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Displaying 61 - 80 of 80 • Sat 2011 May 14, 8:00am

ObamaThe residents of the Chiricahua-Peloncillo drug and human smuggling corridor that runs from the Mexican border north through eastern Arizona and western New Mexico are circulating a petition to send to the White House in response to President Obama's recent immigration speech. "It is with great wonderment and sadness that we listened to your May 10 speech on immigration issues. All of the joking about moats and alligators cut residents of Portal, AZ, to the core as we sheltered with friends or at a Red Cross evacuation site, to survive a terrible fire that still threatens our lives and property, as well as our ecotourism-based economy," the letter reads. ... Cochise County, Ariz., Sheriff Larry Dever, who penned an op-ed in The New York Times Friday describing the plight of border residents, told that the petition is a plea for the administration to take a closer look at the hardships they are suffering. "These people are not overreacting. What they suggest in letter is very deep part of their belief system based on their experience and their experience has been horrific -- they see human smuggling and drug trafficking, they sit on their porch and watch people walk through, they've had their homes burglarized," Dever said. "It's a beautiful landscape and for those that moved out there for a sense of tranquility and peace, that's been destroyed...." • Sat 2011 Apr 2, 7:02am

Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever has told Fox News that over the last two years, U.S. Border Patrol officials have told him they were ordered on multiple occasions to reduce and even stop apprehending illegal aliens crossing the U.S./Mexican border. • Sun 2011 Mar 6, 10:54pm

Federal agents are barely able to slow the river of U.S. guns flowing into Mexico. In two years, a new effort to increase inspections of travelers crossing the border has netted just 386 guns - an almost infinitesimal amount given that an estimated 2,000 slip across each day. • Sun 2011 Mar 6, 10:53pm

In the flurry of state legislation proposed to discourage illegal immigration, one appears to have momentum for becoming law, which has drawn concerns from advocates for immigrants. Rep. George Faught, R-Muskogee, proposed House Bill 1446 with language pulled from previously filed bills and from legislation passed in Arizona. • Tue 2011 Mar 1, 8:35pm

A nationwide crackdown targeting gangs affiliated with Mexican drug traffickers has resulted in the arrests of 678 gang members and associates, including 14 in the Chicago area.... The gang members have affiliations with 133 different gangs.... • Tue 2011 Mar 1, 1:11pm

Okla FlagAn Oklahoma House committee has approved anti-illegal immigrant legislation that would give Oklahoma law enforcement officials new authority to assess the immigration status of motorists. • Tue 2011 Mar 1, 1:01pm

A House committee approved a bill Monday that would give law enforcement officials more authority to check the immigration status of motorists. The measure's author said it mirrors some parts of Arizona's anti-illegal immigrant law passed last year. • Sun 2009 Jun 14, 7:52pm

US FlagOklahoma will begin deporting illegal immigrants who are serving sentences for nonviolent crimes when a new law takes effect July 1. The Oklahoma Criminal Illegal Alien Rapid Repatriation Act is expected to save Oklahoma taxpayers at least $4 million in the first year, said Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, the author of the measure. • Fri 2009 Jun 5, 12:20am

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced the $60 million Operation Stonegarden outlays on Thursday. The money will help federal, state and local police deal with border security and immigration law enforcement issues. Texas is getting the most money, $16.8 million, followed by Arizona and California, which is getting $12 million. Money also is going to states that border Canada. • Tue 2009 Jun 2, 11:33am

Americans driving to Vancouver, B.C., or taking a ferry to Victoria must have one of the designated documents: a passport, passport card, Washington State enhanced driver's license or a "trusted traveler" document such as the Nexus card. There are exemptions... • Thu 2009 Apr 30, 1:08pm

Appearing Wednesday before a Senate panel, Napolitano said that "passive surveillance" is "not an accurate picture of what is going on" at U.S. entry points. • Sat 2009 Apr 25, 9:21pm

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano apologized to the country's largest veterans organization Friday for a report warning that right-wing extremist groups were trying to recruit disgruntled troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Napolitano met with the American Legion at its request for about 45 minutes in a private meeting. The group had called for an apology from her in a letter earlier this month. It was at least the third apology Napolitano has offered ever since the report was leaked to the media nearly two weeks ago, prompting a growing chorus of criticism -- including a small group of vocal conservative lawmakers calling for Napolitano's resignation. • Wed 2009 Apr 22, 2:08pm

In an interview broadcast Monday on the CBC, Ms. Napolitano attempted to justify her call for stricter border security on the premise that "suspected or known terrorists" have entered the U. S. across the Canadian border, including the perpetrators of the 9/11 attack. ... • Wed 2009 Apr 22, 2:03pm

In a release Tuesday night following the interview, she called Canada a "close ally and an important partner" and said she was simply misunderstood. "I know that the September 11th hijackers did not come through Canada to the United States," she said in the statement. "There are other instances, however, when suspected terrorists have attempted to enter our country from Canada to the United States. Some of these are well-known to the public -- such as the Millennium Bomber -- while others are not due to security reasons." • Tue 2009 Apr 21, 2:44pm

Today, after years of coordination with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, Congressman John Sullivan announced that he has secured a permanent ICE Investigations office for Eastern Oklahoma. • Thu 2009 Apr 16, 5:15pm

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano apologized Thursday after some veterans groups were offended by a department report about right-wing extremism. The report said extremist groups may try to attract veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It also said extremists also may use the recession and the election of the nation's first African-American president to recruit members. The American Legion was among those who objected to the report's mention of veterans. • Thu 2009 Apr 16, 5:15pm

On the day of its first foreign policy discussions with Mexico, the Obama administration remains mum on whether it will honor a campaign promise to alter a Bush administration policy establishing a massive fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, including in federally protected areas. [Yeah, sure] • Thu 2009 Apr 16, 5:15pm

"And I really do want to stress to the veterans out there watching this today, that report did not, and we do not mean to suggest that veterans as a whole are at risk of becoming violent extremists...." [But we'll be WATCHING....] • Wed 2009 Mar 25, 1:31pm

The Border Patrol plans to poison plant life along a mile stretch of the Rio Grande riverbank in Texas to eliminate the dense foliage used by suspected illegal immigrants and criminals to hide. If successful, the $2.1 million pilot project, which is set to begin this week, could later be duplicated along as many as 130 miles of river in the patrol's Laredo Sector, as well as other parts of the U.S.-Mexico border.... opponents of the action say it harkens to the Vietnam War-era Agent Orange chemical program and could be harmful over the long-term. • Wed 2009 Mar 4, 5:52pm

A Canadian who demanded courtesy from a U.S. border security guard says he was pepper sprayed and held in custody for three hours for asking the disrespectful officer to "say please" when ordering him to turn his car off during a search.