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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»

Supreme Court decision on Texas cross-border shooting could stall suit vs. BP agent in Az

On Monday, the Supreme Court may decide the fate of Hernández v. Mesa, a lawsuit launched by the parents of a 15-year-old boy who was shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent in El Paso in 2010. The ruling will have a bearing on the fate of a civil suit filed against a different BP agent in the 2012 cross-border shooting death of a Mexican teenager in Nogales.... Read more»

Border Patrol raids No More Deaths camp, arrest migrants seeking medical care

Border Patrol agents raided a No More Deaths camp in the desert south of Arivaca on Thursday and arrested four Mexican men suspected of entering the country without authorization, violating a tenuous agreement between the agency and the humanitarian aid group. ... Read more»

Ducey touts value of Mexico trade, hopes to be in any negotiations

Gov. Doug Ducey told a U.S.-Mexico diplomacy conference Wednesday that maintaining good trade between the countries is important, and he expects the state to have a “seat at the table” in any upcoming trade negotiations.... Read more»

ICE director says ‘no population is off the table’ for immigration arrests

The acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement told a House committee Tuesday that while the agency is targeting criminal immigrants as it ramps up enforcement efforts, “no population is off the table” for immigration arrests.... Read more»

Man about to pick up newborn son after surgery arrested by ICE agents

The case of Oscar Millan shows ICE’s renewed focus on strict immigration enforcement. Under the Obama administration, agents had discretion in cases of immigrants with gravely sick children.... Read more»

Nearly 600,000 immigration cases clog courts

Racked with a backlog approaching 600,000 cases, the nation’s 58 immigration courts over the last decade have taken longer to rule on deportations, asylum claims and other matters despite hiring more judges and more than doubling its annual budget.... Read more»

BP agent's lawyer asks judge to dismiss murder indictment

The lawyer for a Border Patrol agent facing a murder trial in the 2012 cross-border shooting death of a Mexican teen has asked a judge to dismiss the charges because the grand jury issued the indictment after hearing testimony from a supervisory agent, who repeated statements made by Agent Lonnie Swartz just minutes after the shooting. ... Read more»

Trump’s immigration pick attacked Obama programs in ghost-written Senate letters

If letters written by Lee Francis Cissna, the president’s nominee to head U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, are any guide, he’s poised to dismantle Obama-era policies like a humanitarian program for Central American children. ... Read more»

Prosecutor says witness statements 'irrelevant' in BP murder trial

A federal prosecutor said the testimony of a witness, who said that a 16-year-old Mexican boy was involved in drug smuggling just before he was fatally shot by a U.S. Border Patrol agent, is "irrelevant" to determining if Lonnie Swartz is guilty of murder in the cross-border shooting.... Read more»

Video: Lawmakers fight in Texas amid immigration protests, ICE called by GOP rep.

On the last day of the regular session of the Texas Legislature, hundreds protested at the Capitol — and a Republican lawmaker called ICE on them. He also nearly came to blows with Democratic colleagues. With video.... Read more»

ACLU sues over records of hunger strikes in immigration detention centers

The ACLU has sued the Department of Homeland Security in federal court, seeking records the civil rights group contends provide accounts of hunger strikes at immigration detention facilities. ... Read more»

Meth gathers alarming momentum

The opioid epidemic has killed tens of thousands over the last two years and driven major reforms in law enforcement and public health policies for people with addiction. But another deadly but popular drug, methamphetamine, also has been surging in many parts of the country. ... Read more»

BioDiv tells UN that U.S. has 'obligation' to protect species threatened by border wall

Tucson's Center for Biological Diversity, along with representatives of the Tohono O'odham in Sonora and a coalition of Mexican enviro groups, are pushing for the UN to investigate the consequences of the Trump administration's plan to build a border wall along the northern edge of a nature preserve.... Read more»

House panel calls for crackdown on ‘growing problem’ of visa overstays

House members called on Homeland Security officials to crack down on the “growing problem” of immigrants who overstay their visas in the U.S. "With this year’s number of border apprehensions at a record low, visa overstays are a much, much bigger problem than they have been historically,” said Rep. Martha McSally.... Read more»

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