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U.S. Senate approves tax credits for companies that hire veterans

By | 11.11.11 | 11:27 am | More from The Iowa Independent

In a rare bipartisan effort, members of the U.S. Senate voted Thursday, before returning to their districts to attend Veterans Day ceremonies, to approve a portion of Obama’s American Jobs Act that provides tax breaks to companies that hire veterans.

What Does ‘Secure the Border’ Actually Mean?

By | 10.14.10 | 3:47 pm

Alan Bersin, the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, was asked a good question during a talk this afternoon hosted by the Migration Policy Insitute: Securing the border is his job, but what exactly does he consider a secure border?

It’s an interesting question, particularly given the debate over More…

Will National Guard Troops at the Border Make a Difference?

By | 10.08.10 | 5:32 pm

There are 1,200 National Guard troops on the U.S.-Mexico border, working as extra “eyes and ears” for Border Patrol agents to watch for trafficking and illegal border crossing. But as the Associated Press points out in its story today on the troop deployment, many question whether they will More…

How Many Agents Do We Need to Secure the Border?

By | 09.23.10 | 8:44 am

Politico has a story today summing up the debate over how many National Guard troops should be sent to the U.S.-Mexico border. The Obama administration claims has already sent additional troops to guard the border, but Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has pushed for more, inserting a More…

National Guard Troops Deployed to the California Border

By | 08.19.10 | 10:49 am

California deployed 224 National Guard troops along its border with Mexico Wednesday, the first of the 1,200 troops Obama ordered to the southern border to amp up security measures.

The Week in Immigration News

By | 07.16.10 | 5:10 pm

A roundup of the top immigration stories of the week:

- Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law had its first day in court Thursday, when a judge heard a challenge of the law from a Phoenix police officer but issued no ruling. District Court Judge Susan Bolton will hear More…

Oil Spill as Stimulus

By | 06.15.10 | 10:39 am

The Wall Street Journal reports on a J.P. Morgan Chase analysis showing that the oil spill choking off fishing and tourism dollars to the Gulf might actually raise GDP a smidge.

Underlining that gross domestic product measures are often not a good guide to an economy’s well being, the


Obama’s Troop Deployment to Border Draws Rebuke From Both Sides

By | 05.25.10 | 6:10 pm

President Obama’s decision today to deploy 1,200 National Guard troops to beef up security on the U.S.-Mexico border, at a cost of $500 million, has fallen short of a GOP embrace and at the same time alienated some of his progressive allies.

Obama’s move — seemingly an overture More…

Army Data Shows Constraints on Troop Increase Potential

By | 11.18.09 | 6:00 am

If President Obama orders an additional 30,000 to 40,000 troops to Afghanistan, he will be deploying practically every available U.S. Army brigade to war, leaving few units in reserve in case of an unforeseen emergency and further stressing a force that has seen repeated combat deployments since 2002.

According to More…

White House Announces ‘Comprehensive Response’ to U.S.-Mexico Border Violence — But No National Guard

By | 03.24.09 | 10:50 am

Responding to growing alarm about drug-related violence along the U.S.-Mexico border, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg and Deputy Attorney General David Ogden today will lay out how the administration’s “comprehensive response” to the problem.

Recent congressional hearings have called attention to a growing More…