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Homeland Security: More than 600,000 overstayed U.S. visas in 2016

Nearly 629,000 people who came to the U.S. on a visa in fiscal 2016 stayed after it expired and were still here at the end of the year, the Department of Homeland Security reported. The Center for Migration Studies said that people overstaying their visas exceeded those crossing into the U.S. illegally every year since 2007.... Read more»

Mexican state official and wife arrested by feds in Tucson

Roberto Romero López, a former member of Sonora's state government in Mexico, and his wife were arrested Monday by Homeland Security Investigations agents in Tucson. The couple are wanted in Mexico on corruption charges connected to a planned aqueduct in Hermosillo.... Read more»

Bills to ease Border Patrol hiring advance in Senate, stall in House

A Senate committee Wednesday approved a bill that would make it easier to hire Border Patrol officers by waiving polygraph tests for applicants who are current or former military, police or other law enforcement officers.... Read more»

ACLU asks for data on 'Stingray' surveillance targeting immigrants

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a freedom of information request Friday for documents outlining how U.S. immigration authorities use cellphone surveillance equipment known as "Stingrays" to track down immigrants for deportation. ... Read more»

Yuma Sector agents seize $400,000 in heroin at Greyhound station

Yuma Sector agents seized more than 20 pounds of heroin worth more than $400,000 at a Greyhound bus station in Blythe, Calif., on Wednesday, authorities said. ... Read more»

Feds ID man wounded in Tombstone shootout with Border Patrol

The man shot and wounded by Border Patrol agents at checkpoint just north of Tombstone on Wednesday afternoon has been identified as 76-year-old Gary Smith. ... Read more»

Man wounded after shooting at agents at BP checkpoint

Border Patrol agents shot and wounded a 76-year-old man after he fired on them at the checkpoint north of Tombstone on Highway 80 on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. ... Read more»

Detained immigrants often hundreds of miles from legal help

Only a tiny percentage of detained immigrants have attorneys, leaving even those with solid cases to stay in the United States to fend for themselves. ... Read more»

CBP: Drug dog sniffs out nearly 7 tons in pot in bell pepper load

A drug dog sniffed out nearly 7 tons of marijuana, worth an estimated $6.85 million, hidden among a load of bell peppers, one of two large seizures made by Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers on Saturday. ... Read more»

Az migration trends tracked on 'death map' of discovered bodies

It might take a second for the computer to load, but then it’s there: a map of Southern Arizona nearly completely covered with red markers, so dense in some areas that it’s black. Each marker indicates one migrant who died trying to cross the U.S./Mexico border into Arizona.... Read more»

Environmentalists face uphill battle over proposed border wall

As the bidding war for the construction of President Donald Trump’s wall comes to a close, many environmental activists remain concerned over the potential impact it will have on wildlife and ecology on the border.... Read more»

BP agent's lawyer argues shooting death of Mexican teen justified by alleged smuggling activity

In a legal filing this week, the lawyer for a BP agent accused of murder wrote that the 16-year-old boy killed in 2012 was "clearly involved" in an attempt to smuggle drugs, and that he was part of a group that threw rocks at Swartz and other agents to stop them from apprehending two other men. ... Read more»

BP agents seize $1M in marijuana near Douglas

Douglas-area Border Patrol agents seized more 1,800 pounds of marijuana worth more than $1 million and arrested one man during separate incidents Wednesday. ... Read more»

Grijalva slams Trump's 'voter fraud' commission as Orwellian

Tucson Democrat Raul Grijalva said President Trump's announcement of a "Commission on Election Integrity" is "straight out of an Orwell novel." Trump, who has repeatedly made unfounded claims that illegal voting played a significant role in the 2016 election, named VP Pence and "voter ID" advocate Kris Kobach to the panel.... Read more»

Replacement of 'outdated fencing' completed at Naco border

Construction crews installed the last metal border fence panel on Tuesday, completing a project to replace 7.5 miles of "outdated pedestrian fencing" near the port of entry in Naco, Arizona. ... Read more»

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