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Trump plan: Deport illegal migrants to Mexico regardless of nationality

Buried deep in the Trump administration’s plans to round up undocumented immigrants is a provision certain to enrage Mexico — new authority for federal agents to deport immigrants caught crossing the southern border to Mexico, regardless of where they are from.... Read more»

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Senate fills 9th Circuit bench for first time in 22 years

The Senate on Monday confirmed San Francisco attorney Michelle Friedland to a seat on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals - filling the bench for the first time since 1992. The vote was 51-40. ... Read more»

Homeland Security sued for refusing to release Az checkpoint data

Seeking data on interior enforcement by the U.S. Border Patrol, the ACLU has filed a lawsuit demanding the release of hundreds of documents, including complaints, agency policies, and the accuracy of drug-sniffing dogs. ... Read more»

Domestic violence drops along with general crime

The recent Arizona Republic story was all too familiar: “Mesa police said they believe a 25-year-old man was the gunman in an apparent murder-suicide that also left his girlfriend dead Sunday morning in a school parking lot.”... Read more»

Colombia's controversial coca spraying could be the next drug war casualty

Last October an American anti-drug pilot was fumigating Colombian coca fields when Marxist guerrillas opened fire at his crop duster. Two bullets hit his left leg but the pilot managed to land safely in a cow pasture. He was lucky. Three weeks earlier, rebel gunfire brought down another anti-drug crop-dusting plane, killing the American pilot on board.... Read more»

Gun rights activists' latest strategy: Armed demonstrations

When advocates for tighter restrictions on guns rallied last week in Austin City Hall, a small group of opponents staged a counter-rally outside, carrying firearms and waving a flag emblazoned with an assault rifle and the caption “Come and Take It.”... Read more»2

Guest opinion

KOLD jumps the shark with 'psychic' report

The last few weeks have been tough on anyone who still believes that the media should have a serious role in the public dialogue in Tucson. As if to remove any doubt that things are in a downward spiral, KOLD decided to observe the two-year anniversary of the disappearance of Isabel Celis with a “special report” with a Phoenix-area psychic giving “insights” into the as-yet unsolved case.... Read more»2

Border Patrol ramping up in Rio Grande Valley

Border Patrol agents say the illegal traffic on public and private land in the Rio Grande Valley has triggered the need for additional resources in the region. In addition to the controversial border fence that straddles miles of the Rio Grande in this swampy part of Texas, the Valley has also seen an influx of watchtowers, barricades and agents.... Read more»

Republicans say no to CDC gun violence research

After the Sandy Hook school shooting, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) was one of a few congressional Republicans who expressed a willingness to reconsider the need for gun control laws. More than a year later, as Kingston competes in a crowded Republican primary race for a U.S. Senate seat, the congressman is no longer talking about common ground.... Read more»

Brewer signs law combating human trafficking

The help that Gov. Jan Brewer promised victims of human trafficking in her State of the State address became law Tuesday, increasing penalties and establishing being a victim of sex trafficking as a defense in child prostitution cases.... Read more»3

Meet the doc who gave $1 million to keep his gun research going

Since Congress pressured the CDC to stop funding research on gun violence, Dr. Garen Wintemute has donated more than $1.1 million of his own money to keep his research going. ... Read more»

Polygamist ranch seized by authorities in West Texas

Six years after Texas officials removed hundreds of children from their polygamist parents, state and local authorities seized the sprawling 1,700-acre Yearning For Zion Ranch last week outside Eldorado, bringing to a close a bizarre chapter involving fundamentalist Mormons whose leaders were eventually convicted for their participation in marriages to teen girls.... Read more»1

Supreme Court won't lift injunction blocking SB 1070 provision

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to lift an injunction that blocks Arizona from enforcing a provision of SB 1070 that would make it a crime to harbor or transport those not in the country legally. Most of the sections of the 2010 law have been struck down or enjoined by the courts.... Read more»1

Border agents arrest 26 for human smuggling, drugs

In the last 10 days Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents have apprehended 19 people for attempting to enter the country illegally — including two Chinese nationals hidden in the trunk of car, and arrested seven others for their role in human smuggling or drug trafficking. ... Read more»

Arivaca residents demand BP stop interfering with checkpoint monitors

The ACLU has sent a letter to the Border Patrol demanding that agents halt what the group alleges is interference and harassment of monitors and protestors at the checkpoint on Arivaca Road.... Read more»

Jump in fatal train accidents during 2013 prompts nat'l safety campaign

A nationwide spike in fatal train accidents involving trespassers and motorists in 2013 has prompted a national safety campaign urging people to think trains when they see tracks.... Read more»

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