first, back in May.
October 11, 2013
The Washington Times, 10/10/2013
The federal agent who blew the whistle on the Fast and Furious scandal is suddenly unwelcome at the very Border Patrol agency he sought to protect. For months, John Dodson, a special agent at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, has been his agency’s liaison to U.S. Customs and Border Protection in a local office in Arizona.
September 30, 2013
WFDC News, 9/25/2013
La patrulla fronteriza reveló un informe sobre el uso de fuerza por parte de sus agentes. Esto después de una serie de incidentes fatales desde el 2010.
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September 26, 2013
Al Jazeera America, 9/25/2013
Last year’s shooting in the Rio Grande Valley, a daisy chain of small towns and cities, rattled politicians outraged Texans across the state and transcended debates about immigration and became a hometown-security issue. “Only in Texas do we have sniping from helicopters,” read one headline. The American Civil Liberties Union-Texas (ACLU-TX) mounted a public drumming of the state police and joined other groups for a vigil at the site of the shooting. The (McAllen) Monitor, a local newspaper, framed the shooting by asking: “What if it was a father trying to rush an injured child to the hospital? What if it was just a 14-year-old kid who decided to take a joyride in daddy’s truck?”
Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, responded to criticism by saying in a statement that “any number of innocent bystanders or young lives could have been lost or suffered serious bodily injury.” Later, the state police revised its policy by prohibiting shooting from the air unless fired upon first.
September 25, 2013
The Wall Street Journal, 9/23/2013
The number of people caught illegally entering the U.S. is up for a second straight year, according to federal data, adding fuel to the debate in Washington over whether the border should be better secured before any overhaul of immigration laws. The numbers are still far below the peak, from 1980 to 2005, when the Border Patrol averaged more than one million apprehensions a year. Migration from Mexico, which over the past four decades made up the largest immigration wave into the U.S. in modern times, shows no sign of reaching pre-recession levels, a report Monday by the nonpartisan Pew Hispanic Center said.
September 11, 2013
The New Yorker, 9/10/2013
The release of Caro Quintero demonstrates that Mexico’s institutions of criminal justice—not just its prisons but its judges—are too eroded by corruption to make a credible case for their own autonomy in administering justice for Treviño Morales. Peña Nieto should be applauded for his success in effecting the capture of the head of the Zetas, but if Z-40 is to be held accountable for his long résumé of murder and destruction the only responsible thing for Peña Nieto to do is to extradite him to the United States.
August 29, 2013
The Heritage Foundation (The Foundry Blog), 08/28/2013
According to recent reports, the U.S. is in talks with Mexico to strengthen security along Mexico’s southern border. The effort reportedly includes a three-level security system for Mexico’s border with Belize and Guatemala to stop human trafficking, drug running, and other gang-related activity.
Stopping such activities is critical to not just Mexican security but also the U.S.’s. As the only southern neighbor with a land border with the U.S., Mexico serves as conduit for trade but also for the illicit flow of drugs and humans and other criminal objectives. Partnering with Mexico to enhance their security efforts would have several beneficial results.
August 12, 2013
The New York Times, 8/9/2013
U.S. authorities will not bring charges against a Border Patrol agent in Arizona who shot dead a rock-throwing Mexican teenager two years ago because the fatal injury did not occur in the United States, the Justice Department said on Friday.
An unidentified Border Patrol agent shot Ramses Barron, a 17-year-old Mexican citizen, through the border fence in Nogales, Arizona, in the early hours of January 5, 2011. The incident began after agents responded to reports of a group of people trying to smuggle suspected drug packages across the border, the department said. The group, among them Barron, then pelted the agents with rocks, forcing them to take cover.
August 1, 2013
The Washington Post, 7/31/2013
Security has grown so dire in Mexican border towns that U.S. immigration authorities have begun flying some deportees to Mexico City, rather than releasing them into areas where they could be targeted by kidnappers and smuggling gangs.
The twice-weekly flights operated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) carry only a small fraction of the nearly 300,000 Mexican nationals returned by the Obama administration each year. But flying deportees deep into Mexico could save lives by discouraging them from attempting another desperate illegal crossing, ICE officials say.