U.S. judge in Texas sentences two Mexican cartel members to life in prison

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Yahoo News — AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A federal judge in Texas on Thursday sentenced two members of the Los Zetas Mexican criminal cartel to life in prison for smuggling thousands of kilograms of marijuana and hundreds of assault rifles across the border, prosecutors said. Emilio Villalobos-Alcala, 29, and Jose Eluid Lugo-Lopez, 27, were convicted […]

Border Patrol union leader: ‘We’re in the middle of political football’

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The Daily Signal — A union leader for U.S. Border Patrol agents spoke out today to voice concern about the political haggling over funding for the Department of Homeland Security. Shawn Moran, vice president for the National Border Patrol Council, says the congressional showdown over President Obama’s executive actions and Homeland Security funding shows that “those […]

Obama to ask Congress for $1 billion for Central America

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The Hill — President Obama will ask Congress in his 2016 budget to approve $1 billion to help Central American countries in the wake of last summer’s surge of unaccompanied children entering the United States illegally. In an op-ed published in The New York Times Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden said the “security and prosperity of Central America are inextricably […]

2015 border surge likely, data shows

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The Daily Caller — The flow of Central American migrant families across the Texas border is continuing at almost the same level as a year ago, according to newly released federal data. In the last three months of 2014, 7,468 Central American migrants crossed in family units, down only 12 percent from the 8,511 migrants who […]

House GOP leaders cancel vote on border security bill amid complaints

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FOX News — House Republican leaders on Monday sidelined a controversial border security bill amid widespread disagreement among GOP lawmakers, making it the latest piece of legislation caught in an internal battle in the caucus. Chamber leaders blamed the decision to cancel the vote, which had been set for Wednesday, on the massive snowstorm hitting the […]

Border patrol aircraft possibly unsafe, despite rising maintenance costs

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The Washington Examiner — Poor management of its aircraft fleet’s maintenance added $118 million in unnecessary spending by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and may have endangered some of its pilots. “Since 2009, the number of CBP aircraft maintained, annual flight hours and the average age of CBP’s aircraft fleet decreased,” the Department of Homeland […]