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Ex-Mexican Prez Not Impressed With Trump's Border Wall Plan

Mexico will not be paying for any 'stupid,' 'useless' wall

(Newser) - Donald Trump isn't the only one who can throw around words like "stupid," "useless," "crazy," and "ignorant." Trump, of course, has claimed during his presidential campaign that not only will he get a border wall built if he's elected, but... More »

Arizona Dumps Plan to Crowd-Source Border Fence

The state only received $265K or about 0.5% of its goal

(Newser) - Arizona lawmakers who hoped to build miles of fencing along the border with Mexico using millions of dollars in private donations are instead directing the money to buy equipment for a border sheriff's office after the state received just a fraction of the donations needed. The decision Monday by... More »

House GOP Delays Recess, Scrambles for Border Bill

Tea Party forced vote postponement today ahead of summer break

(Newser) - The House today abandoned a vote on $659 million legislation to address the immigration crisis after another Tea Party revolt. John Boehner pulled the measure from the floor at the last minute, knowing he didn't have enough votes. The speaker, however, then took the unusual step of delaying Congress'... More »

Obama Seeks Nearly $4B to Deal With Child Immigrants

That's nearly double the initial estimate

(Newser) - The White House had been kicking around the idea of requesting $2 billion to deal with the unprecedented wave of underage immigrants arriving from Central America. Today, in a sign of just how fast the crisis is escalating, it made a formal request to Congress for nearly twice that amount,... More »

Boehner Blasts 'Audacity' of Obama's Nat'l Monument

Says Obama's move will undermine border security

(Newser) - President Obama yesterday used his executive power to designate 500,000 acres of desert along New Mexico's southern border a national monument. It's a move being praised by environmentalists and ... slammed by John Boehner, who called it "a level of audacity that is remarkable even for this... More »

US Denies Woman Entry Over Her Depression

Toronto vacationer was turned back at Pearson airport

(Newser) - So much for that $6,000 vacation: A Canadian woman was denied entry into the US this week due to her history of mental illness, the CBC reports. Ellen Richardson had planned to fly to New York and from there go on a 10-day cruise, but US customs officials at... More »

Big Winner in Immigration Plan: Defense Firms

Calls for specific equipment could bring companies tens of millions

(Newser) - The defense industry must be loving the Senate's highly particular new Mexican border security plan. Under the legislation, the Border Patrol needs to purchase six Northrop Grumman airborne radar systems—each at $9.3 million; 15 Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopters, which go for about $17 million; eight American Eurocopter... More »

Senate Takes Big Step Toward Immigration Reform

Bipartisan proposal for $46B border security moves forward

(Newser) - The Senate cleared a key hurdle in the path toward immigration reform today, approving the advancement of an amendment that would devote an estimated $46 billion to strengthening US-Mexico border security with a vote of 67 to 27, reports Reuters . The amendment still has to be approved later this week... More »

Senators Agree to 'Border Surge,' 700-Mile Fence

Security concessions could open door for more GOP support

(Newser) - How do you get Republicans to sign onto an immigration bill? You build a danged fence —a lot of danged fence. A bipartisan group of senators has agreed to bolster the border security provisions in the Senate's immigration reform bill, in the hopes of winning over more GOP... More »

Senate Begins Work on Immigration

Its prospects may hinge on border security and one amendment in particular

(Newser) - It took a long while to get to this point, but the Senate today officially began work on an immigration reform bill, reports the Hill . The first vote was a procedural matter to take up the measure, and it passed by a whopping 84-15 vote. But all the coverage makes... More »

Border Agents Must Now Verify All Student Visas

One of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's friends slipped through

(Newser) - It's the first tangible change in security procedures as a result of the Boston bombings, reports AP : From now on, border agents must check that every foreign student who enters the country has a valid student visa. That hadn't been automatic previously because the agents, oddly, didn't... More »

Newest Border Agent: a Blimp?

Military seeks new uses for Afghanistan equipment

(Newser) - America's new border agents could be … blimps. The US military is testing a 72-foot unmanned blimp, currently used to locate insurgents in Afghanistan and referred to as "the floating eye," to see if it could also be used to spot illegal border-crossers. If it works, dozens... More »

News Flash, Rick Perry: Texas Border Is Safe

An El Paso resident says resources are being wasted on security

(Newser) - GOP candidates love to talk about “securing” the border, especially Rick Perry. “It is not safe on that border,” the Texas governor said recently; last year, he even claimed, without any evidence at all, that bombs were exploding in the streets of El Paso. But “those... More »

Arizona: Please Donate to Help Build Border Fence

Gov. Jan Brewer signed bill launching the plan

(Newser) - If the federal government won't complete Arizona's border fence, then gosh darn it, the state is going to do it itself. Arizona lawmakers have a plan that would get the fence built using online donations and 50-cents-an-hour prison labor, and Gov. Jan Brewer recently signed a bill setting... More »

Border Patrol Fights Boredom as Illegals Plummet

Agents struggling to stop ennui creeping in

(Newser) - Border Patrol agents hired to keep illegal immigrants out are having trouble keeping boredom and sleepiness from creeping in. Illegal border crossings have plummeted to record lows in many areas, thanks to the US recession and tougher enforcement, leaving some agents with little to do but "watch the fence... More »

GOP Wants Plan to Stop Every Illegal Immigrant

They want more fencing, agents, and drones as part of 5-year strategy

(Newser) - Congressional Republicans are working on a hardline anti-immigration bill that would call for more border fencing, more sensors, more border patrol agents, and aerial drones in an all-out attempt to prevent all illegal entry into the country. The bill is unlikely to pass the Senate, the LA Times observes, so... More »

Arizona Suing Feds Over Lax Border Security

Suit accuses government of failing to prevent 'invasion'

(Newser) - Arizona is taking the federal government to court for poor border security, alleging that it hasn't done enough to stop illegal immigration law, and protect the state from "invasion." The suit was filed as a counter suit to the federal government's legal challenge to the state's controversial immigration... More »

Good News: 32 Miles of US-Canada Border Secure

Bad news: The other 3,968 miles aren't

(Newser) - Nobody tell the terrorists: The US shares a 4,000-mile border with Canada, and 3,968 of those miles don't meet an "acceptable level" of security, says a new federal audit. Border Patrol "does not have the ability to detect illegal activity across most of the northern border,... More »

White House Cans the 'Danged' Fence

Napolitano says no 'one-size-fits-all' solution for border

(Newser) - After four years, about a billion bucks, and lots of yelling on both sides ("Complete the danged fence," anyone?), the White House is officially canning the US-Mexico border fence, reports the AP. Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano made the long-expected announcement yesterday, saying that there's no "one-size-fits-all" fix... More »

Hey, Border Guards: Stay Out of Our Computers

There must be a reason for these invasive searches, seizures, writes the NYT

(Newser) - Right now, border agents can search your computer without a warrant or probable cause—and it's long past time for that to change, asserts the New York Times in an editorial. Borders need to be protected, but there's "a big difference between government agents scanning items for explosives ... and... More »

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