The Border Fence: $40,000 Per Illegal Immigrant Apprehended

There are few topics today that arouse more passionate debate than the current immigration reform bill which though recently passed by ov

erwhelming majority (68-32) in the senate most probably will, according to the political cognoscenti, languish in our fractious House of Representatives. Not only is this not a new issue, it has been tackled through various iterations over the past three quarters of a century.

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Tue Jul 1 2014, Posted in News from the Collection

Unaccompanied children cross US border

Thousands of unaccompanied children and mothers with babies are crossing the US border from Central America. Once inside the US they turn themselves over to authorities in hopes of getting permission to stay permanently.

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Thu Jun 12 2014, Posted in News from the Collection

Aliens Without Borders: Exploring South Texas’ Intergalactic Attractions

The godfather of Texas’ Border UFO Series presides over a table set with empanadas and alien eyes in one of the gallery’s back rooms. Noe Torres—high school librarian by day, UFO historian by night—wears his authority casually in wire aviator glasses and a pink, short-sleeved, button-down shirt featuring the Roswell UFO Festival logo. He’s in demand tonight, greeting speakers for tomorrow’s lecture series and snapping photos, making sure everyone is having a good time. themselves. The Del Rio UFO Festival is the sixth such festival Torres has hosted in Texas, most of them in partnership with Ruben Uriarte, a California-based UFO researcher and Torres’ co-author on two books about UFO crashes near the Texas-Mexico border.

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Wed Jun 11 2014, Posted in News from the Collection

Obama Calls Surge In Unaccompanied Children Crossing U.S. Border

In a conference call with reporters, Cecilia Munoz, Obama’s director of domestic policy, said the
number of children apprehended has increased substantially in the last month, “particularly and specifically” in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas.

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Tue Jun 10 2014, Posted in News from the Collection

Young and Alone: The Growing Humanitarian Crisis at the US-Mexico Border

Antonio doesn’t have a fucking clue about the “DREAM Act” or “Deferred Action,” the rosysounding programs meant to get undocumented kids legal status in the United States.

At just 10 years old, he traveled alone on the dangerous 2,000-mile migration path from his town in Guatemala to El Paso, Texas. Antonio is now stuck in a shelter in Ciudad Juárez, one of thousands of minors who are heading toward the US this year without papers, and often without any adult company. The children face fatal risks along the way and — as Antonio experienced — the threat of deportation if they make it over the border in one piece.

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Mon Jun 9 2014, Posted in News from the Collection

Immigrants in Federal Prisons ‘Subjected to Shocking Abuse and Mistreatment’

In a report, released today, on the five Texas prisons, “Warehoused and Forgotten: Immigrants Trapped in Our Shadow Private-Prison System,” the ACLU claims that the BOP policies discriminate against non-citizen inmates and that prisoners are “subjected to shocking abuse and mistreatment.”

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Mon Jun 9 2014, Posted in News from the Collection

Border Patrol Agent’s Assault of Three Women Shakes Border Community

“Two of the victims escaped on March 12, 2014. After an extensive investigation, with the assistance of Homeland Security Investigations, Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Department and Mission Police Department, the third victim was rescued early this morning, March 13, 2014. The subject, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agent, was found deceased at his residence. The circumstances of his alleged involvement and subsequent death are under investigation.”

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Fri Mar 21 2014, Posted in News from the Collection

Cross Border Killings

This was not an isolated incident by a rogue agent, but just the latest in a string of cross-border shootings that raise serious questions about oversight and accountability of the Border Patrol. In the last three years, Border Patrol agents have killed six Mexican citizens on their native soil, firing through the border to threaten and injure even more.

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Thu Oct 11 2012, Posted in News from the Collection

Homeland Security Issues – Secret’ Pass Codes for U.S. Landowners

Some Texans like the Loop family in Brownsville were lucky enough to get 50-foot-wide gates so they could access their properties on the Rio Grande side of the 18-foot wall. Other landowners like Eloisa Tamez, west of Brownsville, didn’t get a gate, though she asked for one. True to its blackbox style, DHS never explained to landowners who would or wouldn’t get gates.

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Mon Nov 28 2011, Posted in News from the Collection

Holes in the Wall

Just 69 miles north, Daniel Garza, 76, faces a similar situation with a neighbor who has political connections that reach the White House. In the small town of Granjeno, population 313, Garza points to a field across the street where a segment of the proposed 18-foot high border wall would abruptly end after passing through his brick home and a small, yellow house he gave his son. “All that land over there is owned by the Hunts,” he says, waving a hand toward the horizon. “The wall doesn’t go there.”

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Fri Feb 22 2008, Posted in News from the Collection

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