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BP agent's murder trial in cross-border shooting delayed until March 2018

The trial of Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz, accused of unlawfully killing a Mexican teenager during a 2012 cross-border shooting, has been rescheduled as attorneys wrestle over the handling of the autopsy and notes that describe how the 16-year-old died. ... Read more»

As border wall prototype construction starts, one Arizona geographer speaks up

President Trump's border wall “would basically be just this massive project for no real apparent reasons other than political expediency and this whole political performance,” said ASU geographer Scott Warren, who lives in Ajo.... Read more»

Napolitano has hopes for NAFTA, despite U.S.-Mexico relations

Former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano thinks there is a deal to be had in the current renegotiation of NAFTA, if the deterioration of relations between the United States and Mexico doesn’t get in the way of finding common goals.... Read more»1

Why are border deaths up when border crossings are down?

Government policies funneling illegal immigrants into more dangerous crossing areas have contributed to fatalities.... Read more»

Trump administration will end refugee program for children

Minors from violence-plagued El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala will no longer be permitted to reunite with their parents in the United States.... Read more»

Feds waive enviro laws for new stretch of border wall

Despite a lawsuit from an Tucson-based environmental group, Homeland Security officials are setting aside more than two dozen federal laws and regulations to replace a two-mile section of border wall near Calexico, Calif.... Read more»

Relatives of undocumented children caught up in ICE dragnet

In a shift from how it operated during the Obama administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is cracking down on relatives who let undocumented kids stay with them after entering the U.S.... Read more»

Sierra Vista firm gets contract for part of border wall construction

A Sierra Vista company won one of four contracts awarded last week to build prototypes of President Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, the second round of awards in as many weeks.... Read more»

Arizona lawmakers sour on plan to revoke DACA, vow to work on new bill

Arizona Democrats, joined by some Republicans, had harsh words for the Trump administration’s Tuesday announcement that it will revoke the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program unless Congress can agree on a replacement in six months.... Read more»

Trump administration: DACA ending in March

The Trump administration ordered an end Tuesday to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama action that shields about 788,000 people from deportation, and pushed Congress to replace the policy with a legislative fix before March 5, 2018. ... Read more»

Trump will revoke DACA in 6 months, punts to Congress for fix

The Trump administration is expected to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in six months, passing the issue to Congress for a fix while fulfilling a long-term promise made to hardline supporters of the Republican president. ... Read more»

Will Trump’s wall stop drug smuggling?

President Donald Trump says that his proposed wall along the Mexico border “will stop much of the drugs from pouring into this country.” We cannot predict the future, but the fact is that most illicit drugs pass undetected through legal ports of entry.... Read more»

Tempe firm among 4 finalists for concrete border wall prototypes

Federal officials have picked four companies, including one from Tempe, Arizona, to build concrete prototypes of President Trump's promised wall along the Southwestern border. ... Read more»

Border Patrol says Texas checkpoints to remain open during Hurricane Harvey

As Texans in the Rio Grande Valley prepare for Hurricane Harvey, the U.S. Border Patrol said its checkpoints north of the border will remain open.... Read more»

Douglas-area smugglers continue to launch drugs over border wall

On Wednesday evening, Border Patrol agents found a large bundle of about 100 lbs. of marijuana after it was launched over the wall that separates Douglas, Ariz., and Agua Prieta, Sonora. ... Read more»

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