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Obama Administration is Releasing Recent Illegal Border Crossers Deemed a Low Threat

Friday, March 28, 2014, 4:36 PM EDT

A Texas TV station reports the Border Patrol is releasing women and children that recently entered the United States illegally if they are considered no threat to national security.

Rep. Paul Gosar Challenges Mark Zuckerberg to Border Tour

Monday, November 25, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

Rep. Paul Gosar, who represents a district in Arizona much impacted by illegal immigration, has challenged Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to tour the border after he called immigration reform "one of the biggest civil rights issues of our time" and called for immigration

New Rasmussen Poll Shows No Trust In Government's Will to Secure Border

Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

A new Rasmussen poll shows that American voters do not believe that the federal government will secure the borders if a law is passed forcing them to do so.

Border Patrol Ordered to Stand Down

Friday, October 4, 2013, 9:07 AM EDT

The Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council, the union that represents the nation's Border Patrol agents, Shawn Moran, has told Breitbart News that agents are being ordered to stand down and end any pursuit of drug smugglers, human smugglers, and illegal aliens.

Border Patrol Officers Want House to Drop Amnesty for Illegal Aliens

Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 11:43 AM EDT

The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO) issued a press release yesterday urging Republican House leadership to forgo plans to provide amnesty for the 11 million illegal aliens in the United States.

Radar Shows More Illegal Border Crossers Avoid Apprehension Than Are Caught

Friday, April 5, 2013, 9:19 AM EDT

A story in the Los Angeles Times reports that a sophisticated airborne radar system being used along the border has found that more individuals trying to cross the border illegally elude Border Patrol agents than what has been traditionally thought. According to the story, between Oct.

Report: Illegal Immigration back on the rise

Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 10:36 AM EDT

A new report from the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute at the University of Southern California finds that illegal migration from Mexico to the United States is back on the rise after a decline during the economic recession that started in 2008.

Number of Unaccompanied Illegal-Alien Minors in Detention Centers Increases 50%

Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 3:36 PM EDT

Over the nine-month period ending June 30, 2012, the number of unaccompanied illegal-alien minors in U.S. detention centers increased almost 50 percent. Most of the growth came from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, according to a report by the Women's Refugee Commission.

Attack on Border Patrol Agents Leaves One Dead, Another Wounded

Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT

Border Patrol Agents traveling on horseback near the U.S.-Mexico border were attacked by unknown assailants early today. One Agent was shot to death and another wounded with non-life-threatening injuries. A third escaped injury.

House Passes Bishop Border Security Measure

Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 7:30 AM EDT

Rep. Rob Bishop
On Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed the Conservation and Economic Growth Act, H.R.2578, that included a section to allow the Border Patrol to fully operate on federally-owned lands with 100 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. The Border Patrol section was originally part of Rep. Rob

Rep. Poe and Altmire's Amendment to Fund Cell Phone Towers on Southwest Border Passes by Wide Margin

Thursday, June 7, 2012, 9:37 AM EDT

Reps. Poe and Altmire
For the second straight year, Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) offered an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act that would set aside money to build cell phone towers on the Southwest border with Mexico. And for the second straight year, the amendment

Long-Time Border Enforcement Activist Muriel Watson Dies

Friday, May 11, 2012, 10:29 AM EDT

Muriel Watson, who helped focus nationwide attention on our porous Southern border long before groups like NumbersUSA existed, passed away last week in San Diego. Muriel demonstrated that citizens can have a major impact on their communities if they are willing to lead.

Immigration and Border Security Agencies Still at Odds, According to Report

Monday, March 12, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

The various federal agencies that deal with border security and immigration issues are still not on the same page, according to a report by the Office of the Inspector General. The report concludes that agencies such as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S.

GAO: 40% of Fires on U.S.- Mexico Border Caused by Illegal Aliens

Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

The Government Accountability Office released a new report, stating that between 2006-2010, illegal aliens started 40% if the human-ignited wildfires along the U.S. - Mexico border.

DHS Requests Extension of National Guard Troops at the Border

Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

Despite Pres. Obama's claim last week that our nation's borders are secure, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has asked Congress for $30 million to keep 1,200 National Guard troops on the border. The troops were first assigned to the border last year at Pres.

