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House panel calls for crackdown on ‘growing problem’ of visa overstays

House members called on Homeland Security officials to crack down on the “growing problem” of immigrants who overstay their visas in the U.S. "With this year’s number of border apprehensions at a record low, visa overstays are a much, much bigger problem than they have been historically,” said Rep. Martha McSally.... Read more»

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Violence, not deferred action, behind border surge

Based on a statistical analysis of unaccompanied children arrivals data, border security statistics, and violence levels in Central America, it is clear that violence in countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador—rather than deferred action or lax U.S. border enforcement—is driving the increase in unaccompanied children.... Read more»1

Texas Gov. Perry and Obama will meet to discuss border crisis

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will meet with President Obama on Wednesday to discuss the continuing crisis on the border, an aide to the governor confirmed Tuesday.... Read more»

Mexico's cartel-fighting vigilantes get closer to Texas border

Armed residents are taking on the feared Zetas cartel in Tamaulipas state. One desperate town’s mayor applauds them. The vigilantes are rising after the Mexican government failed to stop the country from becoming a world kidnap capital, with more than 1,600 reported abductions in 2013. There have been more than 70,000 cartel-related killings since 2006.... Read more»

Abused dogs healed, ready for adoption

Vanna and Lily, two severely abused dogs left outside the Humane Society in May, are now healthy, happy and ready for adoption. The pit-bull mixes, assumed to be sisters, do not have to be adopted together, "but that would be a dream come true for us and the girls," a spokeswoman said.... Read more»

Woman settles part of border cavity search lawsuit for $1.1 million

A woman who sued a border-area hospital and agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection after being subjected to what she argued was an unwarranted body cavity search for drugs has settled part of the lawsuit for $1.1 million.... Read more»

Monsoon storms flood some county roads

Monsoon storms have flooded some Pima County road, closing two and leading authorities to advise caution when driving on others. Here's the list:... Read more»

Politicians, experts hosting forum on mental health, violence

Prompted by gun violence, local politicians and mental health experts will hold a community forum on mental health issues Monday night.... Read more»

Jones: Obama joins cartels, conducting 'coyote' operation

Republican candidate for governor Christine Jones attacked President Obama on Monday, accusing him of conducting "the biggest 'coyote' operation in history" and blaming the administration for the influx of illegal immigrants. Jones said a PR campaign to deter young immigrants from Central America is a waste of money.... Read more»1

Weather Service issues flood advisory

The National Weather Service issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for east central Pima County — including Green Valley — Monday afternoon.... Read more»

Appeals court: Give driver's licenses to deferred action recipients

The 9th Circuit Court on Monday ordered that Arizona provide driver's licenses to recipients of deferred action from deportation — those commonly known as "Dreamers." Saying that the state's policy appears to be motivated by animosity to the young immigrants, the court ordered an injunction blocking Gov. Brewer's 2012 executive order.... Read more»

El Salvador: Gangs kill teachers over as little as a failing grade

School violence is a factor driving young Central American migrants to the U.S. border.... Read more»

Video: Texas gov implies 'conspiracy' on border crisis

On ABC News 'This Week,' Texas Gov. Rick Perry told host Martha Raddatz that the Obama Administration is failing on border security and that the President's response is "about five years too late." ... Read more»

1000 px: Drivers in the storm

As a thunderstorm hit Tucson on Saturday, and several thousand customers had their electricity knocked out by high winds, drivers dodged raindrops and blowing debris — no one more than these guys spotted hunched in an open convertible on the West Side.... Read more»

Update: Weather Service issues severe thunderstorm, flash flood warnings

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Tucson area Saturday afternoon, warning of wind gusts and heavy rain, and hail.... Read more»

Weather Service warns of Green Valley storm

The National Weather Service has warned of thunderstorms and flooding in the Green Valley area. The storm, moving northwest at 5 mph, was capable of producing quarter-sized hail and "damaging winds in excess of 60 mph," and an inch of rain had fallen in an hour Friday afternoon, the agency said.... Read more»

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