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What Happens to Immigrants When They’re Deported From the Only Homes They’ve Known?

President Obama has broken the record for deporting undocumented immigrants from the United States.

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 READ MORE



Yearning for Home: Undocumented Immigrants Challenge the Border

When I asked Edgar Torres how he felt about the fact that he would soon be spending the night at a detention center he said, “I honestly don’t mind, I borderline don’t care. All I want is to simply be able to go back home.”

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Samantha Sais

Dreaming With Dignity

Undocumented students use a bold new strategy in their pursuit of documents, diplomas and immigration reform.

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE



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As U.S. Debates Airstrikes, Syrian Refugees Head for the Borders

More than 2 million people have now fled Syria for neighboring countries, and the pace of the exodus has accelerated as the U.S. threatens airstrikes. The “disgraceful human calamity” could further destabilize the region.

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 READ MORE


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Immigration Bill Would Create Radically Militarized Border

There’s a worm in the long-awaited immigration reform bill approved by the Senate on Thursday. The number of border agents will double to 40,000, drone use will expand and 700 miles of border fencing will go up. Representatives of two immigrant advocacy groups weigh in.

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 READ MORE


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Bill Moyers: Life on the Border

Bill Moyers begins his latest show by saying, “There is no stretch of territory in the world quite like the borderlands between the United States and Mexico. ... ” And he’s right.

Posted on May 7, 2012 READ MORE



AP

U.S. Hikers in Iran Sentenced to 8 Years

Iranian authorities have sentenced two American hikers to eight years in prison for espionage, according to an unnamed source on Iran state television. (more)

Posted on Aug 20, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Gigi Ibrahim (CC-BY)

Egypt Demands Israel Investigate Police Deaths

Egypt filed a formal complaint with Israel on Friday demanding an urgent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of three Egyptian security officials who were killed in Egypt during an Israeli military operation at the border.

Posted on Aug 19, 2011 READ MORE



The state of Arizona / az.gov

Arizona Taking Donations to Pay for Border Fencing

An Arizona law allowing the state to build its own security fence along the border with Mexico went into effect Wednesday, and the private donations necessary to fund the project have begun stacking up.

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE


War on Drugs: Fast, Furious and Fueled by the U.S.

The violent deaths of Brian Terry and Juan Francisco Sicilia on either side of the increasingly bloody U.S.-Mexico border have sparked separate but overdue examinations of the so-called War on Drugs, and how the U.S. government is ultimately exacerbating the problem.

Posted on Jun 14, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Marius Arnesen

Egypt Opens Gaza Border Crossing

Ending a four-year blockade, Egypt has permanently reopened a border crossing at Rafah that will give Palestinians in the Gaza Strip the freedom to pass into and out of the territory much more easily. (more)

Posted on May 28, 2011 READ MORE



cnn.com

Walker Won’t Meet Dems at the Border

The posse of Wisconsin state senators who left the building—not to mention Wisconsin—last month to thwart Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign to quash state employees’ collective bargaining powers proposed a meeting with the governor somewhere ...

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AP / Rodridgo Abd

Mexican Drug War Spills Into Guatemala

The hold of Mexican drug traffickers has overflowed the country’s southern border, as the Zeta cartel has seized control of parts of northern Guatemala, leading the government there to declare a state of siege in the area.

Posted on Jan 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Bloody Battle in Mexican Border Town

An hours-long gun battle in the Mexican border town of Matamoros left at least eight people dead, including the leader of a major drug gang and a newspaper reporter. Pictured above, a government spokesman speaking about the violence.

Posted on Nov 6, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mohammad Sajjad

Reopen Sesame

After back-and-forth bickering between NATO and Pakistan—and a stream of militant attacks on supply tankers stopped at the border—Pakistan has said it will reopen a key border crossing for NATO supplies entering Afghanistan.

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AP / Mohammad Sajjad

NATO Apologizes to Pakistan for Border-Breaching Attack

The Sept. 30 incident in which NATO aircraft fired across the border of Pakistan, killing two Pakistani soldiers, has not been forgotten in that country, and the fiery retaliatory strikes that have ensued compelled the American ambassador ... (continued)

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Flickr / Steve Slep (CC-BY)

Ahmadinejaunt to the Israeli Border

Lebanese officials are expected to approve Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s trip to the country’s border with Israel. Once there, Ahmadinejad may, as reported, throw some stones over the fence. Or he may skip the whole thing, if security concerns prevail.

