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Court: Border Patrol bosses can't be sued for agents’ actions

A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that Border Patrol supervisors cannot be sued for the actions of subordinates who routinely stopped vans “based principally on ‘the Latin, Hispanic or Mexican appearance’” of their occupants.... Read more»

Panel: House should hold Holder in contempt in 'Fast & Furious' probe

A House committee voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress in the investigation into Operation Fast and Furious, the botched “gun-walking” operation by federal agents in Arizona.... Read more»1

New rules may test some 'come forward' immigration policies

Immigration advocates say how the government treats illegal immigrants who come forward after last week’s federal policy shift will provide a test for other reforms.... Read more»

Customs and Border Protection

Border officers find $2.5M worth of pot disguised as melons

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers got a surprise Saturday afternoon when they inspected a shipment of watermelons and discovered nearly 5,000 pounds of marijuana disguised as the fruit mingling with the produce.... Read more»

By the numbers: The U.S.'s growing for-profit detention industry

The detention business goes beyond just criminal prisoners; nearly half of all immigrant detainees are now held in privately run detention facilities. Here's a look at the billion-dollar and wide-ranging for-profit detention industry—and the two companies that dominate the market:... Read more»

Barber, Grijalva split on waiver of enviro rules on border

The House voted Tuesday to relax environmental restrictions in a 100-mile buffer along the nation’s land borders, to make it easier for Border Patrol agents to do their jobs. Critics derided the bill as an overreach that would create a 100-mile “drone zone” of government surveillance around the country.... Read more»1

Analysis

Separate politics, policy on immigration?

If one can separate the politics from the policy, President Barack Obama's announcement on Friday to temporarily suspend deportations of young undocumented immigrants who are, as he puts it, "Americans ... in every single way but one, on paper" makes perfect sense – at least to most Arizonans.... Read more»1

Wikileaks' Assange seeks asylum in Ecuador

Julian Asange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has taken refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has formally requested asylum.... Read more»

Asian immigrant wave surpasses Hispanics

Asians have surpassed Hispanics as the largest wave of new arrivals to the United States, according to Pew Research.... Read more»

G-20 summit

Mexico invited to join trade pact talk

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced Monday that Mexico has officially been invited to enter into discussions over an emerging free-trade pact after being left out of the initial dialogue.... Read more»

Mexico's drug war

Nieto eyes retired Colombian general for security advisor

Colombian Gen. Oscar Naranjo will be Mexico's chief security advisor if presidential front-runner Enrique Peña Nieto wins next month's election.... Read more»

Reaction to new immigration rules sharply divided

Arizona officials reacted swiftly, and predictably, to Friday’s announcement that the Department Homeland Security will exercise “discretion” when deciding whether to deport younger, low-risk undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children.... Read more»1

New law could slow smuggling through border tunnels

The Border Tunnel Prevention Act of 2012, signed into law last week by President Barack Obama, makes it a criminal offense for property owners to build, finance or let others build border tunnels on their property.... Read more»

Border Patrol

Agents rescue 3 illegal immigrants, find body in desert

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents rescued three illegal immigrants suffering from severe dehydration and found one person dead in the desert since Tuesday.... Read more»

Report: Drones not used effectively on U.S. borders

A new internal audit from the Department of Homeland Security has raised concerns about the utility of those drones, focusing on their high costs and how they have been managed.... Read more»

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