Immigration

60,000 border agents face furloughs

Posted March 8th, 2013 by Cyphase
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The U.S. government on Thursday notified 60,000 federal workers responsible for securing borders and facilitating trade that they will face furloughs due to government-wide spending cuts. Customs and Border Protection said it expects furloughs and other austerity will cause delays at ports of entry, including international arrivals at airports, and reduce the number of border patrol officers on duty at any one time. David Aguilar, the agency's deputy commissioner, said it must cut about $754 million by September 30, the end of the fiscal year.

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Audits of Businesses for Undocumented Immigrants Rising

Posted December 26th, 2012 by Jking8767
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reached its highest number yet of companies audited for undocumented immigrants on their payrolls this past fiscal year. Audits of employer I-9 forms increased from 250 in fiscal year 2007 to more than 3,000 in 2012. From fiscal years 2009 to 2012, the total amount of fines grew to nearly $13 million from $1 million. The number of company managers arrested has increased to 238, according to data provided by ICE.

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Border Fence Volleyball USA vs Mexico

Posted November 19th, 2012 by snowdog2012
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Americans and Mexicans enjoy a friendly game of volleyball over the 2.8 million dollar per mile border fence.

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Trooper Fires on Truck From Helicopter, Leaving Two Dead

Posted October 28th, 2012 by TheAllen4
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LA JOYA, Tex. (AP) — A Texas state trooper who fired on a pickup truck from a helicopter during a deadly chase through the desert was trying to disable the vehicle and suspected that it was being used to smuggle drugs, the authorities said.The disclosure on Friday came a day after the episode, which left two illegal immigrants from Guatemala dead on a gravel road near here, just north of the Mexican border.

Eight people were arrested; most were from Guatemala. Investigators said no drugs were found.

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U.S. Grows An Industrial Complex Along The Border : NPR

Posted September 12th, 2012 by roryn3kids
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In today's dollars, the bill for U.S. immigration enforcement since 1986 comes to $219 billion — roughly the cost of the space shuttle program. About 80,000 government workers depend on immigration enforcement. Despite a drop in illegal immigration, the border industrial complex is here to stay

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Immigrants protest 'illegal' label

Posted August 21st, 2012 by mport1
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As Ian always says, don't call them "illegal" immigrants.

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Immigrant woman loses son to "Americans"

Posted July 19th, 2012 by libertas7213
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In a controversial case that involved the rights of illegal immigrants and their young children, a Guatemalan mother lost her effort today to get back the five-year old son who was taken away from her after her arrest on immigration charges and put up for adoption in Missouri despite her objections.

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Ex-Arizona governor detained at border checkpoint

Posted July 5th, 2012 by flash3780
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PHOENIX (AP) - Former Arizona Gov. Raul Castro, who in the 1970s served as the state's first and only Hispanic governor, was detained at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint after the vehicle he was traveling in triggered a radiation sensor.

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2 girls climb US-Mexico border fence in less than 18 seconds

Posted July 2nd, 2012 by snowdog2012
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On average, each mile of border fence costs US taxpayers about $4 million to build and will cost another $6.5 billion over the next 20 years to repair and maintain.

Are we getting our money's worth? Is the border fence an effective deterrent? To find out, I asked two young women—both only about 5'5"—to see if they could climb the wall.

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BLOW TO ARIZONA IMMIGRATION LAW

Posted June 25th, 2012 by ecigarettes
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The U.S. Supreme Court struck down Monday key parts of an Arizona law that sought to deter illegal immigration, but let stand a controversial provision that lets police check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws. In a decision sure to ripple across the political landscape in a presidential election year, the court's 5-3 ruling upheld the authority of the federal government to set immigration policy and laws. "The national government has significant power to regulate immigration," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion.

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