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'Mad Max' Jeep Cherokee gets stuck on makeshift ramp during smuggling attempt

Ajo-area Border Patrol agents seized a modified Jeep Cherokee on Wednesday after smugglers fleeing southbound got stuck on a border barrier. A helicopter crew spotted the vehicle carrying 11 people and "suspected bundles" of marijuana as it headed south toward the border. ... Read more»0

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ACLU sues to halt 'Remain in Mexico' asylum policy

Three civil rights groups filed a federal lawsuit Thursday challenging the Trump administration's plan to send asylum-seekers back to Mexico while their cases wind through the U.S. immigration system. ... Read more»0

'Rip crew' member found guilty of 1st-degree murder in killing of BP's Brian Terry

After just a few hours of deliberation Tuesday, a jury found Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes guilty of first-degree murder, one of nine charges stemming from his role in the 2010 gunfight that killed Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.... Read more»0

Bannon boosts 'private' border wall at Sahuarita event

Billed as a town hall, Friday's pro-border wall event in a gated community near Tucson, featuring former Trump strategist Steve Bannon, was every bit as much a pep rally and fundraiser — and maybe part dry run. ... Read more»0

Ajo BP agents detain 325 people as part of long-term trend in remote Arizona wilderness

Ajo-area Border Patrol agents encountered 325 Central Americans — including 150 children — who entered the U.S. and surrendered to agents west of Lukeville, Ariz., on Thursday morning. ... Read more»0

Shooting closes Nogales border crossing

Customs and Border Protection officials shot a Tucson man trying to drive south into Mexico through a Nogales border crossing Thursday evening.... Read more»0

Ex-Trump advisor Steve Bannon will boost privately funded border wall at GV event

A conservative group on a quixotic crusade to build a border wall using private money is holding a town hall in Green Valley on Friday evening, with ousted presidential advisor Steve Bannon headlining the event. ... Read more»0

Nogales leaders demand removal of 'inhumane' razor wire, consider lawsuit

The city of Nogales may pursue a lawsuit against the federal government over the addition of extra layers of concertina wire along the border. City leaders unanimously approved a resolution condemning the "inhumane" wire and demanding it be taken down. ... Read more»0

Nogales CBP officers seize record-breaking 250-lb load of fentanyl

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers seized 254 lbs. of fentanyl Saturday — worth $3.5 million, it was the largest single seizure of the drug in CBP history. The haul was discovered at a border crossing, along with nearly 400 lbs. of meth.... Read more»1

Confidential documents show CBP prepping for lawsuits over new asylum limits

Leaked document: Customs and Border Protection is preemptively preparing for a lawsuit over a controversial new plan that will send asylum seekers from Central America back to Mexico while their cases wind through the immigration system.... Read more»0

242 people, including families & children, cross into U.S. near Lukeville

In the last week, more than 400 people from Central America have turned themselves over to Border Patrol agents in Arizona after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, part of a dramatic shift that began last fall and has continued throughout the fight over new border barriers in Washington. ... Read more»0

McSally at border in Nogales: 'No opportunity to vote yet' on gov't shutdown

Newly minted Sen. Martha McSally met with border agents in Nogales on Tuesday. "I'm for funding the government, I'm not for shutting down the government," she said. Federal courts handling immigration cases in Arizona are set to run out of money at the end of the week. ... Read more»0

No More Deaths volunteers found guilty for water drops in protected wilderness

Four No More Deaths volunteers, charged with federal misdemeanors after they left water and food in a protected wilderness, have been found guilty. They face up to six months in prison and a fine of $500, and will be sentenced after Feb. 18... Read more»2

376 people, including families & children, detained crossing border near Yuma

While the federal government remains shutdown over border security spending, a group of 376 people, almost all families or unaccompanied children from Central America, crossed the border barrier near Yuma on Monday morning. ... Read more»0

City atty: 'Sanctuary city' initiative may violate SB1070

As organizers circulate petitions to make Tucson a “sanctuary city," City Attorney Mike Rankin wrote that parts of the initiative are in “direct conflict “with Arizona’s controversial SB 1070, and would limit coordination with all federal law enforcement.... Read more»1

4 No More Deaths volunteers on trial for leaving water, food in wildlife refuge

The trial of four No More Deaths volunteers facing federal charges this week may have serious implications for the future of humanitarian aid for people crossing through Southern Arizona's deserts. ... Read more»0

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