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What the Devil won't tell you

Avoiding horror of Apocalypse Arpaio will require his Senate foes to play mean

There's a time for heightened discourse and there's a time to eliminate the threat. Arpaio's rivals need to be ready to hit him hard and hit him fast so the worst person in Arizona political history doesn't infect the U.S. Senate.... Read more»4

McSally's DACA bill slashes new immigration, doubles down on border security

While thousands of people face the expiration of work permits and protection from deportation under DACA, Rep. Martha McSally and other Republicans submitted a bill that would reintroduce the temporary permit system while clamping down on legal and illegal immigration alike. ... Read more»

Judge blocks Trump administration from ending DACA

A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration from ending DACA, the Obama-era program that shielded about 788,000 young people from deportation. Ruling that plaintiffs may succeed in showing the reasons for ending the program were based on a "flawed legal premise," the injunction forces officials to continue accepting renewals past a March 5 deadline. ... Read more»

Martha McSally set for campaign announcement

She may have flown attack jets in the Air Force, but the rollout of Martha McSally's impending Senate campaign has been more like the slow, methodical preparations for a battle on the ground. That looks to be about to change.... Read more»

CBP: Motorhome yields 2nd largest pot seizure in Lukeville history

A Phoenix-area resident was arrested Saturday with nearly 2,500 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $1.2 million, stashed throughout his motorhome at the Lukeville port of entry, authorities said. ... Read more»

Justice Dep't pushes for citizenship question on census, alarming experts

“This is a recipe for sabotaging the census,” said one. The administration’s stated reason for the controversial move: protecting civil rights.... Read more»

The Taking

How a Texas bureaucrat became a multimillionaire amid rush to build border fence

A decade ago as the federal government rushed to construct 60 miles of barrier in the Rio Grande Valley, it entrusted the chief of a little-known local agency to execute a compromise project. What it didn’t know was that he — and his family — stood to make millions from it.... Read more»

Arizona rancher on Mexico border uses science to breed sustainable cattle

The road turns from a dusty brown to a deep, red clay along the road to Buena Vista Ranch, where rancher Dean Fish raises commercial cattle. He looks like an iconic cowboy from a faded photograph, but Fish represents a cattle ranching system focused on the future.... Read more»

The most important border stories of 2017

While much of our coverage was based on the raucous actions of the Trump administration, TucsonSentinel.com delved into some hidden corners of the borderlands, including a story about a decorated Marine who faces deportation despite being a U.S. citizen, a story that uses documents that describe how the ex-governor of Sonora may have been linked to a cocaine smuggler, and the trial of a Border Patrol agent accused of second-degree murder for the 2012 cross-border shooting of a Mexican teenager. ... Read more»

CBP rescues Mexican couple in desert near Douglas

Border Patrol agents backed by a helicopter crew rescued a Mexican couple Friday northeast of Douglas after they called 911. ... Read more»

BP: Fleeing driver shot at agents at I-19 checkpoint

A Tucson man is facing multiple felony charges after he shot at Border Patrol agents while fleeing from the checkpoint on Interstate 19 on Christmas Eve night, authorities said. ... Read more»

9th Circuit: BP must provide blankets to detained immigrants

Border Patrol officials must provide sleeping mats and blanket to immigrants held in detention for more than 12 hours, a federal appeals court ruled, rejecting government arguments that the requirements were too" rigid" and "burdensome." ... Read more»

After reeling with U.S. economy, immigrant remittances rebound

The global scale of the so-called Great Recession that began 10 years ago in the United States may have been illustrated best by the steep drop in remittances, or money that immigrants send to family back home.... Read more»

BP: Guatemalan man charged with assault for fighting with agents

A Guatemalan man will face charges of assault on a federal officer after he pulled a Border Patrol agent off his motorcycle during an altercation south of Sells, Ariz., on Thursday morning. ... Read more»

CBP: I-19 checkpoint nabs nearly $800K in marijuana

Border Patrol agents working at the Interstate 19 checkpoint seized more than 1,500 pounds of marijuana, worth around $770,000, hidden in the roof of a trailer, authorities said. ... Read more»

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