Most Drug Smugglers Arrested by Border Patrol are U.S. Citizens

SAN DIEGO — Immigration advocates say a new report showing the vast majority of people caught smuggling drugs into the country are U.S. citizens starkly contrasts with public perception.

The study by the Center for Investigative Reporting shows three out of four people caught with drugs by the U.S. Border Patrol are U.S. citizens. Looked at another way, four out of five drug busts by the agency involve at least one American.

“Immigrants are the scapegoats,” said Andrea

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Guerrero of Alliance San Diego, a group that focuses on border issues and immigration.

“The public perception is that drug runners are immigrants, but this report shows us very clearly that drug runners are American. American citizens,” she said.

Thousands of American citizens flagged for deportation since 2008, report says

A Secure Communities protest in L.A. (AP)


By Liz Goodwin | The Lookout

Thousands of  American citizens flagged for deportation since 2008 have been U.S. citizens, a new report says.

Secure Communities is a federal program that scours fingerprint logs from local jails for illegal immigrants to deport. A report from the Berkeley Law Center in California finds that 1.6 percent of Secure Communities apprehensions, in a random sample of arrests, were American citizens.

“If we extrapolate” that percentage to the more than 225,000 arrests or bookings into Immigration and Customs Enforcement from Secure Communities since 2008, “then we find that approximately 3,600 US citizens have been apprehended by ICE from the inception of the program through April 2011,” the authors write.

OUTLAW: My Life As an Undocumented Immigrant

by Jose Antonio Vargas for

This article was originally published in the New York Times Magazine.

One August morning nearly two decades ago, my mother woke me and put me in a cab. She handed me a jacket. “Baka malamig doon” were among the few words she said. (“It might be cold there.”) When I arrived at the Philippines’ Ninoy Aquino International Airport with her, my aunt and a family friend, I was introduced to a man I’d never seen. They told me he was my uncle. He held my hand as I boarded an airplane for the first time. It was 1993, and I was 12.

Rep. Cleaver: GOP Manufactures Black-Brown Tensions

by Julianne Hing

On Tuesday members of the Congressional Black Caucus led by Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver lambasted Republicans during a House Immigration Subcommittee hearing for trying to generate tension between black and immigrant communities in an effort to pass anti-immigrant bills that would serve neither community.

The committee’s newly appointed leaders—Reps. Elton Gallegly, Steve King and Lamar Smith, are longtime anti-immigration hardliners who gathered folks for a panel called “Making Immigration Work for American Minorities,” in which House members debated the impact that immigrants had on high unemployment and depressed wages in communities of color. Gallegly, King and Smith argued that immigrants drove down wages and were primarily responsible for the unemployment crisis in black communities.

“I am concerned by the majority’s attempt to manufacture tension between African-Americans and immigrant communities. It seems as though they would like for our communities to think about immigration in terms of ‘us versus them,’ and I reject that notion,” Cleaver said in his statement, the AP reported. Does Immigration Cost Jobs?


Do immigrants take American jobs? It’s a common refrain among those who want to tighten limits on legal immigration and deny a “path to citizenship” — which they call “amnesty” — to the millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. There’s even a new Reclaim American Jobs Caucus in the House, with at least 41 members.

But most economists and other experts say there’s little to support the claim. Study after study has shown that immigrants grow the economy, expanding demand for goods and services that the foreign-born workers and their families consume, and thereby creating jobs. There is even broad agreement among economists that while immigrants may push down wages for some, the overall effect is to increase average wages for American-born workers.


Arizona’s tough new law targeting illegal immigrants and the possibility of congressional action on immigration have brought a renewed focus to the issue. Among lawmakers and others who seek stricter immigration limits and stronger enforcement, we’ve noticed a common theme that may have particular resonance at a time when the unemployment rate remains stuck at close to 10 percent: that immigrants take American jobs. But most who have studied the topic say it’s not true. We’ll explain after we show you some of the arguments being made.