July 10, 2013
The Border Patrol's forces have doubled over the past decade even as foiled attempts to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally have sunk to a 40-year low. So, with astonishing obliviousness to its purpose, the bloated agency has turned to the same mission impossible that has kept countless other American law enforcers busy to little avail: the war on drugs. Much of what the Border Patrol's 21,000 agents are doing these days has nothing to do with patrolling the border. A growing number of those arrested by the agency are not Mexicans trying to enter the United States illegally, but Americans carrying relatively modest amounts of marijuana and other drugs.
November 24, 2012 |
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli troops fired on Gazans surging toward Israel's border fence Friday, killing one person but leaving intact the two-day-old cease-fire between Hamas and the Jewish state. The truce, which calls for an end to Gaza rocket fire on Israel and Israeli air strikes on Gaza, came after eight days of cross-border fighting, the bloodiest between Israel and Hamas in four years. Hundreds of Palestinians approached the border fence Friday in several locations in southern Gaza, testing expectations that Israel would no longer enforce a 300-yard-wide no-go zone on the Palestinian side of the fence that was meant to prevent infiltrations into Israel.
August 27, 2012
U.S. Taliban headed to court INDIANAPOLIS - An American-born Taliban fighter imprisoned in Indiana will try to convince a federal judge that his religious freedom trumps security concerns in a closely watched trial that will examine how far prisons can go to ensure security in the age of terrorism. John Walker Lindh was expected to testify Monday in Indianapolis during the first day of the trial over prayer policies in a tightly restricted prison unit where he and other high-risk inmates have severely limited contact with the outside world.
February 19, 2012 |
BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Max Pons is already anticipating the anxiety he'll feel when the heavy steel gate shuts behind him, leaving his home isolated on a strip of land between America's border fence and the violence raging across the Rio Grande in Mexico. For the last year, the manager of a sprawling preserve on the southern tip of Texas has been comforted by a gap in the rust-colored fence that gave him a quick escape route north in case of emergency. Now the U.S. government is installing the first gates to fill in this part of the fence along the Southwest border, and Pons admits he's pondering drastic scenarios.
June 19, 2011 |
BOYNUYOGUN REFUGEE CAMP, Turkey - Syrian troops backed by tanks and firing heavy machine guns swept into a village near the Turkish border Saturday, forcing more people displaced by the crackdown on antigovernment protesters to flee across the frontier. The Local Coordination Committees, a group that documents protests, said troops backed by six tanks and several armored personnel carriers entered Bdama in the morning. The village, about 12 miles from the Turkish border, had a bakery that was the sole source of bread for nearly 2,000 displaced people crowded near the border who had hoped not to have to flee to the Turkish tent-city sanctuary.
May 3, 2010 |
If President Obama puts immigration reform at the top of his priority list, Congress should muster the courage to stop him. Obama risks slicing the number of Americans who trust the federal government from the already dismal 22 percent - as determined by a Pew Research poll - to something approaching negative numbers. And for good reason, because our federal immigration policy is not only broken; it's hypocritical. The president's idea of immigration reform is legalizing the immigration status of those who entered the United States illegally - after they pay a fine and endure other inconveniences - while lessening border enforcement.
June 24, 2008 |
Justices OK with border fence WASHINGTON - The Bush administration's controversial fence along the Southwest border slipped through a potential roadblock yesterday as the Supreme Court rejected a constitutional challenge by environmental groups and more than a dozen members of Congress. Without comment, the justices refused to consider pleas that Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff had overstepped his constitutional authority by waiving laws and regulations to expedite construction of 670 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border.
March 14, 2007 |
American infantry troopers press fight outside Baghdad BAQOUBA, Iraq - About 700 American soldiers rolled into Baqouba yesterday, shifted out of Baghdad to help carry the security campaign against sectarian violence to a nearby volatile province where Sunni Arab insurgents fled ahead of the crackdown in the capital. The fresh troops from the Army's 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment - equipped with Stryker armored vehicles - joined 3,500 U.S. and 20,000 Iraqi soldiers already in Diyala province, where insurgents have stepped up attacks as violence appears to be ebbing in Baghdad.
November 3, 2006 |
Forget the elephants, the body bags, the bow tie, and the mariachi band. To truly appreciate the reality-TV campaign of Apprentice exile Raj Peter Bhakta, watch the five-minute video of the polo-shirted candidate chasing a half-naked man through the alleys of Brownsville, Texas. That would be 1,900 miles from the congressional district he hopes to represent in Northeast Philadelphia and Montgomery County. "There he is! Get him, get him!" Bhakta commands the cameraman as the sodden immigrant emerges from the U.S. side of the Rio Grande after a short swim from Mexico.
April 18, 2006 |
President Bush blames Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), and Reid blames Majority Leader Bill Frist (R., Tenn.), for the collapse of the hastily arranged immigration compromise bill. Hopefully, the two-week Senate recess provided a cooling-off period. Months of posturing and pandering have not produced what America needs: a workable solution to the illegal-immigration crisis that is both just and fair. The two opposing sides - those who would prefer a bill consisting primarily of border-security measures and those who would prefer something that resembles amnesty - must now put the best interests of the nation above their self- interests as sparring politicians.