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Photos: Despite blustery weather, thousands attend Women's March in Tucson

Despite cold winds and possible rains, at least 6,000 people attended the Women's March and solidarity rally in downtown Tucson. Hundreds of events were held nationwide, including one in Washington D.C., with estimated total attendance over one million people.... Read more»1

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As Trump goes into office, Tucson protestors push for 'sanctuary city' declaration

Following the inauguration of President Donald Trump on Friday, around 200 people marked the occasion by marching to Tucson's City Hall, demanding the mayor and City Council declare Tucson a "sanctuary city," which includes issuing municipal IDs for unauthorized immigrants, refusing to work with immigration officials, and setting up a legal fund.... Read more»

Churches promise 'radical welcome' for migrants with revived Sanctuary movement

Leaders from 19 Southern Arizona congregations agreed to defend refugees and unauthorized immigrants from deportation, bucking the Trump administration's apparent plan to immediately deport 2-3 million people. The local faith leaders have joined a larger movement involving more than 700 religious congregations nationwide. ... Read more»

Mexican officials destroy guns connected to 'Operation Fast and Furious'

Mexican authorities in Monterrey destroyed nearly 6,000 firearms during a special ceremony on Tuesday, including 500 weapons connected with Operation Fast and Furious, a botched U.S. federal investigation that lost track of hundreds of firearms after they were purchased by straw buyers in U.S. gun stores. ... Read more»1

CBP aircrews aid search for girl, kidnapping suspect on Navajo Nation

Following an Amber Alert issued by the FBI on Monday for a missing 15-year-old girl, Customs and Border Protection dispatched a helicopter and an airplane from the Tucson Air Branch to aid the search in a remote area of the Navajo Nation. Officials found the girl unharmed and arrested a 40-year-old man later that day. ... Read more»

Border Patrol agent's Texas murder trial begins

The capital murder case began in 2015 with the discovery of a headless body floating off South Padre Island. The trial of two men charged in the case — a U.S. Border Patrol agent and his Mexican-born brother — begins Tuesday in South Texas... Read more»

Could good, affordable housing solve farmworker shortage?

As farmers in the West face labor shortages, some are finding that providing affordable housing is key to getting the help they need.... Read more»

Farmworker visas more than doubled in Arizona, U.S. in recent years

The number of H-2A visas issued to agricultural workers in Arizona has more than doubled in the past five years, mirroring a national increase in the temporary “guest worker program” for noncitizens.... Read more»

Former DREAMer, Phoenix resident raises concerns at Sessions hearing

Former DREAMer and Phoenix resident Oscar Vazquez got his citizenship, served in the Army and is “living the American dream” – a dream he worries could be scuttled for others under a Justice Department led by attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions.... Read more»

McCain: Securing border takes 'a lot more than walls'

One day after President-elect Donald Trump promised to start working “immediately” on a wall on the Mexico border, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said a wall alone would not be sufficient to secure the border.... Read more»

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Border Patrol recruits: Wild horses, tamed by prisoners

Long before the desert sun has had a chance to heat the dusty prison yard, some 20 inmates at an Arizona state prison begin quietly tending horses. Both the men and the horses are still learning how to live behind fences. Prisoners in the Wild Horse Inmate Program train mustangs that will eventually be adopted by the Border Patrol.... Read more»

ACLU asks judge to hold BP in contempt over missing evidence

Civil rights groups asked a federal judge Monday to hold the Border Patrol in contempt of court for failing to turn over video from Tucson Sector holding facilities. A lawyer wrote that the agency was "stonewalling" and acting in "bad faith" and had allowed a computer update to corrupt months of video showing conditions in the facilities.... Read more»

Injured Honduran man rescued from desert by helicopter

A Honduran man was rescued from a steep cliff near Baboquivari Peak on Tuesday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, backed by a helicopter crew and a paramedic from Arizona Department of Public Safety, authorities said. ... Read more»

Nogales CBP intercepts 7 assault rifles, ammo headed into Mexico

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted a cache of weapons headed for Mexico on Monday, including seven semi-automatic rifles, a handgun and dozens of rounds of ammunition. ... Read more»

Mexico again says 'no way' it will pay for Trump's border wall

Mexico's new Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said on Tuesday there is no way his country will pay for the wall that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to build on the United States' southern border to keep out illegal immigrants. ... Read more»

Judge keeps order for BP to provide bedding, showers to detainees

Border Patrol officials must follow a court order to provide clean bedding and showers for detainees after a judge rejected a motion asking him to reconsider because of "unexpected consequences." But Judge David C. Bury wrote that "the Court cannot suspend what it believes are constitutional rights." ... Read more»

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