Posted on Oct 6, 2010 READ MORE



AP / David Maung

$600 Million to Beef Up Border Security

Who would have thought the comprehensive immigration reform promised by President Obama would include a whopping $600 million for increased security along the U.S.-Mexico border for surveillance technologies and 1,000 more Border Patrol agents?

Posted on Aug 13, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mark Avery

ICE Raids Go Silent

The federal government has changed its approach to immigration raids at factories and farms. Instead of busting their way into workplaces, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are now scouring employment records that then can result in the firing of undocumented workers.

Posted on Jul 10, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Charles Dharapak

Obama Sets His Sights on Immigration Overhaul

Health care, the economy, a devastating Gulf of Mexico oil spill, hmmm ... what other issues out there are practically insurmountable? Ah yes, immigration—President Barack Obama’s next action item on his to-do list. 

Posted on Jul 1, 2010 READ MORE



Al Jazeera English

Watching the World Cup in the West Bank

The 465-mile-long wall that divides the Palestinian territories from neighboring Israel is both illegal and an eyesore, but one West Bank restaurant owner has decided to use the barrier for good: to screen every match of the World Cup soccer tournament.

Posted on Jun 19, 2010 READ MORE


Brewer at the White House
AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama, Brewer Meet in White House Huddle

President Barack Obama and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer have had their differences, especially over the issue of immigration and Brewer’s push to pass SB 1070 last month. Well, after Thursday’s encounter at the White House ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / brian.ch (CC-BY)

American Guns Stopped at the Border

Much has been made about Mexico’s deadly drug war and the potential for violence to spill across the border, but it is less often reported that American guns make that war go. Over the weekend, police in Laredo, Texas, seized 147 AK-47 rifles and 10,000 rounds of ammunition en route to Mexico.

Posted on Jun 2, 2010 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky
Wikimedia Commons

Fed Up With Israel, Chomsky Will Do Video

Noam Chomsky might have made it through an Israeli border crossing into Palestinian territory on his second attempt, but the aged intellectual, frustrated by what he called Israeli games, has opted instead to deliver his lecture via videoconference.

Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE



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Israel Turns Chomsky Away

Political activist-critic Noam Chomsky was refused entry into Israel on Sunday. He was to have delivered a lecture at the Bir Zeit University near Jerusalem.

Posted on May 16, 2010 READ MORE


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Mexico Builds Border Wall to Keep Out U.S. Assholes

This immigration-themed parody from the geniuses at the Onion is much needed at this time. Actually, we were a little slow to come upon it, but its relevance—and brilliance—endures. Someone ought to stream this directly into Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s office, stat.

Posted on May 13, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Matt York

Beyond Reasonable Suspicion

“You’ve been randomly selected for a search.” These are the words I heard as I was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection upon my return from a recent trip to Canada.

Posted on May 12, 2010 READ MORE


Border-First Hallucinations

The notion that the first thing to do is “secure the border” between the United States and Mexico—and only then worry about comprehensive immigration reform—falls somewhere between hopeful fantasy and cynical cop-out.

Posted on May 4, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ross D. Franklin

Arizona Passes Harsh Anti-Immigration Bill

It’s a sad day for anyone who is not a xenophobic, anti-immigrant militant: Arizona has passed the harshest anti-immigrant bill in the country, giving police the authority to detain anyone on “reasonable suspicion” that they are in the country illegally and arrest them if they don’t have papers.

Posted on Apr 14, 2010 READ MORE


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minutemanhq.com

National Minuteman Group Disbanding After Its Leader’s Angry E-Mail

After sending an e-mail on March 16 telling members of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps to come “locked, loaded and ready” to Arizona’s border with Mexico, group President Carmen Mercer discovered that some from the radical anti-immigration group’s ranks ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Dario Lopez-Mills

Mexican Reporters Run for Cover

Violence in the Mexican border town of Reynosa has endangered both the lives of its citizens as well as the quality of its journalism. Fearing violent reprisal, many journalists have left, while others are admittedly censoring themselves after being threatened by the drug cartels.

Posted on Mar 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Laura Rauch

Profiting From Immigration Injustice

Business is booming in Arizona, thanks to a disturbing federal immigration program that transfers millions of taxpayer dollars to a private prison company, parasitic attorneys and other opportunists.

Posted on Feb 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ahn Young-joon

Missionary Release

Robert Park, a 28-year-old Korean-American missionary and human rights activist, was arrested on Christmas Day after entering North Korea. Now the country’s state-controlled media is reporting that Park will be released.

