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Arivaca residents plan 24-hour vigil at BP checkpoint

Residents of Arivaca, south of Tucson, plan to launch 24-hour vigil and observation effort at 10 a.m. Sunday at the checkpoint on Arivaca Road, just west of Interstate 19. Activists have argued that the checkpoint on Arivaca Road, 25 miles north of the Arizona-Mexico border, is the site of civil rights violations, including unconstitutional searches and seizures, racial profiling and excessive use of force.... Read more»2

Border agents catch sex offenders

Four men arrested in the past week by Border Patrol agents were previously convicted of sex crimes, and a fifth man had an outstanding warrant for a sex offense, the agency said in a release. All five men, who were detained in three separate incidents, were in the country illegally.... Read more»1

Analysis

Are the missing students protests turning into a Mexican spring?

Analysis: More than two months after Mexico’s Ayotzinapa students disappeared, protests are still rocking the country, and they’re spreading. Many demonstrators want to remove President Enrique Peña Nieto. But most analysts say that’s not likely.... Read more»

FactCheck

Behind the rising deportations of 'criminals'

In his immigration speech, President Obama said “deportations of criminals are up 80 percent.” But an independent analysis of deportation data found the increase is driven largely by the removal of individuals “whose most serious conviction was an immigration or traffic violation.”... Read more»2

Predator drone, dogs help BP agents seize nearly $2M in drugs

With help from a Predator drone, a National Guard helicopter, and a drug dog at a checkpoint, Tucson Sector Border Patrol seized more nearly $2 million in drugs in multiple seizures this week, including nearly $100,000 in cocaine and more than $252,000 in heroin, according to a release from the agency.... Read more»1

Gov't data sharpens focus on crude-oil train routes

A ProPublica analysis of federal government data adds new details to what’s known about the routes taken by trains carrying crude oil. Local governments are often unaware of the potential dangers they face.... Read more»

FactCheck: Incoming Arkansas senator's porous border story

Incoming Arkansas senator Tom Cotton distorted the facts of a 2011 failed terrorist plot to make his case that the U.S. border with Mexico is “open” and “defenseless.”... Read more»4

High court denies Arizona appeal in death row case

The Supreme Court let stand a lower court’s ruling that Arizona death-row inmate Richard Dean Hurles should get a new hearing in the 1992 stabbing death of a Buckeye librarian. The court considered Hurles’ case for more than a year before deciding against hearing it.... Read more»

Analysis

Mexico: Missing students a symptom of a larger crisis

Apart from being a human rights atrocity, the case of 43 disappeared students in Mexico is also a reflection of a faulty government system that the U.S. helped cultivate.... Read more»

Photos: Digging for the disappeared in Mexico

Fed up with authorities who haven’t found their missing loved ones, citizens’ brigades are defying the law to search themselves.... Read more»

U.S. firms supply eavesdropping gear to Central Asian autocrats

American companies are supplying technology that the governments of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are using to spy on their citizens’ communications and clamp down on dissent, according to a new report from the U.K.-based advocacy group Privacy International.... Read more»

Free bike lamps will 'Light the Night' for Tucson cyclists

An event Tuesday evening will offer local riders free bicycle lights and information on riding safely and legally after dark. “Light the Night,” sponsored by the City of Tucson, PAG and Living Streets Alliance, will take place at 5 p.m. at the corner of North Campbell Avenue and East 3rd Street.... Read more»1

Photos: Thanksgiving in sanctuary

Members of the congregation of Southside Presbyterian Church held Thanksgiving with Rosa Robles Loreta and her family, breaking bread Thursday with a woman who has been in sanctuary for more than 100 days while facing a deportation order.... Read more»

Blaze destroys Bisbee home on Thanksgiving

A Thursday morning fire in Bisbee has left a married couple homeless, with one receiving minor burns. A dog is missing and thought to have died in the blaze.... Read more»

U.S. citizen with multiple convictions arrested after running BP checkpoint

A U.S. citizen an arrest warrant and multiple convictions was one of seven men arrested by Border Patrol agents in the last two weeks, including three men wanted for sex crimes, and three gang members.... Read more»1

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