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Mass release of U.S. prisoners spells deportation for hundreds

Almost a third of 6,000 federal prisoners scheduled to be freed between Friday and Tuesday will immediately be turned over to U.S. immigration authorities for deportation proceedings.... Read more»

Deportations are down, but fear persists for migrants

What can states and cities do to embolden unauthorized immigrants to come out of the shadows and report crimes, get driver’s licenses and tap into other services?... Read more»

Sicario’s dirty war on Mexican cartels is not yet reality

Denis Villeneuve’s movie gets much right about the borderlands but crosses the line into exaggeration. A veteran border correspondent compares the film’s underworld to the one he knows. ... Read more»

Sonora police ID 4 of 7 tortured & killed on ranch near Az-Mexico border

Mexican authorities have identified four of the seven men found tortured and killed in a desert wash on a Sonoran ranch near the Arizona-Mexico border. Two were reportedly drug mules, while another was a coyote who guided migrants on illegal border crossings, officials said.... Read more»

Hurricane Patricia spares Mexican cities, roars through remote villages

Hurricane Patricia caused less damage than feared on Mexico's Pacific coast on Saturday, but hammered an isolated part of the shoreline dotted with luxury villas and fishing villages, where the storm and its 165 mph winds landed.... Read more»

7 men found dead, tortured on Sonora ranch near Az-Mexico border

The bodies of seven men, including one who was decapitated, were found Thursday just inside Sonora on the Arizona-Mexico border. The bodies were found near a ranch known as a staging ground for human smuggling, and officials told a Mexican reporter that the bodies showed signs of torture. One of the men was IDed by his family.... Read more»

Lawsuit aims to prevent licensing of Texas immigration detention centers

A watchdog group is suing the state agency charged with protecting the most vulnerable Texans, alleging the department fast-tracked a policy change that might help the federal government convince a federal judge to reverse her order shutting down two immigration detention centers in Texas.... Read more»

More Middle Americans visiting Mexico for low-cost medical care

Increasing numbers of Americans are crossing the border to Mexico for health care.... Read more»

Mexican man sentenced to 43 years in assault on Forest Service officer

An Agua Prieta man will serve 43 years in a U.S. federal prison for attacking a U.S. Forest Service officer near Douglas last August, a judge ordered Monday.... Read more»

Rip-crew recruiter sentenced to 27 years in Brian Terry murder

The recruiter who put together the rip-crew responsible for the 2010 murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was sentenced on Monday to 27 years in prison. In August, Rosario Rafael Burboa-Alvarez, 31, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for his role in the shooting death of Terry, who was killed during a nighttime firefight in rugged terrain north of Nogales.... Read more»

McSally's 'Border Jobs for Vets' signed into law

A bill sponsored by freshman Rep. Martha McSally has become one of a handful to pass through a stalemated Congress and be signed into law. The "Border Jobs for Veterans Act" received President Obama's signature on Friday.... Read more»

Border Patrol agent shoots across border near Naco

A Naco-area Border Patrol agent fired over the fence into Mexico early Monday morning, saying that he saw a person on the other side of the fence aim at firearm at him.... Read more»

Abuse of migrants in Mexico rises even as numbers fall

Mexico's campaign to stem a tide of illegal immigrants from Central American countries to the United States has led to a surge in complaints of abuse by migration officials, including violent attacks and extortion.... Read more»


Judge denies emergency fix in Tx birth certificate case

A federal district judge Friday declined to order Texas officials to institute a temporary fix so children of undocumented immigrants born in the United States can get their birth certificates while a lawsuit filed by their parents is being tried. ... Read more»

CBP: $530K in marijuana found in empty semi-trailer

A semi-truck driver was arrested Thursday by CBP officers in Nogales after they found more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $530,000, hidden in the trailer.. The same day, Border Patrol agents arrested two U.S. citizens for attempting to smuggle five Mexican nationals through the I-19 checkpoint in back-to-back incidents, the agency said. ... Read more»

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