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County stops work after clash over migrant shelter at vacant Pima juvenile center

Plans to turn an unused section of the juvenile detention center into a Catholic Community Services shelter for hundreds of released migrants have prompted debate, with activists calling the move a "non-starter," and supporters assailing "second-guessing that undermines the work."... Read more»7

As threatened ICE sweeps loom, immigration rhetoric heats up on Capitol Hill

With deportation sweeps expected to start in major cities this weekend and footage of migrant families being held in "deplorable" conditions at the border, the Hispanic Caucus rallied against threatened ICE roundups.... Read more»

Border Patrol agents are passing around commemorative coin mocking care for migrant kids

An unofficial commemorative coin has been circulating among Border Patrol agents at the U.S./Mexico border, mocking the task of caring for migrant children and other duties that have fallen to agents as families cross into the U.S.... Read more»

Court vacates sentence for teen gang member given life without parole

A divided 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that since Riley Briones Jr.’s sentencing in 1997, the U.S. Supreme Court has banned life without parole except for “the rarest” of juveniles who are permanently incorrigible.... Read more»

Arizona has fewer wildfires than last year, but blazes are bigger

Arizonans this year are dealing with fewer wildfires than last year, but the fires are significantly larger. "From January 1st to July 10th, we’ve had 935 wildfires – that equates to 205,819 acres burned."... Read more»

Border apprehensions dropped in June, but federal officials say crisis continues

While announcing the number of migrants apprehended along America's southern border, the Trump administration also warned that the one-month change does not signal that the influx of people crossing is over.... Read more»

High court’s ruling in death-row case could affect 19 others

In the fall, the Supreme Court will rule on whether Arizona state courts improperly imposed the death penalty on James McKinney by having a judge sentence him instead of a jury.... Read more»

Border Patrol condemns secret Facebook group, but reveals few specifics

The agency won’t say how many employees have been disciplined or warned in the ongoing scandal over offensive social media posts.... Read more»

Phoenix police roll out more body cameras; 950 officers now have them

The Phoenix Police Department has continued its rollout of body-worn cameras, issuing the devices to about a dozen officers in the Cactus Park Precinct in north Phoenix. ... Read more»

Pima County to lease juvenile center for stop-over for asylum-seekers

Asylum seekers freshly released from federal custody may have a new place for respite as Pima County is set to turn over an unused section of the juvenile detention center to Catholic Community Services.... Read more»1

Immigration officials use secretive gang databases to deny asylum claims

With scant public notice, immigration officials are relying on databases run by foreign police and militaries to check whether migrants crossing the U.S. border have gang affiliations, which would allow officials to detain and eventually deport them.... Read more»

Appeals court blocks Trump from building border wall with defense funds

A federal appeals court ruled against the Trump administration Wednesday, rejecting an attempt to use $8.1 billion siphoned from the Defense Department to construct several border wall projects, including one near Yuma that was scheduled to begin in March. ... Read more»

33 people found in unrefrigerated trailer at I-19 checkpoint

Border Patrol agents arrested the driver of a semi-tractor trailer after they found 33 people hidden in his trailer Thursday night at the checkpoint on Interstate 19.... Read more»

'Sanctuary city' initiative heading to Tucson voters as backers submit petitions

After months of work, organizers for an initiative to make Tucson a "sanctuary city," said Wednesday that they submitted some 17,000 signatures, nearly double the number they need to get the initiative on November's ballot. ... Read more»5

'Deplorable': CBP official condemns border agents' FB jokes about migrant deaths

A top official at Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday of a secret Facebook group for BP agents that the "views expressed in those posts are deplorable and do not represent the core values that we swear to uphold."... Read more»

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