Rep. Joe Walsh Criticizes Pres. Obama's El Paso Speech in House Floor

Monday, May 16, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT

Rep. Joe Walsh
Freshman Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) criticized Pres. Obama's immigration speech on the House floor last week. Rep. Walsh said Pres. Obama isn't taking border security seriously, and instead, chose to joke about building a moat with alligators.

GAO says DHS can only stop illegal immigration along 129 miles of U.S. - Mexico border

Thursday, March 31, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

Richard Stana, director of homeland security and justice issues at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), said on Thursday that DHS and the Border Patrol can only stop illegal entries along 129 miles of the nearly 2,000-mile-long U.S. - Mexico border.

Number of Illegal Aliens from India Surges in Texas

Monday, February 7, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

During the past year, untold thousands of illegal aliens have crossed into Texas from Mexico. And immigration officials don't know why. Even more troubling, they are often released to disappear into America.

DHS Cancels Virtual Border Fence Project

Monday, January 17, 2011, 8:17 AM EDT

After spending more than $1 billion, the Department of Homeland Security is ending a program to build a virtual fence along the Southwest border with Mexico.

Napolitano Advises Afghanis on Securing Border

Friday, December 31, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano is visiting Afghanistan with a contingent of border security and customs officials to advise their Afghan counterparts on border control, according to a DHS press release.

Border Patrol Agent Killed in Arizona

Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

A Border Patrol agent was shot and killed late Tuesday in Southern Arizona, according to the Associated Press. The U.S. Border Patrol confirmed that four suspects are in custody. Another is being sought.

Rep. Poe Offers New Border Security Bill

Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

Rep. Ted Poe
Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) is offering a new border security bill that would send 10,000 National Guard troops to the border. The bill would require the President to send the troops if a border governor requests them instead of leaving the decision to the President's discretion.

Unguarded Bridges Allow for Easy Illegal Immigration

Monday, August 23, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

Two Texas bridges, or "grade control structures" as the International Boundary and Water Commission likes to call them, that cross the Rio Grande are unguarded and allow for easy illegal immigration into the United States

DHS Extends 'Secure Communities' to All Southwest Border Counties

Updated Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 4:09 PM EDT

DHS Sec. Janet Napolitano
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced on Tuesday morning that the Department has deployed its "Secure Communities" program to all 25 counties located on the Southwest border with Mexico.

Pro-Amnesty Coalition Opposes Senate Border Spending Bill

Monday, August 9, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

U.S. Capitol
The pro-amnesty, open-borders coalition 'Reform Immigration for America' is activating its membership and urging them to oppose the $600 million border security bill passed by the Senate last week.

Pres. Obama Requests $600 Million from Congress for Increased Border Security

Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

Pres. Obama officially asked Congress on Tuesday for $600 million of emergency funding to be used to hire 1,000 border patrol agents, acquire two drones and take other steps to increase border security. In his 2011 budget released this past February, Pres.

Three Border Security Amendments Fail in the Senate

Thursday, May 27, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

Three border security amendments were defeated on Thursday morning after failing to reach the necessary 60 votes. Originally, five border security amendments were offered the Emergency Spending bill now being considered in the Senate, but amendments offered by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Sen.

Obama to Send 1,200 Troops to Southwest Border

Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

Pres. Barack Obama
Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has announced that the Obama Administration will send up to 1,200 National Guard troops to the Southwest border. Pres. Obama also plans to request $500 million from Congress to increase border security.

Arizona Cattlemen's Association Calls for Better Border Security

Sunday, April 11, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

The Arizona Cattlemen's Association is preparing a list of border recommendations after Arizona rancher Robert Krentz was killed on his property a few weeks ago. The group is calling for the presence of National Guard troops among other things.

Gov. Richardson Sends National Guard Troops to the Border

Updated Monday, April 5, 2010, 12:57 PM EDT

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson
In response to the killing of Arizona Ranger Robert Frentz, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has ordered the National Guard to help patrol the border. Reports from New Mexico say that the troops will assist Border Patrol by setting up surveillance in the war against drug smugglers.

