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The Taking

How a Texas bureaucrat became a multimillionaire amid rush to build border fence

A decade ago as the federal government rushed to construct 60 miles of barrier in the Rio Grande Valley, it entrusted the chief of a little-known local agency to execute a compromise project. What it didn’t know was that he — and his family — stood to make millions from it.... Read more»

The most important border stories of 2017

While much of our coverage was based on the raucous actions of the Trump administration, TucsonSentinel.com delved into some hidden corners of the borderlands, including a story about a decorated Marine who faces deportation despite being a U.S. citizen, a story that uses documents that describe how the ex-governor of Sonora may have been linked to a cocaine smuggler, and the trial of a Border Patrol agent accused of second-degree murder for the 2012 cross-border shooting of a Mexican teenager. ... Read more»

After reeling with U.S. economy, immigrant remittances rebound

The global scale of the so-called Great Recession that began 10 years ago in the United States may have been illustrated best by the steep drop in remittances, or money that immigrants send to family back home.... Read more»

DHS: Border apprehensions down as interior enforcement ramps up

Calling the results “historic,” Trump administration officials touted that the number of arrests at the border has dropped to the lowest level in 46 years, following a trend that began in 2000.... Read more»

Chilling new report cites greater death toll in Mexican massacre

A disturbing report by Mexican researchers provides new details about a 2011 massacre in Allende, a quiet ranching town less than an hour’s drive from the United States, and suggests that many more people were killed in the incident than estimated by Mexican authorities. ... Read more»

Inside a private prison’s $150M deal to detain immigrants in New Mexico

Despite the cancellation of private prison giant CoreCivic's contract with the Bureau of Prisons after inmate deaths at a New Mexico, the facility was repurposed as an immigration detention center under a new federal contract.... Read more»

Mexican officials seize van with drug-lobbing air cannon in Agua Prieta

Mexican officials have again seized a cargo van containing an air cannon designed to launch bundles of marijuana over the fence separating Douglas, Ariz., and its sister city of Agua Prieta, Mexico.... Read more»

As NAFTA staggers, Arizona pushes to maintain trade relationship with Mexico

As the future of NAFTA remains uncertain on a national level and negotiations don’t seem to be moving forward, Gov. Ducey’s administration is still pushing to continue the relationship with Mexico, Arizona’s main international trade partner.... Read more»1

Arizonans join hundreds in raucous protests demanding action on DACA

Hundreds of protesters packed the lobby of a Senate office building Thursday, their chants echoing off the marble walls as they demanded that Congress vote to protect DACA recipients.... Read more»

Immigrants wary as DHS ends Nicaraguan protection, extends Hondurans

Arizona immigrants with Temporary Protected Status who were looking to the Department of Homeland Security for clues to their future in the U.S. may have been left with more questions than answers after an announcement this week.... Read more»

The fate of thousands of unaccompanied children is decided in immigration court

More than 5,400 juvenile immigration deportation cases were heard in Arizona between 2005 and July 2017, according to data from the Executive Office of Immigration Review. ... Read more»

Video: Will a border wall stop migrant deaths in Arizona?

President Trump’s promise of a border wall has sparked wildly different reactions across the country. In Southern Arizona, where long stretches of desert and extreme heat have killed thousands of migrants, water is the common ground between pro-immigrant activists and a rancher who backs the wall. ... Read more»1

Tucson Border Patrol agents return from Puerto Rico

Two dozen specially trained Border Patrol agents returned to Tucson on Tuesday after working in Puerto Rico as part of the federal government's response to Hurricane Maria. ... Read more»

ICE to focus on businesses that hire undocumented immigrants

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement plans to boost its efforts targeting businesses by “four to five times” and will prosecute employers who knowingly hire illegal workers.... Read more»

Advocates: Trump immigration demands complicate DACA replacement

Advocates and lawmakers in Arizona say the path to a bill protecting DREAMers got more difficult last week, when the White House issued a list of immigration policy priorities that it said must be part of any DACA legislation.... Read more»1

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