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2008-07-16 09:00:45

By Christopher Sherman Associated Press McALLEN, Texas -- The U.S.-Mexico border fence will make life harder on some South Texas farmers, damage valuable wildlife habitat, impair views and generally become an obstacle to border life, the Department of Homeland Security acknowledged in an environmental study of the fence's impact. For the people of the Rio Grande Valley, the federal government said in the recent study that there are serious trade-offs for 70 miles of fence segments that...

2008-07-15 12:01:00

By Aileen B. Flores, El Paso Times, Texas Jul. 14--With his hospital forced to take heightened security measures for the third time this year, Thomason Hospital CEO Jim Valenti on Saturday called on elected officials to stop the trend of people shot in Juarez seeking medical treatment at the county hospital. Valenti acted after a Mexican police officer with multiple gunshot wounds, apparently another victim of the ongoing drug war in Juarez, was taken Friday night by ambulance from...

2008-06-25 00:02:24

By Dave Montgomery WASHINGTON - The Bush administration's controversial fence along the Southwest border escaped a potentially devastating legal roadblock Monday as the Supreme Court rejected a constitutional challenge by environmental groups and more than a dozen members of Congress. Without comment, the justices refused to consider pleas that Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff had overstepped his constitutional authority by waiving laws and regulations in order to expedite...

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2008-02-25 12:25:00

Department of Homeland Security Secretary (DHS) Michael Chertoff announced Friday that a new "virtual fence" to help fight illegal border crossings along part of the U.S.-Mexico border is now ready for service.   Chertoff made the report at a briefing about the country's border-control efforts, at which authorities also announced higher fines for employers who hire illegal immigrants.  "What we are doing is using all of the tools at our disposal to get the maximum leverage for...

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2007-12-22 03:00:00

By JOHN K. WILEY OROVILLE, Wash. - Astride sturdy mustangs named "Okanogan" and "Spurs," U.S. Border Patrol agents Darrel Williams and Justin Hefker ride quietly along a ridgeline above the Similkameen River valley. The mustangs are among a dozen the Border Patrol's Spokane Sector has bought to patrol a 308-mile-long section of the U.S.-Canadian border from the crest of the Cascade Range in Washington state to the Continental Divide in Montana. "The reason we went with the horses was to...

2006-11-03 12:00:19

SAN ANTONIO - Texas has started broadcasting live images of the U.S. border on the Internet in a security program that asks the public to report signs of illegal immigration or drug crimes. A test Web site went live Thursday at texasborderwatch.com with views from eight cameras and ways for viewers to e-mail reports of suspicious activity. Previously, the images had only been available to law enforcement and landowners where the cameras are located. "There is only one way to test it, and...

2006-08-30 18:09:25

By Tim Gaynor PHOENIX (Reuters) - Increased security on the U.S.-Mexican border is turning human smuggling into a multi-billion dollar criminal industry and attracting violent gangs with ties to Mexican drug cartels, authorities say. The U.S. government has gradually tightened its grip on the porous Mexican border in response to heightened concerns over homeland security -- most recently ordering 6,000 National Guard troops to the border in May. Police and prosecutors in Arizona,...

2006-08-23 17:42:45

By Tim Gaynor TUCSON, Arizona (Reuters) - Elite U.S. Border Patrol units armed with assault rifles and stun grenades may be set to play a more prominent role as authorities gain greater control over the porous border with Mexico, border police say. Little known outside law enforcement circles, the Bortac tactical teams have been deployed to remote reaches of the border to hunt drug and human traffickers using out-of-the way routes since the 1980s. The Bortac members wear full...

2006-08-21 19:21:41

THREE POINTS, Arizona (Reuters) - Illegal immigrants and drug traffickers are using dilapidated bicycles to make a swift, night-time dash over the desert to Arizona from Mexico, border police say. Border Patrol agents in the desert state are finding dozens of the bikes dumped at hamlets such as Three Points, southwest of Tucson, which are used as staging areas by smugglers ferrying marijuana and immigrants on to cities inland. "The illegals use bicycles, either riding them on ranch...

2006-08-18 10:29:03

By Tim Gaynor ALI JEGK, Arizona (Reuters) - Members of a traditional Indian nation spanning the Arizona-Mexico border are divided over plans to erect a fence to stop drug and human traffickers driving over the desert from Mexico. The U.S. Border Patrol is to start building a 75-mile (120-km) vehicle barrier across the Tohono O'odham nation lands abutting Mexico's Sonora state as early as next month, as part of a move to gain greater control over the porous border Tribal authorities...


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Gulf of Mexico
2013-04-18 13:40:55

The Gulf of Mexico is an ocean basin that is largely surrounded by the continent North America and the island of Cuba. It’s bordered on the northeast, north, and northwest by the Gulf Coast of the United States, towards the southwest and south by Mexico, and towards the southeast by Cuba. It’s often referred to as the “Third Coast” in Texas and Louisiana, in comparison with the U.S. Pacific and Atlantic Coasts. The shape of its basin is more or less, an oval and is about 1,500...

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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
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