Arizona Rancher Shot Dead on his Property Near Southwest Border

Updated Monday, March 29, 2010, 6:28 PM EDT

Rob Krentz
Longtime Arizona Rancher Rob Krentz was found shot to death on his property late Saturday night. Officials have not concluded that the suspect was an illegal alien, but his brother Phil Krentz said that the last time he spoke to Rob, he said he was responding to an injured illegal alien.

Border Arrests Decline in 2009

Updated Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 2:42 PM EDT

The number of people caught trying to enter the country fell by more than 23 percent last year according to new federal data. The struggling economy and hurting job market continue to be major causes, but the administration is also trying to point towards beefed up border security.

Sen. Grassley Challenges DHS on Possible Border Agent Reductions

Updated Wednesday, October 7, 2009, 2:15 PM EDT

Sen. Chuck Grassley
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is asking the Department of Homeland Security for further clarification on recent reports that the agency plans to reduce the number of border patrol agents along the Southern border.

Report: DHS Reducing Border Patrol Agents Along SW Border

Updated Monday, September 28, 2009, 5:06 PM EDT

A number of media organizations are reporting that the Department of Homeland Security will move 384 Border Patrol agents from the Southwest border to the U.S.-Canada border.

Poll Reveals 74% of Americans Want Stronger Borders

Updated Friday, May 1, 2009, 2:18 PM EDT

A new Washington Post-ABC Poll reveals that 74% of Americans think the United States is not doing enough to prevent illegal crossings at the borders. The poll was conducted in connection with Pres.

Army Reservists to Help Beef Up Border Patrol

Updated Tuesday, April 21, 2009, 1:47 PM EDT

A new partnership between the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency and Army Reservists is aimed at filing the anticipated 11,000 open jobs at the border protection agency this year.

Border Arrests Drop to 30-year Lows

Updated Monday, March 9, 2009, 3:15 PM EDT

Increased enforcement and the declining U.S. economy have contributed to the lowest levels of border arrests since the 1970s according to Border Patrol Statistics. From October 2008 through February 2009, agents arrested 195,000 trying to cross the Mexican/U.S.

Apprehensions Decrease at New Mexico Border Fence

Updated Monday, November 24, 2008, 3:36 AM EDT

Apprehensions decreased by 67 percent in southern Luna County in New Mexico thanks to the construction of a border fence and increased resources. Also, the completion of a pedestrian fence in Santa Teresa has allowed for the re-deployment of agents to other areas.

New Report Shows Lax Border Security Fuels Violent Gangs

Updated Monday, October 6, 2008, 1:03 PM EDT

A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies shows that America's refusal to secure our borders has fueled a marked increase in the level of gang violence.

Border Patrol Staffing Bunched up in California

Updated Monday, August 11, 2008, 12:06 PM EDT

The Associated Press reports that the U.S. Border Patrol has assigned more agents per mile to the San Diego sector as compared to other sectors that have historically been busier spots for illegal crossings.

New immigration exemptions could allow individuals with ties to terrorists to enter the U.S.

Thursday, February 6, 2014, 10:24 AM EDT

The Obama administration has issued new exemptions to federal immigration law for asylum and refugee seekers that could allow individuals with ties to terrorists into the United States.

ICE Deportations at Record Lows

Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

A change in the way ICE counts Border Patrol apprehensions has allowed the Obama Adminstration to claim they are deporting a record number of illegal aliens

Immigration Enforcement Unions Oppose Flawed Entry/Exit Bill, H.R.3141

Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT

The unions that represent Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and Citizenship and Immigration Service employees have voiced their opposition to H.R.3141, the Biometric Exit Improvement Act of 2013.

DHS Ignores Detailed Border Analysis

Thursday, July 25, 2013, 11:28 AM EDT

A new investigative report from the Arizona Republic has found that the Department of Homeland Security has refused to consider academic analysis of the situation along the Southwest border with Mexico and has refused to move forward with proposed analysis that would provide the agency with much nee

CNN Poll: 62% Say Border Security Needs to be First Priority in Immigration Policy

Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 10:02 AM EDT

A new CNN/ORC International survey found that 62% of Americans say border security should be the main focus of U.S.

