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WHAT DO SKI INSTRUCTORS HAVE TO DO WITH BORDER SECURITY?

Provision in Massive Bill Raises Questions
By Harold Hutchison

The Senate’s “Gang of Eight” introduced their immigration reform bill – which weighed in at 844 pages – three weeks ago. Six days ago, a substitute was introduced, and it came in even longer, totaling 867 pages. But what is in the bill may surprise a lot of people.

FIVE KILLED IN BORDER CHASE

17 Injured When Van Crashes
By Harold Hutchison

Five people were killed when a van carrying 22 people crashed, ending a vehicle chase being carried out by United States Customs and Border Patrol. The crash occurred in Arizona, a state where illegal immigration has become a controversial issue.

In addition to the fatalities, the other 17 people were injured when the van rolled over. Of the five people killed, one was from Mexico, four were from Guatemala. One of those killed was a young boy. Seven of the injured were transported via helicopter.

DEATH OF A TEXAS PROSECUTOR

D.A. May Have Been Killed by Mexican Cartels
By Harold Hutchison

A Texas prosecutor who was gunned down at home with his wife may have been the intended target of the attack, the mayor of Forney, Texas, said. Mike McLelland was found Saturday.

Darren Rovell told the Associated Press that the attack is seen as a double-shock to the community, which was reeling from the 31 January death of Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse.

OBAMA LETS `EM LOOSE

Illegal Immigrants Set Loose Due to Sequester
By Harold Hutchison

Illegal immigrants were turned loose by the Obama Administration ahead of the looming sequester.

"Over the last week, ICE has reviewed several hundred cases and placed these individuals on methods of supervision less costly than detention,” ICE spokesperson Gillian Christensen said. “All of these individuals remain in removal proceedings. Priority for detention remains on serious criminal offenders and other individuals who pose a significant threat to public safety.”

Operation Dark Night

Video by Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Otay Mesa Drug Tunnel One

Video by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Crack 99

Immigration Enforcement Top Crime Priority for US

A new report casts immigration enforcement as the U.S. government's top anti-crime priority, marked by a two-decade shift in funding that has put more staff, equipment and screening capabilities to work protecting the country's borders.

The report by the non-partisan Migration Policy Institute, based in Washington, comes amid recent reforms by the White House easing policies for some illegal immigrants and criticism by Republican lawmakers who want a greater focus on enforcement efforts.

Operation BEAR

Video by Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Coast Guard nabs $1 million in cocaine off Galveston

Coast Guard personnel were joined by other federal agencies Christmas Eve to remove more than 85 pounds of cocaine from a ship off the Galveston coast.

The crew of the 900-foot oil tanker Godavari Spirit notified Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston that they located a suspicious package hidden aboard their ship and suspected it to contain narcotics.

Coast Guard finds 5 miles of illegal gill net filled with shark

A Coast Guard crew found an illegal gill net with hundreds of dead sharks Monday, four miles off the Texas coast.

The crew of a Coast Guard Station South Padre Island response boat spotted the gill net approximately 17 miles north of the U.S – Mexican maritime border. The gill net was five miles long and was loaded with 345 dead sharks.

The species of shark seized included 225 black tip, 109 bonnet, and 11 bull sharks.

Immigration Reform Finds New Enthusiasm in US Congress

After an election in which Hispanic voters overwhelmingly supported President Barack Obama and Democratic candidates, Republican and Democratic lawmakers are presenting new proposals on reforming U.S. immigration laws.

Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, a group of Democratic, Hispanic lawmakers from the Senate and House of Representatives, held a news conference Wednesday to lay out their fundamental principles for comprehensive immigration reform.

Operation Fashion Faux Pas

Video by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Some Illegal Immigrants Allowed to Stay Under Obama Order

President Obama's executive order to temporarily halt deportation of some undocumented immigrants has provided hope to them, but it also has put many families and friends on opposite sides of a divide.

Monica Sibri and Yohan Garcia are friends. Garcia came to the United States when he was 15, Sibri when she was 16. He is eligible to remain in the country for now; she is not.

President Obama this year drew a line. Immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally at age 15 or younger are eligible to stay for at least two years.

US Imposes Penalties on MS-13 Gang

The U.S. government has stepped up its crackdown on Mara Salvatrucha, a violent gang with roots in El Salvador that has been increasing its presence in the United States.

The Treasury Department announced Thursday it had branded the group as a transnational criminal organization, a designation that allows the government to block any assets the gang has in the United States and prohibit U.S. citizens from conducting business with the group.