Border FenceIn 1846, in the aftermath of the U.S. annexation of Texas, Mexican forces attacked Americans at Fort Brown, Texas, at the Rio Grande River — in part over a border dispute. Later, the city of Brownsville, named after Major Jacob Brown, grew around the fort and presided over much of Texas’ rich and colorful history. Contributing to that history is the beautiful Rio Grande River, which is also the international border between the United States and Mexico. Nowadays, the city finds itself in the uneasy position of, once again, defining that border. Parts of the city and the lush farmlands around it (known in Texas as “the Valley”) are now severed by an ugly 18-foot iron fence that has forever altered peaceful Valley life and stands as a harbinger of uncertainty and discord as border tensions escalate. The New American traveled to Brownsville to investigate the fence and its unintended consequences.

President Obama signed his 86th executive order (13575) on June 9, which established the White House Rural Council (WHRC). According to The Blaze, the Executive Order seems to be in line with the United Nations radical Agenda 21, as it is designed “to begin taking control over almost all aspects of the lives of 16 percent of the American people.”

Last Friday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (left) addressed the liberal American Constitution Society, where he announced plans to re-open the Justice Department's Civil Rights division.

He claimed the Obama administration has worked diligently through the DOJ to uphold civil rights in numerous areas:

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. (pictured), who served under the Obama administration as U.S. Ambassador to communist China, officially announced that he would be seeking the 2012 Republican nomination for President.  

While Huntsman is not very well known outside of political circles, his GOP bid received a big boost over the weekend when he placed second in the Republican Leadership Conference straw poll. Though Texas Rep. Ron Paul won in a landslide, establishment-media talking heads attempted to frame the news as a big victory for Huntsman’s campaign.

The U.S. Supreme Court may have just opened the floodgates to individuals wishing to challenge various federal laws on the grounds that they violate the 10th Amendment. In a unanimous decision, the court ruled that individuals do have standing to make such legal challenges if they can demonstrate that they will suffer harm if the laws they are challenging are applied to them.