Obama Administration Blocked Border Security Measurements to Prevent it from Impeding Immigration Reform

Friday, March 22, 2013, 1:22 PM EDT

Pres. Obama
The Obama Administration admitted on Thursday that it resisted efforts by the Department of Homeland Security to create a way to measure border security because it was concerned the measurement would be used to block immigration reform that provides an amnesty to the nation's 11-19 million illegal a

Foiled Terror Plot Exposes Vulnerability of Student Visa System

Sunday, October 21, 2012, 9:06 PM EDT

Student visa holder Quazi Nafis was arrested last week for trying to blow up the Federal Reserve building in New York City with what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb. Nafis is not the first to use easily-acquired student visas to gain legal entry to, and plot attacks against, the United States.

Obama Administration Ignored Threats to Border Agents, Police in Wilderness Areas

Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 12:27 PM EDT

Kimberly Dvorak from The Examiner reports that the Obama Administration ignored multiple warnings by Border Patrol Agents and local police that said a wilderness reserve plan would result in national security breaches and deaths.

Immigration-related arrests at lowest level in 40 years

Thursday, July 19, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT

New data from the federal government show a significant decrease in apprehensions for federal immigration violations, dropping to a 40-year low. The report from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics shows apprehensions at just over half a million in 2010 down from 1.8 million in 2000.

House Set to Vote on Border Security Measure

Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

Reps. Bishop and Grijalva
On Tuesday, the House of Representatives will consider the Conservation and Economic Growth Act, H.R.2578 - a compilation bill that includes Rep. Rob Bishop's (R-Utah) National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act in its entirety. Rep. Bishop's measure would allow Border Patrol to

House Passes 2 Border Security Bills

Thursday, May 31, 2012, 7:53 AM EDT

On Wednesday, the House passed two border security measures with little resistance. Both, the Secure Border Act (H.R.1299) and the Jamie Zapata Border Enforcement Security Task Force Act (H.R.915), were passed under suspension of the rules, meaning there would be no debate and no

Poll Shows that the Majority of Likely Voters Say Border Control is Top Priority

Monday, March 26, 2012, 10:04 AM EDT

A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 60% of likely voters think that when it comes to the issue of immigration reform, gaining control of the border is more important than legalizing the status of illegal workers who are already in the country. 

DHS to Release Biometric Immigrant Exit Tracking System

Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 2:27 PM EDT

The Department of Homeland Security is finalizing its plan for a biometric data system to track when immigrants leave the United States and will present it to Congress within weeks, a DHS top official said today during a Congressional hearing.

Rep. King's Border Security Amendments to DHS Spending Bill Pass in the House

Wednesday, June 1, 2011, 7:53 PM EDT

Rep. Steve King
Two border security amendments offered by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) to the 2012 DHS spending bill were passed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

Majority of Americans Say Border is Not Secure

Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 11:43 AM EDT

Pres. Obama in El Paso, Texas
A new poll conducted by Rasmussen in the days following Pres. Barack Obama's immigration speech in El Paso, Texas last week finds that the overwhelming majority of Americans disagree with the President's assessment of our Southwest border with Mexico.

Rep. Lamar Smith: "Only 44% of the border is under operational control"

Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

Rep. Lamar Smith
In advance of this afternoon's immigration speech by Pres.

New GAO Report Says Less Than Half of Southwest Border is Secure

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 11:08 AM EDT

A new study from the Government Accountability Office finds that less than half of the 2,000-mile border with Mexico is "operationally controlled" by the Border Patrol.

Report Says Public Lands Being Overrun by Illegal Immigration Activity

Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 11:47 AM EDT

A new report by the Government Accountability Office states that individuals using public lands along the border face an increasing risk of crossing paths with armed individuals who are involved in illegal immigration and drug trafficking.

Greece Will Build a Border Fence

Sunday, January 2, 2011, 12:24 PM EDT

Christos Papoutsis, the Greek Citizen Protection Minister, says his country wants to build a 130-mile fence to keep illegal aliens out.

NAFBPO Speaks Out on Murder of Border Patrol Agent

Thursday, December 16, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

Brian Terry
The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers issued a strong statement after the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

Mexico to Build Southern Border Fence

Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

Mexico, which often criticizes the American government for putting up barriers which restrict the flow of illegal immigrants across the U.S. - Mexico border is building a fence of its own along its southern border with Guatemala.

