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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Still Cannot Connect the Dots Between Immigration Reform and Border Security

Written by on August 7, 2013 in Border, Enforcement, Republicans, Restrictionists with 0 Comments
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Still Cannot Connect the Dots Between Immigration Reform and Border Security

Anti-immigrant politicians suffer from a chronic inability to understand that immigration reform must be truly comprehensive if it is to be effective. That is, all facets of the extremely complex U.S. immigration system must be fixed at the same time if the system as a whole is to function properly—everything from border enforcement to family [...]

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Incentivizing Arrests for Border Patrol Agents

Incentivizing Arrests for Border Patrol Agents

Strengthening border security, including increasing the number of border patrol agents, continues to be a component of the latest immigration reform proposals, as they have in the past. What may be overlooked in these proposals is the administration’s call for enhanced training to protect civil rights. This is critical, given the results of a new [...]

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The Harmful Effects of Using Border Patrol as Interpreters Along the Northern Border

The Harmful Effects of Using Border Patrol as Interpreters Along the Northern Border

Most people are aware of increasing collaboration between state and local police and federal immigration officers. Programs like 287(g) and the Secure Communities program, as well as state laws like SB1070, create a new role for local police, who are now put in the position of identifying immigrants for possible deportation. It has meant that [...]

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After Justice Department Admits Mistake, Immigrant Advocates Ask Supreme Court to Fix Prior Opinion

After Justice Department Admits Mistake, Immigrant Advocates Ask Supreme Court to Fix Prior Opinion

Of the many problems with our immigration system, one of the least known—but most frustrating—is that when the government deports immigrants whose appeals are still pending, it offers little to no help returning to the United States if they ultimately prevail in court. Immigrant advocates were thus perplexed when the Justice Department filed a Supreme [...]

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Border Patrol Agents Abusing Role as Interpreters

Border Patrol Agents Abusing Role as Interpreters

Over the past year, advocates in states along the northern border of the United States have reported that Border Patrol agents frequently “assist” local law enforcement officers by serving as Spanish-English interpreters and participating in 911 dispatch activities. Capitalizing on their access to noncitizens, Border Patrol agents are using these opportunities to facilitate immigration enforcement. [...]

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New Report Analyzes Fatal Flaws of U.S. Border-Enforcement Strategy

New Report Analyzes Fatal Flaws of U.S. Border-Enforcement Strategy

The federal government’s current approach to border security is dangerously misguided. Border-enforcement resources are directed at what gets smuggled across the border—people, drugs, guns, money—rather than who is doing the smuggling; namely, the transnational criminal organizations based in Mexico which are commonly referred to as the “cartels.” If the U.S. government wants to get serious [...]

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