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 Justice Department’s Losing Battle Over Deportation Waivers for Permanent Residents 

For more than five years, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has defended a policy that deprives long-term lawful permanent residents (LPRs) of the opportunity to apply for a waiver that would allow them to remain in the United States. The policy at issue—announced through a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) decision—significantly narrows the group of LPRs who are eligible for this waiver.

Farm Bureau Warns Enforcement-Only Immigration Reform Would Harm America’s Food Supply
The on-the-ground harm of enforcement-only state immigration policies is clear. The “self-deportation” style laws in Arizona, Alabama, and Georgia all dealt severe blows to the states’ economies, particularly the agricultural industries. A federal enforcement-only approach to immigration reform would have a similarly harmful impact, leading to a decline in food production and higher food prices in the United States. 

Petition Challenges DHS on Enforcement Priorities
Last week, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) along with six individuals, submitted a formal request to the Department of Homeland Security asking the agency to temporarily suspend the deportation of low-priority undocumented workers and their families and grant them “deferred action.” 

New Mexico Governor Uses Anti-Immigrant Driver’s License Proposal as Fundraising Tool
For the fifth time in four years, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is trying to get the legislature to repeal the 2003 law granting licenses to all eligible drivers, regardless of their immigration status.

Are Immigrants Really Destined to Give the GOP the Cold Shoulder?
The latest catastrophic forecast on immigration policy comes in the form of a report released by the conservative Eagle Forum warning Republicans about the presumed dire impact that the arrival of new immigrants through legal channels will have on the GOP’s electoral future. While this idea is far from new, the report relies on assumptions that an overwhelming body of research has refuted.

¿Es Cierto Que los Inmigrantes Están Destinados a Darle la Espalda al Partido Republicano?
El último pronóstico catastrófico sobre la política inmigratoria viene de la mano de un informe publicado por el grupo conservador Eagle Forum. En el mismo, los autores advierten a los sectores conservadores sobre el terrible impacto que la llegada de nuevos inmigrantes tendrá en el futuro electoral del Partido Republicano.

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Border Patrol International: ‘The American Homeland Is the Planet’

November 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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First Published: 2013-11-19



All around the world from Guatemala and South Africa to Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has been focused on other people’s borders and the forces to be created and trained to guard them. In this piece, Todd Miller explores the way the very idea of US ‘borders’ is being stretched in all sorts of complex ways.


It isn’t exactly the towering 20-foot wall that runs like a scar through significant parts of the U.S.-Mexican borderlands. Imagine instead the sort of metal police barricades you see at protests. These are unevenly lined up like so many crooked teeth on the Dominican Republic’s side of the river that acts as its border with Haiti. Like dazed versions of U.S. Border Patrol agents, the armed Dominican border guards sit at their assigned posts, staring at the opposite shore. There, on Haitian territory, children splash in the water and women wash clothes on rocks.

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DHS seizing private land for Border Patrol camera tower

August 31, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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by Curt Prendergast

Tony Sedgwick explains his frustration that the land seen here was seized by the Department of Homeland Security in order to construct permanent camera towers near the border.


Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 9:00 am | Updated: 9:35 am, Fri Aug 30, 2013.

By Curt Prendergast
Nogales International | 2 comments

On top of a hill east of Nogales, a mobile surveillance tower manned by a Border Patrol agent keeps watch on the border fence approximately a mile below.

The tower, which sits in the bed of a pickup truck, may soon be replaced with a permanent structure planted in the ground. And in order to make that a reality, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seizing small pieces of land east of Nogales, spawning frustration among the owners of the seized land that stretches like a snake from the end of Royal Road into the river valley.

This is not the first time that DHS has demanded that property owners in Santa Cruz County make way for border security infrastructure. Read more

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