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States pass fewer immigration laws in 2012, study says

California State CapitolAndy Z./Shutterstock With the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Arizona's get-tough immigration enforcement law in the rearview mirror, state lawmakers nationwide might be gearing up for more action on related bills in the coming year. In the shadow of the Supreme Court's looming decision, the number of related bills and resolutions pushed by

Border Patrol

California border crossing sees most deportations

The San Ysidro port of entry between Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego County is the busiest land border crossing in the world, with more than 30 million people crossing into the U.S. from Mexico in 2011. Zach Tirrell/Flickr The San Ysidro port of entry – which separates Tijuana, Mexico, from San Diego County – is the busiest land

Border Patrol

At U.S. border, expensive drones generate lots of buzz, few results

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection unmanned aircraft, or droneCharles McCain/Flickr TUCSON, Ariz. – An aerial drone, zooming somewhere out of sight high above the cooling scrubland, first spotted the group of nearly two dozen migrants. Snaking through the Sonoran Desert on a warm, moonless night last month, the would-be immigrants traversed the rugged foothills

Border Patrol

New details emerge as ex-Border Patrol brothers fight corruption charges

  Since Oct. 1, 2004, 147 Customs and Border Protection officers and agents have been charged with or convicted of corruption-related offenses, ranging from taking bribes to stealing government money. U.S. Border Patrol/Shutterstock Days before U.S. Border Patrol agents Raul and Fidel Villarreal abruptly quit their San Diego posts in June 2006, the brothers scrambled

Jun 1, 2012
Border Patrol

Border agency’s rapid growth accompanied by rise in corruption

This story also appeared in the Los Angeles Times. A sun-faded homeland security sign awaits motorists as they enter the United States from Mexico at the border in San Ysidro, California. Image courtesy Mike Blake/Reuters     When Luis Alarid was a child, his mother would seat him in the car while she smuggled people

Oct 17, 2011

Immigration Digest, March 27-April 2: Secure Communities scrutinized

The controversy surrounding the federal government’s expanding program to identify and deport immigrants with criminal records that reared up in Chicago, issues surrounding an immigrant workforce — legal or otherwise — and the drop in the number of asylum seekers in the last decade were among the big immigration stories last week.

Apr 6, 2011
Criminal Justice

Wrongfully detained veteran gets $400k from immigration agency

This story also ran in the Los Angeles Times. A U.S. Army veteran who spent more than seven months in an immigration lock-up, despite his protestations that he was a naturalized American citizen, has received a $400,000 settlement and a written apology from the U.S. government. Rennison Vern Castillo, 33, of Lakewood, Wash., had sued

Feb 24, 2011
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