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CBP: Two women with meth taped to their legs arrested for smuggling

CBP said that two Mexican women were arrested in Nogales on Friday for attempting to smuggle methamphetamine wrapped around their calves through the Morley pedestrian crossing... Read more»

Sheriff Arpaio’s criminal contempt of court referral sparks contemplation, rage

When Daniel Magos learned that a judge referred Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for criminal contempt of court prosecution, he felt a flood of relief and elation. And then he wept. Magos, 71, is a plaintiff in an ongoing class action federal lawsuit in which Arpaio and his department were found to have racially profiled Latino drivers. ... Read more»

Federal judge seeks criminal contempt charges against Arpaio

A federal judge recommended on Friday that prosecutors bring criminal contempt charges against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, finding that the controversial lawman had violated court orders stemming from a racial profiling case. ... Read more»

Az facilities not affected as Justice Dep't looks to end private prison contracts

The Justice Department will begin shifting away from using private prisons following a report by government auditors sharply critical of the practice. While Arizona is home to more than a dozen private prisons that contract with the state and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, none will be affected by the move, announced Thursday. ... Read more»

Advocates call conditions inside Border Patrol cells 'inhumane and punitive'

Newly released still images, pulled from videos taken inside Border Patrol stations in Arizona, show that apprehended immigrants, including women and children, were regularly held more than 24 hours in cells that were often dirty and overcrowded, leading to conditions that advocates call "inhumane, punitive, and unconstitutional." ... Read more»1

CBP: Teenager, woman arrested for trying to walk drugs into U.S.

A teenage girl and a 26-year-old woman were arrested in Nogales for trying to smuggle heroin and methamphetamine beneath their clothes this week. ... Read more»

New election laws and the suits challenging them

There are 15 states with new voting laws that have never before been used during a presidential election, including restrictions in Arizona. Many are making their way through the courts, which have already called a halt to two laws in the past month — one in North Carolina and one in North Dakota.... Read more»1

BP finds 2 men in secret compartments built into SUV

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a U.S. citizen on Sunday for attempting to smuggle two Mexican men through the Interstate 19 checkpoint, authorities said. ... Read more»

'Dedicated' Border Patrol agent killed in Sells cycle crash

The cause of the motorcycle crash that killed Border Patrol Agent Manuel Alvarez, 37, remains under investigation, said Tucson Sector Chief Paul Beeson during a news conference Friday. ... Read more»

Border Patrol agent killed in motorcycle crash near Sells

Border Patrol Agent Manuel Alvarez was killed in a motorcycle crash Thursday on the Tohono O'odham Nation near Sells.... Read more»

Money laundering rule on prepaid cards stalled after industry pushback

In 2011, amid a crackdown on international money laundering, the U.S. Treasury Department tried to close a loophole that authorities said allows drug cartels to move bulk cash across borders on gift and other prepaid cards. ... Read more»

Mexican musicians play to mend frayed cross-border ties

Top level law enforcement officials and symphony musicians are touring the border states, their mission: to show communities how cross-border cooperation can keep both Mexico and the U.S. safe, profitable and secure.... Read more»

Human smuggler gets 11 years for crash that killed 80-year-old woman

William Ken Huebbe, 31, was sentenced in federal court on Monday for illegally transporting two Mexican men into the United States. During the smuggling attempt, Huebbe panicked when he saw a Border Patrol vehicle and fled at a high rate of speed, swerving into oncoming traffic and slamming into a white station wagon, killing an 80-year old woman from Three Points. ... Read more»

Fatchecking the GOP's 'unvetted' refugees theme

A common Republican falsehood — a claim that Syrian refugees being admitted to the U.S. are “unvetted” — is beginning to infect campaign TV ads. All refugees seeking to enter the U.S. go through a screening process, with special measures for those from Syria. ... Read more»

Bordering on insecurity

What are your rights at U.S.-Mexico Border Patrol checkpoints?

Reporter Julian Aguilar answers a reader's question about what powers border agents have when questioning people at checkpoints.... Read more»3

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