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BP agent's lawyer argues shooting death of Mexican teen justified by alleged smuggling activity

In a legal filing this week, the lawyer for a BP agent accused of murder wrote that the 16-year-old boy killed in 2012 was "clearly involved" in an attempt to smuggle drugs, and that he was part of a group that threw rocks at Swartz and other agents to stop them from apprehending two other men. ... Read more»

BP agents seize $1M in marijuana near Douglas

Douglas-area Border Patrol agents seized more 1,800 pounds of marijuana worth more than $1 million and arrested one man during separate incidents Wednesday. ... Read more»

Grijalva slams Trump's 'voter fraud' commission as Orwellian

Tucson Democrat Raul Grijalva said President Trump's announcement of a "Commission on Election Integrity" is "straight out of an Orwell novel." Trump, who has repeatedly made unfounded claims that illegal voting played a significant role in the 2016 election, named VP Pence and "voter ID" advocate Kris Kobach to the panel.... Read more»

Replacement of 'outdated fencing' completed at Naco border

Construction crews installed the last metal border fence panel on Tuesday, completing a project to replace 7.5 miles of "outdated pedestrian fencing" near the port of entry in Naco, Arizona. ... Read more»

Border agent's murder trial delayed yet again, will begin in October

Two days after the fifth anniversary of the cross-border shooting that killed 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, the trial against Lonnie Swartz will begin following yet another delay to the case. ... Read more»

Ducey: Flags at half-staff to honor CBP officer killed in Rio Rico crash

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff to honor Customs and Border Protection Officer Edgard Garcia, who was killed in a crash Friday when his car crossed the median of Interstate 19 between Tucson and Nogales.... Read more»

Concert at Douglas border crossing aims to break down barriers

With musicians performing on two stages set up next to each other on either side of the border, a concert at the Douglas Port of Entry this month will bring a different kind of attention to an area that’s been in the national spotlight for barriers.... Read more»

BP agents seize $210K in heroin in central Tucson

Border Patrol agents arrested two men and seized $210,000 worth of heroin during an incident in Tucson on Wednesday evening, authorities said. ... Read more»

FactCheck: Did Democrats once support border wall?

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney made an apples-to-oranges comparison when he said he couldn’t understand why Democrats opposed supplemental funding for a border wall since many of them were for it back in 2006.... Read more»

NAFTA’s impact: Real or imagined, Trump promised to rework it, return jobs to U.S.

Though debate has raged on about NAFTA’s true impact on the U.S. economy since it was signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton in 1994, the general consensus among economists is that NAFTA has had a positive, if modest, actual impact on the U.S. economy.... Read more»

DACA teachers, used to comforting, find themselves in need of comfort

Former Phoenix teacher Reyna Montoya said it was typical for undocumented children to come to her and talk about their troubles in school and their fears at home, where they or their parents might be deported. They came to Montoya because she understood. She was undocumented herself before getting a work permit under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.... Read more»

CBP: Pursuit leads to $1M drug bust in Elgin

Border Patrol agents seized more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $1 million, on Tuesday afternoon after a truck they were pursuing crashed near Elgin, authorities said. ... Read more»

More than $550K in pot found near Patagonia hiking trail

Border Patrol agents found more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana worth more than $550,000 on Monday near a hiking trail south of Patagonia. ... Read more»

Ex-head of anti-immigration group named ombudsman at U.S. immigration agency

As FAIR official, Julie Kirchner advocated harsh restrictions on immigrants. Now her job is to provide them assistance. ... Read more»

BP: 67 lbs. of pot found boxed up in hearse

Border Patrol agents stopped a hearse Saturday night north of Sierra Vista and discovered more than 67 lbs. of marijuana worth more than $33k concealed in a casket, with bags of manure used to cover the smell. Despite the fragrant cover-up, a drug dog alerted to the hidden drugs. ... Read more»

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