airplaneCalls to investigate the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are growing after media outlets revealed that immigrants with inadequate certifications may be working on American airplanes. In many cases, according to reports, mechanics who don’t even speak English are replacing qualified American workers.

ImmigrationUntil about a year ago, 28-year-old Nicholas Rudin and his family were living the American dream. He had a well-paying job in North Florida, with health insurance and a 401k to support his wife and two toddlers. Eating out and buying toys for his two- and four-year-olds was a part of everyday life. Then he lost his job as a line-leader and forklift driver, and everything changed.

Obama hispanicPresident Barack Obama on June 19 attended the Esperanza National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast and used the occasion to reaffirm his commitment to changing the nation’s immigration laws. The appearance also served as a lead-in to next week’s scheduled gathering of legislators at the White House to discuss immigration changes. Having decided against speaking at the National Day of Prayer ceremony in May, the president’s selective attendance may indicate the bloc of voters he is most interested in courting.

GunsDuring a March 17 combined hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs and the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, several U.S. officials put the spotlight on a new aspect of border control — stopping the southbound flow of guns and laundered cash into Mexico.

ramos releaseJailed Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean were released early from federal prison Tuesday after serving about two years of their 11- and 12-year terms. Their sentences were reduced by former President George W. Bush in one of his final acts as president, drawing praise from many outraged supporters of Ramos and Compean.

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