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border security
Immigrant, ICE

Trump’s Tough Stand On Immigrant Detention Comes At A High Cost

While there has been much discussion about the cost of building a wall along the border with Mexico, there has been almost none about the financial impact of Trump’s proposed end to the “catch and release” policy, which would require those here illegally to remain in custody until they appear in court. That program will require Trump to double or even triple the Department of Homeland Security’s $2.2 billion detention budget.

February 13, 2017
Trump border wall

Why We Should Reach Across Borders, Not Close Them

Trump doesn’t concern himself with the hardship his wall extension would have on the hard-working people living along the border. Rather than walling-off borders, our true national security requires that we reach across them in all directions.

November 3, 2016
Trump, U.S. - Mexico relations

Trump Says He, Mexican Leader Discussed Border Wall But Not Who Pays

“We did discuss the wall, we didn’t discuss payment of the wall, that will be at a later date, this was a very preliminary meeting, it was an excellent meeting,” Trump said.

August 31, 2016
Republicans, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump

Trump’s Islam Comments Draw Fire From Rivals, But Civility Reigns

Trump defended his belief, as stated in television interviews, that followers of Islam “hate us.”

March 11, 2016

5 Times George W. Bush Didn’t Keep Us Safe

If Jeb Bush wants to argue that George W. Bush did a nice job of bringing America together and trying to avoid the demonization of Muslims in the aftermath of 9/11, there’s a case to be made. But W.’s record of “keeping us safe” in comparison to every other modern president is non-existent.

October 19, 2015

Border Security Is Not An Immigration Cure-All

Many immigration opponents have a huge blind spot.

February 13, 2015

‘Toughest Border Security Bill Ever’ Sets Table For Piecemeal Strategy

Even the “toughest border security bill ever” doesn’t go far enough for some House Republicans.

January 22, 2015
Private prisons, deportations

Deportations From U.S. Dropped In Last Year

Find out why deportations have dropped sharply.

December 5, 2014

National Guard To Leave Texas Border By Spring, Earlier Than Thought

Find out why Rick Perry’s “border surge” is meeting an early end.

November 20, 2014

Will Turned-Off Latinos Turn Out For Democrats?

In Colorado, a close race for Senate between Udall and Gardner could come down to the Latino vote.

October 27, 2014

Ebola And Terrorists Aside, Our Border Is Pretty Secure

Who should we trust about immigration: academic experts, or hysterical politicians?

October 23, 2014

The Scariest Thing About Political Fearmongers Is Themselves

Rick Perry is wrong about border security. Again.

October 15, 2014

Immigration Activist Jose Antonio Vargas Detained At Texas Airport

By Stacey Leasca, Javier Panzar, and Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times MCALLEN, Texas — Prominent journalist and immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas was detained at McAllen-Miller International Airport in Texas on Tuesday. Vargas, an undocumented immigrant, tweeted that he was going to go through security carrying a pocket version of the U.S. Constitution and his […]

July 15, 2014
Private prisons, deportations

Current Deportation Policy Is Impolitic And Inhumane

Jessica Colotl is a gainfully employed college graduate, a fresh-faced young woman working as a legal assistant at an Atlanta law firm. She’s also a symbol of a sharp dispute between President Obama and a group of his now-wavering allies — Latino voters who detest his deportation policy. Colotl, whose parents brought her to the […]

April 19, 2014

Weekend Reader: ‘Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches From The Front Lines Of Homeland Security’

Today the Weekend Reader brings you Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security by Todd Miller. Miller has been researching immigration and border issues for the past 15 years and denounces the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border. In Border Patrol Nation, Miller sheds light on the reality of border wars with interviews and on-the-ground research […]

March 22, 2014

Poll: Americans Become Less Concerned With Securing Borders

Americans now find developing a plan to deal with the nation’s undocumented immigrant population to be equally important as securing U.S. borders, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. The poll finds that 44 percent of Americans say it’s extremely important for the United States to develop a plan to deal with undocumented immigrants who […]

February 17, 2014

Why House Republicans Are (Still) Unlikely To Move On Immigration Reform

As congressional Republicans trash President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address, the leaders of the GOP’s House majority are signaling that they’re finally ready to move on one of the priorities that the president identified in his 2013 speech: Immigration reform. On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner presented the party leadership’s immigration plan […]

January 31, 2014