Flickr/Brian Auer When the Department of Homeland Security trudged up to Capitol Hill this year and asked lawmakers for another 365 days worth of funding, as every federal agency does each year, officials ticked off a list of accomplishments they presented as evidence of the agency’s ongoing success. The department pointed to a marked decrease in
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
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
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
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
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
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.
In a stinging rebuke of the White House, Washington politicians and federal agencies, a former Obama administration official slams in a law journal the federal government for its inaction on immigration reform and tougher-than-ever enforcement.