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Border agent's murder trial delayed for 5th time

The trial of Lonnie Ray Swartz, the Nogales-area Border Patrol agent accused of second degree murder for the 2012 cross-border shooting of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, has been delayed for the fifth time. Originally set to begin at the end of February, the trial will be now be delayed until June.... Read more»

Tucson mayor to Mexican president: 'Door to our city is open'

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild has invited Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to visit, saying that despite the recent executive orders by U.S. President Donald Trump, the "door to our city is open ... Building a wall or increasing tariffs sends the wrong message."... Read more»1

One-third of Americans think Trump's travel ban will make them safer

Imposing a temporary travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim countries, President Trump said the move would help protect the U.S. from terrorism. But less than one-third of Americans believe the move makes them "more safe," according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released Tuesday. ... Read more»

One dead, one hurt in Air Force training accident at White Sands

One person was killed and another hurt during a U.S. Air Force live-fire training accident involving F-16 fighter planes in New Mexico. The jets were based at Luke AFB in Arizona.... Read more»

Appeals court upholds conviction of lookout for border drug smugglers

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the conviction of a spotter for a group of border drug smugglers, rejecting his argument that his confession was coerced and the government had not presented enough evidence for a conviction.... Read more»

National report card: Arizona ranks among worst for highway safety laws

Arizona was rated one of the most dangerous states in the nation for drivers and passengers due to its relative lack of highway safety laws, according to a national report card.... Read more»

Homeland Security chief vows to enforce Trump travel ban ‘humanely’

The secretary of Homeland Security on Tuesday defended President Trump’s ban on refugee admissions and vowed that he would enforce the policy “humanely.” Secretary Kelly’s comments came just days after Trump signed an order temporarily barring refugees from all countries – and all travelers from seven Muslim countries.... Read more»

Union-backed Vitiello named as Border Patrol chief

A longtime border agent was tapped to lead the Border Patrol on Tuesday, with Ronald Vitiello's appointment announced in a CBP tweet. Vitiello had been backed by the union for BP agents, as the Trump administration is poised to add 5,000 to the agency's contingent of 25,000.... Read more»

Factcheck: Trump’s faulty refugee policy comparison

President Trump defended his sweeping immigration policy by calling it “similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.” That’s a faulty comparison.... Read more»

Border Patrol agent convicted of corruption but not Texas murder

Border Patrol Agent Joel Luna was found guilty of engaging in organized criminal activity, but a Cameron County jury acquitted him of murder. ... Read more»

Az lawmakers split on Trump order halting refugee admissions

Arizona lawmakers split over President Donald Trump’s executive order suspending refugee admissions and stalling travel from seven Muslim-majority nations, with Democrats predictably voicing opposition – along with some Republicans.... Read more»

Sheriff shuffles commanders, cuts one bureau chief

Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier is reorganizing his department after taking office earlier this month, eliminating one bureau and a high-ranking position, and combining functions under reshuffled leaders with one newly elevated bureau chief.... Read more»

Guest opinion

McCain & Graham: Trump's immigration order a 'self-inflicted wound' in terrorism fight

"It is clear from the confusion at our airports across the nation that President Trump's executive order was not properly vetted. ... Ultimately, we fear this executive order will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism."... Read more»

Judge allows travelers who landed with visas to stay in country

A federal judge in Brooklyn, New York issued an emergency stay on Saturday that temporarily blocks the U.S. government from sending people out of the country after they have landed at a U.S. airport with valid visas. ... Read more»

Trump order will block 500,000 legal U.S. residents from returning from trips abroad

In banning newcomers from seven countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days, the president has used language that will affect those who are in the U.S. already on visas and green cards.... Read more»

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