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24 cartel scouts arrested during anti-smuggling raids

Using helicopters, agents with the Border Patrol’s tactical unit raided the campsites of men the agency alleges were acting as lookouts for smuggling operations, arresting 24 and seizing 6,500 pounds of drugs.... Read more»

CBP seizes 36 lbs. of heroin in Nogales

Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than $500,000 in heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine discovered stashed in an SUV dashboard on Monday, authorities said.... Read more»

$1.6M truckload of pot found in Nogales search

Customs officials searching a tractor-trailer at a Nogales port of entry Tuesday discovered 145 bales of marijuana hidden behind a false wall. A 24-year-old Mexican man was arrested for attempting to smuggle the 3,300 pounds of pot, estimated to be worth about $1.67 million, authorities said.... Read more»

Seeking more impact at polls, Az groups working to register Hispanics

With the general election approaching, Mi Familia Vota and 11 other organizations that are part of the coalition One Arizona are trying to get Hispanics to commit to voting and get them on the permanent early ballot list. Their goal: turning this demographic’s numbers – an estimated 30.3 percent of all Arizonans – into voting power.... Read more»1

Mexico’s vigilantes are building DIY scrappy tanks to fight narcos

These ‘monsters’ are the home-built armored trucks deputized militias and drug cartels are using for battle.... Read more»

CBP seizes $317K in cocaine in San Luis

A Yuma-area man was arrested for trying to smuggle 30 pounds of cocaine worth about $317,000 through the San Luis Port of Entry on Monday.... Read more»

Immigrant sanctuary movement may move to Texas

Patterned after a movement in the 1980s, a multistate effort urging churches and other places of worship to provide sanctuary for undocumented immigrants began this month. The effort could come to Texas, where some leaders say such shelter is already being provided.... Read more»

Az DREAMers reapplying for federal deferred-action program

In July 2012, President Barack Obama issued an executive order that grants two-year deportation relief and work permits to those brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents at a young age. Now thousands of Arizonans face reapplying.... Read more»

CBP: 3 stolen vehicles, 123 lbs of pot seized in Douglas

Officers at Douglas Port of Entry arrest three men and seized three vehicles after secondary inspections and records checks revealed that all three were attempting to drive stolen vehicles into Mexico. On Sunday, a Tucson woman was arrested for trying to smuggle 123-pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $62,000 into the United States.... Read more»

Agents seize $255K of heroin in Nogales bust

Customs and Border Protection officers seized 18 pounds of heroin worth an estimated $255,000 on Sunday, after a Mexican national attempted to smuggle the drugs in a vehicle through the Nogales Port of Entry.... Read more»

Texas politician tells D.C. crowd prayer rugs found on border

In a speech in Washington, D.C., on Friday, outgoing Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst doubled down on claims that Muslim prayer rugs had been found on the Texas-Mexico border. His comments follow a panel discussion on border security last week where he suggested Islamic extremists might be coming into the U.S. from Mexico.... Read more»1

On the border, military gear inspires mixed reactions

A federal program that transfers surplus military equipment to local communities is drawing a mix of responses from border officials whose regions have benefited from the initiative.... Read more»

Should the U.S. pay to educate migrant kids?

Experts weigh in on the costs and benefits of welcoming undocumented kids into the US public school system.... Read more»

Border Patrol agent charged with punching detained teen

A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been charged with aggravated assault after allegedly punching a Mexican teenager in the stomach while he was in detainment in Nogales, Ariz., in January.... Read more»

St. Francis in the Foothills provides man sanctuary from deportation

St. Francis of the Foothills is giving refuge to a Tucson man who has had a deportation order hanging over his head for months. For nearly a year, Francisco Perez Cordova has feared leaving his home. With a formal order of deportation hanging over his head, Cordova has worried that a drive to work or the grocery store could lead to his removal from the United States, separating the married father of five from his family.... Read more»1

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