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Federal watchdog will investigate 7-year-old's death BP custody in New Mexico

A federal watchdog will investigate the death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl, who died on Dec. 8, reportedly of dehydration and septic shock, after she was taken into Border Patrol custody along with her father and 160 others in a remote part of southern New Mexico. ... Read more»

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What the Devil won't tell you

Time for CBP to bring citizen review into use of force rules

BP's Lonnie Swartz may not have broken the law but that doesn't mean he properly used deadly force. It's time for CBP to loop citizens into deciding when using it is justified. The people, in fact, should demand that right because it's theirs and theirs alone.... Read more»

FactCheck: Trump-Schumer-Pelosi Oval Office spat

The Oval Office dustup between President Donald Trump versus Democratic Leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi requires some factual parsing.... Read more»

Border counties could get a funding boost to help ID human remains

The Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains Act of 2018 would allow border counties to apply for federal grants to help identify bodies of undocumented immigrants.... Read more»

Trump administration asks Supreme Court to implement asylum ban

Trump administration officials have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to OK a ban on asylum claims by people who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without going through a crossing point.... Read more»

Activist faces deportation after asylum claim rejected by Tucson judge

A federal immigration judge ordered the deportation of well-known immigration and reproductive rights activist Alejandra Pablos after rejecting her asylum claim during a Tuesday hearing in Tucson. ... Read more»

Ajo BP agents apprehend 240 people in 48 hours

Customs and Border Protection will begin building five miles of fence along the southern border of the Organ Pipe Refuge, as people from Central America continue to cross the border and turn themselves in to seek asylum. ... Read more»

10 months into $267 million hiring program, CBP gained just a handful of agents

After 10 months and nearly $14 million, a consulting company given a $267 million contract to help U.S. Customs and Border Protection with recruiting has processed just two successful job offers. ... Read more»

Caught between DACA and ACA, Dreamer’s hopes for kidney transplant dim

Immigration status is not supposed to impact transplant eligibility, but insurance coverage and socioeconomic status do.... Read more»

Lonnie Swartz

Feds won't pursue 3rd trial of BP agent in cross-border shooting

Federal prosecutors said they cannot file new charges against Lonnie Swartz, ending the case against the BP agent who once faced a second-degree murder trial, and then manslaughter charges, for shooting and killing a 16-year-old boy in a cross-border shooting in 2012.... Read more»

Texas DA will seek death penalty against Border Patrol agent accused of 'serial killing spree'

Juan David Ortiz, an intelligence supervisor for the Border Patrol, was arrested in the pre-dawn hours Sept. 15 after local and state law enforcement say he allegedly murdered four Laredo-area sex workers.... Read more»

Vaquitas Last Stand: Saving a porpoise by protecting a fish

Chinese demand for illegally hunted totoaba in the Sea of Cortez has snared vaquitas — an endangered species of porpoise — in gillnets, driving their numbers down to 30 in the wild, if not lower. ... Read more»

Border clashes in Tijuana have immigration advocates mobilized

Against the backdrop of tear gas and border closures in Tijuana over the weekend, several pro-immigrant groups are rushing to meet the increasing needs of asylum seekers.... Read more»

Border tear gas incident renews wall debate, but little change expected

Arizona Republicans on Monday backed President Donald Trump’s renewed demands for border wall funding after migrants were tear gassed as they tried to rush the border at San Ysidro, California, Sunday.... Read more»

Foreign-born doctors are vital to Arizona’s rural communities

For some patients living in rural areas, being treated by a foreign doctor is the only option they have.... Read more»

Mexican ambassador expresses confidence new trade deal will get done

The Mexican ambassador to the U.S. said Tuesday he is confident final details can be worked out a new trade deal between the two countries and Canada, despite President Donald Trump’s sometimes disruptive border rhetoric.... Read more»

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