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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

When The Drug Cartels Are The Guys Down The Street

By Wuicho Vargas Violence, I must admit, is taking over the southernmost part of Texas. Here in the Rio Grande Valley we have grown accustomed to it. Sad, but true, we seem to have turned numb to the horrible escalating violence. But who can blame us? We are border towns that have been in touch

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Is The U.S. Military Deepening Its Operations In Mexico?

By Melissa del Bosque News Wednesday evening that U.S. military officials had arrived in Matamoros went viral over Twitter and other social media sites along the Mexican border and by Thursday morning Mexicans were talking of an...

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Immigrant Arrests At Border Drop To Lowest Level Since 1970s

The number of undocumented immigrants apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border in the past fiscal year dropped to the lowest it’s been since the 1970s. According to statistics from the Department of Homeland Security released in late November, the total number of...

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Why Cain’s Electrified Fence Is Not So Shocking

By Hector Balderas, New Mexico Senate Candidate -D An electrified fence. On the border. Designed to kill people. Along with “real guns with real bullets.” This is the immigration “plan” recently proposed by Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain. And...

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Violence Against Border Agents Declines, Despite War Rhetoric

By Melissa del Bosque Despite some politicians characterizing the U.S. side of the border as a war zone, statistics released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection show that assaults against CBP agents and officers decreased by 13...

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Is Like Republican Viagra

It shouldn’t have taken this long to figure out, but the angry anti-immigration rhetoric that’s been around since just after the arrival of the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria apparently has a biological origin. Researchers at Johns...

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Puro Border: The Story Of La Frontera From Many Angles

By Wuicho Vargas Puro Border, edited by Bobby Byrd, John William Byrd and Luis Humberto Crosthwaite. This book is an excellent source of all types of literary material and the theme that circumnavigates the book overall is border...

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Steven Seagal Hunting Immigrants In Texas

By Melissa del Bosque Last seen driving a SWAT team tank through a man’s home in Phoenix, which resulted in a dead puppy and a lawsuit, middle-aged action hero Steven Seagal, 59, is now bringing his one-man...

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Borderlands Bill Would Harm Endangered Species

By Elly Pepper The public lands surrounding our country’s borders contain wilderness areas, national wildlife refuges, national forests, national monuments, state parks, and hundreds of miles within the national park system.  These lands are also home to...

Monday, October 10th, 2011

The End Of Texas As We Know It

By Cindy Casares There’s no doubt the world is in a crazy place right now, and Texas is no exception. It seems we’re entering a whole new era in the history of the Lone Star State. Here...

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Immigration Reform Vs. Border Enforcement

By  Marc Rodriguez Regrettably, for many, human nature is a strong enough force to weaken individuals to the extent that they often concede and elect to “follow the path of least resistance.” And often, this phenomenon becomes prevalent...

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

The Drug War Spreads The Bloodbath South

By John Lindsay-Poland, otherwords.org In the grotesque wars that pit Mexican armed forces and drug cartels against each other and civilians who get in their way, the Zetas cartel plays a fearsome role. Born of U.S.-trained Mexican special...

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Texas Ag Comish Declares War On Border

By Melissa del Bosque Lately it seems that Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples would rather have the Texas Department of Agriculture become a wing of the U.S. Department of Defense than a Texas state agency. Not long ago,...

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

NewsTaco Weekly Roundup: Sept.24 – Oct. 2, 2011

There were a lot of stark contrasts this week on our weekly NewsTaco roundup. For example, while we featured a piece by Salomón Baldenegro about Arizona’s racist stance on ethnic studies, a Texas college implemented the first...

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