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Militia Groups Plan to Patrol Border

Several anti-government groups -- many of which participated in the standoff at Cliven Bundy's Nevada ranch -- are recruiting armed volunteers to travel to the Texas-Mexico border as a citizen militia to participate in "Operation Secure Our Border," which aims to stop the surge of immigrants into the country. The groups, which identify themselv... more

Mexico's Vigilantes Turn over 11 Detained Suspects

MEXICO CITY - Mexican farmers who took up arms against drug-gang violence and other crime in the mountains of southern Mexico have turned over to authorities 11 of 53 people that the vigilantes have put in improvised jails over the last month as suspected criminals. Bruno Placido, leader of the self-styled "self-defense" movement, described the... more

Lawmakers Demand Return of Vet Jailed in Mexico

Marine veteran John Hammar sits, chained, to a cot in a Mexican jail. Hammar is being held on a charge of bringing an illegal weapon into Mexico, even though he he had declared the rifle to authorities when he arrived at the border.

A group of 68 US lawmakers on Thursday demanded Mexico take all possible measures to ensure the safe return of a former US marine, jailed after crossing the border with an antique shotgun. Jon Hammar, 27, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, was arrested after entering Mexico on his way to Costa Rico for a surfing vacation. In Mexico,... more

American Embassy Workers Shot by Mexican Police

MEXICO CITY - Mexican authorities are trying to sort out why a U.S. Embassy vehicle was shot up by federal police on a rural back road in mountains south of the capital, leaving two U.S. government workers wounded. Officials from both nations said the federal officers were chasing criminals Friday morning when a hail of bullets was fired at the... more

Advanced Drug Tunnels Found on Border

TIJUANA, Mexico - Four drug smuggling tunnels equipped with lighting and ventilation - including one with a railcar system - have been discovered along the U.S.-Mexico border in less than a week, the latest signs that cartels are building sophisticated passages to escape heightened detection above ground. Three of the tunnels were incomplete, i... more

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