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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»0

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Mexican man arrested for attempting to smuggle 7K rounds of ammo into Mexico

A federal investigation led to the arrest of a Mexican man in Nogales, Arizona, for allegedly attempting to smuggle 7,000 rounds of ammunition into Mexico on Saturday. ... Read more»0

Swartz trial

Video reconstruction shows BP agent firing, reloading in fatal cross-border shooting

Prosecutors and defense lawyers wrangled over videos recorded by two Border Patrol cameras that show the 2012 shooting of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, as well as an expert's video reconstruction that shows BP Agent Lonnie Swartz fire bullets into the boy's prone body. ... Read more»0

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»0

Arizona wildfire crews battling 30 blazes, 'spread thin' across state

Since January 1, 858 wildfires have burned more than 130,000 acres across Arizona and on Sunday, the Department of Forestry and Fire Management announced that fire crews are now battling 30 wildfires throughout the state — including the nearly 15,000-acre Lizard Fire near Tucson.... Read more»1

Border Patrol agents find body hanging from tree on Tohono O'odham Nation

Tohono O'odham police are investigating a dead body spotted hanging from a tree Wednesday evening by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents near the village of Santa Cruz, about 81 miles southwest of Tucson, authorities said. ... Read more»0

Rosemont Mine one step closer as Forest Service OKs permit

The controversial Rosemont Copper Mine is one step closer to development after the Forest Service signed off on one of two federal permits needed to begin operating the open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains about 30 miles southeast of Tucson. ... Read more»1

Pima supes, Tucson City Council oppose border wall construction

The Tucson City Council and the Pima County Board of Supervisors approved separate resolutions Tuesday opposing the construction of a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Tucson declared a policy of divesting from companies that work on the border barrier. ... Read more»0

Salvadoran migrants rescued from desert by Border Patrol, volunteers in Mexico

Three men from El Salvador attempted to cross the U.S.-Mexico border near Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument about 125 miles southwest of Tucson and ran out of water in the remote desert on Sunday. One man was unconscious, and another was vomiting when they made a cell phone call for help.... Read more»0

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»0

BP agent's lawyer pushes to bar expert witness in cross-border murder trial

The lawyer for the Border Patrol agent accused of unlawfully shooting and killing 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez in October 2012 has moved to block a government expert from telling jurors that Lonnie Swartz's use of force was "neither reasonable nor necessary." ... Read more»0

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»0

After 890 consecutive Thursdays, El Tiradito vigil for immigrants may end

For 890 consecutive Thursdays, members of La Coalición de Derechos Humanos have held a Tucson vigil to honor, and pray for, immigrants who have died or disappeared while crossing the southwestern deserts of the United States from Mexico. And, now the 17-year tradition may come to a close. ... Read more»1

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»0

Mexican state official and wife arrested by feds in Tucson

Roberto Romero López, a former member of Sonora's state government in Mexico, and his wife were arrested Monday by Homeland Security Investigations agents in Tucson. The couple are wanted in Mexico on corruption charges connected to a planned aqueduct in Hermosillo.... Read more»0

ACLU asks for data on 'Stingray' surveillance targeting immigrants

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a freedom of information request Friday for documents outlining how U.S. immigration authorities use cellphone surveillance equipment known as "Stingrays" to track down immigrants for deportation. ... Read more»0

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