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Activists angered as DHS waives environmental rules on border projects

The Department of Homeland Security invoked a waiver of environmental and other regulations Tuesday to speed construction of border projects, a decision that critics said will “endanger wildlife and people.”... 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»

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»

Gov. Ducey declares emergency over sewer line break in Nogales

Arizona Gov. Ducey declared a state of emergency, calling for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide assistance to staunch a breach in a pipeline that carries sewage from Sonora, Mexico, to a wastewater treatment plant north of Nogales, Arizona.... 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»

State Dep't cautions travelers about tainted liquor in Mexico

In the wake of investigative reports about illnesses and a death possibly connected to adulterated alcohol at Mexican resorts, the U.S. State Department updated its travel alerts to caution tourists to drink in moderation and "stop and seek medical attention if you begin to feel ill."... Read more»

Coke smuggler's arrest unravels alleged corruption of ex-Sonora governor

The arrest of an Hermosillo man for firing guns into the air led to the investigation of nearly two dozen members of Sonora's government, unveiling an alleged deal between a businessman and cocaine smuggler to funnel money into the campaign of Gov. Guillermo Padrés in exchange for rigged construction deals.... Read more»

Study: Senate bill could give 1.8 million DREAMers path to citizenship

They are called DREAMers, the young, undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children, and their dream of citizenship got renewed backing Thursday from two prominent senators. Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, and Dick Durbin, D-Ill, introduced the Dream Act 2017.... Read more»

Democrats cry foul at removal of border wall ban from defense budget

The 2018 defense spending bill that is expected to come up for a House vote Friday will not have language that would have prevented Pentagon funds from being used to build a border wall.... Read more»

Frustrated senators urge DHS to fill ‘gaping holes’ on visa overstays

Current data on visa overstayers in the U.S. have “gaping holes” that need to be filled, frustrated lawmakers told Department of Homeland Security officials at a Senate hearing Wednesday.... Read more»

Rights groups sue CBP for 'systematic' violations of U.S. asylum law

Immigration advocates filed a class-action suit against Customs and Border Protection, arguing that CBP officers at crossings along the Mexican border have systemically violated U.S. law and international human rights agreements by refusing to allow people to seek asylum. ... Read more»

ICE officers told to take action against all undocumented immigrants encountered while on duty

The head of ICE's deportation unit has directed officers to take action against all undocumented immigrants they may cross paths with, regardless of criminal histories — apparently pushing for even tougher action than the Trump administration has publicly promised.... Read more»

CBP: Border 'wall' will mix walls, tech & 130 miles of 'natural barriers'

President Trump’s promised wall along the Mexican border will be more like a “border wall system” of walls, fencing, technology, law enforcement, patrol roads – and 130 miles with nothing but “natural barriers,” a border official said Tuesday.... Read more»

Feds hunt down mystery landowners in bid to build border wall

The federal government has spent a decade chasing a meandering paper trail, with researchers combing through yellowed government files, testing the faded memories of neighbors and perusing the local library as they try to sort out who owns the land.... Read more»

Court gives family of slain Mexican teen new chance to sue BP agent

The Supreme Court has ordered a lower court to reconsider its decision to throw out a lawsuit that a Mexican family filed against the Border Patrol agent who fatally shot their son across the border. The Texas case may still have a long way to go in the courts, but the outcome could affect a similar 2012 case in Nogales.... Read more»

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