Increased Land Enforcement Forcing Illegal Aliens to Sea

Updated Thursday, August 26, 2010, 7:09 PM EDT

The Border Patrol's increased efforts along the U.S. - Mexico land border are forcing more and more would-be illegal aliens to sea in their efforts to come to the United States

Senate Approves Border Spending Bill, Heads to Pres. Obama for Signature

Friday, August 13, 2010, 7:51 AM EDT

The Senate reconvened on Thursday to unanimously consent to a the $600 million border spending bill that provides funding for more border agents and unmanned surveillance drones.

House Approves Border Spending Bill, but Senate Needs to Vote Again

Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

Border Patrol
The House of Representatives passed a proposal first passed by the Senate last week that provides $600 million in emergency spending for security along the Southwest border.

Senate Votes to Send More Money to the Border

Friday, August 6, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

U.S. Capitol
The Senate unanimously approved $600 million of additional funding to support border operations on Thursday night just before adjourning for a month-long summer recess.

CNN Poll Reveals Continued Support for Arizona Enforcement Law and Increasing Support for More Border Security

Thursday, May 27, 2010, 4:22 PM EDT

A new CNN Poll reflects a shifting mood among Americans and the issue of illegal immigration. While support for Arizona's new immigration enforcement law remains strong, support for securing the border is also on the rise.

Several Immigration-Related Amendments Being Offered to Spending Bill

Updated Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

UPDATED: Several immigration-related amendments are being offered to an Emergency Spending bill that is making its way through the Senate floor.

Wall Street Journal Story Captures Border Fear

Updated Monday, April 12, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

Glenn Spencer (Courtesy: American Border Patrol)
A Wall Street Journal article from guest columnist Leo Banks (Tuscon Weekly) captures the fear for personal safety among residents of the Southwest border.

Haitians Apprehended After Crossing into Vermont Illegally

Updated Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 3:56 PM EDT

Much focus in recent weeks has been placed on the security of the Southwest border, but the Northern border with Canada also faces illegal crossings. Since the January earthquake in Haiti, 114 Haitians have been apprehended trying to illegally enter the United States through Vermont.

Family of Murdered Rancher Calls For Troops on Border

Updated Friday, April 2, 2010, 3:53 PM EDT

Robert Krentz
The family of slain Arizona rancher Robert Krentz released a statement yesterday, and for the first time, officially alleged that he was murdered by an illegal alien, although the statement does not go into details of their allegation.

Pres. Obama Proposes to Cut 180 Border Patrol Agents

Updated Tuesday, February 2, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

Pres. Barack Obama's newly proposed 2011 budget would reduce the number of 180 Border Patrol agents along the Southwest border and cut the funding for the "virtual fence." Homeland Security plans to cut the jobs through attrition, and it would result in increased pay for the remaining agents.

DHS Finalizing Plans for Airport Exit System

Updated Thursday, November 12, 2009, 4:30 PM EDT

The Department of Homeland Security has announced that it's finalizing plans to collect information from foreign visitors exiting the country through the nation's airports. DHS plans to collect fingerprints or eye scans as foreigners leave.

Dramatic Rise Noted in Chinese-Alien Smuggling

Updated Monday, October 5, 2009, 8:04 PM EDT

Border Patrol officials report that at least 261 Chinese nationals were arrested this year trying to cross the border illegally in Arizona's Tucson Border Sector This represents a ten-fold increase over the average of 32 caught there during each of the last four years.

Senate Adopts DeMint Border Fence Amendment

Updated Friday, July 10, 2009, 12:45 PM EDT

Sen. Jim DeMint
On July 8, the Senate adopted an amendment offered by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) that requires the completion of 700-miles of fencing along the southwest border. The amendment passed by a 54-to-44 roll call vote.

New Border Initiatives Set to Begin on June 1

Updated Thursday, April 23, 2009, 11:44 AM EDT

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said she plans to move forward with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative that will require U.S. citizens to have a passport or other U.S. approved documents before crossing the border. Currently, U.S. citizens just need proof of ID.

