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A Congressman Uncovers Two Studies Showing the Impacts of Illegal Immigration, Smugglingnew

The federal government's border fence has been called the Tortilla Curtain. But in the swamp of border politics, there's a more effective barrier at play, one that filters ideas rather than people. It explains why most Americans still don't fully understand the disaster on our southern border.
Tucson Weekly  |  Leo W. Banks  |  12-10-2009  |  Immigration

One Border Coyote and His Accomplice Have Been Captured and Released 35 Timesnew

The story the Popes tell opens a window on the world of alien- and drug-smuggling, and the criminals who operate within it. It also shines a light on a system that fails citizens in multiple ways, the most maddening being the number of times these crooks are set free to strike again.
Tucson Weekly  |  Leo W. Banks  |  09-16-2009  |  Immigration

Border-Area Rapes Challenge a Stumbling Systemnew

According to immigrant-advocacy groups, nearly all women and female children smuggled north face some degree of sexual abuse, including rape. It is now considered "the price of admission." And since these horrid crimes occur in a murky milieu, law-enforcement officials consider them among the toughest to pursue.
Tucson Weekly  |  Tim Vanderpool  |  06-11-2008  |  Immigration

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