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Border residents tell Congress something must be done, disagree on what

Southern Arizona residents Nan Stockholm Walden and Sue Chilton didn’t agree on much in their testimony to a House subcommittee Thursday, but they did agree on one thing – something needs to be done to better protect border communities.... Read more»

Will Covered California sell health insurance to the undocumented?

California legislators are attempting to clear the way for undocumented immigrants to buy health insurance through the state’s insurance exchange — potentially setting a national precedent. The fusion of illegal immigration and the Affordable Care Act, two of the most highly charged elements on the periodic table of U.S. politics, could engender a combustible reaction.... Read more»

Arizona's demographic hourglass is here and now

“Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.” If you’re old enough to remember that voiceover for the TV soap opera, “Days of Our Lives,” see if you can recognize yourself in a similar metaphor for Arizona’s future: our state’s demographics are an hourglass. ... Read more»

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Mexico finds it easier to focus on Trump than its own failings

Experts accuse the Mexican government of thwarting its investigation of a student massacre and torturing suspects, but the top story in a prominent Mexican newspaper is about standing up to Trump. ... Read more»

No wall, but more high-tech gear & fencing sought by border agents

Federal agents who patrol the U.S. border with Mexico want 23 more miles of fences, better radios and more aerial drones to tighten the southern frontier, according to an unpublished government study. The modest scope of the requirements contrasts sharply with calls by Republican presidential candidates for more drastic measures.... Read more»

300 lbs. of meth among $1.8M in seizures at Nogales ports

Nogales-area customs officers seized nearly $1.8 million in drugs over the past week, including 25 pounds of heroin, 29 pounds of cocaine and more than 300 pounds of methamphetamine — with 152 pounds of liquid meth seized in a single case, authorities said. ... Read more»

BP: Busy weekend nets nearly $1.2M in marijuana, 9mm pistol

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than 2,600 pounds of marijuana and a 9mm pistol in two separate incidents this weekend, authorities said. Agents also arrested six men, two connected with a smuggling incident near Elgin, and four others hiding in a trailer outside of Amado. ... Read more»

U.S. agencies split over fingerprinting parents of child immigrants

U.S. immigration enforcement officers are proposing that fingerprints be taken from all people claiming custody of children who have entered the United States illegally without an adult relative, a measure that opponents said could keep thousands of families apart.... Read more»

Mexico hampered probe into apparent student massacre, panel says

A panel of international experts on Sunday accused Mexico's government of undermining their probe into the fate of 43 trainee teachers apparently massacred in 2014, the most notorious human rights case in Mexico in recent years. ... Read more»

Juicy haul: Watermelon load contains 3rd-largest pot seizure in Az history

Stems and seedless? A truck driver at a Nogales border crossing found himself in a sticky situation Thursday, as officers made the third-largest seizure of marijuana in Arizona history — about 14,800 pounds of the drug hidden in a semi-trailer loaded with watermelons. ... Read more»

Border agents seize longest Mexico-California drug tunnel yet

Federal agents have seized a ton of cocaine and seven tons of marijuana smuggled through a clandestine tunnel stretching a half mile beneath the U.S.-Mexico border, the longest one yet unearthed in California, authorities said on Wednesday. ... Read more»

Trucker arrested when 42 migrants found in semi-trailer

Arizona DPS officers arrested a U.S. citizen after they found 42 undocumented immigrants in the back of a tractor-trailer near Tubac on Monday, as part of a joint investigation involving federal and state officials. ... Read more»

BP reveals elite team had desert shootout earlier this month

Discussing a Tuesday shooting case, Border Patrol officials told TucsonSentinel.com on Wednesday that the agency's elite BORTAC team took part earlier this month in another incident: a shootout with five suspected drug smugglers.... Read more»

Shot fired as Border Patrol arrests pot smugglers

A Border Patrol agent fired his weapon as agents attempted to apprehend a group of suspected marijuana smugglers and were assaulted with rocks Tuesday afternoon on the Tohono O'odham Nation west of Tucson, authorities said.... Read more»

Texas tells Supreme Court state has right to stop immigration action

The state of Texas’ final and most important argument against President Obama’s immigration plan was interrupted just seconds after it began on Monday by one of the more liberal justices on the U.S. Supreme Court.... Read more»

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