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USA Today Column: Tough Immigration Rules Backfire, Keeping Migrants Inside US or Locking Them Out

Alex Nowrasteh
USA Today

President Obama’s recent request for billions of dollars to address the surge in unaccompanied children across the U.S.-Mexico border has ignited fierce criticism. Republicans such as Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas blame Obama’s supposedly lax enforcement policies. Democrats blame the surge on a humanitarian crisis in Central America.

While both narratives bear some truth, both miss how our immigration restrictions and border enforcement have created the current mess.

Migration from Central America and Mexico used to be circular. Migrants would come for a season or a few years to work, move back home, then return to the USA when there was more work. This reigned from the 1920s to 1986, when Congress passed the more restrictive Immigration Reform and Control Act. Before 1986, when circular migration was in effect, 60% of unauthorized immigrants on their first trip here would eventually settle back in their home countries rather than in the United States, and 80% of undocumented immigrants who came back on a second trip eventually returned home.

Since 1986, the rate of return for first-time border crossers has fallen to almost zero. The return rate of second-time crossers has fallen to a mere 30%. What happened? In the mid-1980s, the government began spending massive resources to stop unauthorized immigrants from coming in the first place. By trying to keep them out, increases in border security locked them in.

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Relief Coming for Central American Immigrants After Protesters Disperse

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A day after three busloads of immigrant families were blocked and told to “Go home!” by American flag-waving protesters, the Murrieta Border Patrol Station has quieted down, the Press Enterprise reports.

The original protesters were eventually outnumbered by throngs of people showing up to defend the Central American immigrants who are traveling to California because of overcrowded conditions in Texas.

Despite successfully blocking the first three busloads, immigrants are now arriving to the processing facility unimpeded, Press Enterprise reports.

A pro-immigration protester said the immigrants who are forced back to Central America often face deadly consequences.

“When they get sent back, what happens? They die,” Anita Velasquez, 23, of Murrieta, said. “Gangs up there are really, really bad.”

Border Patrol Reports Alarming Number of Sex Offenders Apprehended in South Texas

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An alarming number of immigrants who are sex offenders are captured in South Texas.

Since October 2013, Border Patrol has apprehended nearly 180 immigrants who have prior convictions for sex offenses, KZTV Action 10 reports.

A majority of the offenders sexually assaulted children in the U.S.

Just this weekend, Border Patrol arrested three people with warrants related to sex crimes in Forth Worth, Virginia and Austin.

They are awaiting extradition.

Mexico Comes Clean: Our Soldiers Were in Standoff with U.S. Border Patrol

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

After blanket denials, Mexican officials are admitting that two Mexican soldiers – not smugglers – were in a standoff with Border Patrol agents in January, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Mexico had denied soldiers were involved but finally came clean about the Jan. 26 confrontation.

The soldiers claimed they were looking for drug smugglers.

But some question whether they were really helping drug cartels.

U.S. Official: Mexico Should Extradite Suspected Drug Kingpin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, one of the world’s most notorious drug lords, should be charged in the U.S. so he is never released from prison, the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security said Sunday.

The Associated Press reports that Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, wants Mexico to extradite Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, who was arrested Saturday at a beach resort in Mazatlan, Mexico.

But McCaul realizes that is Mexico’s call to make.

Guzman escaped from a Mexican prison in 2001.

McCaul said the U.S. would put Guzman “in a super-max prison.”

 

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BUSTED! Drug Lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Captured in Mexican Resort Town

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Busted.

It took a while, but Mexican and U.S. authorities on Saturday, as part of a joint effort, captured Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the boss of one of Mexico’s most powerful drug trafficking operations in Mexico, CNN reported.

CNN reported that Mexican marines in a joint operation with the DEA captured Guzman at a hotel in the beach resort of of Mazatlán. He was with a female.

CNN reported that Phil Jordan, who spent three decades with the DEA and headed the agency’s El Paso Intelligence Center, said the arrest represents a huge blow to the world’s most powerful drug boss.

“It is a significant arrest provided he gets extradited immediately to the United States,” Jordan told CNN. “If he does not get extradited, then he will be allowed to escape within a period of time.”

He had escaped from a Mexican prison in 2001.

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Mexican Man Gets 30 Years in Murder of Border Agent Brian Terry

Brian Terry

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Some justice was delivered in a sorry chapter in law enforcement involving the murder of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry on Dec. 14, 2010.

Manuel Osorio-Arellanes of Mexico was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Tucson to 30 years in prison for the killing of Terry, whose death was linked to ATF’s botched and embarrassing gun-smuggling investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious, according to KGUN8 TV in Arizona. Two guns from the operation were found at the scene of the killing.

The  station reported that  Manuel Osorio-Arellanes — who pleaded guilty in the killing — along with four other Mexican men crossed into the  U.S. to rob marijuana smugglers  and got into a gun fight with Terry and three other agents.

The Associated Press reported that Osorio-Arellanes was wounded in the shootout at the scene and arrested. The wire service reported that the remaining crew escaped to Mexico. Two of the four are in custody in Mexico and two others are still on the run.

 

Secret Services Investigates Potential Link Between Target Breach, Border Arrests

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service is investigating a potential link between the recent hacking of consumer data from Target and the arrest of two Mexicans over the weekend, Reuters reports.

The Mexicans were found with a cache of fraudulent credit cards.

Target said the breach ended in the theft of 40 million credit and debit card records, Reuters reported.

“The U.S. Secret Service continues to work closely with affected parties and law enforcement to investigate the Target breach. In regards to the arrest announced yesterday, the Secret Service is working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and McAllen Police Department to determine if there is any connection,” Donovan said in an email.