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Photos: Nogales students train as border agents in Explorer Program

Border Patrol work is a complicated affair for Mexican American families, bringing with it questions of allegiance and identity. In BP's Explorer Program, teenagers get a taste of training in border enforcement.... Read more»

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Inside a private prison’s $150M deal to detain immigrants in New Mexico

Despite the cancellation of private prison giant CoreCivic's contract with the Bureau of Prisons after inmate deaths at a New Mexico, the facility was repurposed as an immigration detention center under a new federal contract.... Read more»

Pizzagate: Anatomy of a fake news scandal

Conspiracy theorists, Russian operatives, Trump campaigners & Twitter bots manufactured “news” that Hillary Clinton ran a pizzeria child-sex ring. ... Read more»

Video: Will a border wall stop migrant deaths in Arizona?

President Trump’s promise of a border wall has sparked wildly different reactions across the country. In Southern Arizona, where long stretches of desert and extreme heat have killed thousands of migrants, water is the common ground between pro-immigrant activists and a rancher who backs the wall. ... Read more»1

Nonprofits seeking public information at record rates

Advocacy groups are filing more lawsuits against the federal government for access to public records than ever before, according to a report released last week by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a federal information research center based at Syracuse University.... Read more»

Feds hunt down mystery landowners in bid to build border wall

The federal government has spent a decade chasing a meandering paper trail, with researchers combing through yellowed government files, testing the faded memories of neighbors and perusing the local library as they try to sort out who owns the land.... Read more»

Rural jails are eager allies in immigration crackdown

In the federal immigration crackdown, small and rural county jails have become an eager and dependable ally. Renting out jail beds has become such a good source of revenue that many counties are expanding their facilities. But such contracts also are one of the main driving forces behind mass incarceration.... Read more»

Border Patrol’s watchdog returns, but does he have new tricks?

The former top internal watchdog at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the nation's largest law enforcement agency, has returned to his former post six months after resigning to take a private security job. ... Read more»

Nearly 600,000 immigration cases clog courts

Racked with a backlog approaching 600,000 cases, the nation’s 58 immigration courts over the last decade have taken longer to rule on deportations, asylum claims and other matters despite hiring more judges and more than doubling its annual budget.... Read more»

New Border Patrol chief faces uphill battle to reform agency

As the first outsider appointed to run the Border Patrol in its 92-year history, former FBI official Mark Morgan starts his new job this week as chief with a target on his back. The selection of the career FBI official to run the 20,000-strong force sends a clear message: BP has a culture problem that needs to be fixed.... Read more»

Border agency accused of political maneuvering after pulling report

Most of the people the U.S. Border Patrol stopped from sneaking into the country last year were from countries other than Mexico, according to agency statistics, a startling shift that might have provided fodder for politicians leading up to Tuesday’s election. But they didn’t get much of a chance, as the results were taken down after five hours.... Read more»1

Fatal 2010 Border Patrol shooting comes under renewed scrutiny

After a Border Patrol agent in 2010 fatally shot a fleeing teenage drug smuggler twice in the back, a review deemed the shooting death justified. But now that conclusion has been called into question by law enforcement officials, some of whom suspect that the agent was coached on his version of events by an internal affairs investigator.... Read more»

Sister of CBP Az head pleads guilty to human smuggling

The sister of the top-ranking U.S. Customs and Border Protection official in Arizona pleaded guilty Thursday to smuggling an immigrant through a Border Patrol checkpoint near Tucson in the car she was driving, her defense attorney said.... Read more»

Video: Busted in Texas

As Congress looks to significantly boost funding for the U.S. Border Patrol as part of a new immigration bill, we investigated the impact of the police buildup at a West Texas checkpoint. The Sierra Blanca checkpoint along Interstate 10 was set up to catch major traffickers and immigrants who entered the country illegally. But the checkpoint now busts thousands of unsuspecting Americans a year for low-level drug possession – including some famous musicians.... Read more»

New drone radar reveals Border Patrol 'gotaways' in high numbers

The Border Patrol has caught a fraction of the border crossers spotted by a sophisticated sensor mounted on unmanned spy aircraft and flown over remote stretches of desert, casting doubts on claims that the area is more secure than ever.... Read more»

Doubts about polygraphs don’t stop federal agencies from using them

Customs and Border Protection is one of 17 federal agencies that use polygraphs to screen prospective employees. Polygraph opponents say the exam is as reliable as flipping a coin to determine whether someone is lying. Examiners, in turn, say the polygraph is a tool used to extract all-important “admissions.”... Read more»2

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