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'Time we get serious’: Az ranchers support Trump’s move to militarize border

By God, it’s time we get serious. And if it takes the military, then do it.” John Ladd did not mince words as he stood at the fence separating Arizona and Mexico, his face shaded by the brim of his straw cowboy hat.... Read more»1

Az sheriffs wait to see details on Trump plan for military on the border

President Trump’s announcement that he plans to send U.S. troops to patrol the border left Southern Arizona sheriffs looking for details before committing to the president’s “big step.”... Read more»

Trump declares DACA deal dead, blames Democrats for failure

President Trump declared “DACA is dead” in a series of tweets over the weekend, blaming Democrats for the failure to find a replacement for the deferred deportation program that he said last fall he would rescind.... Read more»

Swartz should have taken cover; shooting unarmed person in back 'unjustified,' testifies BP trainer

An ex-Border Patrol firearms instructor said shooting an unarmed person in the back was "unjustified," and that Agent Lonnie Swartz — on trial for murder — should have sought cover rather than firing three salvos of gunfire into Mexico, killing 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez in 2012.... Read more»

Factcheck: Will Trump's wall pay for itself?

President Donald Trump cited a contested report from an organization that advocates low immigration to claim that a wall along the southern border will pay for itself, because those stopped from illegally crossing would not be a burden on taxpayers.... Read more»

Swartz trial: 3D model shows BP agent shot at fallen boy

A 3D reconstruction shows that Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, the 16-year-old Mexican teenager shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent more than five years ago, may have fled more than 16 feet before he collapsed over a curb, and was hit by two volleys of gunfire. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Restraint in responding to border 'rockings' goes to core of social contract

On the Swartz murder trial: Policing a free society is harder than patrolling a police state. It's also going to be more dangerous, because the restrictions society places on cops will get some of them killed. But in that distinction are the tiny degrees between heroism and a reign of terror.... Read more»2

Border Patrol agent struck by vehicle on highway after ATV crash

A Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent is in stable condition after he crashed his ATV and was thrown onto a highway where he was hit by a passing vehicle near Douglas. ... Read more»

Swartz trial: Evidence shows boy still moving when shot in back, expert testifies

An expert in blood spatter testified Wednesday that Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was on the ground and still moving when he was hit by a volley of .40-caliber rounds from a Border Patrol agent's pistol. ... Read more»

Commerce sec. overruled Census officials to add citizenship question

Wilbur Ross wrote a memo arguing that the benefits of the controversial question would outweigh any harm... Read more»

Swartz trial: 4 new witnesses describe shooting death of Mexican teen

Four additional witnesses described their recollections of the events surrounding the killing of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, 16, who was shot to death by Border Patrol agent Lonnie Swartz in Nogales more than five years ago.... Read more»

Swartz trial: 2 BP agents describe shooting death of Mexican teenager

The testimony of two key witnesses in court Thursday provided further details into the actions of a Border Patrol agent accused of murder in the death of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez during a cross-border shooting in Nogales more than five years ago. ... Read more»

Prosecutors: BP agent 'calmly & deliberately' shot at Mexican teenager

Federal prosecutors argued that Lonnie Ray Swartz, the agent on trial for murder in the death of a Mexican teenager during a 2012 cross-border shooting, "calmly and deliberately" walked up the fence and shot his pistol, firing 16 rounds in 34 seconds. ... Read more»

BP agent's murder trial begins Wednesday

Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz will face trial for second-degree murder, charged with unlawfully killing a Mexican teenager during a 2012 cross-border shooting in Nogales. A jury was chosen Tuesday in the case. ... Read more»

Az DACA recipients claim win after SCOTUS denies appeal on driver’s licenses

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal brought by Arizona to deny DACA recipients from receiving and retaining driver’s licenses, prompting the executive director of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition to declare “justice was served.”... Read more»

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