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State to add 4,000 cameras along the Texas-Mexico border

 Some of the 4,000 surveillance cameras that will be installed along the Texas-Mexico border will be in El Paso, state officials announced earlier this week.

The cameras will be installed along more than 800 miles of border from El Paso to Brownsville.

DPS spokesman Tom Vinger said he would not discuss the location nor how many cameras would be placed in the El Paso area. Read more >

Bill de Blasio Will Go to Washington to Fight for Immigration Reform

Mayor Bill de Blasio will rally a coalition of mayors nationwide to fight for immigration reform in Washington, bringing the Democratic leaders to Capitol Hill this February.

Mr. de Blasio, speaking with a handful of mayors at his back following an immigration summit at Gracie Mansion today, said he would lead a “coalition of the willing” to support President Barack Obama’s immigration executive order and try to sway lawmakers, many of them Republicans, to support more comprehensive immigration reform like a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented. Read more >

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U.S. to Continue Racial, Ethnic Profiling in Border Policy

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will soon issue new rules curtailing the use of profiling, but federal agents will still be allowed to consider race and ethnicity when stopping people at airports, border crossings and immigration checkpoints, according to several government officials. Read more >

Deadly Divide: Migrant Death on the Border

Over 6,000 migrant deaths were recorded on the U.S. side of the border with Mexico between 1998 and 2013. The true number of deaths is likely higher, and thousands of families never hear from their loved ones again. Read more >

NNIRR Commentary - Obama’s Executive Action Is a Historic Step – But We Need Fairness and Justice for All

Stop Detentions and Deportations, Roll Back Militarization of the Border Read more >

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President Obama to announce executive action on immigration Thursday

President Obama said in a video that he will lay out his proposal to overhaul the nation's immigration system Thursday and will travel to Las Vegas on the heels of that announcement to rally Read more >

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Obama’s Immigration Plan Could Grant Papers to Millions, at Least for Now

Changes to the immigration enforcement system that President Obama is expected to announce as early as this week could offer legal documents to as many Read more >

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Obama's Expected Immigration Order: How Many Would Be Affected?

Millions of unauthorized immigrants could receive relief from deportation under an executive order that President Obama will announce as early as next week, according to news reports. The order is expected to affect immigrants who have already been living in the country for a long period of time and is aimed at families in which some members are U.S. citizens and others are not. Read more >

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A family outing, then a deadly Border Patrol shooting

It was a family barbecue in a park on the Rio Grande, a belated birthday party for Guillermo Arevalo Pedraza's wife, Nora, and their two daughters, Mariana and Priscila, ages 9 and 10.

Arevalo and his buddy, Josue Gonzalez, were lighting the coals and the girls were playing by the water's edge when they heard the deafening roar of a Border Patrol airboat.

They watched it turn in the fast current and pull beside a man in the river. An agitated crowd soon gathered on the Mexican shore and began shouting at the two agents to let him be. Read more >

Globalization and NAFTA Cause Migration from Mexico

When NAFTA was passed two decades ago, its boosters promised it would bring “First World” status for the Mexican people. Instead, it prompted a great migration north.

**This article appears in PRA’s Fall, 2014 issue of The Public Eye magazine, a special edition on neoliberalism and the Right** Read more >