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Emilio Morenatti

Two-State Dissolution

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is allegedly trying to sabotage the possibility of a two-state solution in the Middle East by insisting that Israel would continue to maintain a military presence along the borders of any future Palestinian state.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Emilio Morenatti

Ben the Builder Has a New Fence in Mind

Possibly inspired by that thing on the U.S.-Mexican border, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that Israel will construct a $1.5 billion fence along sections of its border with Egypt, claiming it will “ensure the Jewish and democratic character” of Israel.

Posted on Jan 10, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Reinaldo D' Santiago

Tensions High Between Colombia and Venezuela

Tensions are running high, and relations running low, between Colombia and Venezuela. The latter’s president, Hugo Chavez, told his generals to prepare for war, while the Colombian government announced a new base on the countries’ border and activated six air battalions.

Posted on Dec 20, 2009 READ MORE



citizensrequired.com

Arizona Sheriff Defies White House Order

Joe Arpaio, a notoriously anti-immigrant Arizona sheriff, in October was ordered by the White House to stop using his deputies to conduct federal immigration duties. Since then, he has launched investigations of his critics and become more aggressive in his sweeps against immigrants.

Posted on Dec 13, 2009 READ MORE


H1N1
theusdaily.com

H1N1 Theory Reconsiders Origin

A new theory puts the origin of the H1N1 virus not in Mexico, where right-wing anti-immigrant groups want it, but in Asia. Scientists explain that there has been no evidence demonstrating the virus in North American pigs, but plenty of evidence of a “sister virus” circulating in Asia.

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 READ MORE


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Pastor Says Border Patrol Worked Him Over

Pastor Steven Anderson of Tempe, Ariz., says he was Tasered, assaulted and denied medical treatment after he refused to submit to a search by Border Patrol officers at an immigration checkpoint east of San Diego. The ACLU has called the area a “Constitution-free zone” where such abuse has become commonplace.

Posted on Apr 17, 2009 READ MORE


Drugs, Guns and Reality

It’s an indictment of our fact-averse political culture that a statement of the blindingly obvious could sound so revolutionary. Nevertheless, Hillary Clinton deserves high praise for acknowledging that the U.S. bears “shared responsibility” for the drug-fueled violence sweeping Mexico.

Posted on Mar 26, 2009 READ MORE


U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
newsday.com

FBI Runs for the Border

In a move that further militarizes a bloody drug war that left 6,300 people dead in 2008 alone, the White House is sending FBI agents and equipment to the U.S.-Mexico border to defend against the “spillover” of drug violence. The relocation of federal agents to the U.S. Southwest follows the dispatching of thousands of Mexican soldiers to combat drug cartels earlier this year.

Posted on Mar 25, 2009 READ MORE


Border Patrolling
blueservo.net

Big Brother 2.0

A xenophobic Web site funded by a Texas government grant provides 15 live feeds of “high-crime areas” near the fence between U.S. and Mexico, urging people to go on “virtual stakeouts” from their computers and report “suspicious activity” to authorities.

Posted on Mar 13, 2009 READ MORE


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washingtontimes.com

Bill Puts Brakes on Mexican Trucks

President Obama’s $410 billion spending bill may paradoxically end funding for a cross-border trucking program between Mexico and the U.S. Critics of the program cite safety issues around Mexican trucks, while Mexican officials decry protectionism as policies surrounding the NAFTA trade agreement continue to fall apart.

Posted on Mar 11, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Marcin Wichary

Mexican Drug Lords Depend on Gun-Crazy America

More than 6,000 people died in Mexico’s drug war last year, far too many as a result of U.S.-purchased firepower. Though Mexico has strict gun laws, smugglers have no trouble legally purchasing military-grade weapons, such as AK-47 rifles, in the U.S., and then shipping them south of the border, where they are used with devastating effect.

Posted on Feb 25, 2009 READ MORE


Gaza Flowers
European Pressphoto Agency / Abed Rahim Khatib

Israel Opens Gaza Border ... for Flowers

In probably the least appropriate metaphor for relations between Israel and Palestine, Israel has allowed, for the first time in a year, Gazan flower companies to export 25,000 carnations to Europe in time for Valentine’s Day, though the volume pales in comparison to previous annual exports of 60 million flowers.

Posted on Feb 13, 2009 READ MORE



abc.go.com

Protecting the Homeland From Homeland Security

As previously reported on Truthdig, there’s a lot going on in Homeland Security that doesn’t make it onto the reality show of the same name. The Center for Investigative Reporting’s G.W. Schulz continues to dig into the department’s unsavory bits, including an immigration officer who was arrested for allegedly having sex with an 11-year-old girl in Rio while there on official business.

Posted on Jan 27, 2009 READ MORE


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