NEWS & ANALYSIS

Mexican Gun Battle Caught on Film

A firefight between Mexican soldiers and drug cartel members that broke out in the border town of Reynosa on Tuesday was caught on film by Mexican broadcaster Mexicanal.

Mexico Will Not Fail, Embassy Official Says

Despite American concerns to the contrary, Mexico will not become a failed state as the government battles drug trafficking organizations, said a Mexican embassy official today.

Napolitano Outlines Broad Homeland Security Agenda

Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano outlined the Department of Homeland Security's broad agenda yesterday during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs.

Mexican Army Sends 2,000 Troops to Violent Juarez

As violence spirals out of control in the Mexican border town of Cuidad Juarez, the Mexican government sent 2,000 rested troops there Monday as the murder toll this year surpassed 35, according to yesterday's El Paso Times.

Obama Taps Napolitano for Homeland Security Secretary

As a border-state governor in Arizona, Janet Napolitano has staked out a tough but nuanced position on border security and immigration enforcement.

Government Search and Seizure Powers Have Gradually Expanded Since 9-11

The Washington Post reports that border agents, according to internal policies, used to need probable cause to search, seize, detain, and copy materials carried by travelers.

CBP Officers Seized More Than $1.3 Million in Drugs Last Week

Twelve people at two California ports of entry were arrested for alleged drug smuggling over a three-day period last week while CBP officers in Kentucky found a bag of heroin inside a woman's suit shipped from India.

Chertoff Says Laptop Border Searches Based on Suspicion

Senator Russ Feingold charges that DHS' published policy on laptop searches states the exact opposite and says Chertoff's comments as "misleading" and "flat-out wrong."

Immigration Status Checks Required for All Federal Contractors

President Bush has signed an executive order mandating all federal contractors electronically verify that their employees are legally allowed to work in the United States.

DHS Scraps — or Replaces — Virtual Fence Prototype

The government is taking down 28 miles of prototype “virtual” fence on the U.S.-Mexico border amid technological problems. Officials say it’s an upgrade, not abandonment.
 




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