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Mexico Approves El Chapo’s Extradition to the United States

May 23, 2016 Five months after capturing Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, Mexican authorities have agreed to hand the infamous drug-cartel leader over to the US. The Mexican government on Friday granted extradition requests for Guzmán to be processed by federal courts in the Western District of Texas and the Southern District of California....

As the Justice Department Decides Where to Try El Chapo, Signs Point to Brooklyn

February 24, 2016 It’s increasingly looking like Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán will be tried in Brooklyn. The Mexican drug cartel leader faces charges in seven US prosecutorial districts, and the US Department of Justice has been mulling over which office should handle the case, or whether the cases should be combined. According to...

Donald Trump Has a Cost Estimate For His Border Wall to Send to Mexico

February 11, 2016 Donald Trump, who came up with a big win this week in the New Hampshire Republican primary, has been getting more specific about his plans to build a border wall between the US and Mexico. The real estate mogul envisions hundreds of miles of precast concrete rising between 35 feet...

The Innovative Suitcase Lab That Could Fight the Zika Virus

February 4, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The World Health Organization has declared Zika a global health emergency, because it believes the risks are high enough for a global response. And yet, we understand little about the virus and its effects on people. Zika’s links to neurological conditions, such as microcephaly—abnormal brain development in newborns—remain unproven. A...

The Epicenter of Macho Culture Has Some Lessons on How to Get More Women Into Management

February 2, 2016 Europe and the US and Canada lead the world in female representation within large companies, but Latin America is on pace to overtake all of them a decade from now. By 2025, women are expected to hold 49% of management, executive, and other professional roles—basically any corporate job above that...

BlackBerry’s 'End-to-End Security' Didn’t Do El Chapo Any Favors

January 16, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow That one of the world’s most elusive fugitives chose a BlackBerry could have been a huge endorsement for the battered Canadian cellphone company. Except Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, once Mexico’s most-wanted criminal, was busted after his BlackBerry messages were obtained by the Mexican government. His BlackBerry conversations with Mexican actress...

Here's Why It's Taking So Long to Extradite El Chapo to the U.S.

January 14, 2016 After two embarrassing prison escapes of one of the most sought-after criminals in the world, Mexican officials seem committed to extraditing Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to the US. But don’t expect the Mexican government to hand him over any time soon. Top officials in the office of Mexico’s attorney general...

Feds Expand Iris Scans at Southern Border

December 15, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. is testing what could be a powerful new deterrent against illegal immigration. Between 40% and 50% of the people illegally living in the U.S.—as many as six million people, according to an estimate by the Pew Research Center—didn’t sneak in, but entered legally, and then overstayed their visas....

Cubans Are Rushing to the American Border Just Before an Important Immigration Loophole is Shuttered

November 17, 2015 Cubans have long enjoyed a privilege coveted by any would-be immigrant to the US: All they have to do to get a path to legal residency is step on US soil. The preferential treatment was established during the Cold War to protect refugees fleeing Cuba’s communist regime. Now that the...

Here's What it Would Take to Build The Border Fence Donald Trump Wants

October 13, 2015 The land border between the US and Mexico is 1,933 miles in length, and Donald Trump would like to see all of it sealed off—as would nearly half of all Americans, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. (At 46%, the share of those who favor putting a...