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The Taking

How a Texas bureaucrat became a multimillionaire amid rush to build border fence

A decade ago as the federal government rushed to construct 60 miles of barrier in the Rio Grande Valley, it entrusted the chief of a little-known local agency to execute a compromise project. What it didn’t know was that he — and his family — stood to make millions from it.... Read more»

Arizona rancher on Mexico border uses science to breed sustainable cattle

The road turns from a dusty brown to a deep, red clay along the road to Buena Vista Ranch, where rancher Dean Fish raises commercial cattle. He looks like an iconic cowboy from a faded photograph, but Fish represents a cattle ranching system focused on the future.... Read more»

The most important border stories of 2017

While much of our coverage was based on the raucous actions of the Trump administration, TucsonSentinel.com delved into some hidden corners of the borderlands, including a story about a decorated Marine who faces deportation despite being a U.S. citizen, a story that uses documents that describe how the ex-governor of Sonora may have been linked to a cocaine smuggler, and the trial of a Border Patrol agent accused of second-degree murder for the 2012 cross-border shooting of a Mexican teenager. ... Read more»

CBP rescues Mexican couple in desert near Douglas

Border Patrol agents backed by a helicopter crew rescued a Mexican couple Friday northeast of Douglas after they called 911. ... Read more»

BP: Fleeing driver shot at agents at I-19 checkpoint

A Tucson man is facing multiple felony charges after he shot at Border Patrol agents while fleeing from the checkpoint on Interstate 19 on Christmas Eve night, authorities said. ... Read more»

9th Circuit: BP must provide blankets to detained immigrants

Border Patrol officials must provide sleeping mats and blanket to immigrants held in detention for more than 12 hours, a federal appeals court ruled, rejecting government arguments that the requirements were too" rigid" and "burdensome." ... Read more»

After reeling with U.S. economy, immigrant remittances rebound

The global scale of the so-called Great Recession that began 10 years ago in the United States may have been illustrated best by the steep drop in remittances, or money that immigrants send to family back home.... Read more»

BP: Guatemalan man charged with assault for fighting with agents

A Guatemalan man will face charges of assault on a federal officer after he pulled a Border Patrol agent off his motorcycle during an altercation south of Sells, Ariz., on Thursday morning. ... Read more»

CBP: I-19 checkpoint nabs nearly $800K in marijuana

Border Patrol agents working at the Interstate 19 checkpoint seized more than 1,500 pounds of marijuana, worth around $770,000, hidden in the roof of a trailer, authorities said. ... Read more»

CBP: Drug, human smugglers can't dodge the law; 4 U.S. citizens arrested over weekend

Four U.S. citizens were arrested in two separate incidents this weekend by Border Patrol agents: two for human smuggling, and two for drug smuggling. ... Read more»

Good boy: BP dog sniffs out $68K in marijuana at checkpoint

A Border Patrol canine led agents from the Willcox station to more than $68,000 in marijuana stashed inside a truck at the checkpoint near Tombstone on Thursday morning, authorities said. ... Read more»

CBP: Naked, injured man found in coal train

Nogales-area U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found a naked man with multiple injuries in railcar full of coal at the Dennis DeConcini crossing Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. ... Read more»

Ports of entry in Arizona face infrastructure and staffing challenges

From a farm or a maquila in Sonora, Mexico, to a supermarket in Chicago, the journey of products coming from Mexico is a long, sometimes slow one. But according to border experts and officials, it’s during customs inspections at the border that the process gets delayed the most because crossings are understaffed and their need for investment is often overlooked.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Magnus: Sessions’s anti-immigrant policies will make cities more dangerous

In an opinion piece published in the New York Times, Tucson's police chief said Trump administration policies meant to punish so-called "sanctuary cities" serve to interfere with the ability of local law enforcement to police communities.... Read more»

Citizenship requests hit new high in Az, nation; more growth likely

Naturalization applications in Arizona jumped 48 percent over the past three years, to more than 19,000 last year, a number that advocates expect will continue to rise as immigrants look for reassurance in the current political climate.... Read more»

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