May 14, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - A widely touted Border Patrol initiative to send migrants back to Mexico far from the points they are caught entering the United States illegally has one of the worst track records at discouraging people from trying again, according to a new study that offers a detailed assessment of how the agency's new enforcement strategies are working. The aim of the so-called lateral repatriations is to make it more difficult for migrants to reconnect with smugglers. The Congressional Research Service, drawing on previously unpublished Border Patrol data, found those migrants were among the most likely to get caught again.
May 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The bipartisan coalition behind a contentious overhaul of immigration laws stuck together on a series of test votes Thursday, turning back challenges from conservative critics as the Senate Judiciary Committee refined legislation to secure the borders and grant eventual citizenship to millions living in the country illegally. In a cavernous room packed with lobbyists and immigration activists, the panel rejected moves to impose tougher conditions on border security before those who entered the country illegally could take steps along a new pathway to citizenship.
December 25, 2012
Rape protests continue in India New Delhi authorities shut down the heart of the capital for a second day, snarling traffic and disrupting the commute of thousands of workers a day before the Christmas holiday. Monday's lockdown followed weekend clashes between the police and thousands of demonstrators who took to the streets to urge administrators to make the city safer for women, after the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old medical student this month shocked the nation. Six of the suspects have been arrested.
December 11, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - An acclaimed architect was sentenced Monday to six months in prison for hiding nearly 13 pounds of cocaine in his minivan's battery before he tried to enter the United States. A federal judge ordered the unusually light punishment after Eugenio Velazquez contended that drug traffickers threatened to kill him if he refused to carry the cocaine. Velazquez, 51, embraced his smiling wife, daughters, and supporters outside court after being told to report to prison Jan. 11 to begin the sentence in federal custody, followed by six months of home confinement.
November 15, 2012 |
Is it a symptom of fractiousness plaguing the nation? Evidence of rugged individualism by American patriots? Or a problem with people clueless about the Internet? Since the election, a bunch of malcontents (not that many, really) have filed petitions through a White House website with an ominous request. They want Obama to allow their states to secede from the Union. Not that the president has the power to make that happen. But that's not the problem. It's the number of petitions filed on behalf of individual states.
November 1, 2012 |
Residents of Longport, Margate, and Brigantine are now being allowed back home after Gov. Christie lifted evacuation orders for those towns. Police are allowing people with proof of home ownership or residency in the towns to return to their homes. But Ventnor and Atlantic City remain restricted: Residents who stayed behind can leave, but those who left the island cannot return. At the Margate Bridge Thursday afternoon, streams of cars were both entering and leaving Margate.
October 19, 2012 |
PHOENIX - Government investigators are reviewing U.S. Border Patrol policies on use of lethal force amid a spate of deadly shootings along the border in recent years, including the killing last week of a teenager who agents said was throwing rocks at them from across a fence in Mexico. Since 2010, at least 18 people have been killed by Border Patrol agents, eight in instances where federal authorities said they were being attacked by rock-throwers, a common occurrence along the Mexican border, said Vicki Gaubeca, director of the ACLU's Regional Center for Border Rights, in Las Cruces, N.M. The probe by the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General involves a review of accusations of brutality and excessive force as it works to determine whether reforms have been implemented.
June 5, 2011 |
SANDUSKY, Mich. - A Cessna touched down about midnight, dropped a load of drugs, and was back in the air in 90 seconds. Suddenly, the pilot of a U.S. border patrol helicopter hovering nearby turned on a powerful spotlight and tracked an SUV fleeing with hockey bags stuffed with 175 pounds of marijuana and 400,000 Ecstasy-type pills. The bust by federal agents didn't happen on the southwestern border. It was in Michigan's rural Thumb region next to a soybean field. The remote airport in Sandusky offers a smooth runway at any hour to anyone who needs it, a perfect landing for drug smugglers who can cross the Great Lakes from Canada in minutes.
March 15, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Technology set to replace an abandoned virtual fence plan at the Mexican border will take at least another decade before it is fully in place. Richard Stana, director of homeland security and justice issues for the Government Accountability Office, said Tuesday the new cameras, radar and other technology will start to be deployed in Arizona in the next two years but likely won't be fully in place across the 2,000-mile border until at least 2021, and possibly not until 2026.
March 19, 2010
It should not have required $1 billion in taxpayer money to determine that a virtual fence along the 2,000-mile Mexican border was a bad idea. But now that those funds have been wasted, it is past time to end this troubled project. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano diverted $50 million in federal stimulus money from the project. The Government Accountability Office has released numerous reports that point to a variety of flaws with the fence, including cost overruns, a lack of oversight, and the fact that it essentially doesn't work.