Daily Border Bulletin: Hispanics to the rescue in small towns, AL locals in arms over immigration law, more drones on border

Hispanics Reviving Faded Towns on the Plains: As the anglo population of many midwest cities have begun to dwindle Hispanic’s have begun to move in. “That demographic shift, seen in the findings of the 2010 census, has not been uniformly welcomed in places where steadiness and tradition are seen as central charms of rural life. Some longtime residents of Ulysses, where the population of 6,161 is now about half Hispanic, grumble over the cultural differences and say they feel like strangers in their hometown. But the alternative, community leaders warn, is unacceptable. “We’re either going to change or we’re going to die,” said Thadd Kistler, a lifelong resident who recently stepped down as mayor. “This is Ulysses now, this is the United States now, this immigration is happening and the communities that are extending a hand are going to survive.”

Editorial: On the Rise in Alabama:  A state passed immigration law in Alabama raises the spectre of the distant civil rights struggle. But if there is any place where bigotry does not go unrecognized, it is Alabama.  “It is a fear of folks who are not like us,” said Judge U. W. Clemon, a former state senator and Alabama’s first black federal judge, now retired. “Although the Hispanic population of the state is less than 5 percent, the leaders of the state were hell-bent on removing as much of that 4 percent as possible. And I think they’ve been fairly successful in scaring them out of the state of Alabama.”

US uses more unmanned aircraft to secure border: The federal government continues to work to create a safer and more dynamic southwest border region. The Department of Homeland Security has begun using additional Predator B unmaned aircrafts to monitor our border with Mexico. “Last week’s mission was just another night out for a Predator program that is playing a larger role in border security as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection adds to its force of unmanned aircraft. The agency received its second Predator B aircraft in Texas last month and will add its sixth overall on the Southwest border when another is based in Arizona by the end of the year. The aircraft are credited with apprehending more than 7,500 people since they were deployed six years ago. They bring the latest in military technology to one of the oldest cat-and-mouse pursuits in the country. But on the border, even sophisticated devices struggle with the weather and conditions — just as humans do.”

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