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April 29th, 2009
12:54 PM ET

Swine Flu outbreak underscores necessity of border security

Colin Hanna
Let Freedom Ring, President

The swine influenza outbreak provides a fresh rationale for why we must recommit ourselves as a nation to genuine border security, especially along our southern border.

The World Health Organization is now warning that the current swine flu outbreak has “pandemic potential,” and that the illness constitutes a “public health emergency of international concern.” The disease is suspected in the deaths of 149 people in Mexico and dozens of serious illnesses across the United States and around the globe.

With the World Health Organization raising its pandemic alert level, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recently announced that it is recommending no nonessential travel to Mexico. Despite these warnings, the wide-open U.S.-Mexico border continues to pose a great public health risk to Americans.

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Filed under: Border fence • Immigration • Mexico • Public Health
March 24th, 2009
04:28 PM ET

Border plants to be killed to reveal smugglers

Editor’s note: Tune in to our special coverage on Wednesday as Anderson reports live from Mexico on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

Houston Chronicle
Dane Schiller

The U.S. Border Patrol plans to poison the plant life along a 1.1-mile stretch of the Rio Grande riverbank as soon as Wednesday to get rid of the hiding places used by smugglers, robbers and illegal immigrants.

If successful, the $2.1 million pilot project could later be duplicated along as many as 130 miles of river in the patrol’s Laredo Sector, as well as other parts of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Although Border Patrol and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials say the chemical is safe for animals, detractors say the experiment is reminiscent of the Vietnam War-era Agent Orange chemical program and raises questions about long-term effects.

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Filed under: 360º Follow • Border fence • Mexico
March 24th, 2009
01:48 PM ET

Obama to beef up Mexico border policy

Editor’s note: Tune in to our special coverage on Wednesday as Anderson reports live from Mexico on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

CNN

The Obama administration announced a major increase in security funding and the deployment of U.S.-Mexico border agents Tuesday as part of a comprehensive new plan to beef up resources at the Mexican border.

The plan commits $700 million to bolster Mexican law enforcement and crime prevention efforts. The funds will provide, among other things, five new helicopters to increase mobility for the Mexican army and air force as well as new surveillance aircraft for the Mexican navy.

The initiative is designed to help with Mexico's accelerating war against violent drug cartels.

The plan, developed by the departments of Justice and Homeland Security, calls for doubling the number of border security task force teams as well as moving a significant number of other federal agents, equipment and resources to the border.

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Filed under: 360º Follow • Border fence • Global 360° • Mexico
February 19th, 2009
02:57 PM ET

Border drug war is too close for comfort

Scott Kraft
Los Angeles Times

The day began gently here on the U.S.-Mexico border. The cold, starry sky gave way to the orange smile of a sunrise.

Over at the Pancho Villa Cafe, short-order cook Maria Gutierrez whipped up her egg and chopped tortilla special. Down the street, Martha Skinner, still in her housecoat, brewed a pot of coffee for guests at her bed and breakfast. Her husband, the local judge, walked two blocks to his courtroom to hear the week's entire caseload: one pet owner cited for keeping her dog chained up, another for allowing her dog off-leash.

Columbus, a settlement of 1,800 people clinging to a wind-swept patch of high desert in southern New Mexico, was a picture of tranquillity.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Border fence
May 8th, 2008
10:53 AM ET

The U.S. Jaguar: Threatened by the Mexico border-fence?

Rancher Glenn calls the jaguar a 'beautiful, magnificent cat' that must be saved for future generations.

Rancher Glenn calls the jaguar a 'beautiful, magnificent cat' that must be saved for future generations.


Rusty Dornin
CNN Correspondent

When most people think of jaguars they think of the jungles of Central and South America, not the remote desert ranges between the United States and Mexico. When I heard jaguars were coming north across the border and that some there believe the border fence might stop that, I was intrigued.

It was a 20 mile drive on a dirt road south of Douglas, Arizona to reach Warner Glenn's ranch. At six foot six, with his tanned face and steely blue eyes, Glenn may be close to seventy years old, but he is every inch the American cowboy. With Glenn and his daughter Kelly, we saddled up mules and rode up steep canyons to nearly 6 thousand feet. We could see more than 50 miles in every direction, as Glenn pointed out the craggy outcropping where he took the very first picture of a live jaguar in the United States in 1996.

Despite the fact jaguars might prey on his cattle, Glenn’s passionate in his belief that this elusive cat should be allowed to roam back and forth across the border. “I’d be willing to donate a few calves to this animal, says Glenn, ‘it’s a beautiful magnificent cat and I would had to see us do anything that could cause the survival of the cat to go backwards”.
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