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Homeland Security may not have capacity to hire 15,000 border officers Trump promised

The Homeland Security Department may not have the resources needed to hire the thousands of new agents President Trump has ordered, and even if it could it might not know how to best deploy them.... Read more»

Sierra Vista man arrested for smuggling 6 Mexican men

A Sierra Vista-area man was arrested Wednesday by Border Patrol agents south of Benson for transporting in his vehicle six Mexican men who were illegally present in the United States, authorities said. ... Read more»

BP agents rescue man, 4 teens from week-long walk in Az desert

A 911 call led to the rescue of a Mexican man and four teenagers on Monday afternoon by U.S. Border Patrol agents near Sells, about 56 miles southwest of Tucson. The group told the agents they had been walking in the desert for a week before they were rescued. ... Read more»

TPD officer charged with domestic violence with a weapon

An officer with the Tucson Police Department was arrested Sunday, charged with domestic violence and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in an off-duty incident Friday night. Michael Sauber was booked into the Pima County jail, authorities said.... Read more»

Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio found guilty of criminal contempt

Former Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio was guilty found of criminal contempt by a federal judge on Monday. Arpaio, while sheriff, violated the constitutional rights of people by detaining them without state charges, solely for violating civil immigration law, and did not halt the practice when ordered to by a federal court.... Read more»

Legal marijuana still faces rocky road, despite budding support

Ask advocates of marijuana legalization how their cause fared during the 2017 state legislative sessions and they'll tell you that though the gains were incremental, they're hopeful that several legislatures will eventually make possession and sale of the federally prohibited drug legal. ... Read more»

Factchecking Trump's border boast

Boasting about a decline in apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border on his watch, President Donald Trump falsely claimed that border apprehensions “didn’t go down” under “past administrations.” Actually, they declined in 10 of the last 16 fiscal years.... Read more»

Landscaper dies after SW Side bee attack

A Tucson man died Monday morning after bees attacked him and a coworker on a landscaping job on the Southwest Side. An elderly resident was hospitalized after the incident, but is stable and expected to be released. ... Read more»

After near-fatal collision, former Tucson-area firefighter is devoted to bike safety

Brendan Lyons ended up in the hospital after two bicycle crashes caused by distracted drivers — one of which fractured vertebrae and gave him a traumatic brain injury. Now, he runs a chapter of Look! Save a Life, a nonprofit that promotes biking safety and awareness among those behind the wheel.... Read more»3

DHS leader leaving for White House chief of staff post

Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly will leave his post as Homeland Security Secretary at the end of the month to become White House chief of staff, replacing Reince Priebus. ... Read more»

CBP to jumpstart construction of Trump’s border wall in Texas wildlife refuge

Customs and Border Protection indicates it will use its own funds to build 3-mile segment of wall amid one of the nation’s most cherished bird-watching locales, the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge along the Rio Grande River in Texas.... Read more»

Asarco worker killed in equipment crash at Green Valley mine

A 41-year-old Asarco employee was killed Thursday night in a crash at the open pit mine west of Sahuarita. The Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner identified the man as Gabriel Benitez of Tucson. ... Read more»

Agents at BP checkpoint nab pot in fake Dish Network van

Border Patrol agents at a checkpoint south of Gila Bend seized nearly 400 pounds of marijuana on Wednesday from a van painted to look it belonged to the satellite television company Dish Network, authorities said. ... Read more»

140-lb bundle of marijuana launched over border wall in Douglas

Following a trend of inventive means to get drugs over the wall near Douglas, police seized a bundle of more than 140 pounds of marijuana that had been launched over the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday. ... Read more»

Defense bill could include $1.6 billion to start border wall

Democrats are blasting a GOP plan to allocate $1.57 billion to begin construction of a border wall with Mexico, by slipping that language into a critical defense funding bill. But there appears to be little else they can do to stop the funding language.... Read more»

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