Obama Considering Troop Deployment to the Border

Updated Friday, March 13, 2009, 2:43 PM EDT

Drug gang violence in Mexico that has been leaking over the U.S./Mexican border has caused Pres. Obama to consider deploying troops there to contain it. Texas Gov. Rick Perry made an urgent call earlier in the week to add 1,000 more troops to deal with the growing violence.

Southwest Border Fence hits 500-mile Mark

Updated Wednesday, December 17, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT

The federal government has completed 500 miles of the 670-mile planned fence along the Southwest border. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff expects another 100 miles to be completed by the time Barack Obama takes office on January 20.

Border Control Reduces Illegal Entries

Updated Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT

New numbers suggest that individuals are being deterred from crossing into the United States illegally. Chief Patrol Agent Robert Gilbert credits his agency's hard work and wise planning.

“Virtual Fence” Construction Halted

Updated Wednesday, August 20, 2008, 5:28 PM EDT

The Interior Department has knocked a hole in the Homeland Security Department’s plan to slow illegal crossings into Arizona through the construction of a "virtual fence," the Associated Press reports.

Illegal Alien Jail Rates Up Significantly Along the Border

Updated Thursday, April 8, 2010, 10:53 AM EDT

U.S. Border Patrol agent
The Los Angeles Times reports today that the Department of Homeland Security is making a significantly higher number of arrests along the U.S.-Mexico border under a joint DHS-Justice Department progr

In the News

Border Patrol to toughen up policy on returning illegal border-crossers

In the News - Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The U.S. Border Patrol is moving to halt a revolving-door policy of sending migrants back to Mexico without any punishment.

The Border Patrol now feels it has enough of a handle to begin imposing more serious consequences on almost everyone it catches, from areas including Texas’ Rio Grande Valley to San Diego. The “Consequence Delivery System” — a key part of the Border Patrol’s new national strategy to be announced within weeks — relies largely on tools that have been rolled out over the last decade on parts of the border and expanded. It divides border crossers into seven categories, ranging from first-time offenders to people with criminal records.

By Associated Press

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/ap-exclusive-border-patrol-to-toughen-up-policy-on-returning-detained-migrants/2012/01/17/gIQAK6D14P_story.html

Republicans ask for troops to remain at border

In the News - Sunday, April 3, 2011

Stepping up the immigration enforcement bidding war, House Republicans last week asked President Obama to extend the deployment of 1,200 National Guard troops on the U.S.-Mexico border past June 30, when their mission is slated to end.

Last year Congress passed a bill boosting the number of U.S. Border Patrol agents, but the 10 Republicans, all members of the Homeland Security Committee, said the new agents have not been fully hired and trained yet, so the National Guard troops should remain.

"We request the National Guard remain on the Southwest border until the Department of Homeland Security can fully take control of the mission and hire and train sufficient personnel to replace the 1,200 National Guard troops who have served honorably in this mission," they said in their letter.

By Stephen Dinan -- The Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/apr/3/gop-asks-for-troops-to-remain-at-border/

Obama pressed to extend National Guard's stay along Mexico border

In the News - Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The top-ranking House Republican on border issues is pushing the Obama administration to extend the National Guard’s presence along the U.S.-Mexico border and possibly deploy the U.S. Army to help stymie violence from the drug cartels.

Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.), the chairwoman of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on border and maritime security, told The Hill that it would be a 'serious mistake' if the White House failed to re-authorize the deployment of National Guard troops to the border region beyond their end date on June 30.

By Jordy Yager -- The Hill

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/149801-obama-pressed-to-extend-national-guards-stay-along-mexico-border

For National Guard, a new mission along the border

In the News - Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Salinas said the one-year National Guard mission is a stopgap measure to give U.S. Customs and Border Protection time to hire more agents. But worsening cartel violence in Mexico and several high-profile killings on the U.S. side have raised calls for more National Guardsmen along the border, even though illegal immigration and crime in the region have declined.

Border-state legislators from both parties - particularly after the Dec. 14 killing of a Border Patrol agent just north of Nogales - say they view the U.S. military presence as a long-term necessity, despite rules that mostly limit the Guardsmen to watching the fence line and prevent them from making arrests or seizing drugs.

