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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.

Designation Targets Latin American Gang Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13)

Video by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement

CBP Predator-B Unmanned Aircraft Tracks Drugs Smugglers

Video by U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Operation SOAR

Video by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

US Court Clears Way for Immigration Checks

A U.S. federal judge has cleared the way for the border state of Arizona to begin enforcing a controversial part of a state law that requires police to check the immigration status of people stopped during the investigation of other crimes.

The ruling requires authorities to question those suspected of being in the country illegally.

The requirement is the centerpiece of a contentious piece of immigration legislation at the center of a two-year legal battle that ended in June with the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the key provision. Several other parts of the law were rejected.

Operation Frozen Timber

Video by Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Red Tidings San Francisco Gang Operation

Video by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement


Video by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

Vipers' support U.S. border patrol in Arizona

More than 100 Soldiers assigned to the 103rd Engineer Company "Vipers", 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, based at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. are currently on a 30-day deployment in support of the U.S. Border Patrol's Southwest border infrastructure improvement and construction program along the U.S./Mexico border in Arizona.

Tranquil Arizona-Mexico Border Masks Nogales' Economic Woes

As the U.S. Supreme Court takes up Arizona's controversial immigration enforcement law, the violent drug war in Mexico continues, with the death toll over the past six years exceeding 50,000. Supporters of the Arizona law often talk about violence spilling over the border, but there has been very little impact on the U.S. side, where trade and tourism continue in spite of all the bad press. The biggest complaints there have to do with the economy.

A view of tranquility

People who live on the hillside in Nogales, Arizona look out on Mexico every day, and all looks tranquil.

CBP UAS Ultralight footage

Video by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol