• Was/is border National Guard really worth it?

    Since 2006, National Guard troops have been deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border under the assumption that they would help bolster security; with little training, Congressional oversight, or analysis, it is difficult to say how effective the National Guard Troops were; $1.35 billion later, was it really worth it?; as Congress authorizes another $60 million to keep troops stationed along the border, we must ask once more, was it really worth it?

  • Administration loosens visa requirements, expands VWP

    President Obama, during a visit to Disneyland, announced that the administration was working on expanding the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), and waiving the consular interview requirement for people renewing U.S. visas; critics of the administration’s immigration policy are upset.

  • DHS: more than 1,600 deportation cases should be closed

    As part of the Obama administration’s ongoing efforts to shift its immigration policy to deporting dangerous illegal immigrants, last week DHS officials recommended canceling deportation proceedings against more than 1,600 illegal immigrants in Denver and Baltimore who were not deemed a threat

  • ICE union slows Obama’s deportation policy shift

    An internal disagreement within DHS is hampering the implementation of President Obama’s new immigration strategy which focuses primarily on deporting immigrants convicted of violent crimes

  • Missouri proposes tough Alabama-like immigration law

    Following in the footsteps of Alabama, lawmakers in Missouri are considering a bill that would require public schools to check the immigration status of children and for law enforcement officers to determine if an individual is legally in the United States

  • DHS IG critical of ICE deportation review process

    DHS Inspector General’s report on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (ICE) handling of the review process of 300,000 pending deportation cases offers ammunition to critics of the administration’s immigration policies

  • Texas unveils armed patrol boat

    The Texas Highway Patrol recently added a fully-armed patrol boat to help officers secure the Texas-Mexico border

  • Tough, controversial immigration laws go into effect around U.S.

    The beginning of the new year saw tough immigration laws go into effect in several states, including Alabama, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, and South Carolina. Most of the laws require employers to use E-Verify to check to employment eligibility of job applicants, and in some authorize law enforcement personnel to inquire about the immigration status of individuals stopped for conduct unrelated to immigration.

  • Giant weed complicates border security

    To add to the difficulties of patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border, an invasive species of giant weeds has infested rivers throughout the southwest, particularly the Rio Grande in Texas, providing dense cover for illegal activities

  • Volunteers and cash pour in for private border fence

    Donations and volunteers continue to pour in for a privately funded fence along the U.S.– Mexico border in Arizona, according to Republican state legislator Steve Smith

  • DHS to drawdown troops along U.S.-Mexico border

    Beginning in January the National Guard troops deployed along the U.S-Mexico border will begin heading home to their respective states as part of a broader shift in their mission; the 1,200 troops currently deployed will be reduced to 300, with the majority of them focusing on supporting border patrol efforts in the air rather than on the ground

  • CBP wasted $69 million in building border fence

    A recent government report reveals that DHS wasted $69 million by buying too much steel for a border fence project

  • Another foreign executive arrested in Alabama on immigration charges

    For the second time in recent weeks, Alabama law enforcement officials arrested a foreign car manufacturing executive under the state’s strict new immigration law

  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus moves against Alabama immigration law

    Representative Luis Gutierrez (D – Illinois) is stepping up his attacks against Alabama’s immigration law by seeking to enlist DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano; this week Gutierrez and other members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus met with Secretary Napolitano to request that top federal immigration officials make it clear that immigration enforcement is a federal matter and out of states’ jurisdiction

  • DHS will provide immigration data demanded by House Republicans

    The Obama administration has agreed to provide information requested by House Republicans regarding its Secure Communities program and the process it uses to determine which illegal immigrants should be deported