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Court OKs civil rights suit by mother of Mexican teen killed by BP agent

The mother of a 16-year-old boy shot to death through the border fence in 2012 can sue the U.S. government and the Border Patrol agent who fired at him, the 9th Circuit ruled Tuesday. The case is likely to head to the U.S. Supreme Court.... Read more»

Worker charged with sexually molesting 8 children at Mesa immigrant shelter

The allegations against a Phoenix Southwest Key youth care worker are the latest in a series of serious accusations of sexual abuse inside the government’s immigrant youth shelters.... Read more»

Immigration, border agencies defend handling of family separations

Immigration officials defended the integrity of their agencies’ handling of family separations at the border, with one witness telling a Senate panel that Border Patrol agents don’t leave their “humanity behind when we report for duty.”... Read more»

Court upholds orders ending Arpaio-era racial profiling

A federal appeals court has flatly rejected Maricopa County’s appeal of orders imposed by a lower court on the county sheriff’s office for its practice of racial profiling under former Sheriff Joe Arpaio.... Read more»

'Rip crew' member charged in murder of BP Agt. Brian Terry

One of the members of the five-man "rip crew" allegedly responsible for the 2010 murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was charged in federal court in Tucson on Wednesday.... Read more»

Member of 'rip crew' linked to Brian Terry slaying extradited to Arizona

One of the members of the five-man "rip crew" allegedly responsible for the 2010 murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was extradited to the United States on Monday, federal officials announced Tuesday. ... Read more»

'Gold mine' for predators in shelters for migrant kids - including Tucson's SW Key

We obtained police reports and call logs from more than two-thirds of the shelters housing immigrant children. Here’s what they show — widespread reports of inappropriate and illegal behavior, including a Tucson worker convicted of molestation.... Read more»

Gov't reunites 1,442 children with parents in ICE custody

Hours before a court imposed deadline, federal lawyers said that 1,442 children separated from their parents as part of the Trump administration's crackdown on immigrant families had been reunited early Thursday morning, and that officials expected to return all the children "found eligible for reunification" to parents by Friday. ... Read more»

Judge dismisses charges against man wounded in 2017 BP checkpoint shootout

A federal judge has dismissed charges filed against a Tombstone-area man, who was shot and wounded during an exchange of gunfire with Border Patrol agents at a checkpoint last summer.... Read more»

Fentanyl overdoses rise, cartels still eager to funnel more via Arizona

Despite significant seizures of fentanyl over the past year, the lethal synthetic opioid keeps pouring into the country across Arizona’s border with Mexico, the DEA and state DPS say.... Read more»

Lawmakers praise staff at Tucson shelter for migrant kids, question reunification process

More than a dozen state legislators toured the Southwest Key shelter in Tucson, where nearly 300 children are staying as part of an contract with Health and Human Services, including 73 kids who were separated from their parents as part of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy. ... Read more»

Hastily cobbled reunions of detained migrants & children marred by logistical fumbles

Two days after the feds missed a court-imposed deadline to reunite more than 100 children with their migrant parents after they were separated under by the Trump administration, only about half of those kis have been returned in a chaotic process marked by computer malfunctions, logistical problems and administrative failures.... Read more»

Ducey touts Az border-crime effort at made-for-campaign event

Gov. Doug Ducey, in an event staged for campaign cameras, said Wednesday that Arizona will spend $2.9 million in fiscal 2019 on the multiagency "Arizona Border Strike Force" effort to stop drug trafficking and human smuggling at the border.... Read more»

BP: Drug dog sniffs out $700K in marijuana stashed in flat-bed trailer

Border Patrol agents arrested a Phoenix man Friday after a drug dog pointed them to more than 1,400 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $700,000, concealed in a flat-bed trailer, authorities said. ... Read more»

Audit: Hiring of customs, border agents better, but still falling short

Customs and Border Protection is getting better at attracting and hiring job applicants, but the agency still faces thousands of vacancies in its law enforcement ranks, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report.... Read more»

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