Author Archives: John Carlos Green

U.S. Border Patrol: More Agents, More Fences, More Technology, More Horses?

Immigration enforcement and drug smuggling continue to be top priorities for the Department of Homeland Security, and the Border Patrol’s budget has swelled accordingly, increasing from just $262,647 in 1990 to over $3.5 million dollars in the 2012 fiscal year. … Continue reading

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Republican uses racial slur, offends Latinos

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), in an interview with a local radio station released Thursday, referred to Latinos working on a ranch by using the derogatory term “wetbacks.” “My father had a ranch. We used to hire 50 or 60 wetbacks … Continue reading

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Immigration reform gaining support in Congress

A Republican Party in desperate search for relevance to Latino voters. An expanded Democratic advantage in the Senate. A second-term President with his legacy on the line. Does all that add up to enough to break decades of impasse and … Continue reading

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German guest worker program offers lessons for US as it ponders immigration reform

In gritty backstreets of Berlin and other major German cities, housewives wearing head scarves shop for lamb and grape leaves. Old men pass the time in cafes sipping coffee, chatting in Turkish and reading Turkish newspapers. More than 3 million … Continue reading

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Immigration in Spotlight as Senators Tour Arizona

Four United States senators came to this bustling city on the Mexican border on Wednesday searching for answers to the question that has ensnarled the debate over immigration reform: How secure is that border? They met Border Patrol agents, hovered … Continue reading

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Napolitano: Border Security Trigger is a Bad Idea

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano rejected the idea Tuesday that the federal government could treat a single metric of border security as a trigger that opens a pathway to citizenship in comprehensive immigration reform legislation. At a breakfast roundtable with … Continue reading

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Telemundo and Univision to interview President Obama on Wednesday

President Obama will sit for a interview Wednesday with the Spanish-language network Telemundo, as the White House looks to intensify pressure on Congress to strike a bipartisan immigration deal. The network said the interview with Lori Montenegro will “focus on … Continue reading

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Four members of the Gang of Eight to tour US-Mexico border in Arizona

Four members of the Senate’s Gang of Eight will tour the border in Arizona on Wednesday as they rush to finish a deal on immigration reform. Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) … Continue reading

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Labor Union Debuts Immigration Ad

The Service Employees International Union is launching a cable ad campaign urging lawmakers to support immigration reform, airing on national cable during the congressional recess. The ad will run for a week on the most-watched cable news programs on Fox … Continue reading

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to create lobbying organization to fight for immigration reform

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is helping launch a new lobbying organization with a group of prominent Washington political consultants and tech executives. The new group will be set up as a 501(c)(4), which critics often deride as “dark money” because … Continue reading

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