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Weekend busts in Nogales turn up nearly $5.8M in marijuana & heroin

A series of unrelated busts at Nogales ports turned up nearly $5.8 million in drugs over the weekend, including 11,0000 pounds of marijuana hidden in a load of mesquite charcoal, and $33,000 in heroin hidden in a man's shoes.... Read more»

Advocates say court ruling won’t stop Obama’s immigration action

Arizona is one of 26 states suing to block President Obama's expanded immigration reforms, and state GOP lawmakers hailed the order delaying those policies two days before they were to take effect. Immigration advocates were unfazed, confident the order will be overturned. ... Read more»

Missing Green Valley man found at Nogales border crossing

An 80-year-old man with memory issues was found at the Nogales Port of Entry after he drove away from his Green Valley home earlier Tuesday, authorities said.... Read more»

Homeland Security delays accepting DACA applications

The day before federal officials were scheduled to begin accepting applications for deferred action under President Obama's executive actions, a Monday decision by a federal judge has halted the program. The secretary of Homeland Security announced that his agency had to comply with the eleventh-hour order and suspend the program until further notice. ... Read more»

Attorneys, feds mull options after immigration ruling

Immigration attorneys are telling their clients not to panic following a federal court ruling that temporarily halted President Obama’s November executive action.... Read more»

Advocates welcome FAA’s proposed rules on commercial drones

Backers say the proposed rules could open the door to a multibillion-dollar industry of commercial drone use, for jobs as varied as inspecting infrastructure to farming to movie making. The proposal was years in the making, and it will be months before they can take effect. ... Read more»

Federal judge blocks Obama's immigration action

In a late Monday filing, a U.S. District Court judge issued an injunction halting President Obama's November executive actions expanding deferred action. The order could keep federal officials from accepting applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on Wednesday. ... Read more»3

BP agents find $1.3M in marijuana near Gila Bend

Border Patrol agents discovered more than $1.3 million in marijuana hidden in two trucks near Gila Bend last Saturday. ... Read more»

Mexicans horrified to learn loved ones were not actually cremated

The discovery of 60 corpses in an abandoned crematorium in Acapulco is piling on to their anger about corruption and crime.... Read more»

Feds: Az day-care inspections need improvement

In two reports this month, the Department of Health and Human Services said that Arizona officials may not have ensured “that each provider complied with one or more State licensing requirements to ensure the health and safety of children.” But advocates who had seen the reports questioned the size of the federal audits.... Read more»

Factcheck: Overstating impact of funding stalemate on Homeland Security

Some Democrats overstated the potential impacts of a congressional stalemate that threatens to leave the Department of Homeland Security without funding after Feb. 27, raising the possibility that FEMA and Coast Guard employees would be furloughed.... Read more»

Bill to keep officers’ names secret after shootings moves forward

Despite objections from open-government and civil rights activists, a state Senate committee advanced a bill Wednesday that would allow law enforcement agencies to withhold for 90 days the names of officers involved in deadly force incidents.... Read more»1

Man arrested attempting to smuggle ammo to Mexico

Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a U.S. citizen after they found 300 rounds of ammunition shoved in his waistband and taped to this thighs just before he crossed into Mexico at the Port of Douglas on Tuesday. ... Read more»

ACLU sues Border Patrol for records covering alleged abuse of migrant children

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona filed a lawsuit against the federal government Wednesday for failing to produce records relating to allegations that migrant children were abused and mistreatment while held by Customs and Border Protection. The lawsuit stems from a complaint filed in June 2014 that 116 unaccompanied children reported abuse and neglect while in Border Patrol custody last year. ... Read more»

Texas DPS chief: Border surge wears on officers, resources

The multi-million dollar influx of Texas state police on the border is stemming the tide of illegal immigration, but parts of the operation are largely inefficient, the state’s top law enforcement officer told the House budget-writing committee on Wednesday.... Read more»

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