Australia plans to buy for drones to patrol borders: report

Feb 15, 2014

Australia plans to buy for drones to patrol borders: report

Australia plans to buy seven giant unmanned drones for 3 billion Australian dollars ($2.7 billion), potentially to help patrol its borders, a report said Saturday. The unmanned aircraft, with the wingspan of a 737 passenger jet, would primarily be used by the military for ...

Feb 14, 2014

Swiss voters send EU a message on immigration

by William Pfaff

Conventional debate in Europe has interpreted increased anti-immigrant sentiment as the result of xenophobia, racism and a new sympathy for the authoritarian far right. Analysis does not bear this out in the case of Switzerland and its narrow majority vote against "massive immigration."

With vote to curb immigration, Swiss roil Europe

Feb 11, 2014

With vote to curb immigration, Swiss roil Europe

The choice by Swiss voters to impose new curbs on immigration is sending shock waves through the European Union. The bloc’s leaders warn it violates the “sacred principle” of freedom of movement and politicians worry about its impact on other anti-immigration pushes. Here’s a ...

U.S. eases immigration rules for refugees

Feb 10, 2014

U.S. eases immigration rules for refugees

The Obama administration has eased the rules for would-be asylum seekers, refugees and others who hope to come to or stay in the United States and who gave “limited” support to terrorists or terrorist groups. The change is one of President Barack Obama’s first ...

U.S. immigration reform may hike the cost of citizenship

Feb 3, 2014

U.S. immigration reform may hike the cost of citizenship

Hilda Vasquez squirreled away the money for her U.S. citizenship application by selling batches of homemade tamales at South Texas offices. Carmen Zalazar picked up extra babysitting jobs at night after caring for kids all day in Houston. The women scrimped and saved for ...

Republicans debate next move on immigration

Jan 31, 2014

Republicans debate next move on immigration

Republicans in the House of Representatives wrestled with the outlines of immigration legislation on Thursday, sharply divided over both the contentious issue and the political wisdom of acting on it in an election year. At a three-day retreat, Republican leaders circulated an outline that ...