By Nick Miroff -- Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/04/AR2011010405296.html

Texas officials estimate at least $250 million spent on illegal immigrants annually

In the News - Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Texas taxpayers spent at least $250 million last year in state prison and health care costs for illegal immigrants, but figuring out the precise cost will be difficult, state officials testified on Wednesday.

The House State Affairs Committee solicited information about services and benefits provided to noncitizens – a preliminary review in preparation for a legislative session certain to see a push for tougher immigration laws similar to those enacted in Arizona.

By CHRISTY HOPPE -- The Dallas Morning New

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/081910dnteximmigcosts.2a35827.html

Terrorist Smuggling Into U.S. a Real Concern

In the News - Friday, July 30, 2010

Richard Stana, the Government Accounting Office’s (GAO) Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, testified before a congressional subcommittee on July 22 that “alien smuggling along the southwest border is an increasing threat to the security of the United States and Mexico as well as to the safety of both law enforcement and smuggled aliens.”

By Joe Wolverton -- The New American

http://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php/usnews/crime/4180-terrorist-smugglin

Border patrol has bear of time stopping terrorists from north

In the News - Sunday, June 6, 2010

As if fighting terrorism weren't complicated enough, the United States has a new national security threat to worry about: grizzly bears.

Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee say that environmental laws protecting grizzlies and other wild animals along rural portions of the U.S.-Canada border have handcuffed U.S. Border Patrol and Department of Homeland Security agents, potentially making it easier for would-be terrorists to slip into the country.

By Sean Lengell -- Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jun/6/border-patrol-has-bear-of-time-stopping-terrorists/

Mexico cartels empty border towns

In the News - Friday, April 16, 2010

The 14-year-old boy tied a few mattresses and a bedstead to the family truck. He went back into his single-story yellow house for the cat, and chained up the gate. Then he drove off with his family, which was abandoning home, jobs, school and country.

All because the drug smugglers told them to.

Hundreds of families are fleeing the cotton-farming towns of the Juarez Valley, a stretch of border 50 miles east of Ciudad Juarez. In a new strategy, Mexican drug cartels seeking to minimize interference with their operations are using terror to empty the entire area.

The Associated Press -- MSNBC.com

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36605713/ns/world_news-americas/

Krentz family releases statement on ranchers death

In the News - Friday, April 2, 2010

The Krentz family released the following statement regarding the recent shooting death of Robert Krentz on his Southern Arizona ranch.

On March 27th, our Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother and Uncle was murdered in cold blood by a suspected illegal alien on the Ranch.

KVOA.com

http://www.kvoa.com/news/hold-for-now-krentz-family-releases-statement/

Border violence threatens Americans

In the News - Thursday, April 1, 2010

The killings last month in the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juarez of two U.S. citizens, including an employee at the city's U.S. Consulate, along with the slaying of an Arizona rancher, have fueled concerns among U.S. officials that Americans are becoming fair game for Mexican drug gangs seeking control of smuggling routes into the United States.

By Ben Conery and Jerry Seper -- Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/apr/01/violent-mexican-drug-gangs-pose-rising-risk-to-ame/

Polls

64% Say Border Control Top Immigration Priority

Support Tougher Enforcement - Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 64% of Likely U.S. Voters feel that when it comes to immigration reform, gaining control of the border is more important that legalizing the status of undocumented workers already living in this country.

Rasmussen Reports

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/immigration/64_say_border_control_top_immigration_priority

63% Say Border Control Is Top Immigration Priority

Support Tougher Enforcement - Wednesday, March 16, 2011

63% of Americans feel that securing the border is more important than providing amnesty for the nation's illegal aliens.

Rasmussen Reports

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/immigration/63_say_border_control_is_top_immigration_priority

59% Say U.S. Should Continue To Build Fence on U.S.-Mexico Border

Support Tougher Enforcement - Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that it is halting funding of the fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, but 59% of Americans believe the United States should continue to build that fence.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 26% of adults disagree and think the building of the fence should be stopped. Fifteen percent (15%) more are not sure.

Rasmussen Reports

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/mexico/59_say_u_s_should_continue_to_build_fence_on_u_s_mexico_border