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Churches promise 'radical welcome' for migrants with revived Sanctuary movement

Leaders from 19 Southern Arizona congregations agreed to defend refugees and unauthorized immigrants from deportation, bucking the Trump administration's apparent plan to immediately deport 2-3 million people. The local faith leaders have joined a larger movement involving more than 700 religious congregations nationwide. ... Read more»

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Mexican officials destroy guns connected to 'Operation Fast and Furious'

Mexican authorities in Monterrey destroyed nearly 6,000 firearms during a special ceremony on Tuesday, including 500 weapons connected with Operation Fast and Furious, a botched U.S. federal investigation that lost track of hundreds of firearms after they were purchased by straw buyers in U.S. gun stores. ... Read more»1

Border Patrol agent's Texas murder trial begins

The capital murder case began in 2015 with the discovery of a headless body floating off South Padre Island. The trial of two men charged in the case — a U.S. Border Patrol agent and his Mexican-born brother — begins Tuesday in South Texas... Read more»

Farmworker visas more than doubled in Arizona, U.S. in recent years

The number of H-2A visas issued to agricultural workers in Arizona has more than doubled in the past five years, mirroring a national increase in the temporary “guest worker program” for noncitizens.... Read more»

McCain: Securing border takes 'a lot more than walls'

One day after President-elect Donald Trump promised to start working “immediately” on a wall on the Mexico border, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said a wall alone would not be sufficient to secure the border.... Read more»

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Border Patrol recruits: Wild horses, tamed by prisoners

Long before the desert sun has had a chance to heat the dusty prison yard, some 20 inmates at an Arizona state prison begin quietly tending horses. Both the men and the horses are still learning how to live behind fences. Prisoners in the Wild Horse Inmate Program train mustangs that will eventually be adopted by the Border Patrol.... Read more»

ACLU asks judge to hold BP in contempt over missing evidence

Civil rights groups asked a federal judge Monday to hold the Border Patrol in contempt of court for failing to turn over video from Tucson Sector holding facilities. A lawyer wrote that the agency was "stonewalling" and acting in "bad faith" and had allowed a computer update to corrupt months of video showing conditions in the facilities.... Read more»

Mexico again says 'no way' it will pay for Trump's border wall

Mexico's new Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said on Tuesday there is no way his country will pay for the wall that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to build on the United States' southern border to keep out illegal immigrants. ... Read more»

Tequila makers, volunteers lift endangered bats off the mat

An unusual alliance of researchers and tequila makers have helped rescue a crucial American Southwest pollinator known as the lesser long-nosed bat from the brink of extinction, according to U.S. wildlife managers who want the bat removed from the endangered and threatened species list. ... Read more»

Trump may match Obama on deportations, but would radically shift focus

Donald Trump’s most recent immigration pledge is to deport undocumented immigrants with criminal records, which he estimates at 2 million to 3 million immigrants – or roughly the same number deported by outgoing President Barack Obama.... Read more»

Environmentalists criticize proposed jaguar recovery plan

Environmental groups are criticizing the details of a proposed jaguar recovery plan released Monday by the Fish and Wildlife Service, arguing the plan is too weak to protect the species from extinction. Two wild male jaguars recently spotted in Southern Arizona are the only known jaguars in the country.... Read more»

Border Patrol agent shoots, wounds man near Douglas

A U.S. Border Patrol agent shot a man, wounding him in the leg, during a fight Friday night near Douglas. The agent was assaulted while arresting two men, officials said.... Read more»

Bordering on insecurity

Texas wages a war on drugs at the border. That might be the wrong place.

An estimated 1.6 million adult Texans have substance use disorders, many addicted to drugs that arrive illegally from Mexico. ... Read more»

Could programs to help undocumented gain driver's licenses backfire?

Advocates fear that programs in a dozen states might be used by a Trump administration to bolster deportations aims. ... Read more»

Bordering on insecurity

If we hire them, they will come: The demand side of border security

A fundamental truth underlies the nation's collective failure to stop illegal immigration and smuggling over the southern border: The United States demands the cheap labor and drugs. ... Read more»

Teens apprehended with marijuana launched into U.S. by air cannon

Two teenagers were arrested by Border Patrol agents in Naco after they were found with a bundle of marijuana believed to have been launched over the border by an air cannon, authorities said. ... Read more»

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