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2006-06-08 15:24:52

By Tim Gaynor EL PASO, Texas (Reuters) - While the first U.S. National Guard troops are finding their feet in a new role on the Mexico border this week, one discreet military unit has aided police there and on the Canadian frontier for years. Last month President George W. Bush ordered 6,000 troops to help Border Patrol agents secure the porous frontier, and the first few soldiers arrived in Arizona earlier this week. The deployment has upset many in Mexico who say they are unhappy...

2006-06-07 14:33:02

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A group of stranded illegal immigrants facing death in the parched Arizona desert saved themselves by using a cell phone to call rescue services, the U.S. Border Patrol said. The group of eight Mexicans got lost in the desert southeast of Tacna, Arizona, and called for help early on Wednesday after their guides abandoned them during a two-day trek across the border from Mexico. Disoriented and without food or water, they used a cell phone to dial 911....

2006-06-06 18:00:00

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano vetoed a $160 million legislative package on Tuesday that would have made illegal immigration a state crime, saying it was unconstitutional and "offers no constructive new ideas." As expected, the Democratic governor opposed an anti-immigration bill that would have been one of the toughest in the nation, increasing money for border enforcement and making it a felony to be an illegal immigrant in Arizona. Napolitano, who is...

2006-06-06 15:10:14

By Matt Spetalnick and Steve Holland ARTESIA, New Mexico (Reuters) - President George W. Bush, hoping to sway conservatives skeptical of his proposed U.S. immigration overhaul, stressed his commitment to tougher border controls on Tuesday in a swing through New Mexico and Texas. Taking his immigration case to the front lines, Bush sought to shift the focus away from right-wing complaints that his push for a guest-worker program as part of a broad reform package adds up to amnesty for...

2006-05-23 14:36:17

By Frank Jack Daniel TUCSON, Arizona (Reuters) - So many illegal immigrants die of desert heat on the U.S.-Mexico border that an Arizona morgue has had to buy a refrigerated trailer to store its bodies, and it is building room for more. As temperatures begin to soar toward 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius), Bruce Parks, the head of the medical examiner's office in Tucson, worries that tighter security on the border may mean a gruesome toll this summer. The U.S. Senate on Monday...

2006-05-21 12:14:19

By Tim Gaynor NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (Reuters) - Non-Mexican Hispanics entering the United States illegally are studying up on Mexican history and geography, even learning to whistle the national anthem, to beat U.S. plans to fly them home. As part of a proposal to overhaul immigration laws and tighten border security, President Bush pledged last week to increase deportations of illegal immigrants from countries other than Mexico caught crossing the U.S. border. Mexicans, who make up...

2006-05-15 19:05:44

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush unveiled plans on Monday to deploy up to 6,000 National Guard troops on the U.S.-Mexico border to bolster efforts to stem the flow of illegal immigrants. In a rare nationally televised speech that underlined the political stakes, Bush denied he was "militarizing" the border but said he wanted to use the troops to back up the Border Patrol while he added 6,000 officers over the next two years. Bush was trying to placate conservatives demanding...

2006-04-06 14:02:41

By Jason Szep ESTCOURT, Maine (Reuters) - Edmond Levesque has a simple way of crossing the U.S.-Canada border -- he leans over his kitchen table and picks up a butter dish. The international boundary cuts through Levesque's kitchen and even slices through a bed upstairs where the 87-year-old French Canadian and his wife Germaine sleep with their heads in Quebec and feet in Maine. Levesque's faded blue clapboard home, straddling two nations, illustrates the challenges the White House...

2006-04-04 18:07:03

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico said on Tuesday it had extended a joint crackdown with the United States on immigrant traffickers, in keeping with a pledge on security made at a North American summit last week. The joint program, which includes intelligence sharing, coordinated patrols and information campaigns for would-be undocumented migrants, now will include the U.S. border states of New Mexico and Texas and Mexico's Chihuahua state. The patrols began last August in Mexico's Baja...

2006-03-29 08:07:30

By Tim Gaynor TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - Hurling himself over a steel fence into the no-man's-land between Mexico and California, an undocumented migrant sprints across a narrow strip lit by harsh arc lights and watched over by video cameras on tall posts. Before he can shin up a second barrier of tall concrete pillars topped with seismic sensors and a layer of steel mesh more than an arm's-length wide, U.S. Border Patrol agents close in fast and arrest him . That scene is repeated...


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